[{Image src='kulathuramaiyer-narayanan.jpg' caption='' width='500' alt='Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer' class='image_left'}]''__Knowledge Management in Rural Communities__''\\ \\
Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Kota Samarahan, Malaysia\\ \\
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Knowledge Management, as practiced in rural communities via oral traditions, has been time-tested in preserving
indigenous knowledge and practices. The form of KM employed however distinctly differs from current practices
in organizations. This paper then focuses on this less studied but potentially invaluable, indigenous knowledge
management practices within these rural communities. This work serves as an extension to the past experiences of
the authors in implementing rural ICT intervention projects over the past twelve years. This study has adapted the
use of current knowledge management tools in the realization of a holistic approach to model indigenous
knowledge management practices. The framework developed has been instrumental in delivering strategies to best
address the particular needs for effectively empowering rural communities.