Digital Community Overview
Over the past 7 years St. Andrews' have been developing a process to teach new comers to technology by using the internet and approaching the whole issue as a social as well as a technical event. This process has proven very successful and people in the area are now using computers in their regular day to day lives. This area was designated as part of the digital divide and this is the issue that is now being successfully addressed.
In total the St. Andrews Digital community interacts with over 200 individuals each week and keeping the whole thing in order is Shay Barry with support from other staff from the whole centre. Initial funding for the project was provided by the DDDA for equipment and POBAL for current costs.
Looking back over the years the process has gone from developing an idea into a working project that in the next few years should see increase again the number of participants, our goal was to have our IT used as much as possible for as many hours a day as possible by as many people as possible and that goal is being realised.
The digital divide as defined by the Information Society affected this community more than most, we believe that we have made a good start at addressing that division and are now working to continue the progress made thus far.