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Jacques Steyn

Head of the School of Information Technology

Email: jacques.steyn@monash.edu

Tel: +27 11 950 4132

Research interests
  • Jacques Steyn’s two main research fields are Development Informatics and Music Informatics, with a strong emphasis on web technologies.
  • Development Informatics investigates the sustainable deployment of ICT within constrained environments, such as remote or rural areas. Remoteness is not necessarily only geographical (with implications such as access to networks), but could also mean being socially remote from mainstream societies (such as language illiteracy or device illiteracy). The discipline focuses on the design and analysis of ICT systems within such constraints. From this perspective ICT systems, as a set of complex inter-related systems, are investigated across sub-systems ranging from technologies (e.g. network and device design) to human aspects (such as HCI and social networks).
  • He is presently Editor in Chief of a book setDevelopment Informatics and Regional Information Technologies: Theory, Practice and the Digital Divide (to be published by IGI).
  • Music Informatics researches the relationship between music and computers. He has developed an XML-based language for music: a general Music Markup Language and he participated in the ISO/MPEG workgroup to incorporate music notation in to MPEG4 along with other members of the Interactive Music Network group.
  • He is presently editor of a book Structuring Music through Markup Language: Designs and Architectures (to be published by IGI).
  • His main philosophical interest is a complex systems interpretation of the world, such as promoted by the Santa Fe Institute.
Publications
  • Steyn J 2011, The interplay between humans and technology. A techno-utilitarian approach in Haftor DM, Mirijamdotter A (eds). Information and Communication Technologies, Society and Human Beings: Theory and Framework (Festschrift in honor of Gunilla Bradley). IGI Information Science Reference DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-057-0 ISBN13: 9781609600570 ISBN10: 1609600576
  • Steyn J 2010c, Statistics, indicators and myths in ICT4D in Steyn J Van Belle JP, Villeneuva EM (eds). Vol 2: ICTs and Sustainable Solutions for the Digital Divide: Practical Approaches. IGI Information Science Reference
  • Steyn J 2010b. Paradigm shift required for ICT4D in Steyn J Johanson G (eds). Vol 1: ICTs and Sustainable Solutions for the Digital Divide: Theoretical Issues. IGI Information Science Reference
  • Steyn J, Van Belle JP, Villeneuva EM (eds) 2010 Vol 2: ICTs and Sustainable Solutions for the Digital Divide: Practical Approaches Book Set: Development Informatics and Regional Information Technologies: Theory, Practice and the Digital Divide. IGI Information Science Reference
  • Steyn J Johanson G (eds) 2010. Vol 1: ICTs and Sustainable Solutions for the Digital Divide: Theoretical Issues. Book Set: Development Informatics and Regional Information Technologies: Theory, Practice and the Digital Divide. IGI Information Science Reference
  • Steyn J 2010a, The interplay between humans and technology. A techno-utilitarian approach. in Mirijamdotter A, Haftor DM (eds). Information and Communication Technologies, Society and Human Beings: Theory and Framework. Honouring Professor Gunilla Bradley. IGI Global.
  • Steyn J 2009, ePost: Networking Remote Areas, Chapter in Stillman, L, Johanson, G, French, R (eds) Communities in Action: Papers in Community Informatics 2009: 60-67, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, ISBN (10): 1-4438-0959-4, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-0959-7.
  • Steyn J 2008, Challenges of designing a markup language for music, Chapter in Interactive Multimedia Music Technologies, Kia Ng and Paolo Nesi (eds) Information Science Reference: 111-132. IGI ISBN: 978-1-59904-150-6.
  • Steyn J 2008, Alternative design goals for a general music markup language, Chapter in Interactive Multimedia Music Technologies, Kia Ng and Paolo Nesi (eds) Information Science Reference: 133-150. IGI. ISBN: 978-1-59904-150-6.
  • Steyn J 2007, Community memory and ICT in a developing economy, Stillman L, Johanson G (eds) Constructing and Sharing Memory Community Informatics, Identity and Empowerment. Selected papers from the 3rd Prato International Community Informatics Conference; Community Informatics Research Network, 9- 11 October 2006: 265-279. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Steyn J 2004, Introducing Music Space, 4th Open Workshop of MUSICNETWORK: Integration of Music in Multimedia Applications.
  • Steyn J 2004, Prerequisites for an XML-based music markup language – an exercise in the design of an XML language, 4th Open Workshop of MUSICNETWORK: Integration of Music in Multimedia Applications.
  • Steyn J 2004, A Modular Approach to XML Music Notation and Representation, Third Open Workshop of the MUSICNETWORK: MPEG AHG on Music Notation Requirements.
  • Steyn J 2002, Framework for a Music Markup Language, Conference proceedings: MAX (Musical Application using XML) 2002 International Conference.
  • Steyn J 2000, The Web Builder’s Complete Reference Manual (Revised Edition), Knowledge Institute (ISBN 0-620-25672-9).
  • Steyn J 1999, HTML 4 Web Builders, Knowledge Institute (an eBook).
  • Steyn J 1994, From Bologna to Babalegi: adapting the university state of the Art in Higher Education. Limited Congresss, Edition 1994 Volume 2, edited by D Adey, P Steyn, N Herman, G Scholtz, UNISA, 1994: 189-198.
  • Steyn J 1989. Student evaluation in a changing society, SAARDHE Conference Papers.
  • Steyn J 1987, Education in an information society: implications for teaching in South Africa, Distance Conference Papers, 1987 Vol 2: 135-155.
  • Steyn J 1987, A glimpse of the future, LSSA: Linguistic Society of South Africa.
  • Steyn J 1986, Quo vadis Linguistics — is there a future? SA Journal of Linguistics, 1986, 1:56-71.
  • Steyn J. The significance of expectation in the semantics of texts, SA Journal of Linguistics, 1984:603-619.
  • Steyn J 1984, Some Psycholinguistic factors involved in the Discourse Analysis of ancient texts, Theologica Evangelica XVII-2 1984:51-65.
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