Date of Award

2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Information Technology

School

School of Computer and Security Science

Faculty

Health, Engineering and Science

First Advisor

Dr Shirlee-ann Knight

Second Advisor

Associate Professor Ken Fowle

Abstract

Agricultural information dissemination to farmers has been studied extensively. However, farmers preferred methods of delivery has not been investigated thoroughly within a Western Australia (WA) context.

Availability of different information delivery channels have led to the overwhelming and overlapping of information available to farmers. As a consequence, the type of information required by WA farmers should be considered as knowing information needs could allow farmers to access relevant, concise and timely agricultural information.

To answer the research questions, a survey was designed, using Likert-scale, close ended and open ended questions techniques, enabling qualitative and quantitative data analysis. The study‘s findings are relevant to agricultural information providers, government and public agencies, and other researchers who work in the agricultural and farming industries in Western Australia, and Australia.

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