DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A WEB BASED MICRO FINANCE SUPPORT SYSTEM. A RESEARCH PROJECT MATERIAL ON COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION
The need for web base support system has become important in our day to day operation. The web provides a common infrastructure on which the individual applications can work with each other (Linthicum, 2003). For instance the web base is an internet support system that facilitates all forms of human activities. It can be used to showcase day to day activities of the microfinance operations for rural farmers for sustainable economic development in the society. It also plays an important role for computerized support systems. As proposed in 2003, the notion of web-based support systems concerns multidisciplinary investigations that combine computer technologies with domain specific studies (Yao and Yao, 2003). Through the web-base support system those rural farmers can have accessibility to all forms of microfinance assistance via through the local or international means to boost socio-economy development.
The web-based support systems can be understood from the following specific aspects. The Web is viewed as a virtual machine running various operating systems. Web browsers play the role of the interface or window in which the Web application resides. This view makes it quite apparent that the Web is a global deployment environment (Cerami, 2002).
The notion of sustainable economic development emerged in 1987 as the overriding goal for human activities (WCED, 1987). Sustainable communities seek well-balanced social, economy and environmental development strategies based on human responsibility to respect the needs of both nature and future generations (Kaempf, 2001). Sustainable Economy activities are about the long-term collaboration of people working at different disciplines, organizations, institutes, and regions. We have been striving to use information technologies for supporting
complex environmental, economic and social problem solving (Kaempf, 2001).
However, informal and complex social interactions in sustainable community activities are challenging the adaptability and usability of traditional computerized support systems. For example, the individual computer tools are independent, run on isolated specific platforms, and are optimized to specific functions. Users have to devise practices to coordinate individual tools for addressing requirements of sustainable community activities. Such human coordination practices might both be inefficient and error-prone. On the other hand, available computerized support systems are organized around tools for communicating and for sharing information (Moran, 2005). When some tools get out of date, these systems may not be able to satisfy the ever-changing needs of sustainable communities. In addition, computerized support systems are often domain-specific and proprietary. They may not adapt to the multi disciplinary, multi-agency and multi-sector nature of sustainable community activities. Therefore, this study attempts to investigate a web base microfinance support system for women rural farmers in sustainable economy development.