CLARA and ScienTI Networks: Technology and Information for Knowledge Building in the Latin American Scientific Community
Roberto Carlos Dos Santos Pacheco
Knowledge-based development produces wealth and opens the frontiers of competitiveness, technological innovation and wealth distribution. In developed countries the process is intrinsically bound to the ability of innovative production and the dynamics of network knowledge construction. Within this process the academic and research communities participate effectively in the dynamics of knowledge and innovation, an environment strongly based on information and communication technology. However, when compared to the dynamics of developed countries, the formation of such communities in Latin America is rare. In this context CLARA (Latin American Cooperation in Advanced Networks) and ScienTI (Information and Knowledge Network in Science, Technology and Innovation) networks are strategies for the establishment, dissemination and foment of scientific knowledge in Latin America. CLARA integrates national academy networks in Latin America which links about 700 universities and research centers in the area. ScienTI network establishes and links scientific information sources in eleven countries within the area. The formation of a gigantic Latin American research community which links researchers, projects, and studies has an important role in building a world of science and education in the future. The formation and the functioning of the networks will be discussed from the community's knowledge building point of view in Latin America.
Technology and information, scientific community, academic research and networks, Latin America
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