Access to Scientific, Technical, and Medical Information in the Developing World: A Case Study in Puebla, Mexico

By:
Elaine Friedman
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Access to scientific, technical, and medical (STM) information is essential to national development. STM information is increasingly available via, and sometimes only via, electronic databases. Such databases require the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) that allow immediate access to STM information. Access to ICTs and STM information is unevenly distributed in the developing world. The uneven distribution of ICT infrastructure in developing countries is leading them to fall even further behind developed countries in research and national development. The existence of unequal distribution of access at educational institutions is investigated in Puebla, Mexico. Reasons for this unequal distribution are discussed and solutions to this problem are explored.


Keywords: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), Electronic Databases, STM (Scientific, Technical, and Medical) Information, Developing Countries
Stream: Technology in Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Access to Scientific, Technical, and Medical Information in the Developing World


Elaine Friedman

Graduate Student, Department of Information Science and Policy, The University of New York at Albany
USA

As a former English as a Second Language teacher, I witnessed firsthand the unequal distribution of new technologies and their benefits from work and travel in developing countries, as well as from fellow teachers and students from developing countries. As a graduate student of Information Science and Policy, I have endeavored to understand the causes of the global digital divide and analyze proposals to narrow it. While most of my experience has been with Latin America, many of the same circumstances and their policy implications apply to all of the developing world.

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