Access to Scientific, Technical, and Medical Information in the Developing World: A Case Study in Puebla, Mexico
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
Graduate Student, Department of Information Science and Policy, The University of New York at Albany