Information for research in developing countries – information technology, a friend or foe?

S. Arunachalam

Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (2003), 29(5):pp. 16-21.

Inti. Inform. & Libr. Rev. (2003),35,133-147

The difference between the advanced and developing countries in the matter of access to information for research has been continually increasing. The advent of the Internet and electronic sources of information has not only exacerbated the gap but also led to the exclusion of developing country researchers from taking part as equal partners in publishing, refereeing, and in international collaboration. If handled imaginatively, the very same technologies can help bridge the information gap between the rich and the poor countries and help improve research productivity worldwide. Many initiatives that are already in place are described and suggestions are given on steps to be taken by developing country researchers.


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