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Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access Project   printer-friendly-version
Program: Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access
Award Number: P337A050005
Grant Period: 10/01/2005 - 09/30/2010
World Area: Latin America
2005:  $192,000
2006:  $192,000
2007:  $192,000
2008:  $192,000
Total:  $768,000
Institution: University of New Mexico
Project Director: Cynthia Radding
Office of Research Services
Scholes Hall Room 102
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Tel: 505277-2961
Fax: 505-277-5989
Email: radding@laii.unm.edu
Higher education in the United States and abroad faces a global crisis of information management. Information technologies have made it possible to generate and store voluminous data on unlimited topics, but the costs of publishing scientific research are increasingly prohibitive for educational institutions, deepening the disparities in access to knowledge by ethnicity, race, and class, and across international boundaries. Current obstacles have created budgetary and scholarly crises in many U.S. universities and widened the digital divide that is perceived to separate North American and European centers of learning from their Latin American counterparts. The Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) at the University of New Mexico (UNM)brings together acclaimed Latin America content providers at UNM and their partner institutions in Latin America to provide new access to information about Latin America for the scholarly community. The project builds on areas of excellence at UNM in information technology, library science, rural and community medicine, digitized collections and document delivery, image collections, Latin American and Iberian scholarship, news service, teaching materials, and partnerships with libraries and universities in Latin America. The project shares streams of Latin American and Iberian content not easily accessible to scholars and researchers in an open archives protocol. For this reason we have called the project Latin America Knowledge Harvester (LAKH). The UNM initiative crosses boundaries in the areas of science and engineering, including dissertations from Latin America; current events with its online weekly news service; interdisciplinary materials on Latin American public health issues, a key resource for anthropology, economics, political science, sociology, community medicine, and public health administration; humanities with digitized history collections from Latin America, art and music collections, and photographs; curriculum resources for teaching; and new scholarship in the humanities and social sciences including works in progress and data sets. The LAKH project addresses needs for knowledge management and equitable access in both the sciences and the humanities throughout the world of public education, scholarship, and scientific research, and applies the advances of information technology and dissemination to solutions for collecting and disseminating scientific research in ways that are methodologically innovative. The harvesting tools that UNM will create will make its content and that of its Latin American partners digitized and useful to a broad public. The harvesting tool will be attractive to librarians, curators, and scholars in a broad range of disciplines. It will bring comprehensible content about fields as diverse as medicine and art history to the reading public. UNM's objectives are to develop and adapt software, reconfigure content collections with metadata to make them more accessible to medical, scientific, and humanities scholars and teachers; conduct trials for implementing the harvester by end-users and expand the network of Latin American and Iberian partners who will share their content on the UNM harvester not currently in the public domain. Through the Open Archives Community of content providers at UNM and in Latin America, this project will create a customized harvester to offer users a responsive, intuitively usable, and searchable interface that provides actual content to on-line from the interface results, and/or through document delivery and UNM library linkages. The LAKH project goes beyond the "mining" of data to the creation of new knowledge through collaborative, international, and interdisciplinary means of sharing and publishing research. Target audiences for promoting awareness of this harvested content and providing guidance in its use are Title VI centers, member libraries of the Latin Americanist Research Resources Project, member institutions of the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, the Alliance for Innovation in Science and Technology Information, multiplier groups for public health information about Latin America, the Center for Research Libraries and its members; public school teachers, health-care providers, and scholars in disciplines from fine arts and humanities to social and natural sciences, engineering, and health sciences. Three Latin American partners, the Universidad de Guadalajara, the Universidad Simon Bolivar, and the Universidade de Campinas, will assist us to test and implement open archives compliant services of new collections. The LAKH project is funded by Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access (TICFIA) and the University of New Mexico.
Languages: Countries:
Brazilian Portuguese
United States of America
Disciplines: Subjects:
Art/art history
Biological/life sciences
Computer/information science
Foreign languages and literature
Global/international relations and studies
Health sciences
Information management
Interdisciplinary studies
International/area studies
Liberal arts/general studies
Library science
Physical sciences
Political science
Public administration
Social work
Technology management
Area Studies
Dissertation Research
Distance Learning
Foreign Language Across the Curriculum
Interdisciplinary Studies
K-12 Opportunities
K-12 Teacher Education
Professional School Linkages