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ERIC Number: ED180020
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Specialised Information and Global Interdependence Problems of Concentration and Access.
O'Brien, Rita Cruise
Suggestions for strengthening information sharing and expertise are needed, especially in view of the establishment of new organizational capacities for economic and technical cooperation by developing countries in the southern hemisphere. In the immediate future, the bargaining capacity of countries will be weakened by the lack of initiative by countries to share information science, and by the lack of an effective organization for serving information needs in a systematic way. At both national and intergovernmental levels, an enlargement of information capacity by developing nations may improve the situation; but serious consideration must be given to how electronic resources can be deployed most effectively. The present enthusiasm for informatics requires too much national planning and intergovernmental cooperation. Information systems themselves will not promote growth and development, nor will they strengthen the bargaining power of developing countries in the southern hemsisphere. Skepticism and critical reflection may direct information resources toward better service, thereby forestalling the creation of new forms of disadvantage. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Institute of Communications (London, England, September 9-13, 1979)