ERIC Number: ED182243
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Organizing an International Information Network in Education: Process and Problems. Organisation D'Un Reseau International D'Information Sur L'Education: Processus Et Problemes.
One of a series of Unesco technical information reports, this paper describes the process of setting up an international information network that would disseminate information to developing nations about educational policy and planning. Written in English and French, the paper surveys the general context in which a network has to operate, presents properties important if the network is to have impact and be successful, discusses the problems in setting up such a network, and summarizes recommendations. The paper argues that there is a need to develop a network that would disseminate information about "work in progress." Up to the present time network development has essentially been development of end-result systems such as the publications and findings of projects and programs. To be of maximum usefulness to its members, a network should have certain properties. It should connect individuals rather than institutions; it should send out information not to the whole world but to a select group of interested active persons; and it should be informal and decentralized. A print-based mail-distributed network, e.g. a newsletter, was recommended. The availability of the network services has to be made known, but the initiative has basically to come from those who will receive the expert advice if the service is to be effective. The reception of visitors by the secretariat and the strategic visits by it to the individual members should be an integral part of the network. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Note: For related documents, see SO 012 345-348, SO 012 351-352, and SO 012 354-357; A working paper presented to the Symposium on Future Programmes of Information and Communication in Educational Policy and Planning (Unesco, Paris, France, November 21-25, 1977).