CLACSO Common Goods and Open Access Workgroup

This is an interdisciplinary network fostered by CLACSO from its Workgroups (Grupos de Trabajo) program. From various disciplines and fields of knowledge, here, several subjects are addressed in a critical way such as Open Access, science communication, democratization of knowledge, biocultural goods, indigenous lore (as to agriculture and ecology). This group is composed of academics from various Latin American and Caribbean institutions. It also works actively with those responsible for public policies and academic and social promoters in order to generate analysis from different perspectives and achieve practical transformations.

Science Communication and Dissemination Research Group (Mexico)

This is a multidisciplinary research group that from sociology, computer systems engineering, philosophy and communication, analyzes scientific practice from different points: scientific communication, science dissemination, Open Access, communication technologies, and knowledge repositories. The Science communication and Dissemination Research Group has worked continuously to create research projects from a Global South perspective that account for the processes and practices that impact the generation, communication, assessment and appropriation of science in the South. In like manner, this research group, from a line of action-connection seeks to help building a Latin American system of cooperative, non-commercial, sustainable and protected Open Access.

CoLav (Colombia)

This is a transdisciplinary group for the creation of a social computer science and digital humanities program at the University of Antioquia. Here several research groups converge: “Social Networks and Social Stakeholders” (Redes y Actores Sociales) from the School of Social and Human Sciences; “Information, Knowledge and Society” (Información, Conocimiento y Sociedad) from the “Inter-American School of Library Science” (Escuela Interamericana de Bibliotecología); “Phenomenology of Fundamental Interactions” (Fenomenología de las Interacciones Fundamentales) from the “Physics Institute” (Instituto de Física); the “Library System” (Sistema de Bibliotecas) and the “Unit of metrics and statistics” (Unidad de métricas y estadísticas) from the “Vice presidency of Research” (Vicerrectoria de Investigación). The efforts on data mining, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and the use of mathematical methods are destined to develop models to understand the relationship of the university and the environment, to generate responsible metrics for research production, to discover the historic role of science in Latin America, to develop strategic intelligence methods to establish the grounds for an organizational development based on knowledge, among other projects related to the automatization and exploration of relationships between the university and the environment.

Research Program on Academic Dependency in Latin America PIDAAL (Argentina)

PIDAAL is a program composed of CONICET researchers and interns, postdoctoral interns and professor-researchers from UNCuyo. In this stage, its goal is to reduce particular and historic situations of academic dependence, which are seen in some phenomena like the imposition of “global” standards of university accreditation, the universalization of scholarly publishing criteria, the impact systems of scholarly journals, and especially, the difficulties of the supremacy of the English language in the modern scientific world, in order to account for the socio-historic structure of the regional academic field and its impact in the current modalities of scientific knowledge production and circulation.