CLACSO Common Goods and Open Access Workgroup

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

Science Communication and Dissemination Research Group (Mexico)

Through sociology, computer systems engineering, philosophy and communication, this multidisciplinary research group analyzes scientific practice from different points —scientific communication, science dissemination, Open Access, communication technologies, and knowledge repositories. Science Communication and Dissemination Research Group has often created research projects that account for the processes and practices that impact the generation, communication, assessment and appropriation of science. In like manner, the group also seeks through actions and connections help building a Latin American system of cooperative, non-commercial, sustainable and protected Open Access.

CoLav (Colombia)

This transdisciplinary group is intended to create a social computer science and digital humanities program at Universidad de Antioquia. Several research groups are involved: “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 meant to develop models to understand the relationship between 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 automation and exploration of relationships between the university and the environment.

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

CONICET researchers and trainees, and UNCuyo postdoctoral trainees and professor-researchers join in PIDAAL program. 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 struggles of having the English language reigning in the modern scientific world, in order to account for the socio-historic structure of the regional academic field and its impact in the present scientific knowledge production and circulation modalities.