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World Wide ResearchReshaping the Sciences and Humanities$
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William H. Dutton and Paul W. Jeffreys

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014397

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014397.001.0001

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Shaping Research in Developing Areas

Shaping Research in Developing Areas

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Marcus Antonius Ynalvez

Ricardo B. Duque

Wesley Shrum

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the global implications of e-Research for developing countries and regions by focusing on knowledge production, drawing on survey research and case studies in India, Ghana, Kenya, Chile, and the Philippines. It assesses the impact of the Internet on scientific collaboration and research productivity in those countries, and argues that the reaction to information and communication technologies (ICTs) will be determined by how researchers in specific localized contexts and with specific identities reconfigure the nature and dynamics of social interaction in the network society in general and of knowledge production in particular. The chapter contends that new ICTs, particularly the Internet, have the potential to reagentize science in developing areas more effectively than past development initiatives (for example, capacity building, technical assistance).

Keywords:   e-Research, developing countries, knowledge production, Internet, collaboration, research productivity, ICTs, social interaction, network society, Philippines

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