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Communication among scientists in the center and on the periphery

Ligia Parra Esteban   Fundacion VOC de Investigacion, Bogotá, Colombie

Theories on communication among scientists have been developed in countries where central and big science has occurred throughout history. What is the meaning and what are the possible uses of these theories of communication among scientists in countries that produce peripheral or little science? How can science communication theory be extrapolated from a central science context to one of peripheral science?

By using different models of communication among scientists, it is theoretically possible to demonstrate the wasting-away effects of fragmented access, or of no access at all, to communication technologies and communication resources in the production of scientific knowledge on the periphery. By also revising peripheral science models and literature, we can understand the multidimensional, changing nature of peripheral science and the difficulties involved in defining policies and strategies for international communication among scientists. But then again, how can we design communication strategies for scientific development on the periphery, considering not just the most up-to-date knowledge of communication among scientists but also the complex dynamics of the particular systems for communication among scientists that exist in small scientific communities in developing countries? The purpose of this presentation is to address ourselves to certain aspects of these questions.

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