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ISTEC Quarterly Message

    Year II, Volume III

    August 2001

ISTEC Co-Sponsored Events

Workshop on Internet Networks Technology

    May 28- June 2, Universidad de los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela

    The main objective of this workshop was to promote intensive, specialized training in Spanish in order to create a critical mass of professionals in Internet Infrastructure, Internet Traffic, Integrated Network Services, New Technologies and the Creation of Projects. In addition, this workshop sought to assist in the expansion of significant activities related to Internet development in the region. Furthermore, through this workshop, individual and institutional relationships were identified and fostered that can contribute to the development of regional and national Internet-based activities. The workshop took place in Mérida-Venezuela at the Universidad de los Andes (ULA) and was co-sponsored by the Centro Nacional de Tecnologías de la Información (CNTI), Fundación Escuela Latinoamericana de Redes (EsLaRed), Foro de Redes para América Latina y el Caribe (ENRED) and the Sociedad Internet (ISOC). For more information, please visit: http://www.walc2001.ula.ve/indexnn.html

Summer School in Images and Robotics

    June 5 July 6, Tecnológico de Monterrey- Cuernavaca Campus

    ITESM Cuernavaca, in collaboration with the National Institute for Investigation in Informatics and Automatics (INRIA), organized the second summer school session in Images and Robotics. The project was sponsored by the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología de México (CONACYT) in conjunction with the Robotics and Images Network at the Franco-Mexican Informatics Laboratory (LaFMI). This program session consisted of intensive two-week long courses that integrated the participation of faculty members from French and Mexican universities. Senior and graduate students in the areas of Physics, Mathematics, Computing, as well as Electrical and Mechanical Engineering attended this session for the purpose of motivating them to join graduate programs offered by the Franco-Mexican Alliance. For more information, please visit:

    http://w3.mor.itesm.mx/~robvi

iNEER/ICEE

    August 3-9, Oslo, Norway

    The International Network of Engineering Education and Research (iNEER) and the International Steering Committee of the International Conference on Engineering Education (ICEE) organized this event. Conference registration is free and the only requirement in order to participate is an interest in working with the international community to further the quality of engineering education for the benefit of students. More information about iNEER/ICEE may be found at their website: http://www.ineer.org. This year the iNEER/ICEE committee met in Oslo, Norway in order to review the

    progress they have made and to initiate new networks and partnerships. Upcoming conferences include: ICEE-2002: Manchester, Great Britain; ICEE-2003: Valencia, Spain; ICEE-2004: Florida, USA.

2001 IEEE Conference on Control Applications & International Symposium on Intelligent

    Control (CCA/ISIC 2001)

    September 5 - 7, Mexico City

    This meeting will highlight the multidisciplinary areas of control systems applications as well as intelligent control. The general theme of the conference is: Eclectic Applications and Intelligent Control in the New Millennium. Both thth - Friday, September 7 , conferences will run simultaneously. The sessions will be held Wednesday, September 5th2001 with workshops on Tuesday, September 4 . There will be only one registration fee for both conferences and all

    attendees will receive proceedings from both conferences. For more information, please visit: http://www.control.rice.edu

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ISTEC Sponsored Events

XXXII Jornada de Bibliotecas,

    May 3, Xalapa, Veracruz, México

    This meeting took place at the facilities of the Unidad de Servicios Bibliotecarios y de Información (USBI) at the Universidad Veracruzana. The purpose of this meeting was to form the committee that with provide project follow-up and handle general matters for the ISTEC-REBIDIMEX Project. As a result, action proposals were discussed and generated for the Digital Libraries Project. Among the conference participants, Dr. Johann van Reenen, Director of the Digital Libraries Initiative, presented the topic “Leadership and Decision-Making in Digital Libraries”. For more

    information, please read the complete description below under the heading “LibLink”.

Meeting with the Advisor to the Mexican President Vicente Fox

    May 2 4, México, DF

    On this occasion, Dr. Ramiro Jordán traveled to Mexico City for the purpose of meeting with the representative of the project e-México, Dr. Julio César, in order to present him with the ISTEC model and to explore possible alternatives to collaborate between these two institutions.

CREFAL / IICA / ISTEC / OAS Work Meeting

    May 13 15, Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, México

    Within the general framework of the cooperation CREFAL/IICA/ISTEC/OAS with the Latin American and Caribbean governments and corporations, the objective of this event was to present the work done by these institutions to boards of directors, specialists, educators in the region, participants and design an International Specialized Diploma/Degree in Digital Library Management to promote life-long learning. More details regarding this event will be published as they become available.

XXVII Latin American Computer Science Conference - CLEI?2001

    Mérida, Venezuela, September 24 28, 2001.

    The Universidad de Los Andes will host and organize the XXVII Latin American Computer Science Conference

    promoted by the Centro Latinoamericano de Estudios en Informática (CLEI). This conference, with headquarters in Chile, throughout the past 26 years has acquired the prestige of the most important scientific event in Latin America in the areas of Computation and Computer Science. ISTEC will provide some funds to finance scholarships for Latin American authors that present their papers at this event.

Seminar / Workshop on Digital Libraries for the New Millennium,

    October 4 - 5, 2001, Universidad de los Andes, Caracas, Venezuela

    The main purpose of this event is to gather a group of decision-making experts (Library Directors and/or Directors of Information Centers) with the aim to make the experiences in Latin America and other regions in the hemisphere in digital library material; offer tools for the implementation of digital libraries to the participating organizations; provide information about the latest technological advances in the development of digital libraries, and strengthen the system of material cooperation of digital libraries that has been adopted in the past through ISTEC.

    This event is supported under the auspices of CeCalCULA, Computación Académica y los Servicios Bibliotecarios de la de la Universidad de los Andes, Fundacite Mérida, CONICIT, and ISTEC.

XI ISTEC General Assembly

    The next General Assembly will be hosted by the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at the Mayagüez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico from December 5 to 7, 2001. Based on several members‟ suggestions at the last General Assembly, this year‟s event will last three days and will include Liblink, ACE, and R&D sessions as well as

    concurrent workshops.

    The department, which forms part of the School of Engineering at the Campus that includes Civil, Mechanical, Chemical and Industrial Engineering, has 1500 students and 48 professors. The School of Engineering has 4700 students, and the Mayagüez Campus has 14,000, and the entire student population at the University of Puerto Rico is 60,000 students. More detailed information will be available at the ISTEC Webpage.

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“IT Challenge” Events in the Region, 2001

    Caracas, Venezuela and Santiago, Chile

    Among the series of events “IT Challenges” Motorola – ISTEC, the consortium is organizing and sponsoring

    consciousness-raising events in the areas of science and technology. The objectives of these events include: Promote scientific knowledge and share opportunities for companies, the government, the academy, and the overall society; propose specific activities in the academy, the regulation and the agreements that promote funding research and development in technology; influence the renewal of laws and policies relevant to technology and R & initiatives; develop strategies to promote incentives for R & D, available through international organizations; foment the growth and retention of talent and professionals in the areas of R & D; raise consciousness of the opportunities and the market potential of embedded solutions in Latin America and make aware of the opportunities and potential applications of software in the new digital-based economy of electronic transactions.

    Included among the participants of these events are governmental agencies responsible for the policies regarding technology, R & D, universities in the region, research centers, leading technology companies, and international organizations.

    Currently, the Executive Office is working in collaboration with the Universidad Simón Bolívar and the Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) to organize the event for October 15 16 at the CAF Campus in Caracas, Venezuela. This

    event will have an impact on the Andean Region. In addition, the EO is working with the Universidad de Chile to organize an event in Santiago December 12 14, 2001 for the Mercosur Region.

    During the year 2002, similar events are scheduled in Panamá (Central American Region), and Rio de Janeiro (for Brazil).

News from the ExecutiveOffice (EO):

Negotiations with COMPAQ / Hewlett Packard / IBM / Terra Lycos

    With the help of Microsoft, Executive Office representatives have begun working with COMPAQ and Hewlett Packard to explore collaborative options for the future and their possible entrance to the Consortium as a full member. A next meeting is currently being scheduled, and more information will be disseminated as soon as it becomes available.

Additionally, Carlos Rodriguez from Universidad de Monterrey México has been championing contacts with IBM and

    Terra Lycos. The former company visited the EO with a very attractive and aggressive proposal for all ISTEC members which emcompasses SW / HW and discounts. Terra Lycos also visited the EO and have shown interest in joining ISTEC and collaborating in the Los Libertadores inititative. The EO is waiting to receive concrete proposals by early September.

Proquest / EMC, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts

    The EO has recently met with representatives from both Proquest / EMC as well as Cambridge Scientific Abstracts and is negotiating possible access to full text information for all Iberoamerica through these vendors. A partial proposal was received by the EO, and a second meeting will take place in the next months.

ISTEC Board of Directors’ Meeting

    The first bi-annual regular Board of Directors meeting took place May 31 June 1 at the Motorola Headquarters in Ft

    Lauderdale, Florida. In addition to the regular administrative topics presented by the Consortium administration and the general direction of the Initiatives, the Board also included pending topics such as the ISTEC Business Plan for Los Liberadores Gateway and some of the conditions for the election process of Board Members that will take place at the General Assembly held in Puerto Rico this year.

    If you would like more information about this upcoming event, please contact the Consortium at the Executive Office.

New Conditional Members

    As of August 1, the following institutions have been accepted conditionally by the Board of Directors. Their final acceptance must be ratified by the General Assembly during its meeting in Puerto Rico in December.

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Universidad de La Sabana Colombia; EAFIT Colombia; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Cali) Colombia;

    Universidad de Carabobo Venezuela; Universidad Politécnica de Valencia Spain; Tecnológico de Baja California

    México; Aquila Technologies USA; Semio USA; Universidad del Norte Colombia; Universidad Jorge Tadeo

    Lozano Colombia; CETYS Universidad México; South West Texas University United States.

ISTEC Distributed Data Base

    As a result of work initiated last year, the Executive Office announces that the ISTEC‟s Distributed Database (BDDIS) is in its operational phase. This first phase is available exclusively to the Executive Office and future access will eventually be open to all members once the appropriate security systems are installed and user access codes are assigned to each member. In the future, the ISTEC Database will allow members access to detailed information regarding internal or external institutions, projects, events, and among others. This Database will decentralize information and will permit timely reception of information about events and members by the Executive Office.

    For further information, please contact : Bddis-info@istec.org, or Luis Arregocés at the Executive Office (arregos@istec.org).

Lack of payment of membership dues affects voting privileges

    The EO wishes to remind all members of the necessity to be current on paying membership dues to guarantee the effective daily operation of the Consortium. As was agreed upon during the last General Assembly under the “New Membership Regulations” section 2.4 (please see the Webpage under Membership Regulations) only those

    institutions that are current on their dues through the month of October will be able to vote for a candidate for the Board or run for office at the time of the General Assembly. We respectfully remind our members of this obligation in order that their institutions can continue to contribute towards the larger goals of the Consortium.

Board of Directors Elections

    As was agreed upon at the most recent General Assembly and as outlined in the approved “Election Procedures,” four academic and two industrial positions will be elected for three years terms during the XI General Assembly. Please visit the ISTEC Webpage to acquaint yourself with the Election Procedures, the current make-up of the ISTEC Board of Directors, and the information necessary in order to be able to vote at the next General Assembly.

Los Libertadores:

    Gateway Los Libertadores

    Under the coordination of Dr. Ramiro Jordán, Director of Strategy and Planning, the Executive Office has been working on the proposal for the Los Libertadores Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Plan. Its objectives include supporting education, distance learning, research and development, intellectual property development, capital acquisition, project and program incubation. This plan will be a major source of revenue generation within the region for member universities through the use of the Portal by non-members, and others throughout the world who wish to access the databases and contacts within the region. This plan has captured the interest and enthusiasm of industry and large-scale vendors who wish to contribute to the goals and objectives of the Consortium. Included among these major vendors, who are also ISTEC members, are Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Nortel Networks, Motorola, SCT, EpicEdge, and SilverPlatter. Since massively improved telecommunication services within the region is a major aspect of the Los Libertadores Project and the Portal, ISTEC has recently gained the support and interest of three major international telecom providers who wish to provide the major backbones required for ISTEC to achieve its goals. Among these are IMPSAT, AMPATH, and W4. We have created a structured plan to incubate and capitalize future high-tech companies that emanate from or through ISTEC academic members, as well as provide full assistance to successfully bring an idea from the laboratory into the commercial marketplace in a timely and efficient manner. This effort translates into the identification of new opportunities, talent, venture capital, management, technology assessment, IP protection, and marketing.

    During the first two quarters of the year, Dr. Jordan met with investment banks, foundations, international organizations, venture capital firms, and other organizations in order to develop this plan and its pertinent implementation. The latest versions of this plan were presented at the Board of Directors Meeting May 31 June 1.

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Negotiations with Seattle-based Venture Capital Firm NVST (Private Equity Network)

    ISTEC President and Director of Strategic Affairs met with representatives from this Seattle-based Venture Capital firm to present the Los Libertadores Gateway project and discuss possible collaborative strategies between both institutions. The scheme will be centered on connecting entrepreneurs and business incubators at participating institutions with Venture Capitalists willing to invest in new technologies and their commercialization. NVST has initially proposed to provide technology solutions to assist the Los Libertadores Project that include: Opportunity Showcasing; Private Equity Transaction Management; Private Equity Transaction Storage; Conference Showcasing and Registration; Provide research and software products for the private equity and mergers and acquisition markets; Online research databases; financial database research; online publishing and retrieval; and business evaluation software.

Liblink:

Research Study on Libraries and Databases

    ISTEC has continued collective negotiations with the purpose of providing our members with the greatest access to databases at the lowest price. In its Strategic Plan, the Consortium has established the Liblink Initiative as one of its first priorities under the premise that timely information is fundamental to the integral education of our students.

    Accordingly, ISTEC LibLink, along with UNESCO, has distributed a questionnaire among Liblink Liblink participants regarding their available databases and information needs. The results of this study will serve as a vital tool in our progress because it will allow us to access information regarding the number of scientific databases to which our students have access, determine in what areas they have access and in what classes, and how much of their universities‟ budgets are dedicated to databases, among other information. For this reason, it is important that everyone respond in detail to these questions.

    The results of this study will be disseminated throughout the ISTEC and UNESCO means of communication in order to provide an incentive for collective negotiations that, for reasons of economy of scale, will represent a comparative advantage that the Consortium should utilize. For more information regarding this study, please consult the ISTEC Webpage.

Software Development at the Universidad Nacional de la Plata for the

    Statistical Administration of Documents in Digital Libraries

    Marisa de Giusti and Emiliano Marmonti have developed the beta version of the project „Statistical administration of

    Documents in Digital Libraries‟ (SIDGE), which has been developed at the Universidad Nacional de la Plata in Argentina. The project comprises the creation and implementation of a standard platform for accessing statistical information from interconnected Digital Libraries.

    Its full features will include: Increased accessibility to historical data about document delivery and user‟s request of information that will help the library to determine the necessities of both users and librarians; a built-in a double access interface providing users and administrations with specific information about the documents; a display of the status of any requests that lets the user keep track of the document during the delivery process; and the standardization of the indexes‟ collection and metadata in each library as well as the implementation of a search engine that will search across all the available collections at participating universities.

The software was already installed successfully at UNICAMP Brazil, and will be displayed and possibly deployed at

    the University of New Mexico and ULA Venezuela. For more information, please contact Marisa de Giusti at:

    marisadg@volta.ing.unlp.edu.ar

ISTEC REBIDIMEX Coordination Meeting

    May 3, Xalapa, México

    During a recent visit to Xalapa in May, EO/Liblink representatives Jorge García and Johann van Reenen met with the coordinating committee and members of REBIDIMEX in order to evaluate the progress and leadership for the upcoming years. In just a couple of years, under the guidance of Enedina Ortega (ITESM Edo México), REBIDIMEX

    was created as the Mexican Digital Libraries Group that sponsored a number of events, seminars, and established policies and procedures for document exchange and collaboration at both national and international levels.

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    The main objective of this meeting was to establish future leadership for the program REBIDIMEX that will continue promoting “the use and the creation of services to disseminate information in electronic and computer engineering

    through the web.” Under the leadership of a committee composed of the Centro de Cooperación Regional para la Educación de Adultos en América Latina y el Caribe (CREFAL), ITESM Campus in México City, and the Colegio de México, CREFAL, as the main coordinator among others, will be responsible for: The coordination of committee meetings, the creation of Information Repositories, as well as administering, sending and delivering electronic documents in conjunction with the ISTEC personnel at UNM, maintaining and developing the REBIDIMEX Webpage, and maintaining a communication link with the Liblink Director. ISTEC‟s commitments include: Continuing to provide free document exchange with UNM, supporting the coordination of workshops, committee meetings, and conferences related to the development of the digital library in Mexico, supporting the program by writing and submitting proposals, publishing information related to REBIDIMEX in the ISTEC Quarterly Message, and linking Regional Directors (such as, for example, with CONACyT).

    The success of the Mexican model will set an important precedent in the creation of new regional Liblink blocks. For more information, please contact Enedina Ortega at: eortega@campus.ccm.itesm.mx or Jorge García at (jgarcia@istec.org).

Liblink Basic Training Workshop- 2001

    UNM USA, Universidad de Granada España, México, Uruguay, Venezuela

    The Executive Office and the Initiative Directors are currently planning a series of modular workshops to be coordinated and carried out in 2001 and 2002. The regional nature of these workshops will be customized according to the needs of each host institution. Detailed information will be available to ISTEC members on the Webpage, in the Quarterly Message, and on specialized listserves. For more information, please contact the Executive Office.

Master’s Program in Library Science – University of South Florida (USF) and

    Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) - Brazil

    In recent months, USF personnel visited several Brazilian ISTEC members to coordinate joint programs, and planning for the distance Master‟s Program in Library and Information science at USF is underway. Ten cross-cultural courses

    have been identified and there is a timeline for future coordination. A cooperative project proposal for funding from USF School of Library and Information Science and the Library School at the Federal University of Santa Catarina is currently being prepared. This project will include USF faculty going to Florianópolis and working in a staff development mode to assist their faculty in upgrading their own technology skills, with reference to personal use as well as the use of technology in teaching. For additional information, please contact Johann van Reenen (jreenen@unm.edu) or Willie Moreno (Moreno@eng.usf.edu).

Research and Development Labs:

Centro de Excelência Ibero-americano em Tecnología Eletrônica Avançada (CEITEC)

    Planned to begin in 2003, the goal of the Ceitec Project is to provide training in the knowledge of high technology in micro-electronic semi-conductor processing, research and development, and integrated circuit prototypes.

    The semiconductor global market is $ 280 billion (US) per year and the electronic equipment market is $ 6 trillion (US), accordingly estimated projections for Latin America in 2005 is 10% of this total, or in other words, $ 600 billion (US) per year. Ceitec will have a Center for Integrated Circuit Prototypes CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor), that will provide more than 90% of the financial volume produced internationally in semi-conductors; and an incubator of companies in Advanced Electronic Design for the creation of projects in integrated circuits made of silicon.

    This project is financed and sponsored by Motorola, the Brazilian Government, and the State of Rio Grande do Sul.

R & D Exchange Program at the University of South Florida

    April

    During a recent visit to USF in April-May, Dr. Miskulin met with several USF authorities and the USF-ISTEC representative Willie Moreno in order to discuss cooperative exchange programs and possibilities for interaction with other ISTEC members. A follow-up visit of USF representatives to UNICAMP is scheduled to take place soon, and all

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    updates will be posted on the ISTEC Webpage as they become available. For more details and information, please contact Willie Moreno at: Moreno@eng.usf.edu

ISTEC Participation at the Microsoft Faculty Summit 2001

    July 23-24, Seattle, WA

    To foster greater interaction among technology professionals, educators and researchers, Microsoft gathered some 300 faculties from 85 universities worldwide for the second annual Microsoft Faculty Summit. The two-day event featured talks by Rick Rashid, senior vice president of Microsoft Research, and Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman and chief software architect, as well as leading researchers, developers and educators. Discussion topics ranged from Microsoft's technology and its direction in the information-technology industry to specific areas of research, such as human-computer interaction; learning technologies; mobile and wireless; .NET; and operating systems and networks.

    During this event, Microsoft University Relations representative met with ISTEC President Mauro Miskulin in order to develop the program to create 8 laboratories at regional institutions. Microsoft will be present at the XI GA in Puerto Rico to meet Consortium members and discuss their collaborative strategies.

ISTEC-Motorola Digital DNA Academy

    University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus

    August 8-9

    On this occasion, Dr Howard Pollard traveled to UP Mayagüez Campus with the support of Motorola to teach a two-

    day course on the MCORE technology. Additionally, Metrowerks / Motorola have reached an agreement with the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez where the companies will donate laboratory equipment to the university. The donation event was held on Thursday, August 9th and the Digital DNA Academy took place on August 8-9.

Curriculum Evaluation

    Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja

    August 10, Loja, Ecuador

    Following his trip to Puerto Rico, Dr. Howard will meet with the Dean and professors of the engineering department at UTPL, Ecuador to conduct a preevaluation of their engineering curriculum and to give a conference on: "El uso de VHDL en la descripción y la síntesis de sistemas de hardware ”.

VHDL course

    Universidad Catolica Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion,

    Agosto 13-17, Asunción, Paraguay

    On these dates, Dr. Pollard will travel to Asunción to teach a VHDL course utilizing the Mentor Graphics development tools at ISTEC member institutions UC Paraguay. The course will be open to both local professors and students.

R&D Project Evaluation

    August 18-19, Universidad ORT, Uruguay

    R&D Initiative director Dr. Pollard will meet with Guillermo Bellora and Patricia Corbo to work on a proposed R&D workshop. He will also work with Professor Bellora on a project utilizing the VHDL Mentor Graphics development tools. Additionally, Dr. Pollard will hold meetings with ISTEC representatives at the Universidad de la República and ORT to coordinate future regional events.

Code Warrior Offerings

    Currently, R&D representatives at the Executive Office and at member institutions are defining the final work scheme with this company. Negotiations are underway, and a specific announcement will be made to all members regarding Motorola and Metrowerks HW/SW tools.

Motorola MCORE Contest

    There have been some changes in this contest, and the deadline has been extended to August 2002. The contest began at 8:00 a.m., Eastern Time, January 31, 2001. Design contest entries will consist of a functional specification describing the IP peripheral block to be designed to interface with the M-CORE architecture. This document must be presented in conjunction with the database request form. All additional changes and information will be posted and updated on the ISTEC Webpage.

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    Motorola, Inc. has agreed to support the ISTED R&D Initiative by announcing M?CORE M210S Design Contest. This contest has been designed to encourage students to develop peripheral functions required for System on a Chip (SoC) integrations while accelerating the deployment of M-CORE technology to ISTEC university members. Contest participants will develop Integrated Peripheral (IP) blocks to be integrated with the M?CORE M210S CPU and reference platforms. Motorola‟s System-on-a-Chip standards will be used to guarantee a consistent set of deliverables across contest entries. For more information, contact Sergio Bampi (bampi@inf.ufrgs.br) or iadmin@istec.org.

Shipment of computer boards for R&D laboratories

    Colombia, Venezuela, Uruguay, Brazil, USA, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Panama 2001:

    During the year 2001, ISTEC R&D coordinated and facilitated a number of donations to create / enhance the

    infrastructure of participating R&D member sites. Among those receiving members were: Universidad de los Andes

    Venezuela; Universidad de la República Uruguay; Universidade Federal do Espiritu Santo Brazil; University of

    Tennessee-Knoxville - USA; Universidad Autónoma de Occidente Colombia, Universidad Tecnológica Particular de

    Loja Ecuador, Universidad Tecnológica de Panama Panamá; Facultadades COC, Brazil, Universidad Javeriana,

    Cali, Colombia; Universidad Autonoma de Occidente, Colombia; Católica de Perú, Perú; Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

     ISTEC R&D Directors and coordinators are currently reviewing donation procedures with donating member industries in order to define new guidelines for donations and preferential purchasing. Among these are Metrowerks/Motorola, Mentor Graphics, Cadence, and Synopsis, among others. For more information, please contact Jorge García at: jgarcia@istec.org

Advanced Continuing Education:

ISTEC in association with FIPSE/CAPES Brazil and the universities of South Florida, UNICAMP and UFSC are

    developing a plan for the implementation of a Masters Program in Digital Libraries along with a student exchange program.

    The first steps and initial visits have already been carried out, and a joint proposal will be submitted in early 2002. From the USA, UNM and USF will participate, and from Brazil UNICAMP and UFSC will act as the main coordinators. The Executive Office will disclose additional details regarding the program as soon as they become available. For more information, please contact Mauro Miskulin at: miskulin@istec.org.

Live Simulcast on August 1st, 2001

    The Emergence of Resistant Pathogens: A Call for Intervention Collaboration

    August 1, 2001 6:30 - 8:30 PM (EST)

    The primary purpose for this simulcast presentation is to provide a forum for the exchange of information and create covenants between global health care providers, academic institutions, government agencies, and the private sector with regard to the emergence of resistant pathogens. The ultimate goal is to develop strategies to improve outcomes through education and pro-active initiatives to improve health care delivery in Latin America, the Caribbean Nations, as well as in the United States. This event is sponsored by University of South Florida College of Public Health. For information on content, contact Jenni Genz (conted@hsc.usf.edu).

ITESM Mexico City and Los Alamos National Laboratories Exchange

    Carlos Medina-Molina will be working at LANL‟s undergraduate student program from June to August of the current year. He has been invited as a research scholar to provide program support for databases currently maintained for library products.

Exchanges at the University of New Mexico

    UNM EECE has accepted over 7 exchange students in its Master‟s / Ph.D. programs this upcoming fall semester.

    The students, who will arrive from several Latin American countries including Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina, will receive a TA/Gaship from EECE. More information regarding these exchanges and instructions on how to apply can be accessed on the ISTEC Webpage, under scholarships.

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Alliance between ISTEC WWW.UNIVERSIA.NE

    Thirty-two Spanish universities have collaborated in the Universia Portal Project (www.universia.net) along with the

    Conferencia de Rectores (CRUE), el Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and the Banco Santander Central Hispano (BSCH). A total of 58 Spanish universities and 135 Ibero-Americans are involved in bringing this initiative to fruition in Spain and 10 Ibero-American countries that will gradually take form in all of the Spanish-speaking nations.

    Universia provides services and utility contents for different groups that make of the university community, not available anywhere else, selected and structured to configure a “portal of portals” of transnational dimensions. This project is the natural result of multiple university projects that the BSCH has been developing in the Internet environment with services and contents specific to this community, as well as the basic promotion of the whole portal chat, email, and

    discussions and commercial breaks commerce directed toward consumers, travel, and pleasure.

    So far, conversations between ISTEC and Universia have created portal nodes in member universities to share content. The node in the US will be at the University of New Mexico.

Continuing Studies Course (Diplomado) in Commercial Networks Planning and Administration

    The Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial, IBM Ecuador, and ISTEC (Consorcio Iberoamericano para la Educación en Ciencia y Tecnología), with the objective to collaborate in the development in the Area of Database and Telecommunication Networks in the country and considering that the demand for professionals with diversified training in advanced topics of Administration and Design of Database Networks is deeply felt in the country, invites you participate in the CONTINUING STUDIES COURSE (DIPLOMADO) IN COMMERCIAL NETWORKS PLANNING AND

    ADMINISTRATION. The contents of this course includes:

    Internal Commercial Communications Systems; External Commercial Communications Systems; Planning, Design, and Development of Commercial Networks; Administration of Commercial Networks; Current Trends in Information Technology; Commercial Integration of E-Business; Tools for Systems Administration.

    For more information, please contact Gabriel Pazmiño at: gpazmino@ute.edu.ec or visit the Web site: http://www.ute.edu.ec/diplomado-redes.html. ISTEC member institutions and affiliates will receive a preferential rate.

Discussion Forums

    The Executive Office, in conjunction with the Universidad Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro, is launching a public discussion forum in order to create a space where ISTEC members can interact and share opinions and experiences. This forum can be accessed under the ISTEC Webpage, keeping in mind that this is the pilot phase in its development and as such is open to users‟ suggestions for improvement. We appreciate your comments and

    suggestions that may be directed to the Executive Office.

ARIADNE Update

    Nicolás Pérez de la Blanca is leading negotiations held with the European Foundation for Distance Learning Education (ARIADNE) that aims to provide all ISTEC members with a unique platform for member institutions to deliver courses online. At the moment two platforms might be available for ISTEC members for online course distribution and implementation, WEB-CT and ARIADNE. Due to budgetary limitations, the ARIADNE Platform is the one that best fits the requirements and possibilities of ISTEC members who wish to satisfy the increased demand for courses online. The ARIADNE software has been built-in a user interface in five different languages (Spanish, English, Italian, French, German) and Esperanto as a future addition to the program. At the same time, all members are encouraged to promote the active participation of faculty in their respective Universities in developing new curricula and course content. For more information, please contact Nicolas at: nicolas@ugr.es, or visit the ARIADNE site at: http://ariadne.unil.ch/association

    The ACE initiative is organizing a workshop related to ARIADNE features and requirements for its implementation that will be held at the GA 2001 in Puerto Rico.

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