Research, relativity and relevance: can universal truths answer local questions

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    It is a commonplace that the internet has led to a globalisation of informatics and that this has had beneficial effects in terms of standards and interoperability. However this necessary harmonisation has also led to a growing understanding that this positive trend has an in-built assumption that "one size fits all". The paper explores the importance of local and national research in addressing global issues and the appropriateness of local solutions and applications. It concludes that federal and collegial solutions are to be preferred to imperial solutions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProLISSA2004
    Subtitle of host publication Progress in Library and Information Science in Southern Africa. Proceedings of the Third Biennial DISSAnet Conference
    EditorsT J D Bothma, A M Kaniki
    Place of PublicationGlenstantia, South Africa
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Oct 2004
    EventProgress in Library and Information Science in Southern Africa: Third Biennial DISSAnet Conference - Farm Inn, Pretoria, South Africa
    Duration: 28 Oct 200429 Oct 2004


    ConferenceProgress in Library and Information Science in Southern Africa
    Country/TerritorySouth Africa


    • informatics
    • research
    • information management
    • globalisation
    • interoperability
    • user behaviour
    • open access
    • scholarly communication

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