Eloy Rodrigues: “I intend to emphasize the role that the institutional repositories can play in the new environment of Science”

eloytical2015Director of Documentation Services in the University of Minho, the Portuguese academic Eloy Rodrigues is one of the international speakers of TICAL2015, to be held between July 6 and 8, in Viña del Mar, Chile. In this interview, Rodrigues talks about his expectations for the conference and reveals the most important thing he will share with the participants of TICAL.

What are your expectations for the Conference and your participation in it?

I hope to better understand the reality of the Latin American universities, the challenges they are facing, the strategies they are developing to address these challenges and, in particular, the role of the information systems and the ICT in those strategies.

I also hope to contribute to TICAL participants experience by helping them to learn and think about the challenges and opportunities that the open science presents to the university information systems.

What motivated you to cross the Atlantic and join the event?

I accepted the invitation to participate in TICAL becuause of the desire to, as I said, better understand the reality of Latin American universities, but also to share with colleagues in the region my view of the role of the institutional repositories and because of the opportunity that I will have to make some additional visits and meetings in Chile and Peru, related to open access repositories.

How do you evaluate the importance of events like TICAL for the development of ICT and the professionals of the area?

Events like TICAL are always a great opportunity to share knowledge and experiences, either through the formal conference sessions or through personal contacts during the breaks and the social program. It is a favorable opportunity not only to meet new colleagues, but also to establish new collaborations, partnerships and projects.

Talking about the issues that will be addressed by you in the Conference, what is the most important thing you would like to highlight?

The scientific research is an international and global activity, supported by information infrastructures (e-infrastructures). On the other hand, there is a strong tendency for sharing and opening its results, which results in a growing recognition that the major investments that our societies are making in Science must have a greater impact if their results are openly available.

In this context, I intend to emphasize the role that the institutional repositories can play in the new environment of the digital, global, distributed and open science. In fact, the repositories can be the essential tool for the management of the search results (publications and data) produced locally and, simultaneously, through the adoption of interoperability standards, to participate and contribute to the global network of open access repositories. This network, supported by universities and other research centers around the world, is a sustainable, equitable and efficient way for the academic and scientific community to ensure the curating, the dissemination and the sharing of knowledge it produces.

Is this your first time in Chile? What do you know about the country and what do you want to do in your spare time during the Conference?

Yes, this will be my first visit to Chile. I hope to have the opportunity to meet other parts of the country after finishing TICAL because I'll be there a few more days for some additional visits and meetings, and also for a few days off at the end.


Five questions to: Diana Rocio Plata Arango, Colombia

dianarocioThe colombian Diana Rocio Plata Arango has a curriculum that many would like to have: she is a Systems Engineer, specialized in Management of Information Systems and is also Master in Computing Science. Her willingness to learn, however, does not end and will lead her to TICAL for the fifth time. In this interview, part of our series "Five questions to", she talks about her experiences in the past editions of TICAL, praises the organization of the event and tells us about her expectations for the 2015 edition. (Photo: ProactivaNET)

Hello, Diana. Tell us a little about yourself and about your formation.

Hello! I am Diana Rocio Plata Arango and live in Tunja, a city that is the capital of the Boyacá department and is located in the central region of Colombia, where there are beautiful scenery, delicious cuisine and a rich historical and religious heritage. I'm a Systems Engineer, specialized in Management Information Systems and Master in Computing Science. Currently, I work with the Pedagogical and Technological University of Colombia (UPTC) and coordinate the Group of Organization and Systems, which corresponds to the University technology area. I have also worked as a teacher and in some research projects related to IT.

What was your first contact with the advanced networks and how do you evaluate its development since then?

My first contact was when my university joined the regional network UNIRED and then the national network RENATA. It was there that I began to know the services that the networks offered and the existing possibilities. I now see how more services are offered through these networks and how we can already see the results of collaborative projects undertaken by them, reason why I consider that the advanced networks are already consolidated as guarantees of important research projects and innovation for countries.

In a context like this, what is the importance of TICAL for the development of the networks and the professionals in the field of ICT?

TICAL allows the professionals in ICT to know in first-hand the projects and experiences that are being developed in different universities and the cooperation projects undertaken in the networks. Thus, it allows us to identify how we should prepare to be part of these projects or generate initiatives within our institutions to carry out these same projects.

You participated in all four editions of TICAL and even presented papers. What lessons did you get from these different experiences?

TICAL is an event that became the only one in Latin America to bring together the IT managers of the Universities, what makes it a meeting place where we can share positive experiences and learn strategies to overcome problems that are common in the IT areas of the universities. Moreover, it is the opportunity to meet professionals from other countries, share experiences and create bonds of friendship.

With the presentation of papers in the conference, I had the opportunity to tell the experience of the university where I work, the UPTC, on the implementation of the ISO 20000-1: 2011 and ISO 27001: 2013 standards for the area of IT. It was a very interesting experience because I presented papers on the evolution of this project and today there are universities in Latin America with whom we are in contact because they also initiated similar projects of implementation of ISO standards.

There is another beautiful thing in TICAL, that is the friendliness and the warmth of all the people involved in the organization. We feel very welcomed, because they are very kind and attentive to resolve any problems that arise; they think of all the details in order to give us an unforgettable experience in TICAL.

Personally and professionally, what are your expectations for the TICAL2015, to be held in Chile? And why Colombians should participate?

My expectations are geared to participate in the Conference presenting a paper and sharing the experiences of the conclusion of our project of implementation of the standards in which we are already certified. We are the first university in Latin America to rely on these two certifications.

I also hope to meet colleagues from other countries, friendships made on other editions of TICAL and, obviously, meet new experiences and new colleagues.

Join TICAL is an experience that Colombians should not miss. It is an environment full of warmth, to share knowledge, to know important and interesting experiences about what is being done elsewhere in the world, and the opportunity to learn about another cultures and professionals from many places. Being part of TICAL gives you professional and personal knowledge.

TICAL2015 discloses the interinstitutional collaboration projects selected for the Conference

46F8BBE8DECBADE6F5550E7D47160501F6B621787C9090E114pimgpsh fullsize distrFour papers were selected to be part of the conference programme, which will be held between July 6 and 8, in Viña del Mar, Chile.

In the previous editions, TICAL presented in its programme papers of authors and young entrepreneurs, but in 2015 added the call for projects of interinstitutional collaboration, conducted by the national research networks which are members of RedCLARA and the institutions related to the ICT in Latin America. Among the chosen works, there are collaborations between institutions from Brazil, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina. To ensure the presentation of the projects, RedCLARA will reward one author for each selected work with the airfares to attend the Conference.

As well as in the other calls, All the submitted works were evaluated by the program committee integrated by Ernesto Chinkes - University of Buenos Aires (Argentina - President), Ruth Alvarez - Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (Ecuador), Fernando Fajardo - Universidad Autónoma de Chile (Chile), Roberto Price - Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile), Gabriel Silva - Universidad Federal Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Ronald Vargas - Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica (Costa Rica), who met in Santiago, Chile, during May 8 and 9.

The selected projects are:

1 - Formação de CSIRTs acadêmicos na América Latina, presented by RNP, CEDIA and REUNA 
2 - Repositorio Semántico de Investigadores, by CEDIA (Andrea Morales R) and Universidad de Cuenca (Victor Saquicela)
4 - Catálogo de Iniciativas de Software de Latinoamérica, by Consejo Interuniversitario Nacional (CIN) and Argentina (Ing. Jorge Calzoni, Ing. Guillermo Diorio)

Get to know the Conference Program in: http://tical.redclara.net/index.php/2014-11-07-17-48-02/2014-11-07-18-08-18


Registration for TICAL with promotional prices? Only until May 31

proycolab-tical2015Those who are interested in participating in the TICAL2015 Conference paying the promotional prices as registration fee should hurry. The period which gives the right to the attendees to register with lowered costs - determined by the organization - will end next Sunday, May 31.

In June 1st, the subscription prices for authors, members of the partner institutions and for the general public will be adjusted to the value that will be maintained until the conference date.

The registration can be made in three different modes: 1) Registration and immediate payment (via PayPal and Visa); 2) Registration and payment in the TICAL2015 headquarters; 3) Registration in the system and payment by bank transfer using the following data (the transaction must be made in US dollars):

Bank: Santander S.A. Montevideo, Uruguay
Account Number: 5200233001
Account Holder: Cooperación Latinoamericana de Redes Avanzadas (CLARA)
Through Wachovia Bank-ABA 026005092

Thus, registering until May 31, the participant guarantees the right to the promotional fares even if the payment is made at a later date. Registration includes the participation in TICAL2015, all the material for the event, coffee breaks, lunch and the participation in the gala dinner.

The registration form and other information regarding the fees of TICAL can be found in http://tical2015.redclara.net/index.php/2014-11-07-17-49-57

Get to know the TICAL program: http://tical2015.redclara.net/index.php/en/2014-11-07-17-48-02/2014-11-07-18-08-18

Five questions to: Rafael Ibarra, El Salvador

lito ibarraAfter crossing South America, our series "Five questions to" arrived to Central America where we talked to one of the main exponents of ICT in the region: the salvadorain Rafael "Lito" Ibarra. In this interview, he tells us a little about his career and reveals his expectations for TICAL2015.

Hello, Rafael. Tell us a little about yourself and about your formation.

Hello! I am Rafael "Lito" Ibarra, graduated in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration, and Master in new information and communications technologies. I worked in the academy (for over 27 years) as well as in the private sector, being part of several directive joints and organizations of the civil society. I am also a consultant for public and private entities and founder member of several organizations, including RedCLARA and RAICES.

What was your first contact with the advanced networking and how do you assess their development since then?

We contributed to the definition and subsequent implementation of the ALICE project, which gave birth to RedCLARA, RAICES and seven other national research and education networks in Latin America. I think that the development of the advanced networks in our region is heterogeneous, given that some countries excelled and progressed very quickly while others are still battling for their development, in addition to those that haven’t form its national network yet.

In a context like this, what is the importance of TICAL for the development of networks and professionals in the field of ICT?

TICAL is a hotbed of ideas, initiatives, experiences and possible alliances for IT directors of the participating universities. It allows us to know the rights and wrongs of the institutions of the region, whether they are big or small.

You participated in four editions of TICAL. What lessons did you take from each of these experiences?

In all of them there were new experiences introduced, projects about which I had no idea though they were being developed by institutions in Latin America.

From a personal and professional perspective, what are your expectations for TICAL2015 to be held in Chile? And why Salvadorians should attend?

I hope to find new proposals coming from the Latin American universities on how they are responding to the contemporary challenges: online education, BYOD, voice over IP, etc. Salvadorians, like other Latin Americans, should be involved to meet these experiences and the answers for the problems that are already being experienced, as well as the ones that will be faced in a near future. It is always better to learn from the experience of colleagues and friends before taking decisions in our institutions.


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