The Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks (RedCLARA) stands as a fundamental pillar for the development of science, education, and innovation in the region since its establishment in 2004. This non-profit organization, with its links to global advanced networks, has created a vibrant academic network that connects the region with the rest of the world.
With 13 member nations, RedCLARA has not only strengthened the region’s infrastructure but has also fostered collaboration and open science. Projects such as LA Referencia have allowed researchers to directly access the collections of Latin America, promoting the creation of context-specific knowledge tailored to the region.
As an integral part of the objectives of the EU-LAC Digital Alliance and the BELLA II project, TICAL provides a strategic space for the exchange of experiences and discussion on digital transformation in Latin America and the Caribbean. This forum not only identifies common challenges and opportunities but also contributes to building a common digital-based development agenda.
TICAL: Connecting Digital Transformation in Latin America
A highlight of this network is the TICAL Conference, an event that serves as the epicenter for the ICT Directors’ community in the region. This annual conference becomes the place where experiences, initiatives, and knowledge from universities converge, generating invaluable exchange in the field of information and communication technologies.
In its latest edition in 2023, the TICAL Conference embraced the theme “Bridges to Transformation.” This focus highlighted the crucial role of national research and education networks (RNIEs) throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. These networks, interconnecting the regional digital ecosystem, drive collaboration to advance the digital transformation of countries.
The Future of RedCLARA: A Crucial Task
The director of the .GT Domain Registry, Luis Furlán, points towards the future in this interview. Science, technology, and education are key to the development of countries, and RedCLARA can play a crucial role in “elevating” Latin America on the global scientific and educational map. The task for the next generations of RedCLARA is to continue evolving to meet the changing needs of the region.
In conclusion, RedCLARA and TICAL have not only built a network of advanced connectivity but have also paved the way for broader scientific collaboration and addressed the specific challenges of the region. Their impact extends beyond physical connections, influencing the way research and education are conducted in Latin America. Learn more about the organizations collaborating with the .GT Domain Registry here.