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ASIST 2012 Annual Meeting
Baltimore, MD, October 26-30, 2012
Content Divide: Africa and the Global Knowledge Footprint
Shimelis Assefa, Abebe Rorissa, Daniel Alemneh and Kendra Albright
In line with issues in international information, panel members aim to discuss the global knowledge footprint from a unique and distinct perspective. Framed here as 'content divide,' the focus is to present an international comparative analysis of knowledge production using scientific/technical research, and patent outputs of individual countries and regions across the world. Without restating the obvious that rich countries produce more and poor countries less, and hence the divide, panelists place emphasis on variables that help bridge the divide. The approach places emphasis on the connection between gross expenditure on R&D (GERD) and research performance mainly by higher education institutions; innovation activities using patent registration as one key indicator, and the role of national education and research network (NREN) as key enabler to foster research productivity.