International Satellite Communications to Support and Supplement Web-Based Information Exchange: A Co-Operative Programme

International Satellite Communications to Support and Supplement Web-Based Information Exchange: A Co-Operative Programme

A. Neelameghan (Sarada Ranganathan Endowment for Library Science, India)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4365-9.ch018
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Abstract

This chapter describes international collaborative programs to develop information exchange networks connecting the Pacific Island communities among themselves on the one hand and between them and the Pacific rim countries and the rest of the world on the other. It gives as an example the use of the PEACESAT (Pan-Pacific Education and Communications Experiments by Satellite) satellite network to “talk to” heads of libraries of several Pacific Islands to obtain quick approval of a plan for an Asia-Pacific regional development information network, before submitting the plan document to funding agencies/sponsors.1
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2. Island Communities Of The South Pacific Region

The indigenous peoples of the islands of the South Pacific live close to nature and have a concern for and unique knowledge of, the natural resources, fauna and flora, and have developed a variegated native cultures, traditions, arts and crafts. Of course, they would like to share this knowledge, experiences and cultures among themselves and with the peoples of the Pacific mainland and globally. They also desire to benefit from the scientific, technological and economic developments of other countries.

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