Brussels, 24 Nov 2004
The first pan-Latin American network for research and education was officially launched in Brazil on 23 November. Known as RedCLARA, the network will receive support from the EU, and will be connected to GÉANT, the pan-European high-speed communications network for research.
Connection to GÉANT will allow the 600 university research institutions in Latin America to intensify their cooperation with more than 3,500 institutions in Europe, as well as many more around the world.
RedCLARA has already opened the way for the use of modern technology for the benefit of health and education in Latin America. The T@lemed project, for example, delivers specialist medical advice to native populations in remote places such as the Amazonian region in Brazil. The project also enables remote clinics to send data such as scans to hospitals in large cities for analysis by specialists. When a second opinion is needed, T@lemed again uses the network to send the data to experts in Europe.
The launch of RedCLARA took place at the third Latin American and Caribbean-EU ministerial forum on the information society. The meeting also saw a commitment from the delegations to tackling the social dimension of the information society by creating an 'Alliance for social cohesion through digital inclusion'.