Societal Benefits of Freely Accessible Technologies and Knowledge Resources

Societal Benefits of Freely Accessible Technologies and Knowledge Resources

Oswaldo Terán (Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela) and Jose Aguilar (Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: April, 2015|Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 361
ISBN13: 9781466683365|ISBN10: 1466683368|EISBN13: 9781466683372|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8336-5


Open access to information resources and technology can have a profound impact on the economic development of a region as well as society in general. In recent years, reaction against proprietary knowledge and technology has led to tremendous debate both in academic and professional circles.

Societal Benefits of Freely Accessible Technologies and Knowledge Resources analyzes current perspectives on the advantages of unrestricted access to information resources and technology intended to advance the prospect for knowledge, innovation, and development across the globe. Touching on topics of relevance to the private and public sectors, this publication is ideally designed for use by policymakers, business managers, academicians, researchers, students, IT practitioners, and legal professionals.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Copyright Law
  • Endogenous Development
  • Knowledge and Education
  • Legal Implications
  • Open Source
  • Patent Law
  • Public Policy
  • Technology Adoption

Reviews and Testimonials

The editors present a collection of academic papers and scholarly articles focused on the advantages of unrestricted access to information resources and technologies. The eleven contributions are devoted to open modeling for simulators, the state of technology in Venezuela in the context of production chains, the impact and potential of emerging technologies for fostering democracy, and a wide variety of other related subjects.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Oswaldo Terán got his Systems Engineering degree and a M. Sc. in Applied Statistics at, and is a full Professor of, the University of Los Andes in Venezuela. His Ph.D was in Computational Modeling at the Centre for Policy Modeling of the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He was a Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Toulouse-1, from April 2013 to March 2014, in the Project Emotes, related with modeling morality and emotions in organizational settings. He has been directive of FUNDACITE-Merida and CENDITEL, where he has promoted (via diverse projects) free, pertinent and liberating knowledge, methodologies and technologies. His main research subjects are Social Simulation, Strategic Planning and Organizational Studies.
Jose Aguilar received the B. S. degree in 1987 (Universidad de Los Andes-Venezuela), the M. Sc. degree in 1991 (Universite Paul Sabatier-France), and the Ph.D degree in 1995 (Universite Rene Descartes-France). He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Computer Sciences at the University of Houston (1999-2000). He is full Professor at the Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela; member of the Mérida Science Academy and of the IEEE CIS Technical Committee on Neural Networks. Also, currently he is Prometeo Researcher at the Technical University of Loja (UTPL) and Yachay-EP, Ecuador. He has published more than 400 papers and 9 books, in the field of parallel and distributed systems, computational intelligence, science and technology management, etc. Dr. Aguilar has been a visiting research/professor in different universities/laboratories, coordinator or inviting research in more than 20 research/industrial projects, and supervised more than 40 M.S. and Doctoral theses.