Open Knowledge Environment in Bridging Digital Divide for Innovative Research and Development

16 November 2009 - A Workshop on Internet Governance for Development in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt


Open knowledge environment (OKE) will play critical role in bridging digital divide for innovative research and development. The progresses during the last half decade have demonstrated that the joint action with the cross boundary and disciplinary methodology is the most efficient way for establishing an OKE in developing countries. Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST) is the largest national non-governmental organization of scientific and technological workers in China. Through its member societies - nearly 200 in number - and local branches all over the country, the organization maintains close ties with millions of Chinese scientists, engineers and other people working in the fields of science and technology. CCIT/CAST works with the e-SDDC UNDESA-GAID, CODATA TGDC and WGISS/CEOS to domo experiences and show cases how OKE supports the innovative research and development. The workshop will also identify new challenges in OKE in bridging digital divide.

Speakers are as follows:

Dr. William Drake 
Centre for International Governance 
Graduate Institute of International and 
Development Studies 
Geneva, Switzerland 

Prof. LIU Chuang 
Institute of Geographical Sciences and natural Resources 
Chinese Academy of Sciences 
Executive Committee of UN GAID e-SDDC 

Prof. GU Xingfa 
Institute of Remote Sensing Applications Chinese Academy of Sciences 

Ayman El-Dessouky Ibrahim 
Professor of Computers and Chairman of the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences 

To be confirmed. 
(The professor is on vocation and will be return to the office in mid-July) 

Hosted by China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) 

Contact Person: 
MA Jing