It is a commonplace that the internet has led to a globalisation of informatics and that this has had beneficial effects in terms of standards and interoperability. However this necessary harmonisation has also led to a growing understanding that this positive trend has an in-built assumption that "one size fits all". The paper explores the importance of local and national research in addressing global issues and the appropriateness of local solutions and applications. It concludes that federal and collegial solutions are to be preferred to imperial solutions.
|Title of host publication||ProLISSA2004|
|Subtitle of host publication||Progress in Library and Information Science in Southern Africa. Proceedings of the Third Biennial DISSAnet Conference|
|Editors||T J D Bothma, A M Kaniki|
|Place of Publication||Glenstantia, South Africa|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Oct 2004|
|Event||Progress in Library and Information Science in Southern Africa: Third Biennial DISSAnet Conference - Farm Inn, Pretoria, South Africa|
Duration: 28 Oct 2004 → 29 Oct 2004
|Conference||Progress in Library and Information Science in Southern Africa|
|Period||28/10/04 → 29/10/04|
- information management
- user behaviour
- open access
- scholarly communication
Law, D. (2004). Research, relativity and relevance: can universal truths answer local questions. In T. J. D. Bothma, & A. M. Kaniki (Eds.), ProLISSA2004: Progress in Library and Information Science in Southern Africa. Proceedings of the Third Biennial DISSAnet Conference (pp. 1-10).