The goal of this track is to provide the content developers in the region with the required tools to offer high quality materials in Spanish well suited to convey the desired effect. It will draw from expert panels in different areas, and consists of talks illustrated with supporting materials and hands-on exercises.


Lilian Chamorro, Colnodo, Colombia
Patricia Peña, FLACSO, Chile


Patricia Peña, FLACSO, Chile
Ariel Barbosa,  Colnodo, Colombia


Lilian Chamorro, Colnodo, Colombia


Day 1
Introduction of the participants and their current role and expectations.
Review of of main portals, newspapers, magazines, journals, university digital libraries, specialized documentation centers, bulletin boards, country and sociocultural web sites. These reviews will highlight the challenges, achievements, as well as technical and operational requirements of each kind of system.
Experts from different media will be invited, furnished with a list of questions upon which to base their presentation, and given some time to answer the questions from the audience.
One issue addressed will be the building of work teams, methods of on-line working, and activities coordination by means of intranets.
A hands-on session will follow dedicated to the use of search engines and portals to access information, newspapers, multiplataform systems, like e-mail to pagers, and palm pilots.
A specific theme will be defined and assigned to teams of 2 participants, who will work on it during the rest of the week.
This day will allow each participant to find a specific role and assess the technical and financial requirements to achieve it.

Day 2
Information Theory. (This should be covered by a journalist or communicator and will consume the morning, with a questions session)
The following aspects will be discussed:
How to become aware of the information in our posession.
How to publish it. What are the differences between different formats (an essay or a press release?)
Research Methodology: the content producer must know how to find contents!
How to organize sources. (Indexes, Bookmarks, etc.)
How and what to publish about my subject.
Quality Control
Editing, reviewing, style correction and uniformization of the used language. (Spanish local varieties).
Social Responsibility in relation with the information handled.
The afternoon will be dedicated to a practical on-line research on a particular subject. Two different ways to present the subject will be developed, by means of 2 different web pages applying the skills learned.

Day 3
Basic Design: HTML with Netscape Composer or FrontPage2000. HTML complements (javascripts, database, forms, etc.)
Theoretical hours in the morning and 2 hours hands-on after the coffee break to implement what was researched the first day and written the second day.
In the afternoon 2 hours will be dedicated to basic graphic design for the web (issues of color, size, animation) and 2 hours of hands-on using Microsoft Image Composer, PaintShop Pro and the animation and file compression tools that these programs offer. Other file compression programs will be discussed. METADATA for indexing/cataloging will be presented.

Day 4
Database: Virtual Libraries and Documentation Centers
A case study about a virtual library, like the one at University of California at Berkeley, Library of Congress or Barcelona Open University Library will be presented during the whole morning.
The afternoon will be spent dealing with Colnodo efforts on the mounting of specialized database on low cost system based on Linux.

Day 5
In the morning we will continue the previous afternoon work allowing each participant to develop a small database and mount it.
In the afternoon the participants will finish mounting their projects in a server.

Day 6
The participant's works will be presented, and awards given to the best efforts



This is a theoretical/practical course. Curriculum delivery will be a combination of lectures with hands-on sessions.


Maximum of 30 Participants.