Science: The Global Knowledge Society

Knowledge societies rest on a foundation of educational and research excellence. The Internet, advances in communications technology, and the rapidly expanding global fiber optic network are necessary, but not sufficient. It takes people to train, to educate, to collaborate, and to innovate....Today's communications technologies make it possible to teach and collaborate with anyone anywhere. Online educational resources and organizations devoted to creating partnerships and networks among scientists, engineers, and educators continue to proliferate.*

*Examples: OpenCourseWare Consortium (, Science Initiative Group (, Engineers Without Borders (, The Global Knowledge Initiative (, Scientists Without Borders (

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February 2012