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CTG's Pardo Named to Social Sciences Data Center Board in Mexico

January 26, 2009



CTG's Theresa Pardo has been named to a prestigious advisory board.

CTG Deputy Director Theresa Pardo has been named to a prestigious advisory board of a data center handling access to social sciences research in Mexico and Latin America. (Photo Mark Schmidt) 

Center for Technology in Government Deputy Director Theresa Pardo has been named to a prestigious advisory board of a data center that is addressing serious limitations regarding access to information in social sciences research in Mexico and Latin America. 

Called the Data Center for Applied Research in Social Sciences (BIIACS), the center is part of Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, A.C. (CIDE) in Mexico.

"The formation of BIIACS is an important investment in the research infrastructure in Mexico and Latin America. Under Dr. Gil-Garcia's leadership, the center will provide new opportunity for social science research within the region and for connecting with the global research community," said Pardo.

BIIACS stands for El Banco de Información para la Investigación Aplicada en Ciencias Sociales; it is an information bank designed to will help Mexico make progress in digital information systems. These systems allow for the creation of infrastructure to ease user access, as well as to connect with a broad network of universities and organizations around the world.

The advisory board is made up of representatives from CIDE and diverse external organizations that produce or consume large amounts of information with the potential to help BIIACS to better understand and resolve social problems. As a member of this board, Pardo will help to guarantee the donation of databases, provide support to financing activities, and give practical advice on managing information and databases. 

BIIACS Director Ramon Gil-Garcia is a former CTG post-doctoral fellow. "BIIACS not only seeks to become a depository for information, but to develop into an important node over the medium term in an international network of information banks able to provide access to localized databases in different countries around the world."

The objectives of BIIACS are:
• To gather, preserve, and provide access to social sciences databases.
• Undertake comprehensive analysis of available information.
• Support better decision making based on reliable information and high-quality scientific analysis.

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