It's our pleasure to announce the birth of the Dominican Republic
Research Network: REDID [Red Dominicana de Intercambio para el
Desarrollo] whose Association has been formalized yesterday by 25
founding members representing, directly or indirectly, 23
universities, 62 NGO's, four government agencies and three
The development of this network presents a set of originalities
1] As in the case of the Peruvian network [RCP], REDID had followed
the stepping process proposed by the "REDALC methodology" of UNION
-REDID gathers researchers from every type of research institution.
-REDID is the result of an open, transparent and democratic process
with high level of participation and decision of the end-users.
-REDID is supported by several international organizations [Union
Latina, Unesco, UNDP]. Special agreements have been made between
UNESCO's CRESALC Office in Caracas and Union Latina's REDALC Office in
Santo Domingo, to join competencies and efforts.
-REDID use a UUCP protocol with gateway to the Internet. User access
will be made via PC terminals connected to the national X25 network.
2] REDID users interface the central node with the MULBRI PC program
[built on the top of UUPC], in its first large scale experiment.
MULBRI is an ongoing development conducted by UNION LATINA to offer a
multi-lingual, state of the art, PC based, interface, transparent to
the types of networks [already exists a BITNET version for VM/SIMPC
users, and there are plans to enhance coverage].
3] REDID users will received an outstanding training, in July,
co-organized by UNESCO and UNION LATINA. This comprehensive workshop,
designed for telematics users from the research community, will gather
a bunch of specialists with different skills and perspectives.
4] The node is linked to the Puerto Rico's Research Network [CRACIN]
which will give it the Internet appearance. A message to
then the REDID sub-system in the Codemail node will get it using UUCP
protocol. CRACIN accepted to channel the Dominican traffic, free of
charge, under a special agreement.
5] Last but not least, for the first time, a National Research Network
receives a full range support from a National Telecommunication
Company. CODETEL [a GTE subsidiary managing a pre* part of the
telecom market in the Dominican Republic], is offering a logical
partition inside its commercial e.mail system: the UUCP based
CODEMAIL. Research Institutions members of REDID will, at no cost:
-gain telephone access to the X25 network [CODEPACK] from anywhere in
-gain access via the X25 network to the CODEMAIL system
where a limited [but large enough to cover the needs] number of
mailboxes will be reserved to them;
-have their traffic linked to the Puerto Rico Research Network [a well
provisioned volume limit is set].
CODETEL's support stems from its commitment to the national
development, but is also the right business answer to the chicken and
egg dilemma which prevents the telematic market growth. The agreement
will last 18 months. After that period it is expected to see REDID
getting its own UUCP node accessible, via Codepack, and to maintain
the other parts of the current agreement.
Other companies from the industrial world will offer complimentary
support to REDID. In particular, another company from the telecom
environment AACR [All American Cable and Radio] is preparing the free
access to some National Scientific and Technic Data Bases, and another
agreement is under study with french Questel for a limited free access
to some DB.
The number of REDID users is expected to start at 25 and
progressively grows toward few hundreds [the estimated figure for the
Dominican Republic researcher population].
Part of the methodology and the results should be usable in other
developing countries. Similar agreements with the telecom companies
should be obtainable in various other places. The findings will be
documented within a three months time frame.
For more information on REDID and/or national matters:
For more information on REDALC and/or international matters:
PS: A disappointing note to conclude. The initial objective, stated
during the REDALC workshop in July, 1991 [when the idea of REDID was
crystallized], was to associate the Haitian researchers to the
proposed solution and method. Unfortunately, present conditions in
Haiti have made this impossible.
Daniel Pimienta Tel: (1 809) 689 4973
Asesor Cientifico Union Latina Tel: (1 809) 535 6614
APTD0 2972 fax: (1 809) 535 6646
Santo Domingo telex: 346 0741