<<July 3, 2000>>

Dr. Pablo Pulido <pablopulido1@compuserve.com>

Dr. Marco Antonio R. Dias <mardias@club-internet.fr>

Prof. Dr. Fredric Michael Litto <frmlitto@usp.br>

Professor Rashid Bashshur, Ph.D. <bashshur@umich.edu>

R. Daniel Hague, BSEE, FE <dhague@umich.edu>

Marcos Costa <marcos_costa@agilent.com>

Alexandre Tunes <alexandre_tunes@agilent.com>

Drisha Leggitt <drisha_leggitt@agilent.com>

Peter T. Knight, Ph.D. <ptknight@attglobal.net>

Dr. Joseph N. Pelton <ecjpelton@aol.com>

Robert J. Rodrigues, M.D. <rrodrigues@paho.org>

Dr. Paul Lefrere <p.lefrere@open.ac.uk>

Dear Pablo:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).

Thank you very much for your kind appraisal of our Manaus event.

I also greatly appreciate your acceptance of my proposition for your
organizing a brainstorming meeting in Caracas, Venezuela.

(2) Dates of the brainstorming meeting:

As mentioned in one of my previous listserve distributions (ATTACHMENT
II), UNAMAZ board mtg will be held on Nov. 26th (Sunday) to 29th
(Wednesday), according to Marco Dias.

As mentioned in my distribution of June 6th, the UNAMAZ board mtg in
Manaus decided to establish centers of excellence at selected
universities among its members, e.g., environment, healthcare, promotion
of entrepreneur, etc.

Marco then inquired me if our Global University System (GUS) can help
them to interconnect the centers with broadband Internet.

I then suggested that this project should be enlarged to have
interdisciplinary and multi-lateral participation of not only UNAMAZ,
but also your PanAmerican Federation of Associations of Medical Schools,
Brazilian Association of Distance Learning, Distance learning
universities in Latin America and the Caribbean, Pan American Health
Organization, United Nations University of Peace in Costa Rica, Global
University System, Arthur C. Clark Institute for Telecommunication and Information, etc.

Referring to my distribution of July 1, Prof. Dr. Fredric Michael
Litto has already indicated his enthusiastic support to this proposition.

Since the UNAMAZ board mtg will be held in those four days from Nov.
26th to 29th, I would suggest that your brainstorming will be held from
Nov. 30th (Thursday) to December 1st (Friday).

Should you wish to have demonstration of videoconferencing and
telemedicine (as Roger Boston and Daniel Hague did during the
Manaus event), you may need to add one more day.

Another idea is to have your brainstorming mtg concurrently
with the UNAMAZ board mtg on the same days from Nov. 26th to
29th. However, I am afraid that this may distract UNAMAZ
attendees' attention, and I would not disturb their
operation as much as possible -- I would like to cherish
their autonomous operation.

Dear Marco:

Pls make sure to have the key persons of the selected universities
of UNAMAZ members for the centers of excellence attend the brainstorming mtg.

Pls let me know your decision of the dates at your earliest convenience.

(3) The revised purposes are;

1. The examination and feasibility of Distance Education and
telehealth/telemedicine in Latin America.

2. The way to foster concrete pilot projects interlinking the area.

3. The examination of proposals to ascertain proper funding.

4. The examination of alternative ideas to advance in distance
learning and telehealth/telmedicine, and making impact about using
this powerful technology to combat poverty through information,
creating learning opportunities, and promote wellness.

Referring to my listserve distribution of June 24th, Joe Pelton and
Peter Knight will have a Global Summit of world leaders in Washington,
D.C. in early December for Peter's Global Service Trust Fund (GSTF)
project. Since the purpose of your brainstorming mtg is very much
related with this project, I would like to utilize some sessions of your
brainstorming mtg for the preparation of materials for the summit mtg,
too, e.g., drafting tele-education/tele-learning policy conditionality,
tele-health/tele-medicine policy conditionality, and telecommunication
policy conditionality, etc.

BTW, Robert J. Rodrigues has already compiled a comprehensive
material: Setting Up Healthcare Services Information Systems: A
Guide for Requirement Analysis, Application Specification, and
Procurement." The tele-health/tele-medicine policy conditionality
may be prepared from this material.

(4) I would like to expect the following outcomes;

(a) Committed participants/teams of the aforementioned consortia which
can further this project of deploying broadband Internet for
distance learning and telehealth/telemedicine in Latin America and the Caribbean,

(b) Selection of participating organizations which will have a gateway
(of earth station, router/server, etc) among the consortia, and
priority of them in project phases,

(c) A draft of fund raising proposal for the feasibility study of this project,

This could be submitted to the World Bank (ATTACHMENT III).

Dear Paul:

Many thanks for your info.

Dear Peter:

Pls track down key personnels of this program at the World Bank. Thanks.

(d) Conditionality materials for the GSTF project -- see below.

(5) Proposed attendees in addition to the one listed in my previous
listserve distribution of June 6th;

1. Salah H. Mandil, Ph.D.
Health Informatics & Telematics
World Health Organization
20, Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27
+41-22-791-2426 (direct)
Fax: +41-22-791-4702
ISDN +41.22 791 1132 and 1133

You may ask him;

1. a keynote (or luncheon or dinner) speech,

2. report of his brainstorming mtg at his WHO last January,

3. his participation in the construction of the tele-health/tele-medicine policy conditionality for GSTF project,

Dear Bob Rodrigues:

Pls prepare a draft of the policy conditionality with Salah
and Pablo (and Rashid, if he will attend -- see below).

2. Peter T. Knight, Ph.D.
Knight, Moore - Telematics for Education and Development

You may ask him;

1. a keynote (or luncheon or dinner) speech on his experiences
at the World Bank and distance learning project in Latin America,

2. his lead/moderation in the construction of the policy
conditionalities for his GSTF project.

3. Your friend, Dr. Roberto Smith Perera

You may ask him;

1. a keynote (or luncheon or dinner) speech,

2. his participation in the construction of the tele-communications policy conditionality for GSTF project.

Dear Fred Litto:

Pls prepare a draft of the tele-learning policy
conditionality -- out of your e-brainstorming mentioned in
my previous distribution of July 1st.

Dear Peter:

Pls inform them the outline of the conditionality materials.

I will suggest you others from time to time as I recall, however, I
would say that the total number of this gathering should be limited
within 50 for the sake of effective brainstorming, unless you can manage
concurrent sessions well.

(6) Required equipment:

(a) For brainstorming mtg and videoconferencing demonstration:

1. Room with seating for 40 to 50,

2. PC (one or two, if possible) to access Internet at 56 Kbps (or better),

3. Computer screen projector,

4. A digital camera (if you wish to broadcast live session via
Internet throughout the world with additional PC and Internet access),

5. Overhead camera (if possible),

6. Overhead projector,

7. A VCR and a TV monitor,

8. Flip chart and/or whiteboard,

9. An ordinary analog telephone which goes to a switching board of the PTT.

(b) For telemedicine demonstration with echocardiogram:

This assumes that you will obtain the participation of the
University of Michigan with your friend, Rashid, and his technical
assistant, Daniel Hague.

1. Option I with ISDN line:

a. An echocardiogram machine,

If you cannot locate it in Caracas, you may ask Marcos
Costa and/or Alexandre Tunes to bring their unit as
they did for our Manaus event.

b. A PictureTel (or equivalent) videoconferencing unit,

c. An ISDN line at 384 Kbps,

d. A large TV monitor,

e. A treadmill.

2. Option II with NetMeeting via broadband Internet:

a. An echocardiogram machine,

b. PC (one or two) with NetMeeting software,

c. A broadband Internet at 1.5 Mbps (or higher),

d. A large TV monitor,

e. A treadmill.

(7) Should you be ready to start preparing this brainstorming mtg, pls
recruit someone who can help you to construct a web site for the mtg.

He/she may construct it in the similar fashion as;

(a) Tampere event:


(b) Manaus workshop:


So much so for today.

I again express my sincere thanks for your organizing this brainstorming mtg.

Best, Tak

Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2000 23:03:03 -0400
From: Pablo Pulido <PabloPulido1@compuserve.com>
Subject: Brainstorming Meeting in Caracas November 26th-29th
To: Takeshi Utsumi <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Cc: "Jaime Requena M." <jrequena@internet.ve>,

July 2nd, 2000

Dear Tak:

Many thanks again for all the information received. Likewise it was very good
meeting with you in NY on May 22nd. Later on as I mentioned to you it was
impossible to be present physically at the Manaus gathering. Your notes and
the enthusiasm of the organizers as well as your visit to Roraima University
were very good examples of its success.

Your proposition to have a brainstorming meeting in Caracas Nov.26th-29th is a
sound one. Which t would be the requirements and the logistics? who would be
attending besides the people you mentioned in your last 06.06 mail ? I would
gladly work with you in setting up the proper environment to have a successful

I understand that the purposes would be:

1. The examination and feaseability of Distance Education in Latin America.
2. The way to foster concrete pilot projects interlinking the area.
3. The examination of proposals to ascertain proper funding.
4. The examination of alternative ideas to advance in distance learning and
making impact about using this powerful technology to combat poverty through
information and creating learning opportunities.

Please tell me if I am correct and of course add or delete what you consider
is to be done.

Knowing the list of participants and their interests then we could further
advance in the preparation of the Caracas brainsorming meeting.

Thank you again for your thoughtfulness, best regards,


List of listserve distributions relevant to this subject at

1. Sao Paulo ICDE/ABED conference / possible August Roraima workshop - July 1, 2000

2. Summary paper on GUS and GSTF projects - June 30, 2000

3. GLOSAS Board, Rescue Iridium report & GSTF Summit plan - June 24, 2000

4. Possible brainstorming in Caracas, Venezuela in November - June 6, 2000

5. Brief report of my visit to the University of Roraima on 6/3rd - June 6, 2000

6. Brief report about our Manaus mini-workshop, 5/31-6/2 - June 4, 2000

7. Message of Program Chair for Manaus mini-workshop, 5/31-6/2, 2000 - May 26, 2000

8. Paper on GUS for 5/31-6/2, 2000 Manaus workshop - May 15, 2000

Date: Fri, 02 Jun 2000 16:04:19 +0100
Subject: Global Development Network
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Cc: ik@uar.net, tpc@lim.lviv.ua
From: P.Lefrere@open.ac.uk (Paul Lefrere)

Dear Tak

Have you come across the Global Development Network (www.gdnet.org)?

They are inviting submissions for awards. The GUS could be eligible.

They say, at http://www.gdnet.org/awards.htm, that:

Researchers and development practitioners are invited to compete for over
$500,000 in prize and travel money. Sponsored by the Government of Japan
and World Bank, the goal of the GDN Awards is to recognize and reward
excellence in the fields of development research and project innovation.
The initiation of the Award program was announced at the first meeting of
the GDN held in Bonn, Germany, December 1999.

Together with the Regional Grant Competitions and Global Research Project,
the GDN Awards build upon what is already the largest competition for
development research and projects available today. Overall, these
activities seek to promote advancement in knowledge creation and capacity
building in developing countries. The Award Competition will focus on the
content, innovativeness, quality, and potential development impact of the
proposed projects.

The Award for Outstanding Research on Development of $125,000 will be
given to the individual, group or institution whose research holds the
greatest promise for improving our understanding of development. The Award
funds will support new research which builds on works of excellence which
have already been completed. Two Medals for Outstanding Research ($10,000
and $5000) will also be awarded for the best completed research papers
submitted in the five topic areas specified.

The Award of $125,000 will be given to the individual, group or
institution whose project holds the greatest promise for benefiting the
poor in developing countries.

The deadline for sending in Abstracts is June 30. The full proposal deadline is August 31.

Best wishes


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Dr. Pablo Pulido
Executive Director
PanAmerican Federation of Associations of Medical Schools
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Dr. Marco Antonio R. Dias
Vice President, Global University System
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Former Director, Division of Higher Education of UNESCO
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Tel: +33-1-45 34 3509
+33-1-45-68-3009 (UNU office in Paris)
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Prof. Dr. Fredric Michael Litto
President, Brazilian Association of Distance Education
Professor and General Coordinator
Technologies as Applied to Education
Research Nucleus Investigating the New Communications
The School of the Future
University of Sao Paulo
Av. Prof. Lucio Martins Rodrigues, Trav. 4,
No. 33 - Bloco 18 - Cidade Universitaria
CEP - 05508-900 - Sao Paulo
Fax: +55+11+815.3083

Professor Rashid Bashshur, Ph.D.
President-elect of the American Telemedicine Association
Editor-in-Chief of the Telemedicine Journal
Director of Telemedicine
Professor of Health management & Policy
The University of Michigan Health System
Am Arbor
Michigan 48109-2029
Tel: +1 734 647 3089
Fax: +1 734 936 9406

R. Daniel Hague, BSEE, FE
Director of Video Services
Information Technology Division
The University of Michigan Health System
4251 Plymouth Road #2235
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105-2785
Fax: 734 615-1727
Video: 2x64 734.615.2756/57

Marcos Costa
Agilent Technologies Brasil Ltda.
Alameda Araguaia, 1142 - 2 Andar
06455-000 - Barueri - SP - Brasil
Fax: +55-11-7297-3793

Alexandre Tunes
Director, International Business Development
Agilent Technologies Brasil Ltda.
SCN Qd 2 - Bl. A - Ed. Corporate
Finan. Center - 5 Andar - Sl. 33
70712-900 - Brasilia -DF - Brazil
Fax: +55-61-329-6199
Cel: +55-61-9965-3545

Drisha Leggitt
Corporate Community Relations Manager
US Community Relations Manager
Agilent Technologies
8000 Foothills Blvd. MS 5778
Roseville, CA 95747-5778
(916) 748-3826 phone
(916) 785-9236 fax

Peter T. Knight, Ph.D.
Knight, Moore - Telematics for Education and Development
Communications Development Incorporated (CDI)
Strategy, Policy, Design, Implementation, Evaluation
1808 I Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20006, USA
Tel: 1-202-775-2132 (secretary), 1-202-721-0348 (direct)
Fax: 1-202-775-2135 (office), 1-202-362-8482 (home)
IP for CU-SeeMe:
webmail: ptknight@netscape.net
http://www.knight-moore.com/partners/partnerindex.htm -- bio
http://www.knight-moore.com/projects/GSTF.html -- about GSTF

Dr. Joseph N. Pelton
Senior Research Scientist
Institute for Applied Space Research, Rm 340
George Washington University
2033 K Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20052
Fax: 202-994-5505
Acting Executive Director of CITI
Vice-Chair of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation of the U.S. (ACCFUS)
Arthur C. Clark Institute for Telecommunication and Information (CITI)
4025 40th Street North
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 536-6985

Robert J. Rodrigues, M.D.
Regional Advisor in Health Services Information Technology
Essential Drugs and Technology Program
Division of Health Systems and Services Development
Pan American Health Organization
Regional Office of the World Health Organization
525 Twenty-Third Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
Fax: 202-974-3614
NetMeeting Server: ils.paho.org

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Institute of Educational Technology
Open University
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