Date: Sat, 17 Jun 95 08:19 BST-1 From: [log in to unmask] (Dr Nicholas Robinson) Subject: *** Forwarded from nrobinson *** To: [log in to unmask] Cc: [log in to unmask] Reply-To: [log in to unmask] Message-Id: <[log in to unmask]> The first issue of volume 6 of the journal 'Information Technology for Development' (ISSN 0268-1102) has just arrived. The journal was published for five years in the late 1980s by Oxford University Press, and has now been relaunched by IOS Press in collaboration with IDRC and the Commonwealth Secretariat. It is one of the most attractive fora for publication for health informatics experience in Africa as well. For paper submissions, please contact Editor-in-Chief Dr. S. Ramani ([log in to unmask]) or Associate Editors Dr. Mayuri Odedra-Straub ([log in to unmask]) and Dr. Richard Heeks ([log in to unmask]). For subscription information, contact IOS Press ([log in to unmask]). The first issue contains the following article in the HELINA-L field: Jorn Braa, Eric Monteiro, Erik S. Reinert: Technology transfer vs. technological learning: IT-infrastructure and health care in developing countries. Abstract: The notion of technological 'transfer' rests on a conception of technology as artifacts. This, as many have argued, neglects the crucial aspects of the social and cultural context of use. Technology has to be learnt rather than transferred. Based on this, we attemp to analyze the conditions and possibilities for technological learning about IT-infrastructure in developing countries. In so doing, we distinguish between local, contextual learning and institutional or technological infrastructure for learning. These processes of learning need to take place in areas sheltered from international competition. Examples from Mongolia and South African health care are used to illustrate our points.