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Four theories to improve justice in Latin America

In the new issue of Developing Latin America: ‘Four theories to improve justice in the region’, co-written with my good friend, the lawyer Basilio A. Martínez-Villa, we provide a very brief introduction to the theories of justice of John Rawls, Ronald Dworkin, Jürgen Habermas and Amartya Sen, as they bring forward the requirement for developing indicators with a wider scope, and we summarize relevant aspects of justice that can enrich the needed reflection and discussion for new Latin American models of justice.


Abstract: The theories of justice according to Rawls, Dworkin, Habermas and Sen, although from a predominantly Anglo-Saxon background, are useful for the Latin American reality. Such views of justice bring forward the requirement for developing indicators with a wider scope, so that they measure diverse aspects such as: income, commodities, freedoms, economic, cultural, educative, political and well-being factors. Concluding remarks summarize relevant aspects of justice that can enrich the needed reflection and discussion for new Latin American models of justice.

Full text at Sage Publications

Open Access version (Coming soon!)

Recommended reference: Martinez-Villa, B. A. and Machin-Mastromatteo, J. D. (2016). Four theories to improve justice in the region. Information Development, 32(4), 1284–1288. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0266666916658588

Announcement: Pathways into information literacy and communities of practice

Pathways Flyer Coming soon! ‘Pathways into information literacy and communities of practice’, by Chandos Publishing, with my chapter ‘Inclusion of information literacy in the curriculum through learning communities and action research’, co-authored with Javier Tarango, José Luis Evangelista and Jesús Cortés

The most “perfect” voting system in the world

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In the new issue of Developing Latin America, I present the most common criticisms to e-voting systems, focusing on the Venezuelan case, with 15 elections during the last 17 years. This is the so-called most “perfect” voting system in the world. But it has been widely questioned, studied and contested.


Abstract: Elections are indispensable for democracy, but their trustworthiness demands transparency and impartiality from governments, even more so for automated elections. This work presents common criticisms to e-voting systems, focusing on the Venezuelan case, where there have been around 15 elections of this kind in the last 17 years. The Venezuelan government calls it the most perfect voting system in the world, but its results have been questioned, studied and contested.

Full text at Sage Publications

Open Access version (Coming soon!)

Recommended reference: Machin-Mastromatteo, J. D. (2015). The most “perfect” voting system in the world. Information Development, 32(3), 751-755. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0266666916647140

From Caracas to Lyon: A road toward sustainable development?

UntitledFurther expanding on topics around public libraries (and as a sister issue to a previous column), together with Renny Granda we ask if the Caracas Declaration for the Public Library (1982) and the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development (2014) can allow us to follow a path toward sustainable development from our libraries.


Abstract: We offer elements and reflections to tackle from Latin American societies and public libraries for moving toward sustainable development. From the Caracas Declaration for the Public Library to the Lyon Declaration on Access to Information and Development, there has been a clear and constant plea to the development of Latin America, assuming the value information has for progress and focusing on the access to information, literacy, education and culture as human rights.

Full text at Sage Publications

Open Access version (Coming soon!)

Recommended reference: Granda, R. and Machin-Mastromatteo, J. D. (2015). From Caracas to Lyon: A road toward sustainable development? Information Development, 32(2), 216-218. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0266666915626830

See also the previous sister column: Granda, R. and Machin-Mastromatteo, J. D. (2015). Regional consensus gave birth to the modern public library. Information Development, 31(3), 314-316. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0266666915577166

Thank you Starman

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I share the playslist (in chronological order) in order to pay an homage this weekend to whom I consider my favorite artist of all time. As someone wrote in such a masterful way in Twitter: “Thinking about how we mourn artists we’ve never met. We don’t cry because knew them, we cry because they helped us know ourselves”. There is nothing more true about my relationship with David Bowie. Thank you, Starman.

1 Space Oddity (Demo)
2 The man who sold the world
3 Changes
4 Oh! you pretty things
5 Life on Mars
6 Quicksand
7 Five Years
8 Soul Love
9 Moonage Daydream
10 Hang on to yourself
11 Starman
12 Ziggy Stardust
13 Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide
14 Velvet Goldmine
15 Watch that man
16 Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)
17 Drive in Saturday
18 Cracked actor
19 All The Young Dudes
20 The prettiest star
21 Diamond Dogs
22 Rebel Rebel
23 Young Americans
24 Across the universe
25 Fame
26 Station to station
27 Golden years
28 Word on a wing
29 Wild is the wind
30 Speed of life
31 Sound and vision
32 Beauty and the Beast
33 “Heroes”
34 Sons of the silent age
35 The secret life of Arabia
36 Fantastic voyage
37 D.J.
38 Look back in anger
39 Boys keep swinging
40 It’s no game (Part 1)
41 Scary monsters (and super creeps)
42 Ashes to ashes
43 Fashion
44 Teenage wildlife
45 Because you’re young
46 It’s no game (Part 2)
47 Modern love
48 China girl
49 Cat people (putting out the fire)
50 Under pressure
51 Dancing In The Street
52 Loving The Alien
53 God Only Knows
54 Blue Jean
55 Tonight
56 As The World Falls Down (1986 from OST Labyrinth)
57 Absolute Beginners (1986 Single from OST)
58 Never Let Me Down
59 Miracle Goodnight
60 Outside
61 We Prick You
62 I’m Deranged
63 Strangers When We Meet
64 Hallo Spaceboy (Remix)
65 Little Wonder
66 Seven Years In Tibet
67 Dead Man Walking
68 I’m Afraid Of Americans
69 Thursday’s Child
70 Something In The Air
71 Survive
72 If I’m Dreaming My Life
73 Seven
74 What’s Really Happening?
75 Sunday
76 Slip Away
77 Slow Burn
78 Afraid
79 Heathen (The Rays)
80 New Killer Star
81 Comfortably numb (live with David Gilmour)
82 The Next Day
83 The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
84 Where Are We Now?
85 Valentine’s Day
86 I’d Rather Be High
87 Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)
88 I Can’t Give Everything Away
89 Lazarus
90 Blackstar

Scientific production in Mexican universities: Rates and expectations toward competitiveness

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Together with Javier Tarango, we analyze issues of scientific production in Mexican universities.


Abstract: This article analyzes emerging issues that Mexican universities are experiencing with scientific production processes, their impact on assessment indicators that determine their level of competitiveness, and the identification of assessment dimensions and criteria related to the activities of professors and researchers. Examples of previous research on universities’ competitiveness are offered to provide suggestions for recognizing the need for legitimized models that allow assessing scientific production in Mexican universities.

Full text at Sage Publications

Open Access version (Coming soon!)

Recommended reference: Tarango, J. and Machin-Mastromatteo, J. D. (2016). Scientific production in Mexican universities: Rates and expectations toward competitiveness. Information Development, 32(1), 107-111. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0266666915613730

Los números de 2015

Los duendes de las estadísticas de WordPress.com prepararon un informe sobre el año 2015 de este blog.

Aquí hay un extracto:

Un teleférico de San Francisco puede contener 60 personas. Este blog fue visto por 770 veces en 2015. Si el blog fue un teleférico, se necesitarían alrededor de 13 viajes para llevar tantas personas.

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