PAPER TITLE :DISSEMINATION OF RESEARCH OUTPUT: A RE-VISIT OF THE GROWING CHALLENGE IN NIGERIA

JOURNAL Of SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY | VOLUME 1 NUMBER 1 2010

Paper Details

  • Author(s) : VALENTINE A. ALETOR
  • Abstract:

A cursory look is taken at the spectrum of research from pure basic, strategic basic, applied, experimental development or research and development (R&D) to endogenous research and development (ER&D). The existing strategies for disseminating research output identified within the Research Information Cycle included: Informal Communication (during seminars, workshops, symposia etc), Primary publications (journals, patents, reports), Secondary publications (abstracts, indexes, monographs) and Tertiary publications (books & treatise). Others were Exhibitions & Fairs, Extension Services and the Media (print & electronic). The compatibility, and need for ICT deployment at every node or link of the Research Information Cycle was demonstrated by comparing the capabilities of the orthodox (traditional) and virtual libraries in research information exchange. The major drawbacks or constraints to an efficient and timely dissemination of research output, particularly within the Nigerian research community, were identified to include: poor funding for research, high cost & limited publication channels, poor library facilities, dearth of ICT infrastructure/ICT human resources, age-long disconnect between the media & research institutes, weak patronage particularly of endogenous R&D by commerce & industry, among others. Some suggested interventions to mitigate the above constraints were: an evolution of new dynamics of funding research and innovation involving government-research community-industry partnerships, active promotion of local content policy by government to encourage the demand for, and supply of research information, deliberate capital infusion by all research stakeholders into developing ICT infrastructure and ICT human capacity. Other recommended interventions were subsidies for publishing research materials, phased replacement of orthodox (traditional) with virtual libraries, attitudinal change to imbibe reading culture by the public etc.  A strong case was made for the emergence of a powerful National lobby or advocacy group, to re-awaken national consciousness on the compelling need for all to contribute to the means of boarding the `global research information train’. To do otherwise, it was argued, is to risk remaining essentially, a buying and selling nation !