LACCIR Virtual Institute
The Latin American and Caribbean Collaborative ICT Research Federeation (Laccir Virtual Institute – www.laccir.org), was created in 2007 as a response to a Microsoft Research’s request for Proposals to provide Latin Amerian and Caribbean Universities with a sustainable virtual collaborative enviroment to promote cross-country research and education solutions.
The primary goal of the LACCIR Federation is to encourage academic collaborative research in ICT as an enabler of economic and social development.
Laccir Federation’s structure is designed as a “Hub and Spokes” infrastructure with Chile acting as the managing agent for the Hub and various prime quality Universities in Latin America and the Caribbean acting as the Spokes.
In Chile, the Hub is managed by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC-Chile) and Universidad de Chile, through an Executive Committee that includes members from both Universities and a Microsoft Chile representative. Management offices are located within the Department of Computer Science at PUC-Chile.