In the absence of fixed and absolute authorities, knowledge has to be established through the tentative process of consensus building. At the core of this process is peer review, the practice of peers evaluating each other's work, rather than relying on external judges.
"The future's already happened, it's just unequally distributed."
- William Gibson
This section probably to draw quite heavily on Andie Miller's paper (see ref below) on the CSVR's web strategy.
She CSVR has attempted to apply the systems design principle of graceful (rather than catastrophic) degradation - i.e. those who cannot access the full functionality of the system should continue to receive a reduced level of service rather than experience a complete system failure. Another interesting issue raised in her paper is the CSVR's decision to make their 13 years' of publications available for free. "The small amount of revenue that has been lost is more than made up for in contracts secured through the publicity about our work, and the knowledge that our material is now reaching further than ever before, particularly into formerly disadvantaged South African communities."
Nive quote from President Mbeki in his 1995 address to the G7 conference on the information society in Brussels:
"... we are also extremely interested to ensure that we are not mere importers and consumers of a predetermined content. Rather, we also want to be producers and exporters and therefore active and significant participants in the creation, production and formulation of content ... ." Mbeki, 1995.