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  • Note authority of UTexas
  • Last LANIC slide
    Summation: the best compilation website for English-based Latin American resources
  • Note authority of NMSU
  • Molloy’s mission statement
  • Note: This is a selection from the news area. Especially note the scrolling stories at top from
  • These are compilation sources and include LANIC and another resource to be discussed, Latin American Subject resources
  • Note LADB
  • Extensive annotated resource lists are provided
  • A selection from an extensive annotated listing
    Last IRLA slide
    Summation: great value-added annotations, discriminating selection, an amazing product for one person to produce
    Note World Bank
  • Note authority of UMich - the third university-produced resource of the four profiled - and the university’s many other excellent web-based resources, including its excellent, comprehensive, searchable telecom compilation website
    UMich telecom site = Telecom Information Resources at
    Staffperson producer listed = Prof. Jeffrey MacKie-Mason
  • This introduction area precedes the specific subject menu
    Wilson’s mission statement
  • Note: these areas aren’t as detailed as Mexico’s
  • Note: these are the first two listings
  • Note: this is just a selection, including some non-U.S. government resources: the resources are broader than the title indicates.
  • Note: embassies can provide wonderful information; this is an elegant compilation
  • Note: LAST slide for this resource; ending on a humorous note.
    Summation: solid academic resources, discriminating selection
    Unique value-enhanced features: the embassy/consulate listings, the online Latin American newletters listings
  • Note: last of four resources
    Not from a university; not as authoritative; two university affiliations
  • Note 3 sections:
    first is a catchall with news, contacts, etc.
    second contains country resources
    third lists general business-oriented subjects
  • Note: great information brokering; would love to see a sanitized sample of the Business Backgrounder.
  • Note 2 of reviewed websites are on this list: LANIC and IRLA from UNM
    Also listed, the Latin America Dbase from UNM
    Note: this area comes from first subject section and these resources are reused in the 3rd section, titled “Trade Information Resources”
    Area mentions LANIC, LADB, and Molloy’s IRLA by a different name
  • Note: Sample “country” area and last item from Molloy
  • Note: sample from the third “business subject” area
    LAST slide: summation as interesting non-profit organization website with for-profit services
  • Latin America

    1. 1. 1 The Best Latin American Business Websites Ann Griffith Ernst & Young Business Researcher 12 June 2001- SLA Annual Conference
    2. 2. 2 Introduction • Latin America is a large marketplace of 36 countries with many business information resources to assist researchers, businesses, academics, and others. • A growing number of government, academic, and business organizations provide business information on the Internet. • This presentation will review a selection of four top Latin American websites out of the plethora available on the Internet.
    3. 3. 3 Four Caveats • Knowing Spanish, Portuguese, and for a few ex- colonies, French, is a great help in using Latin American websites. • For SLA purposes, this presentation focuses on English language websites. • There are no handouts for this presentation and only four important URLs. • Mexico is located in North America but is considered part of Latin America.
    4. 4. 4 Latin American Countries Chart source: Caribbean Antigua & Barbuda Aruba Bahamas Barbados Cayman Islands Cuba Dominican Republic French Guiana Guadeloupe Haiti Jamaica Martinique Puerto Rico St. Lucia Trinidad & Tobago Virgin Islands Central America Belize Costa Rica El Salvador Guatemala Honduras Nicaragua Panama South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Paraguay Peru Suriname Uruguay Venezuela North America Mexico
    5. 5. 5 The Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) • • Affiliated with the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at the University of Texas at Austin • Compiled by three LANIC staff and nine research assistants • Email at • Clear, comprehensive and well organized website; searchable by keyword
    6. 6. 6 Countries Argentina, Brazil, Chile … Economy Business, Finance, Trade … Education Higher Education, K-12, Distance Government Government, Law, Military Humanities Art, Languages, Literature … Internet & Computing Networking, Tools, Search … Libraries & Reference Libraries, Museums, Statistics … Media & Communication News, Magazines, Radio-TV … Recreation Food, Sports, Travel Regional Resources Latin America, Central America, Caribbean … Science Astronomy, Health, Chemistry … Social Sciences Anthropology, History, Sociology … Society & Culture Human Rights, Immigration, Indigenous … Sustainable Development Agriculture, Development, Environment … LANIC Top Level Menu
    7. 7. 7 ‘Economy’ Subject Drill Down Economy in Latin America • Business Countries, International Business ... • Electronic Commerce Incubators, Analysis & Research, B2B, B2C, Portals ... • Economy Countries, Macroeconomic Information & Analysis, Regional Macroeconomic Data, News & Magazines ... • Finance Countries, Periodicals & News Sources, Regional Financial Resources ... • Management Academic Research Centers, Journals & Other Publications, International Resources ... • Trade Countries, Trade Agreements & Negotiations, Fair Trade & Non- Profit Organizations, Publications ... Foro PYME/SME Forum USAID Social & Economic DataRelated Projects at LANIC Sistema Economico de America Latina, SELA Red de Redes Bases de Datos
    8. 8. 8 ‘Electric Commerce’ Drill Down The Internet Economy & Ecommerce in Latin America Accelerators, Incubators, & Labs Analysis & Research Business to Business - B2B Business to Consumer - B2C Consumer to Consumer - C2C Employment Enablers: Consulting, Logistics, Payment Solutions, etc. Financial Services & Information Mobile Commerce - mCommerce Portals Other
    9. 9. 9 ‘Mexico’ Country Drill Down Reference Desk Academic Research Resources Anthropology & Archaeology Arts & Humanities Discussion Groups Economy, Finance & Trade Energy General Government & Public Administration History Indigenous Peoples Magazines & Periodicals NAFTA Resources Network & Information Services News Politics Popular Culture Science & Technology Social Movements Sports States & Cities Telecommunications Other Resources Travel & Tourism Universities U.S.-Mexico
    10. 10. 10 ‘Government & Public Administration’ Drill Down Government and Public Administration Consulates and Embassies - Embassies in Mexico (Embajadas en Mexico) - Mexican Consulates Abroad (Consulados Generales de México en el Extranjero) Military Ministries
    11. 11. 11 Internet Resources for Latin America (IRLA) • • Produced by Molly E. Molloy at the New Mexico State University Library • Email at • Site states it is under construction and has no search tool • Site reflects personal and artistic flair, academic focus, and provides value added information
    12. 12. 12 IRLA - Main Subject Areas Introduction & General Internet Guides | Current Events Links | Latin American Directories | Subscription Databases--Latin America | Subscription Databases--General | Public Domain Databases--Latin America | Public Domain Databases--General | E-Books & Other Texts | Library Catalogs | Digital Library Projects | Organizations | News | List of Lists & Newsgroups | Latin American Networking | Miscellaneous Sites | Finding it on the Web | La Busqueda en Espan~ol|
    13. 13. 13 Introduction & General Internet Guides Drill Down “The links in this guide will provide access to many information resources for Latin American studies. I've included what I consider some of the best places to find unique and useful information, however, these sites are only starting points. Most academic, government and non-governmental organizations now provide information via the web and no directory or search engine can link to all the potential resources. “ • INFOMINE, --from the University of California, Riverside • Scout Report Archives, • Librarians Index to the Internet, • Internet Public Library, • Argus Clearinghouse, • Alpha Search, • NETFIRST via OCLC Firstsearch • See Finding it on the Web/La Busqueda en Espan~ol for more tips on searching the web.
    14. 14. 14 Current News Links Drill Down Latin American Newsletters Real-time newsfeed with major stories from the region. ***SCROLLING FEED AREA*** News Headlines from all Latin American countries from the Latin American Studies Program, College of the Holy Cross LANIC Newsroom Current Latin American news events via LANIC Information Service Latin America [ISLA] Progressive Latin American news service IPS--Interpress Service Progressive global news source. [full text access requires subscription] Agencia EFE Worldwide Spanish-language news service BBC World Service: Americas Worldwires Link to international (not just Latin America)stories from several wire services AP International News Updates NewsHub Gathers news from many different sources with updates every 15 minutes
    15. 15. 15 Latin American Directories Subject Drill Down Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC), The most comprehensive source for Latin America on the internet with well organized subject and country links. From the University of Texas at Austin. Latin American Subject Resources, http://www- Directory includes access to bookstores, embassies, online publications, travel information and more. Compiled by Rita Wilson []
    16. 16. 16 Subscription Databases Subject Drilldown The following databases may require the user to pay a subscription fee for access. Some provide a demo database, or a trial subscription free-of-charge. Many academic libraries provide access to these databases CHICANO Database, Handbook of Latin American Studies-HLAS, Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI), via UCLA, InfoLatina, INFO-LATINOAMERICA, via NISC, Latin America Data Base (LADB), via University of New Mexico, See for more databases.
    17. 17. 17 Public Domain Databases - Latin America & General Drill Down Public Domain Databases The resources listed here are generally available without cost to the end user. They provide access to organized bodies of data useful for Latin American research. These may provide fulltext articles, statistical information, or bibliographic citations. In some cases, the public access version of the database will provide a lower level of information (citations and abstracts only perhaps); the user has the option of paying more for fulltext, greater coverage, etc. Some of these databases are created and maintained by government agencies or other public entities (universities) and provided free on the internet.
    18. 18. 18 Organizations Drill Down American Association for the Advancement of Science, Latin American & Caribbean Program, Inter-American Development Bank-IADB, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), World Bank, The World Bank provides a wide array of information on Latin American countries: data, research reports, news, etc. Within the World Bank site, is an excellent NGO gateway. The World Bank Resources contains fulltext of many project reports, statistics, newsletters, journals and other publications. See also the World Bank, IMF Joint Library Network (JOLIS), for access to more information. See for more organizations.
    19. 19. 19 Latin America: Subject Resources • http://www- • Produced by Rita Wilson, Reference Librarian, the University of Michigan • Email at • Personalized yet broad list of sources compiled from an academic reference librarian standpoint
    20. 20. 20 Latin America: Subject Resources - Introduction “These are the Latin American subject- based resources that I find most interesting and useful as a Reference Librarian. Please also visit my area- specific pages for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, and South America. I've also created a page for Online Newspapers from Latin America and Embassies and Consulates in and from Latin America. I hope you enjoy exploring Latin America over the Internet as much as I do. “
    21. 21. 21 Subject Specific Resources Menu Bibliographies and Guides | Latino Sites | Book Stores | University Collections | Language and Literature | Creatures and Other Phenomena | U.S. Government Sources | Embassies | Leaders | Latin American Government Sources | Museums, Exhibits | Maps, Geography, Travel and Weather | Online Publications | My Address |
    22. 22. 22 Mexico Drill Down •General Information •Government, Political and Economic Information •Internet Subject Guides •Museums, Art, and History Mexican University Pages / History Resources / Anthropology / Etc. Mexican Artists, Dancers and Writers Mexican Museums •Online News Sources Mexican Newspapers Online Recipes, Menus and Hot Sauces
    23. 23. 23 Central America & South America Drill Downs Quick Jumps: Belize | Costa Rica | El Salvador | Guatemala | Honduras | Nicaragua | Panama | Quick Jumps: Argentina | Bolivia | Brazil | Chile | Colombia | Ecuador | French Guiana | Guyana | Paraguay | Peru | Suriname | Uruguay | Venezuela |
    24. 24. 24 Bibliographies and General Resource Guides Drill Down Latin American Network Information Center From the University of Texas at Austin. This is the most complete directory of links to Internet information on Latin America. Categorized by country and by subject with direct clickable links to sites. Updated daily with a "What's New" section of new sites. Also searchable by key word. Internet Resources for Latin America List compiled by Molly Molloy at the New Mexico State University Library. This source contains a selected list of electronic conferences, e- mail lists and newsgroups devoted to Latin America-related topics and how to join; an annotated list of resources available through gopher servers and FTP; a selected bibliography of published information; and links to other directories of World Wide Web sites of Latin American interest.
    25. 25. 25 U.S. Government Sources and Statistics Drill Down • CIA • Country Library Current country information including National Trade Data Bank Reports (Dept. of Commerce) for all countries. Well done. • Country Studies from the Library of Congress • Organization of American States 'The principal forum in the (western) hemisphere for dialogue on political, economic and social issues.' Available in Spanish or English. • United Nations • Stat-USA (Locations with site licenses only.) • The World Bank Searching on the individual country names brings up numerous World Bank reports, abstracts, and project information.
    26. 26. 26 Latin American Embassies Drill Down Latin American Embassies/Embassies in Latin America with Web Pages I've attempted to list here all the embassies and consulates in and from Latin America with web sites, as well as lists of consular addresses available on the Web. I've interpreted the term "Latin America" very broadly to include Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean, regardless of language or heritage. I've tried to keep this list as up-to-date as possible. Please let me know of any exclusions. Choose a Section: | U.S. Related Embassies | • U.S. Embassies and Consulates in Latin America • Latin American Embassies and Consulates in U.S.   | Non-U.S. Related Latin American Embassies | Embassies and Consulates in Latin America/Latin American Embassies Abroad • A – L • M - Z   | Other Links | Other Embassy Related Links
    27. 27. 27 Creatures and Other Phenomena Drill Down •AlpacaNet Find out about the animal and its fiber. •Llama Web •Chupacabras "Tales of the "goat-sucker" are spreading rapidly throughout Latin America." •Ducks Unlimited of Mexico •A Guide to Volcanology Professors •Latin American Volcanoes
    28. 28. 28 The Chupacabra Home Page “A myth? A legend? All we know is that it strikes in the night and has a weakness for blood. Put away the goats, and any other household pets, my friends, cause the Chupacabra may be coming to a barn near YOU. Find out more about Puerto Rico's version of the Yeti, the infamous Chupacabra. Finally! After three months of fearless research and daring expeditions, the Chupacabra Home Page will at last be updated!!. For the next few weeks, we will present to you the latest on the Chupacabra phenom. Stay tuned. “
    29. 29. 29 LATCO Tools of the Trade: Useful Sites for International Trade with Latin America • • Produced by the Latin American Trade Council of Oregon (LATCO), a non-profit association • Email at • Practical, business-oriented resources compilation with some unique offerings
    30. 30. 30 LATCO Overview “The Latin American Trade Council of Oregon is a non- profit association organized to promote trade between Oregon and Latin America. …LATCO members usually have personal as well as commercial or professional interests in Latin America. Our members include latinos and some of us who have lived and worked in Latin America. Membership and Member Services LATCO provides several means by which its members can exchange information. These include conferences, workshops, a newsletter, an Internet email list, on-line forums and a member directory. The group also makes available reports on specific trade opportunities in the various Latin American countries. … In cooperation with local Internet servers and BBS's LATCO has created forums to exchange messages and files. These are and Oregon Telcom. LATCO maintains an email list on the server. “
    31. 31. 31 LATCO Events & Activities “LATCO Roundtables are held the second or third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 pm -7:00 pm at Smith Center, Portland State University, Portland. LATCO publishes a bimonthly newsletter, the Boletin. It is sent to members and the commercial attaches and US trade centers in more than 14 countries. LATCO also prints Special Reports on issues of interest. To date there have been newsletter-style reports on roundtable topics such as markets in Colombia and transportation issues in Mexico. LATCO hosts an Internet Email list and a local (Oregon) forum on the Oregon Ed-Net network. Country Specialists at LATCO are members who are willing to share their experience in individual Latin American countries, act as a liaison between LATCO members and in-country business organizations, and coordinate country-specific work groups.”
    32. 32. 32 Top Level Subject Areas New• Latin News• Latin Trade Links• Oregon LATCO• LATIS• Publications• People Available• LATCO Email List Argentina• Brazil• Bolivia• Caribbean• Chile• Central America• Colombia• Costa Rica Cuba• Honduras• Mexico NAFTA• Peru• Venezuela American Chambers of Commerce• Associations and Trade Centers• Customs and Law• Environet Finance• Handicrafts• International Business and Trade• Latin Liquor• Trade Information Resources Trade Leads• Language, Translation• Transportation• Travel• Internet Utilities
    33. 33. 33 LATIS: Latin Trade Information Service “LATCO is creating a network of business information services, called LATIS, in which we combine the experience of our members with the talents of information specialists. Latin American Trade Information Service or LATIS projects have included detailed sector analyses, contact lists, and distribution analyses in Latin countries. Send a request identifying what product, country and market you are interested in... Business Backgrounder's take approximately two weeks to develop and can cost from $250 to $1000 depending on the nature of the topic and the complexity of the research.”
    34. 34. 34 Business Backgrounders “LATIS Business Backgrounder research is done under the supervision of Rebecca Reynolds Bannistor… She was International Trade Director for the state of Texas. She worked on NAFTA for the Under Secretary of the International Trade Administration and she worked for the Council of the Americas, a trade association of multinational companies, before taking her position at the LADB. LADB is an excellent news and information service on Latin America. Please email, fax or mail your Business Backgrounder topic request to: Rebecca Reynolds Bannister Director, Latin America Data Base Latin American Institute - Univ. of New Mexico ”
    35. 35. 35 Latin Trade Links Drill Down • Council of the Americas • AmericasNet • Institute of the Americas, La Jolla CA • Latin American Energy Markets: Target Research • University of Texas Latin American Network Information Center - UT LANIC • Latin American Data Base University of New Mexico • Trade Online From Imagenet: Chile Online, Peru Online, Venezuela Online • Shops Online • The Americas: Latin America and the Caribbean US Bureau of Inter-American Affairs • Guide to Latin America Resources on the Internet Molly Molloy, New URL
    36. 36. 36 Mexico/NAFTA Drill Down NAFTA, Jobs and Economic Impacts NAFTALink •Mexico Trade Monitor Carlos Duarte P. •Mexico: Read All About It An Index of Publications compiled by Ron Mader ( •Industrial and Commercial Development Office Goverment of the State of Oaxaca MEXICO, Anita Diaz •MexResource Mexican-made handicrafts, silver jewelry, pre-Columbian obsidian carvings, embroidered clothing, private-label jeans and hand-carved furniture. Giannino Vaslav •1997 Edition of International Woodchip and Pulplog Trade including Latin America Robert Flynn & Associates •Net Images Mexico Internet Services Ed Thurston •Trade Commission of Mexico - Bancomext North American Site, Los Angeles, CA •Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior Bancomext •Sistema Mexicano de Promocion Externa SIMPEX •NAFTA Database Texas A&M •Canada's International Business Strategy Latin America and the Caribbean •Mexico Trade Comission •Mexico Finance: Infosel Financeiro •Mexico Online business website •Mexico Net Guide •Mexico's Index •Mexico Consensus Economic Forecast •Mexico: Camara Nacional de la Industria de la Transformacion •Commercial Service, US Embassy Mexico •Buenos Dias . . .Guadaljara Portland's Sister City •Mexico Internet Providers •Commercial Communications Service: NAFTAnet •Border Issues New Mexico State University Molly Malloy
    37. 37. 37 International Business & Trade Drill Down • Export Hotline TradeBank(TM) Online • American Computer Resources, Inc. "Import/Export Library" • Tracking US Trade and CSWHT Trade Index, Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade • USAID Center for Trade and Investment Services (CTIS) • WebEc International Economics and Trade Links • The Trading Floor: International Trade Information Links • US International Trade Commission: International Trade Resources on the Internet • Stat-USA: the National Trade Data Bank on the Internet • SBA: Small Business Administration Home Page
    38. 38. 38 Summation and Parting Words • Latin America is resource rich • The 4 reviewed resources are only a starting point • Go forth and Google or Yahoo! - or use the search engine of your choice!
    39. 39. 39 Jose Guadelupe Posada art from • • Credits