Websites featuring useful and informative material on Latin America and its myriad elements continue to proliferate. This 2012 edition of the JLAG websites section offers suggestions for sites that may prove helpful to scholars seeking information, data, and graphic material for teaching, research, and general knowledge. Descriptions of the profiled sites are drawn directly from the website home pages or provided by individual contributors. Subscribers to JLAG are encouraged to submit suggestions for inclusion in this section to the Websites Editor.
Over the past century, tens of thousands of people in the Andes, Himalayas, Alps, Rockies, and other mountains have perished in glacier catastrophes. The ability of vulnerable populations to adapt to global warming depends on successful glacier hazard mitigation. Submitted by Mark Cary (Oregon), this website aims to increase international awareness, share information, facilitate research, and ultimately save lives and protect infrastructure below dangerous glaciers, and is designed to disseminate critical information about glacier hazards across regional and national boundaries. A specific section on Andes research focuses particularly on human-glacier interactions in the Peruvian Andes.
The Spanish Archives Portal is a project of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports for dissemination on the Internet of Spanish Documentary Heritage materials preserved in its network. This project also provides a framework for access to other public and private archival projects established in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. PEER provides free access not only for the researcher, but also for any individual interested in access to documents with digitized images from the Spanish Archives. (Submitted by Paulo López)
The journal Relations features studies of history and society, and is indexed in Latindex (Regional System Information online for Scientific Journals of Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal), in Class (Latin American Social [End Page 195] Sciences and Humanities), in HAPI (Hispanic American Periodicals Index), as well as in the Index of Mexican Journals of Scientific Research and Technology, CONACYT (since 1997) and the Network of Scientific Journals of Latin America and the Caribbean (Red LAC). With an emphasis on Mexico and its realities, Relations publishes original contributions on historical narrative ethnography and analyses of the Latin American experience. (Submitted by Paulo López)
A collective mapping and graphics site from Argentina that serves as a "laboratory" for sharing creative views of politics and pressing issues. Themes include critical cartography, critical images, and collective mapping, and it has links to other publications. (Submitted by Anne-Marie Hanson)
This is a large site with links to publications, a virtual library, conferences, seminars, and news relating to the social sciences in Latin America. The Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) is a non-governmental international institution created in 1967 that has a formal consulting relationship with UNESCO. It brings together 324 research centers and graduate and post-graduate training programs in the social sciences located in 25 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, United States, and Europe. The Council aims to promote and develop research and training in the social sciences; strengthen exchange and cooperation among organizations and researchers from in and outside the region; and to disseminate knowledge produced by social scientists among social movements and forces, and civil organizations. Through such activities CLACSO helps rethink important issues related to Latin American and Caribbean societies, from a critical and pluralistic approach. (Submitted by Anne-Marie Hanson)
RIMISP - Latin American Center for Rural Development - is a research center with staff based in Chile, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Nicaragua. It is also a node within a far wider network of leading Latin American, European, and North American researchers concerned with different aspects of rural transformation throughout Latin America and who collaborate closely with RIMISP. Its programs combine research with policy engagement, and provide support for knowledge generation. This website houses information on many of these different programs, as well as many publications - working papers, newsletters etc. (Submitted by Tony Bebbington) [End Page 196]