Evolution of URACCAN community radios through ICT
ICTs have given way to new forms of interaction, both internally and externally, between the local and the global.
Jindriska Mayorga Polanco

This study was published in the Journal science and interculturality, Volume 25.

This article expresses the importance of the use of information technologies as tools that have enabled the development of the information, educational and community management of URACCAN communication laboratories.

The research that was conducted by the MSc. Jorge Sinforoso Velasquez Reyes, programmer of the Computer Technology and Institutional Communication System (SITICI), and by the MSc. Yulmar Runel Montoya Ortega, director of the Institute of Intercultural Communication (ICI) of URACCAN, entitled: "Management of information through ICTs for the strengthening of intercultural communication in URACCAN", allows to view a set of applications that open possibilities for the development of human and intercultural communication.

Researchers based their study on the model called Cultivation and Aging of Wisdom and Knowledge (CCRISAC), which is a research model typical of this educational institution. It included interviews, conversations and observation in two communication laboratories (Radio URACCAN Siuna and Radio URACCAN Rosita).

It is important to mention that this research highlights the dual functionality of institutional broadcasters, which, in addition to being carriers of informational and social messages, function as university communication laboratories, where students carry out their professional practices and develop the sense of community, identifying themselves with the main needs and demands of the Caribbean population.

Also, the MSc. Jorge Velasquez Reyes and the MSc. Yulmar Montoya Ortega, in their study, disclosed how the use of ICT and the Internet in radios come to overcome limits of access and coverage, also giving way to new forms of communicative interaction between the local and the global, between the own and the external. Hence the importance of ICTs in the processes of production, interaction, treatment and communication of information on community and intercultural issues.

It should be noted that part of the research results refer to how URACCAN's two community radios impact the use and social appropriation of ICTs in information management, in addition to technological infrastructure, Internet connectivity, technological equipment, software using radios, human talent in community radios, analysis of ICT resources associated with Internet platforms , creative axis of websites, positioning and valuation of websites and quality on websites.

Another important aspect that they highlight is that broadcasters foster a culture of horizontal dialogue that strengthens intercultural communication, from the different ICT-supported spaces, where the university, regional governments, state institutions, leaders and leaders of communities and the people themselves participate, to seek answers to their needs and demands.

ICTs are present in all areas, they are part of the technological culture that surrounds us and with which we must live together. They have had a great impact in all spheres of society, expanding our physical, mental and social capacities, and their evolution is advancing in leaps and bounds.

This research can be found in the Journal science and interculturality of URACCAN, in volume 25, and was published in December 2019, in the special edition dedicated to Intercultural Communication, because of the great importance of making use of ICT in the community media, due to the digital revolution and technological globalization of recent decades.