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CLARA: Cooperacion Latinoamericana de Redes Avanzadas

CLARACLARA is a non-profit organisation, recognised in 2003 as an International Civil Association under the Uruguayan law, and accepts as members National Research and Education Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean - LA-NRENs. Currently CLARA has 17 members, from the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The RedCLARA network, set up through the ALICE Project coordinated by DANTE, is administered by CLARA. The members of CLARA possess and/or administer network resources in their own countries. The LA-NRENs involved in the CLARA organization have varying sizes and experience. Apart from deployment and operation of their current networking infrastructure, their staff is involved in network engineering activities, such as network extension and the deployment of new networking services, as well as facilitating new applications and providing training to their users.  
CLARA and its associated networks, REUNA and RNP, are active participants in two current EU projects: ALICE (America Latina Interconnectada Con Europa) (from EuropeAid), which is engaged in setting up a regional backbone network in Latin America called RedCLARA, which is connected to GÉANT, and the IST FP6 project EELA (Extending E-infrastructure to Latin America), which is concerned with the adoption of EEGE-like grid infrastructure in Latin America. See also www.dante.org/alice and www.eu-eela.org .

CLARA's Third Parties

The Laboratório Nacional de Astrofísica (LNA; National Astrophysics Laboratory) is by far the most important provider of observational support for the growing Brazilian astronomical community. It is responsible, on the national level, for the development  and operation of the necessary infra-structure for astronomical observations. In this context, LNA operates the Pico dos Dias Observatory (OPD), and is responsible for the Brazilian participation in two large international observatories, Gemini (a consortium of 7 countries which operates two 8-meter telescopes on Hawaii and in Chile), and SOAR (which is a 4.1-meter telescope operated in Chile by Brazil and three U.S. partner institutions).
Laboratório Nacional de Luz Síncrotron (LNLS) - www.lnls.br . At the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS), scientists find exceptional conditions to perform research at an internationally competitive level. LNLS makes its facilities available to users as a means of fostering Science and Technology, which is the reason for supporting this National Laboratory, funded by the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology (MCT). The LNLS facilities, open to users from Brazil and abroad, have contributed considerably to advances in the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Materials Engineering, Life Sciences, Accelerator Physics and Technology, among others. The infrastructure available to researchers includes beamlines with experimental stations installed at the synchrotron light source, high resolution electron microscopes, scanning probe microscopes and nuclear resonance spectrometers.