Latin American Network Information Center - LANIC

The Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC) is affiliated with the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at the University of Texas at Austin.


LANIC has received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and UT Austin's College of Liberal Arts. LANIC is a key component of the International Information Systems, also based at UT Austin. LANIC's mission is to facilitate access to Internet-based information to, from, or on Latin America. Our target audience includes people living in Latin America, as well as those around the world who have an interest in this region. While many of our resources are designed to facilitate research and academic endeavors, our site has also become an important gateway to Latin America for primary and secondary school teachers and students, private and public sector professionals, and just about anyone looking for information about this important region. In addition to our core information services, LANIC sponsors several related programs, including a number of Internet-related Training Initiatives. LANIC's editorially reviewed directories contain over 10,000 unique URLs, one of the largest guides for Latin American content on the Internet. Our Gopher server, launched in 1992, was the first such information service for Latin America on the Internet, as was our Web Site, which has been in continuous service since 1994. Since the mid-1990s, LANIC has served as the official registration authority for Latin American Studies at the World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Virtual Library, a precursor to Yahoo! as the Web's first large-scale subject catalog.

The mission of LANIC is to provide Latin American users with access to academic databases and information services throughout the Internet, and to provide Latin Americanists around the world with access to information on and from Latin America.

One of the primary functions of LANIC is the creation and maintenance of directories or guides to Internet-based resources in the field of Latin American studies. Our directory services began in 1992 when we launched the first Latin American directory via Gopher. Currently, LANIC's directory contains pages for 35 countries and 49 subjects.