Centre for Internet & Society

Subbiah Arunachalam (known to friends as Arun) started his career as a research chemist, but found his calling in information science. In the past four decades, he has been a student of chemistry, a laboratory researcher (at the Central Electrochemical Research Institute and the Indian Institute of Science), an editor of scientific journals (at the Publications and Information Directorate of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Indian Academy of Sciences), the secretary of a scholarly academy of sciences (IASc), a teacher of information science (at the Indian National Scientific Documentation Centre), and a development researcher (at the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation and the Indian Institute of Technology Madras). While working with M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, he initiated the South-South Exchange Traveling Workshop to facilitate hands on cross-cultural learning for knowledge workers from Africa, Asia and Latin America engaged in ICT-enabled development.

Arun has been on the editorial boards of six international refereed journals including Journal of Information Science, Scientometrics, Journal of Community Informatics, and Current Contents; till recently he was  a member of the international advisory board of IICD, The Hague, and a Trustee of the Voicing the Voiceless Foundation. Currently he is a trustee of the Electronic Publishing Trust for Development.  Improving information access both for scientists and for the rural poor; scientometrics, ICT-enabled development and open access are among his current research interests.