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Archive for 2007

Notes from "Global Information Architecture", Peter van Dijck

Peter van Dijck gave a talk on “Global IA: How to Organize Global Websites “: what changes when Web sites go global? Interesting topic for whoever works on multilingual, multicultural sites  targeted to a truly global audience like with the CGIAR Centers Web sites. Basically, the message is that there are different ways in which we structure…

Ready to go, Italian IA Summit here

Here’s the start of the CGXchange section of the ICT-KM blog. It features news, posts, comments and musings  about online collaboration, networking and how Web technology can support the sharing of information and knowledge inside and outside of the CGIAR. The idea is to cover and offer for comments what goes on around these themes. CGXchange is…

CGIAR and Facebook

As even the “older” generations are getting caught up in the Facebook and social networking mania, it might be interesting to highlight the possible uses of Facebook to the growing, though still dormant, CGIAR network which was set up within the CGIAR by Luz Marina Alvaré from IFPRI, who is always at the cutting edge…

Telecenters in Colombia

This is a blog post about the host center of the Institutional KS project– the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)– the host country Colombia and one historical example of activities around ICT4D that I would like to celebrate. Knowledge Sharing has been part of a CIAT project called Inforcom (www.ciat.cgiar.org/inforcom), now closed. Inforcom focused…

Community Knowledge at KM4Dev

The Knowledge Management for Development community KM4Dev runs a listserv, and a Web site, among others. The threads and contributions are frequently summarized by their originators and put on a wiki space called community knowledge. It’s a fabulous resource for all “knowledge workers”. And it’s a great example of collective action. Most recently Ewen Leborgne…

ILAC starts a new five-year phase

The Institutional Learning and Change Initiative of the CGIAR (ILAC) starts a new five-year phase, with support from DGIS. “This new phase of the ILAC Initiative will strive to enhance impacts through partnerships for innovation and to support pro-poor groups that are already employing innovative approaches but may lack adequate visibility, resources and credibility.” Among…

Web Design Guidelines for Low Bandwith

10 useful tips from www.aptivate.org 1. No Page Bigger than 25kB. Design your pages to load within 10 seconds over 20kbps connections, which means 25kB is the maximum page size. If you do one thing, do this. 2. Reduce Images. Good design is possible without lots of images. Use CSS for layout and rollovers, instead…

CGIAR participants start to digest Web2fordev

CG participants met on day 3 to digest the conference and jointly think about possible ways to move forward. Some ideas that were discussed: Look at the “IFPRI” model of training and guidance, which consists in once a week face to face and/or distance modules. Support through the Institutional Knowledge Sharing Project, Web 2.0 Pilot…