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Archive for April, 2009

Twitter as a fundraising vehicle?

Over the weekend, a popular film actor, Hugh Jackman (of X-Men fame), posted an interesting challenge to charitable organizations. He pledged to give USD 100,000 to anyone who could convince him as to why their charity deserved the money. But wait, there’s a catch. The person would have to use Twitter! Twitter, a microblogging service, allows users to write…

Geography is the art of describing our world.

An interview with Carmelle J. Terborgh, Federal/Global Affairs team lead, ESRI at the Africa Geospatial technology for Agriculture week in Nairobi Context: Launched 40 years ago as a consulting and research firm, ESRI created the first commercial geographic information software, ArcInfo. Since then, geographical information system (GIS) solutions have found use in at least 40…

ICT-KM Blog is Breaking Records

When I started blogging in 2007 (see blue curve) I really didn’t know exactly how to do it, what to blog about and when or how often. It was a slow process and needed my patience and persistence. Then came a team meeting in May 2008 (red curve) and after a discussion on the need…

The power of maps and making them available where governments don’t—that’s the big story here.

A reaction to the CSI conference from Patti Kristjanson Leader, Innovation Works Initiative International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya Governments, particularly in places like Africa, collect all this data. And they hang onto it. It’s starting to change, but it is still challenging even to find government data and maps in many African countries. But…

New book on Prioritising Agricultural Research for Development- developed as part of KSinR Project almost ready

As part of the Knowledge Sharing in Research project grants were given out to 6 selected proposals for knowledge sharing activities or approaches to be undertaken. One of these was put forward by David Raitzer of CIFOR on behalf of the System-wide Initiative on Priority Assessment entitled: ” Shared Learning to Enhance Research Priority Assessment…