ICT-KM of the CGIAR

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Archive for May, 2009

Giving Research New Bearings: Take a Peek in the Google Engine Behind CGMap

CGMap, a System-wide application that enables users to navigate easily through information on research and research-related activities that the CGIAR Centers and Challenge Programs publish in their Medium Term Plans (MTPs) every year, recently teamed up with the CGIAR’s Regional Plan for Collective Action.  Their goal?  To put active research projects in East and Southern…

Social Media: Are You Listening? (#5 – Social Media Tools Blog Series)

My colleagues Meena and Antonella started a great blog series on Social media tools that complement the KS Toolkit and will serve as input for the upcoming social media workshop. Antonella wondered at the beginning of this week how we know if social media is working, and mentioned social media listening as an important practice. …

13 Offices, Vast Distances, Many Languages … and One Specialist

ICT tools have become crucial to the accomplishment of the organizational missions of the CGIAR Centers. The average CGIAR employee uses word-processing and spreadsheet programs, communications tools such as Skype or Communicator, media creation, management software, and online information management systems for documentation, finance or research. When these systems fail or become unreliable, the CGIAR…

Make use of African Skills: the AGCommons model

InterPressService recently published an article Development: Make use of African Skills which struck a chord with me. My take-home message from the article, written as the Third Knowledge Management Africa conference is taking place in Dakar, Senegal: “look within the continent to find solutions!” To find ways to apply vital information to the basic question…

Social Networks: friend or foe? (#4 – Social Media Tools Blog Series)

It would be hard to use the Internet and not come across a slew of social networking sites. Facebook, MySpace…these are just two of the popular sites that regular Internet aficionados use to keep in touch with family and friends and/or meet new people. Social networking sites allow users to create their own personal virtual…

Why maps?

At the recent CSI-AGCommons-WhereCampAfrica event in Nairobi we interviewed some of the participants to get their perspectives on why maps are important, on their role in the response to climate change, on their use in recent crises…. Why maps? is a video produced by a Nairobi-based crew to help highlight the value of geospatial technology…

Social Media: how do you know it's working? (#3 – Social Media Tools Blog Series)

If you are responsible for communications in your organization, you will know the value of having a clear strategy and a way of evaluating it. This post will discuss some social media tools and give you ideas on how to include social media appropriately in your communications plan and measure its effectiveness. Setting your goal…

The Elephant and the Peanut

I am doing it again…giving titles that sound like an Aesop’s fable….just like my earlier “The Starfish and the Spider” post. But again, this has nothing to do with the more famous fables…. This is about applying map technology to reduce a public-health menace. After all this is a blog about ICTs, knowledge and agriculture……