ICT-KM of the CGIAR

Collaborate, Create, Communicate

Archive for August, 2009

The question begs: GTalk, Skype or both?

CGIAR staff frequently use online tools to communicate with colleagues and partners around the globe. Many of these tools have made a significant, positive impact on the way staff work by facilitating communication and information sharing. Until recently, some CGIAR Centers used Microsoft’s Live Communications Server (LCS) version 2005, an internal instant messaging (IM) system…

Have your say! Which way to a renewed agricultural research agenda?

In 2008, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) launched a Change Initiative to identify how best to adapt to anticipated global changes and challenges. The reforms will help to strengthen the CGIAR by establishing a results-oriented research agenda . As part of this process, the CGIAR, in consultation with its partners, is presently…

Clouds on the horizon?

There’s a whole new world of ICTs out there. So much to choose from: technologies and services that could have a significant impact on the way we do research, aid….. well, our business, whatever that is. There’s cloud computing, virtualization, chargeback and social software, to name just a few. And just where does Green IT fit…

Hoping for the best, bracing for the worst….

In an earlier post I announced the ICT-KM program was undergoing a health check. Let me be frank. Having two external experts, completely new to the Program, take a very close look at what we have been doing, made me nervous. Would I be able to explain the complexity of the environment we operate in,…