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Archive for 2009

Using ICTs to their advantage: Agricultural R4D community branches out

ICRISAT campus – a beautiful, sprawling landscape with wide open spaces  – conducive for thinking out-of-the proverbial ‘box’. And out-of-the-box ideas are what the global agricultural research for development community aims to achieve in meetings this week from the 7th to 11th December in Hyderabad, India. The Information & Communication Management (ICM) and Agricultural Research for Development…

Augmented reality.. an old fad or a great opportunity?

Imagine this… you are in [….] fill the blank with the location of your choice… you pull out your mobile phone, you launch Layar and through your device you can see the picture of the location you are in and Layar adds content layers. Layers are the equivalent of webpages in normal browsers. Just like…

Why build digital repositories?

One great way to make your research outputs available, accessible and applicable is to maximize visibility on the Internet with digital repositories.  Why place your research outputs in a repository?      Organization. It captures research outputs in a structured manner that’s easily retrievable. Visibility. Each output is recorded in some detail so that searches can be…

You have a voice, and we want to hear it!

Last month, we launched our new website. If you are planning to revamp your website read our story as Blogtips helped us tell our experience in selecting and implementing the platform.  This month, sees the launch of the first issue of our new, blog-generated newsletter. The format is slightly different from the old newsletter, but…

Farmville… or how social media can help

An interesting discussion was started last week by ILRI‘s Peter Ballantyne. Peter is not new to the reader of this blog or anybody who has an interest in agriculture and information. Peter, now Head of the Knowledge Management group at the CGIAR’s Livestock Research Center, is also president of IAALD… and our partner in crime…

Listening to the Voices

This past month, we have been listening to many voices. The voices coming out of Africa speak of passion and possibilities, hope for the underprivileged, and a more equitable life for all. We went behind the scenes at AGCommons, an initiative implemented by the ICT-KM Program, and talked to the people leading three Quick Win…