Collaborate, Create, Communicate

Show me the goods! The Research map is out!

If by “goods” you mean our Global Public Goods, and more specifically, the research projects of the CGIAR in Africa, the CGIAR Research Map for Africa – does just that!

Fruit of a collaboration between Collective Action, the ICT-KM Program, CGIAR centres and over 250 scientists who have contributed their research information, the map now released in Beta version pending the complete data validation, gives users the unique opportunity to carry out a more specific and targeted query based on different key fields, link the data to project outputs and other relevant documents while keeping the ownership over the information in the hands of the project managers themselves.

1. How can I find out what research the CG centers are carrying out and where?
2. What type of partners are different centers collaborating with?
3. How can new scientists be quickly brought up to speed on what has been done and also what opportunities for collaboration exist?
4. Where do I find information on research results and other related documentation that will help in the development of new research proposals?

These are some of the questions that can find easily an answer in the Research map.

But how do you measure the benefits of having the projects in the map? Why should centers invest their time and energy in contributing to the map?

Well, this is not part of a business process, like CGMap is, where centers produced Medium Term Plans are made easier to find.

A project fact sheet from the Ongoing Research Projects system - click to enlarge

In the CGIAR Research Map, project leaders themselves contribute information about projects taking place NOW, as a way to connect to others and give more visibility to their work. “As the map continues to grow both in its functions and features and also in its usability, we believe that through the direct queries raised to project coordinators, reported collaboration and partnerships we can then be able to measure this.” says Evelyn Katingi, the infatigable champion behind it.

During a presentation at the WorldAgroforestry Center (ICRAF), participants asked how will the map be relevant in the new CGIAR.

Frank Place (ICRAF) stepped in : ‘The map can provide just the tool that a mega programme could use to show its strategy, what its core activities are and where, who its partners are, what its key outputs are (including data sets), and what outcomes it has achieved’

“A place to compile and disseminate outputs and outcomes of the CGIAR as well as share knowledge and information. The research map provides just a unique tool for this!” says Evelyn

Visit the map, it will show you the goods!

And centers that want to show their own research in Africa through a map on their website, contact the CGMap support team at  cgmap-support@cgiar.org we may have the right tool for you!

Technical Note:

When opening the Research map, if you use Internet Explorer 7 you may be experiencing..

How do I fix this problem?

The easiest way for you to fix the problem is to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8. This problem no longer occurs in Internet Explorer 8. To upgrade to Internet Explorer 8, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

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