ICT-KM of the CGIAR

Collaborate, Create, Communicate

Empowering the new CGIAR

The selection of a new board is the latest step in the CGIAR Change Management Initiative. The CGIAR is renewing …and with this renewal comes a new way of doing business.

Shared services, joint positions, distributed teams, 24/7 coverage, regional hubs, Megaprograms…. all new terminology, all new ways of doing business.

If we are serious about doing things differently and doing them well, we need to ensure we embrace the innovations in technologies and media that can support these new processes.

They are no longer a “nice to have”, but new business imperatives. And the increasing readership of our sites, as well the appearance of a growing number of blogs, twitters, yammers, posterous, collaborative spaces, shared calendars… is to show that interest and adoption are growing…

In this issue you will read how at the ICT-KM program we are committed to helping CGIAR Centers and staff successfully transition into the new CGIAR and beyond.

Read about the interactive Research map. Fruit of a collaboration between our program, the Collective Action and over 250 scientists, this is the place to go to find out what agriculture research is carried out in Africa.

From a technology standpoint, we are ensuring that our infrastructure stay current and ‘fit for the future’while ensuring staff know how to best use it. In tandem with this, our Knowledge Sharing efforts will help staff get the results of their research out to as many people as possible and learn from what others are doing.

Read on about some of our efforts that go towards helping the CGIAR achieve its goals. Find out about Mendeley, an online reference management tool, as well as the online training given to staff in the use of software that makes their publications more accessible. Learn about our first Knowledge Share Fair Latin America and Caribbean, which will take place in Cali, Colombia, from 25 – 27 May, 2010. An event that will provide organizations in the region with an opportunity to learn from each other.

Read about how our work with AGCommons continues… a new director based in Africa has been hired. Our quick win projects are yielding results… all exciting news!

To give you a better idea of what we’ve being doing to date, you can read a concise update on our activities in 2009, and also find out about the work of some of the people who have helped us achieve our goals.

Hope you enjoy this issue, and as always…. your comments are very welcome!

Enrica Porcari

Leader, ICT-KM Program and Chief Information Officer, CGIAR

Photo credit: Smicko

Storage Infrastructure (#1 Strategic Technologies Series)

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We recently published the results of the Strategic Technologies for the CGIAR in 2010, so as promised; this article is about the Top 1 Strategic Technology selected by the IT Managers and the  Chief Information Officer for 2010: Storage Infrastructure. But what is Storage infrastructure and why was this technology selected as Top 1?  The volume of […]

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Show me the goods! The Research map is out!

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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 […]

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Realizing a Dream – Introducing AGCommons Director Laban MacOpiyo

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There are many reasons why we choose to follow a particular career path. Sometimes it is a childhood dream that takes shape watching a movie or reading a favorite book; sometimes a spark is ignited in a school classroom; sometimes it is a desire to make a difference in a community; sometimes we adopt someone […]

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That’s the way I like it!

Well, well, well… It seems that our efforts to encourage people to learn more about what we do are starting to pay off… A sneak preview of last month’s analytics for some of the sites we manage?

And take a look at the interest AGCommons , our “location intelligence” program is generating!

Gotta love those green arrows and […]

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Knowledge Share Fair: Latin America and Caribbean at CIAT, Cali, Colombia, 25 – 27 May 2010

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We are pleased to announce the Knowledge Share Fair Latin America and Caribbean which will take place in Cali, Colombia, 25 – 27 May 2010.
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In January 2009, Rome-based agencies working in agriculture, development and food security joined forces to co-organize the first Knowledge “Share Fair” in order to enable their staff to showcase, recreate and […]

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Mendeley webinar reveals intuitive, easy-to-use tool for online reference management

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Last week, over 30 CGIAR staff from CIAT, ICARDA, IFPRI, IRRI, IWMI and the WorldFish Center based in locations all over the world were given the opportunity to learn about  the much talked-about online reference management application, Mendeley in a webinar conducted by Mendeley Director, Jan Reichelt, with input from IFPRI user experiences. Participants were introduced to both Mendeley Web and Desktop, […]

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Good to be in the OpenAIRE

Inline ImageThe CGIAR, through our ICT-KM Program, has been awarded a grant in the context of the European Commission–funded project Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe (OpenAIRE).
This 3-year project aims to develop and maintain an e-infrastructure and Web portal for the identification, deposition, access, and monitoring of articles funded within Framework Programme 7. A […]

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Computer Security Awareness Guide and Quiz

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Did you know that simply by the fact of having our office or home computers connected to a network and on the Internet; these are exposed to several computer security risks?
A computer security risk arises from the intentional or unintentional misuse of computers, network resources as well as the internet. These risks may result in […]

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Weathering the Drought – An Interview with Andy Farrow

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It never rains but it pours, even during a drought. At least that’s what Andy Farrow must have thought when his project’s drought-tolerant bean seeds didn’t thrive due to insufficient rain. And yes, drought-tolerant bean seeds are designed to withstand droughts; but there are droughts and there are droughts. And the drought that hit many […]

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Strategic Technologies for the CGIAR in 2010

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The question is no longer whether a bear can dance, but how well the bear dances. This is the bottom line message to Cloud Computing and Software as a Service, one of the top technologies we expect see widely used in the CGIAR in 2010.
The point is: “corporate” IT providers can no longer ignore the […]

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New pathways to give your research outputs more mileage

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Last month, I posted a blog on building digital repositories to maximize visibility on the Internet for our research outputs. However, just placing digital content on a repository or website does not ensure it gets noticed. As Peter Ballantyne of ILRI commented “we need to work hard to get them used, also finding the real […]

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Knowledge Sharing in the CGIAR – An Interview with Nancy White

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Knowledge sharing is a big part of what we do at the ICT-KM Program. Just take a peek at some of the work we’ve being doing since we got started, and you’ll see that we’ve been promoting Knowledge Sharing, or KS as we like to call it, since day one. Although many people have eagerly […]

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The year that has passed

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Another fruitful year is behind us at the ICT-KM Program; a year of progress, change and growth.  A year that started off with a great ShareFair, a year that saw us learning from an external evaluation,  a year during which many of our projects came to an end …
Rather than try to thank each of […]

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