The ICT-KM Program is on the road again. As I write this I’m in Montpellier, France, attending the Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD). The Conference aims to create new ways of working together to enhance the development and impact of agricultural research. More on this soon.
Over the next few months, we will continue the road show with several events that will open up ICT-KM Program activities to CGIAR staff and partners around the globe. We’ll be returning to Montpellier, where the CIARD partners are organizing an Agriculture Information Access Marketplace, just before the official opening of the IAALD XIIIth World Conference at the end of next month. If you are involved at any stage in the capture, management and communication of research in the digital world, this interactive event will have something for you.
The following month, we will team up with FAO and other international organizations to host a three-day event on CIAT’s campus in Cali, Colombia. Entitled “Knowledge Share Fair – Latin America and Caribbean”, the Fair will enable participants to learn about and share good knowledge sharing practices from project teams, partners, communities, networks, and end users, and also exchange good practices in making research processes and outputs accessible, available and applicable.
Following on the heels of this event is the Knowledge Management for Development community (KM4Dev) meeting, which aims to contribute to the development of a strong KM4Dev movement in Latin America and Caribbean, leading to more organizations becoming open, living and adaptive.
Then there’s the Africa Agriculture GIS Week (AAGW) 2010, which offers a rare opportunity for those working with Geographical Information Services (GIS) to learn from others how GIS can be applied for the benefit of agricultural development. The meeting also hopes to attract young African scientists interested in GIS.
Back at home base, also in the spirit of opening up, we are continuing to promote CGXchange, which recently celebrated its first birthday. For the past year, people from all over the CGIAR have been able to collaborate with each other like never before. Indeed, our latest stats show that CGXchange now has 600 active users and around 100 sites.
We’re also excited about CGMap’s new home page, which makes it easier for you to find research plans across the CGIAR. The home page now resembles the Ongoing Research in Africa map. We adopted a similar browse-the-map approach for the Medium Term Plan research plans, and the Africa Research Map has been renamed ‘CGMap Ongoing Research’, to bring the two closer to each other.
In this issue of ICT-KM News, you can also read about our continuing efforts to promote social media and document its use, find out what The Economist has to say about social networking technologies, look behind the Africa Trial Sites Network, learn about our latest knowledge sharing publication, discover how IFPRI used communication and knowledge sharing approaches to launch a new book, and get the lowdown on Virtualization 2.0.
As always, we look forward to your feedback, so please feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leader, ICT-KM Program and Chief Information Officer, CGIAR
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