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“Sharing knowledge and connecting researchers is what we do”: Mendeley and the CGIAR what a good match!

According to the Mendeley blog,  “Sharing knowledge and connecting researchers is what we do” — and this is exactly what we at the CGIAR ICT-KM Program do too! What a good match!

We were, therefore, very happy to see one of our very own CGIAR staff featured recently on the Mendeley blog for her work on supporting knowledge sharing and connecting researchers in her institute, in order to support efforts to make a difference in the world.

We seem to have struck it lucky!

Mendeley – a pathway to making ag knowledge travel

Mendeley , a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research,  is becoming popular around the world, including within the CGIAR, as a way of making research information more available, accessible and even applicable. As a pathway for greater coherence in information for agricultural research for development, it can help you to:

  • Automatically generate bibliographies
  • Collaborate easily with other researchers online
  • Easily import papers from other research software
  • Find relevant papers based on what you’re reading
  • Access your papers from anywhere online
  • Read papers on the go, with our new iPhone app
  • … and more

Making a difference with Mendeley

Many of above mentioned features attracted Katarlah Taylor from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to Mendeley earlier this year and prompted her to get in touch with the people there to see if they could help get her organization started with Mendeley. And this experience  has now been featured on the Mendeley blog in “Making a difference in the developing world-Katarlah Taylor from CGIAR“.

 

In the post, Katarlah is quoted as saying:

Mendeley makes what IFPRI does easier because it provides a space where our researchers can share and collaborate. It allows them to have some control over their online professional life as it gives them a free tool to consolidate their research in one place that they themselves can manage, they can feature different collections in multiple locations simultaneously and it allows them to quickly see their statistics. Our researchers can use and reuse publications listed in their Mendeley accounts when writing a paper to facilitate the process as Mendeley integrates easily with Microsoft Word and many different citation styles. Increasingly, more and more of our researchers are taking advantage of this tool and we are excited about its current functionality and future prospects!

Opportunities for learning

So if YOU also want to learn how to use Mendely and start using it in your work, the CGIAR ICT-KM Program is co-organizing a webinar with Mendeley, to take place on November 24th — find out more from our blog post “Time to change: learn tools for more effective research output sharing (Register now for Mendeley webinar Nov 24th)” and register NOW!

And if you want to learn more about how Mendeley can be and is being applied within a real research setting, then we will soon have an exciting video from Katarlah explaining how to use it and showing examples from its use at IFPRI. This soon-to-be-available video has been produced in response to the great demand expressed during the AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair , where Katarlah gave training sessions on using Mendeley during Day ‘Oh now I know how to…”. Participants were really interested in the tool and its uses as showcased by Katarlah, so much so that we realized that we needed to have a resource to enable more people to learn about Mendeley. So we asked Katarlah if she could make a video of her talk and presentation, and she is presently in the process of putting this valuable resource together.

So watch this space!

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Blog photo thumbnail: Uploaded by saavem at http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1170271

Other photos: Mendeley website and blog