ICT-KM of the CGIAR

Collaborate, Create, Communicate

Happy New Year!

As I contemplate the Program’s activities during 2010, I’m wondering how a small team could achieve so much. In the past 12 months, we’ve made inroads with our established initiatives, launched a few new ones, revamped one of our popular applications …  and we are now in the process of continuing with more of the same.

The year that was 2010

Here are some of the activities that kept us busy last year:

CGIAR Ongoing Research – this unique interactive map, which provides access to hundreds of research projects being carried out by the Centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), was recently revamped and relaunched.

Youth in Agriculture – a new series of interviews was launched to put a face to the youth in agricultural research for development (ARD), hear their voices and obtain an insight into their roles, perspectives, experiences and aspirations.

Share Fairs and Social Media – First, there was the Share Fair Cali, which continued the good work laid down during 2009 Fair in Rome and attracted 200 participants from 18 countries. Then there was the XIII IAALD World Congress held in Montpellier, France, where the Program facilitated a side session on Web 2.0 and Social Media for research uptake. Not to mention the AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which created an opportunity for 300 people representing many different organizations and disciplines to meet and learn from each other.

ICT Roadmap 2011-2013 – this document reflects the collective thinking of the CGIAR ICT Managers and analyzes the action items needed for shared services within the CGIAR.

Opening access to our researchNadia Manning-Thomas, our knowledge sharing specialist, was busy promoting open access through CIARD and the use of the Triple A Framework.

The year ahead

While continuing to focus on the activities above, we will also bring you something new in 2011. As I write this, the ICT-KM Program team is working hard behind the scenes to revamp our website, an exercise that will make it easier for you to find information about and updates on our various activities. The new site will also feature a new product line, a “How can I…” series of tutorials that will show you how to design a social media strategy; select and prioritize social media; organize online consultations; write a document or proposal collaboratively; and document a research project, to name a few.

We’ll also be bringing you updates on the One Corporate System (OCS), a multi-Center initiative that seeks to identify, select, and implement a common corporate system to support the Centers’ needs  for Project Management, Finance, HR, and other administrative tasks.  Then there’s the much anticipated follow-up to the Lieven Claessens video, which explores the challenges researchers face trying to communicate their work, and also starts proposing some ways to overcome these challenges. Yet another activity will update you on our work documenting the ways in which farmers are adapting to a changing climate … and so it continues.

Finally, a huge thank you to my small but dedicated team, who made this past year possible.

On behalf of everyone at the ICT-KM Program, I would like to wish you a very happy and successful 2011.

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

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