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2nd Quarter 2009



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From White Hall to Rome
Meet Michael Marus, the latest addition to the ICT-KM Program. A versatile and talented man, he is already making his presence felt as a member of the CGXchange Team. Find out why the good people of White Hall, Arkansas, must be proud of him.

Time for a Tweet with Twitter!
Come join us for a Tweet on Twitter. An innovative real-time short messaging service that works over the web or mobile phone, Twitter will help keep you updated with the latest news and developments from the ICT-KM Program. Drop by our Twitter space and see how easy it is!


ICT-KM supports events and conferences

Strategic Communications Workshop
Hot on the heels of the successful two-week, Social Media Online Workshop, online participants will now meet face-to-face at the Strategic Communications Workshop to be held in Penang, Malaysia, from 23-26 March 2009. For more information, see main story.

Science Forum 2009
The CGIAR Science Council and Wageningen University and Research Center are pleased to invite interested participants to a forum on Science for Development, on 16-17 June 2009, in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Science Forum 2009 will focus on mobilizing global linkages for development impact. Click here for more information.


African Geospatial Week
The CGIAR’s Consortium on Spatial Information (CSI) in partnership with the newly launched "Geospatial Technology for Agricultural Development in Africa" Program (AGCommons), has organized the African Geospatial Week, to be held in Nairobi 31 March – 4th April, 2009. Visit our blog at the beginning of April for updates on this event!




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CGX2.0: The Times They are A-changing

The times they are a-changing. Technology continues to change; the way we collaborate with others has changed; and the way the CGIAR conducts its business is currently undergoing radical change. With the present air of change that is permeating the entire System, it was inevitable that CGXchange would, sooner or later, have to answer the call for a portal that meets current needs. As such, CGXchange’s intranet concept has been exchanged, so to speak, for a dual concept application that satisfies both the need for public content and the need for ‘private’ collaboration spaces.

Last month, we introduced the new, improved CGXchange 2.0, a platform based on Google Apps that satisfies our current needs by facilitating online collaboration and exchange both inside and outside the CGIAR.

“Why Google Apps?” you might ask. Well, with a highly decentralized set up like that of the CGIAR, over 8,000 staff in 120 offices, mostly in countries where connectivity is a challenge, and with a dire need to collaborate with colleagues and partners, we are always on the look out for solutions that simplify our work. So last year, we tried out Google Apps as a suite of collaboration tools and were suitably impressed. You can read the results of our experiments in the CGIAR Google Apps report.

A few months later, during the first half of March 2009, a selected group of testers evaluated a beta version of the site, and we are now analyzing their feedback gathered from a post-test survey.

Stay tuned for news about the launch of our new CGXchange!


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