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4th Quarter 2007



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ICT-KM and ReSAKSS Come Together
CIO Enrica Porcari recently participated in a brainstorming meeting that sought to strengthen the relationship between the ICT-KM Program and the Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS). The two-day event, which was held at Bioversity International, Rome, in October 2007, followed on from the CIOís involvement in ReSAKKSí inception workshop back in 2003 and looked at ways of moving the existing synergy between the two organizations forward.

CGIAR-CSI Recognized Again
The CGIAR Consortium for Spatial Information (CGIAR-CSI), one of the projects funded under the ICT-KM Programís 2004 Investment Plan, continues to make waves. With support from the Program, the CSI attended the AfricaGIS Conference on Geoinformation for Poverty Alleviation in Ouagadougou, where it represented all 15 contributing CGIAR Centers. During this September 2007 event, the Consortium received notable recognition and journalistic coverage, as well as heavy traffic at its booth, where it distributed GIS material.

Fellowships in Sustainability Science
The Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University's Center for International Development offers doctoral, post-doctoral, and practitioner fellowships in Sustainability Science. Advanced doctoral and post-doctoral students, and professionals engaged in the practice of harnessing science and technology to promote sustainable development are encouraged to apply. For more information click here.


Upcoming Events

Documenting CGIAR Web-based, Collaborative Experiences
The ICT-KM Program, in keeping true to its mandate to promote and support the innovative use of IT and KM to improve the effectiveness of the CGIARís work, is launching a new initiative to learn about the successful use of innovative tools to support our work. The Program's Institutional Knowledge Sharing (IKS) Project would like to reward three web-based collaborative experiences with the opportunity to evaluate, document and share those experiences. Read more.

Collaboration for Excellence
The ICT-KM Programís Knowledge Sharing (KS) Project is offering CGIAR staff and partners the unique opportunity to explore and experiment with knowledge-sharing principles and methods in an innovative, three-phase workshop that will kick off in March 2008 with a four-week online event. For more information on this workshop (Collaboration for Excellence: Opportunities for discovering, understanding, and applying innovative knowledge-sharing approaches for impact), please click here.

Quality standards for training and education in the CGIAR
A joint workshop of the ICT-KM Programís Online Learning Resources (OLR) Project and the United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) will be held from 11-15 February 2008 at UNU-EHS, Bonn, Germany. The purpose of this workshop is to develop a set of policies and procedures to ensure quality training and education in the CGIAR. Click here for more information.



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EasyMTP and CGMap: two sides of the same coin

The ICT-KM Program, in consultation with the CGIAR Centers, has developed and is deploying a product designed specifically to add value to MTPs and, at the same time, greatly reduce the time it takes to produce them. EasyMTP is an exciting new tool that supports the creating, updating, submission and eventual searching and sharing of the information in CGIAR Medium Term Plans.

An early implementation by Bioversity has served as the basis of EasyMTP, a system with the goal of finally taking the valuable scientific information in the Medium Term Plans and putting it in the visible position it deserves. With EasyMTP, MTPs become more than a time-consuming compliance exercise.

Centers use EasyMTP to submit their MTPs to the Science Council, and, at the same time, EasyMTP sends their MTP data to CGMap, a System-wide project information hub.

CGMap provides a "map" to navigate through CGIAR planned projects, and also provides an entry point for a wider audience: members of the Science Council, donors, partners, scientists, project managers, CGIAR Secretariat, members of the CGIAR. In other words, anyone who has need for information contained in those documents will be able to analyze and aggregate System-wide project information.

EasyMTP will be up and running at Centers in February 2008, four months before CGMap becomes fully operational

In December 2007, EasyMTP and CGMap were presented at the CGIAR Annual General Meeting in Beijing, China, during the joint Alliance Deputy Executives Meeting. An overview of the system highlights and the plan ahead were presented and discussed, together with the top ten frequently asked questions about EasyMTP that the development team has answered during the last few months. The presentation is available on CGXchange, just click on the "Meet CGMap and EasyMTP" box on the home page.

During the AGM, representatives of the CGIAR Centers had the opportunity to "test-drive" the EasyMTP to see how it can help them with the compilation and submission of MTPs. Overall, the feedback was very positive, and the sessions served as usability testing of the functionality and interface. Next year, 14 Centers will use EasyMTP for their 2008 Medium Term Plans submissions.

The ICT-KM Program would like to say "thank you" to the CG Secretariat for funding this initiative, to the Science Council Secretariat for its support and guidance, to Bioversity and IRRI teams for their stewardship, vision and support and all Center staff who provided valuable feedback throughout the development of this system.



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