4th Quarter 2007


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 CIO’s involvement in ReSAKKS’ 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 Program’s 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 CGIAR’s 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 Program’s 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 Program’s 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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Opening Access to CGIAR Research and Knowledge

The ICT-KM Program recently organized a series of consultative events designed to improve and finalize a CGIAR-led Strategy that aims to maximize access to and utilization of the CGIAR iGPGs (Information Global Public Goods) with the ultimate goal of improving agricultural research for development activities.

The first event, an online consultation that discussed the Strategy Global Public Goods (GPGs): From Data and Information to Food was held on the FAO-hosted e-agriculture platform and attracted various stakeholders and representatives from partner organizations. The four-week consultation began on 12 September 2007 and comprised a series of asynchronous online discussions grouped around two areas: the Strategy, and user's needs. The event had two main goals: (i) to build collective awareness around the access and use of iGPGs) and, within that context, gain insights to help update, validate and improve the Strategy; and (ii) to get more detailed information about users, users needs, obstacles, priorities and methodologies.

At the start of the third week, the Program held a half-day, face-to-face workshop at FAO during the "e-agriculture week" in Rome, during which the Web2ForDev conference also successfully took place. The participants were given an overview of the first two weeks’ online discussion before exploring issues related to opening access to research and knowledge from the perspective of different stages in the research process.

Workshop Participants
FACE-TO-FACE: Workshop Participants

The workshop entitled "Opening Access to CGIAR Research and Knowledge" attracted participants attending the Web2forDev Conference, as well as individuals from relevant institutions in Rome. Over 40 participants, representing both northern and southern-based organizations, took part in the workshop discussions. Click here for a comprehensive workshop report.

Both consultations successfully provided an opportunity for the Program to present the Strategy to date and receive input, comments and suggestions for interventions and approaches. The Program will continue to identify strategic conferences, meetings, and venues to allow for further consultations in efforts to finalize the Strategy in preparation for the next Investment Plan and set of related activities.

A big thank you to Nancy White for ably facilitating the online consultation.


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