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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 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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Enterprise Security in the Americas

In 2004, the ICT-KM Program began implementing the Enterprise Security and Business Continuity (ESBC) Project, an endeavour that aimed to achieve viable, ongoing ES and BC procedures within all Centers, and support the overall risk management environment. Project activities were carried out in Africa, Europe, and Asia. Three years later, at the beginning of December 2007, the Project entered its second phase, which was marked by a shift in focus that saw the new lead administrative Center, CIP, concentrating entirely on ES activities in the Americas. In collaboration with CIAT, CIMMYT, and IFPRI, CIP has now established the Enterprise Security Americas - Regional Thrust (ESA).

Due to the complexity and time commitment implied by the BC element of the Project, the America's BC phase has been deferred pending an analysis of lessons learned from the Asia and EMEA BC activities instigated during the Project's first phase.

Learning from the experience of the first phase, the Americas Centers moved towards a new approach that maximizes direct participation by each Center. The specific aim is to underwrite successful completion of realistic ES goals for each Center in the Americas, and the CGIAR telecommunications hub at CGNET. A consultant will perform the same level of systems analysis and training for all participating Centers; ICT systems security administrators from each Center will be trained to meet international certification standards. A review of anti-virus options and best practices for the CGIAR will also be undertaken.

The Project aims to set up viable and sustainable ES procedures within all Centers in the Americas to:
A Project review workshop to be held at CIP Headquarters in Lima, Peru, will include two weeks of professional training courses in Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) and Certified Information Security Systems Specialist (CISSP). Two systems security administrators from each of the Americas Centers are invited to participate. There are also several free places available for participation by staff from EMEA and Asia as a follow-up to their ESBC activities. In this way, ESA aims to underwrite ongoing best practices in information systems security within the CGIAR.

CIP's IT Manager, Anthony Collins, will coordinate this second phase of the Project over its five-month duration.

This project also complements another endeavour implemented under the 2004 Investment Plan: The Second Level Connectivity Project. Together, these two projects address the IT concerns of all participating Centers in terms of providing regional offices with reliable Internet connectivity and making sure the Centers have reliable ES procedures established at all locations.



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