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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CGIAR-CSI GeoNetwork Fully Functioning

The CGIAR-Consortium for Spatial Information GeoNetwork is now online and fully functioning, making it possible to seamlessly search for geospatial data throughout the entire CGIAR System and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). Currently, metadata is available from 14 Centers, ICIMOD, and the Water and Food Challenge Program (altogether about 15,000 records), all of which are synchronized with the UN system through FAO. An additional 5,000 records harvested from FAO also include those from WHO, OCHA UNEP and WFP. Many of these records provide direct links to downloadable data.

The GeoNetwork site has now been translated into four languages, English, Spanish, French and Chinese, and includes Help and Quickstart Guides. In addition, the site's InterMap application allows non-GIS specialists to access some of this CGIAR geospatial data online and create custom mapping and geospatial analytic products using a standard web browser.

The work of the CGIAR-Consortium for Spatial Information was presented during the Science Forum at the CGIAR's 2007 Annual General meeting in Beijing.

The Consortium for Spatial Information, a project that was formerly funded by the ICT-KM Program, is a full member of the GeoNetwork Steering Committee.


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