ICT-KM of the CGIAR

Collaborate, Create, Communicate

Author: Meena Arivananthan

Sharing, connecting and building relationships

The Share Fair in Cali a couple of weeks ago brought back memories of the first Share Fair held in Rome last year.  An unprecedented event bringing together major food and agriculture organizations: CGIAR, FAO, IFAD and WFP, the Share Fair took knowledge sharing to new heights within many of these organizations. Having just joined the…

Mendeley webinar reveals intuitive, easy-to-use tool for online reference management

Last week, over 30 CGIAR staff from CIAT, ICARDA, IFPRI, IRRI, IWMI and the WorldFish Center based in locations all over the world were given the opportunity to learn about  the much talked-about online reference management application, Mendeley in a webinar conducted by Mendeley Director, Jan Reichelt, with input from IFPRI user experiences. Participants were introduced to both Mendeley Web and…

New pathways to give your research outputs more mileage

Last month, I posted a blog on building digital repositories to maximize visibility on the Internet for our research outputs. However, just placing digital content on a repository or website does not ensure it gets noticed. As Peter Ballantyne of ILRI commented “we need to work hard to get them used, also finding the real…

Getting ready for GCARD

Over the last two days, 60 participants from 26 countries locked heads to come up with a feasible  framework for Information and Communication Management (ICM) adoption in agricultural research for development. Tensions rose while ideas were batted about. As part of the facilitation team, I was impressed by the passion and level of engagement these participants showed during group work. The commitment…

Information marketplace sets the tone in Hyderabad

The ICM meeting in Hyderabad kicked off with a marketplace session yesterday. With approximately 60 participants from the global agricultural community in attendance, the relaxed setting proved to be a great atmosphere for knowledge sharing. Exhibits featured inovative products and services by FARA, IRRI, ICRISAT, ICAR and many others. Conversations were free-flowing, energy levels were high –…

Using ICTs to their advantage: Agricultural R4D community branches out

ICRISAT campus – a beautiful, sprawling landscape with wide open spaces  – conducive for thinking out-of-the proverbial ‘box’. And out-of-the-box ideas are what the global agricultural research for development community aims to achieve in meetings this week from the 7th to 11th December in Hyderabad, India. The Information & Communication Management (ICM) and Agricultural Research for Development…

Why build digital repositories?

One great way to make your research outputs available, accessible and applicable is to maximize visibility on the Internet with digital repositories.  Why place your research outputs in a repository?      Organization. It captures research outputs in a structured manner that’s easily retrievable. Visibility. Each output is recorded in some detail so that searches can be…

Get the foundation right: Institutional Readiness

Last week, I shared some preliminary results from a benchmarking study of more than 1000 CGIAR research outputs from 6 Centers for availability and accessibility online.  Out of 444 peer-reviewed journal articles tested, the percentage accessible online in full text ranged between 22 – 62 percent. What does this mean? Simply that the centers with…