ICT-KM of the CGIAR

Collaborate, Create, Communicate

Author: Simone Staiger

Web Design Guidelines for Low Bandwith

10 useful tips from www.aptivate.org 1. No Page Bigger than 25kB. Design your pages to load within 10 seconds over 20kbps connections, which means 25kB is the maximum page size. If you do one thing, do this. 2. Reduce Images. Good design is possible without lots of images. Use CSS for layout and rollovers, instead…

About the CSO-CGIAR Engagement Process and the KS Project

The Knowledge Sharing project has been involved for more than a year in an effort of the CGIAR to “give civil society a stronger voice in the CGIAR and foster mutual learning in joint endeavors”. The project has done this through suggesting, co-designing and facilitation of participatory processes applied in on-line and face-to-face interaction in…

CGIAR participants start to digest Web2fordev

CG participants met on day 3 to digest the conference and jointly think about possible ways to move forward. Some ideas that were discussed: Look at the “IFPRI” model of training and guidance, which consists in once a week face to face and/or distance modules. Support through the Institutional Knowledge Sharing Project, Web 2.0 Pilot…

Facilitating CGIAR Working Groups and Communities: Two Fresh Experiences

I just finished facilitating a 4-day meeting for the IT Managers of the CGIAR: Around 16 participants (only one female participant) in mostly plenary settings. Some lessons learnt or confirmed: It is so much better to be involved in the agenda setting… Making process suggestions during the meeting is difficult, and setting a different tone…

On-line events in preparation of the 3rd Global Knowledge Conference (GK3)

 During its 3rd Global Knowledge Conference (GK3), to be held in December 2007, and entitled  “Emerging People, Emerging Markets, Emerging Technologies, the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) will explore concrete solutions and possibilities within the interplay, interface and interweaving of issues related to the Knowledge for Development (K4D) and Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D)…

Web-based collaborative tools

The KS Project is looking forward to promote the use of Web-based collaborative tools. To do so we need to share easy-to-understand resources.  One good example is this series of short explanatory videos, developed by Common Craft (http://www.commoncraft.com/show), which “goal is to fight complexity with simple tools and plain language”.   The series contains so far…

ICT-KM and KS launch new Web sites

 The ICT-KM Program and the KS Project are launching their new Web sites. The KS Web site features news items, sections on Knowledge Sharing in Research and Institutional Knowledge Sharing, a resource page and the KS toolbox, now also available in Spanish and French. My colleague Andrea and a systems engineer worked really hard to…

Nancy White comes to CIAT

 The one-day workshop on Web-based collaboration was co-sponsored by the Institutional Knowledge Sharing Project and CIAT. The 32 Participants also contributed with a small inscription fee. It was a successful joined effort and we were lucky to be able to catch Nancy on her trip to Colombia where she will also work with the Ministry of Education.…

About the Knowledge Sharing Inception Workshop: On-line Preparations

   Next week the Knowledge Sharing project will start its Pilot Project Inception Workshop. The 9 pilot project coordinators will meet at IRRI HQ with the Knowledge Sharing project leaders. Enrica Porcari will join us and we get support with documentation by Mary Schneider. Boru Douthwaite from CIAT will be our main workshop facilitator, and…