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Home again … but what a journey

As summer dawns in the Northern Hemisphere and many of us begin making plans for our long annual holidays, I look back on the past few months with a sense of satisfaction. Although it’s nice to be able to take a break away from all things office, I’m proud of the work that has been…

Simple ingredients for tasty recipes: how four CGIAR Centers are implementing the CIARD Web 2.0 and social media pathways

The IAALD 2010 World Congress in Montpellier was my first ‘on the road’ assignment with the ICT-KM team. After the session Antonella and I ran during the CIARD marketplace, we wanted to take the opportunity to meet colleagues and friends from the different CGIAR centers to hear first-hand the stories behind the examples we find…

Social media for information specialists: an open space at XIII IAALD World Congress

Social media can play an important role in enhancing information management for agriculture and rural development. This was confirmed when over 30 information managers participating in the XIII IAALD World Congress stayed behind after the official closing session to share questions and experiences about how to make the most of tools such as social bookmarking,…

Google Maps, Open Source and Plotting Ongoing Research: Demonstrating Innovation

It is the perfect time to celebrate CGX 2.0’s birthday by talking about the tangible differences made by ICT-KM’s choice to shift away from proprietary technical architectures and move towards a more ample and sustainable technical landscape.  This technical landscape is epitomized by what is called Enterprise 2.0, “a system of web-based technologies that provide…

Show me the goods! The Research map is out!

If by “goods” you mean our Global Public Goods, and more specifically, the research projects of the CGIAR in Africa, the CGIAR Research Map for Africa – does just that! Fruit of a collaboration between Collective Action, the ICT-KM Program, CGIAR centres and over 250 scientists who have contributed their research information, the map now…

Knowledge Share Fair: Latin America and Caribbean at CIAT, Cali, Colombia, 25 – 27 May 2010

We are pleased to announce the Knowledge Share Fair Latin America and Caribbean which will take place in Cali, Colombia, 25 – 27 May 2010. Focus In January 2009, Rome-based agencies working in agriculture, development and food security joined forces to co-organize the first Knowledge “Share Fair” in order to enable their staff to showcase,…

You have a voice, and we want to hear it!

Last month, we launched our new website. If you are planning to revamp your website read our story as Blogtips helped us tell our experience in selecting and implementing the platform.  This month, sees the launch of the first issue of our new, blog-generated newsletter. The format is slightly different from the old newsletter, but…

Google Talk or Skype: the winner is…

Have you been wondering what was decided after I wrote the Google Talk and Skype comparison post in August 2009 titled: The question begs, Google Talk, Skype or both? Well, the winner is: both! At the CGIAR Information Technology meeting held in October in Cali, Colombia, we concluded that Google Talk and Skype are both…