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The new ICT Roadmap for the CGIAR

Over the last decade we have all witnessed the radical impact that ICT is having in our lives both at home, throughout society, and professionally in how organizations now carry out their work. The nature of the CGIAR as a decentralized global operation presents many challenges that result in high need for appropriate ICT to…

CGIAR IT Managers Meeting 2010 – The Way Ahead

The CGIAR Information Technology Managers have been working together for many years now to provide a common set of IT services to meet multiple needs while exploring ways of working together. The members of this active community recently came together on the campus of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for their…

Google vs. Google: a love-hate relationship

Having supported and actively used Google Apps for almost two years now, we believe that Google has gone a long way towards improving the Google Apps, but at the same time,  we feel they  injure themselves with their own products. We really love Google tools, we extensively use Google Earth, Google Books,  we use GTalk…

Multi-point Videoconferencing Gateway (#4 CGIAR Strategic Technologies Series)

Over the years, videoconferencing has evolved from a bandwidth-consuming unreliable technology to one that consumes less bandwidth and is much more stable. Video has become more and more utilized as bandwidth has increased and prices have come down. As part of the Strategic Technologies for the CGIAR in 2010, Multi-point videoconferencing gateway ranked 4th place.…

M-agriculture: mobile devices and their role in transforming communication

Many are surprised by the rapid emergence of mobile telephony and generally connected populations across the globe thanks to mobile devices. There are so many possible applications arising, but as usual the challenge is in understanding what is the right place and role of the technology in social, economic, educational interactions. Some tough questions around…

New tools for agricultural information specialists: highlights from the IAALD session

Among the main themes of the IAALD Congress, a special track was reserved to experiences with new technology tools for agricultural information. On Tuesday 27 afternoon, three papers were presented and  discussed at the IAALD Congress: the use and management of RSS feeds by a network of agricultural information specialists in Southern Africa interactive Web…

Social Software and Social Networking (#3 CGIAR Strategic Technologies Series)

It’s difficult to ignore Social Software these days. Everywhere you turn there’s evidence that it’s playing an increasingly important role, both at home and in the workplace. The CGIAR IT managers also confirmed this view when they ranked Social Software #3 in the Strategic Technologies for the CGIAR in 2010. Social Software includes a broad…