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'Do blogs lead to increased dissemination of research papers?'ask WorldBank researchers

Everyone knows that agricultural research is vital if we are to overcome the current threats to food security, natural resources and the environment. Right? Everyone knows what the CGIAR is doing to mitigate these threats. Right? Everyone knows where they can access CGIAR research outputs. Right? Wrong. Not everyone knows. But two articles I read…

How to convert "social media reach" to "impact" – Part 1

Last month, we had a workshop with the key people from the media, advocacy, and public information sections of many CGIAR centers and research programmes. Our resident social media agitator, Peter Casier, gave a one day session on “Improving the CGIAR web presence”. We asked him to write up on one of his topics: The…

Finding the right pathways for making ‘Rice Advice’ Available, Accessible and Applicable

During the week of  15-18 February 2011, I visited the Africa Rice Center in Cotonou, Benin, and found out that they are doing a lot to make ‘rice advice’ available, accessible and applicable. I also discussed additional pathways to make this vital rice knowledge travel. TEST. TEST2. TEST3. TEST4. During the week of  15-18 February 2011, I…

Evaluating the ICT-KM blog

ICT-KM and the life cycle of blogs I have always been convinced there are four steps – or call them challenges – in the life cycle of a blog: 1. the “WHY” moment: getting convinced a blog will contribute to “get your message out”, to create discussions around your project, engage with your audience,… 2.…

“Sharing knowledge and connecting researchers is what we do”: Mendeley and the CGIAR what a good match!

According to the Mendeley blog,  “Sharing knowledge and connecting researchers is what we do” — and this is exactly what we at the CGIAR ICT-KM Program do too! What a good match! We were, therefore, very happy to see one of our very own CGIAR staff featured recently on the Mendeley blog for her work on supporting knowledge sharing…

Over the rainbow: Seminar on “Beyond the scientific article – making your research social”

” Somewhere over the rainbow, Way up high, There’s a land that I heard of, Once in a lullaby.” While scientific articles have been and still are the ‘rainbow’ for research and researchers, new and exciting approaches to research communication (such as social media tools) are helping us to find our way over the rainbow, reaching higher, to new…

Helping us learn: Participants give feedback on Day 0

Day ‘Oh now I know how to…‘ (Day 0)- the learning and training day of the AgKnowledge Africa Share Fair held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 18th October 2010, is now over and done, but we hope the learning that started there isn’t. And while we hope that the participants are learning, experiencing, using and…