If business in the CGIAR is to succeed, there has to be collaboration between the Centers and with our partners. If you can agree with that statement, it will be easy to understand why there is a need for a common portal technology in the CGIAR. CGXchange is about collaboration, about supporting communities and the sharing of common information.

CGXchange's portal technology makes it a gateway that allows users to access all CGIAR information, tools and services through a central entry point. With the launch of this intranet/extranet system, which spans the CGIAR's 15 Centers and beyond, the more than 8,500 scientists and members of staff (and partners in the near future) will have the opportunity to come together as a unified system - regardless of their location. People working in more than 100 geographically scattered locations will be able to share information and collaborate in a way unprecedented in the history of agricultural research.

The CGXchange Project is not just a technical activity; it is also creating a large impact by changing the mindsets of people. While the technical platform has been established, with the first set of tools and some applications on board, if CGXchange is to grow to its full potential, there is a need for more content, mechanisms for sustaining the provision of this content, and training. The system also needs to be opened up to CGIAR partners.

The general objective of this Project is to make CGXchange fully and sustainably operational and an indispensable tool for most if not all CGIAR staff, as well as for CGIAR partners.


The specific objectives of this project are to:
  • ensure CGXchange is operational around the clock, 365 days a year;
  • develop the CGXchange technical platform to guarantee functionality of critical applications;
  • develop and implement a sound content management strategy;
  • develop and implement user security strategies and policies;
  • develop core "killer applications" so that they can be available on a sustainable basis (one such application covered in this document is the CG-PM Interface, now evolving into the MTP Analysis Program - MAP);
  • assist Centers so that they can use the BEA Aqualogic platform for their own respective intranet needs;
  • develop and implement guidelines for partners access;
  • develop and implement a sound marketing strategy and plan; and
  • monitor and evaluate use and usage of CGXchange and make appropriate platform and content revisions based on those results.
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Lead Administrative Center

Bioversity International (Bioversity)

Project Coordinator

Antonella Pastore

Project Status

Project activities initiated 2007, ongoing

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