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2010-05 CIARD General Presentation - English -v2.0


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2010-07 CIARD General Presentation by Dr. Stephen Rudgard. African Agricultural Science Week. (Burkina Faso)

2010-07 CIARD General Presentation by Dr. Stephen Rudgard. African Agricultural Science Week. (Burkina Faso)

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  • 1. GENERAL PRESENTATION [email_address] A new way forward Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
  • 2. Why is coherence in agricultural information so important?
    • Innovation systems in agriculture are critical to the fight against hunger & sustainable use of natural resources
    • Rapid agricultural innovation is knowledge-intensive and depends on access to information
    • Coherence in information management will increase efficiency of knowledge sharing/exchange and reduce duplication
    Why enhance access to agricultural information?
    • Most public domain agricultural information not yet widely accessible
    • New types of research, organisations, and collaboration create new demands
    • Improving the way the partners work together requires greater information and information flow systems
  • 3. Global and Local Challenges in Research Communication
    • Capacities
      • Lack of institutional policies to enable research communication
      • Lack of specialized skills in complex digital technologies
    • Diversity of Responses
      • Customized Information/Knowledge Systems
      • In-house IKM Programmes
      • Institutional Networks
      • National Initiatives
      • R&D Community Forums/Platforms
      • Virtual and Web2.0 tools for Participation/Interaction
  • 4. A new partnership for truly accessible information
    • CIARD - new global movement
    • formed in 2008 building on consultations in 2005 and 2007
    • to provide a platform for coherence between information-related initiatives
  • 5. Founding Partners and growing….. The Community
  • 6. A Manifesto
  • 7. The CIARD vision
    • “ To make public domain agricultural research information and knowledge truly accessible to all”
    • All organizations that create and possess public agricultural research information disseminate and share it more widely
    • CIARD partners will (a) coordinate their efforts, (b) promote common formats, (c) adopt open systems
    • Create a global network of public collections of information
  • 8. The CIARD Values
    • To increase the benefits from investments in agricultural research and innovation for development, the partners in the CIARD initiative have agreed to make research outputs truly accessible, based on a common set of values
  • 9. “ Values” : capacity
    • promote and build self-sufficiency and local ownership
    • develop capacities needed to design and manage policies, skills and technologies
    • integrate action at policy, institution, and individual levels
    “ Values” : content
    • collect and make accessible outputs
    • encourage use/re-use of outputs
    • help researchers communicate their outputs
    • build/use ‘open’ systems and applications
    • customize outputs for specific audiences
    • conserve outputs for the future
    • ensure actions complement at local, national and global level
    • promote dialogue and active collaboration
    • adopt common principles and standards
    “ Values” : coherence
    • promote new approaches
    • encourage change in attitudes, policies and institutions
    • p rovide evidence of real benefits
    “ Values” : investment
  • 10. What are we already doing?
  • 11. Capacity Building Task Force Advocacy Task Force Content Management Task Force
  • 12.
    • Developing Institutional Readiness
    • Introduce and gain support for the CIARD Manifesto and Values in your institution
    • Have your institution recognised as a CIARD partner
    • Adopt a formal institutional information/ communication strategy
    • Develop the capacities of your institution to achieve the CIARD Checklist
    • Develop national/local partner networks to share resources and skills
    • Increasing the Availability, Accessibility and Applicability of Research Outputs
    • Ensure your research outputs are available digitally.
    • Develop institutional or thematic information repositories of your outputs as open archives.
    • Use international metadata standards, data exchange protocols, and agricultural vocabularies and thesauri.
    • Develop a clearly defined licensing policy for your outputs.
    • Optimize the structure and the content of web sites for search engines.
    • Share metadata by participating in international information systems.
    • Use ‘social’ Web 2.0 media and applications to share your outputs.
    • Build formal and informal networks to to repackage your outputs.
    Checklist of Good Practices
  • 13. R outemap to I nformation N odes and G ateways ( RING ) Pathways Creative Commons CAB Abstracts AgMES
  • 14. CIARD: Benefits to Institutions
    • increased national/international visibility and use of their research output and content services
    • increased exchange of information content between their system(s) and others
    • increased awareness of other research outputs through information content and services
    • increased access to specialised expertise and knowledge and other partners’ proven solutions
    CIARD: Institutions’ Contributions
    • promote and implement the CIARD vision and objectives
    • register products and services on research outputs through the CIARD RING
    • adopt/promote international standards related to digital research outputs
    • register institutional profile on Checklist
    • share lessons learned and expperiences
  • 15. Consultations
    • 2009 : CIARD agenda validated at 5 regional consultations by 150 agricultural information/knowledge specialists from 70 countries
    • 2010 : GCARD – IAALD Congress (France) – USAIN
    • Urgent need to reach out to three stakeholder groups
    • rectors/directors / managers
    • researchers / academics
    • information specialists
    What else could/should we be doing together?
  • 16. THANK YOU for more information visit [email_address]