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Opening Access to Agricultural Knowledge Photo Credit: TelefónicaUsing information to power innovation presented by Dr. Mark Holderness (Executive Secretary, Global Forum for Agricultural Research) www.ciard.net at VI International FORAGRO Meeting. Peru (22/08/2012) Presentation under CC License.
Knowledge Sharing in Agricultural Innovation AI is knowledge intensive and depends on access to info/knowledge Access to research outputs is essential to address problems Greater use of info. accelerates economic development in rural areas Effective access enhances use of information, and stimulate effective research and enhance innovation within and among communities New partnerships requires greater information sharing/exchange But often ‘public’ information is like this We produce results, but what happens to them? It seems that much useful data and information never get published and the farmers don’t seem to benefit
Agricultural Research Outputs Photo Credit: natura-medioambiental.com “Information and data power innovation,restricted access represent a barrier to farming innovations.”
Communicating Agricultural Research GLOBAL SURVEY 2011 (HIGHLIGHTS)Preference for traditional ways- Scholarly publishing, conferences and seminars (3/4)- Training materials (1/2), practical demonstrations. (1/3)Main barriers:- Lack of resources/time and funding- Weak linkages between researchers and end users- Lack of enabling institutional policies Strong demand for support and training - Web based social media - Participatory research methods & communications skills (e.g. audio/video)
Communicating Agricultural Research (some issues for farming innovations)Investment in communication- Many research organizations invest only a small fraction to communicate results and ensuring they are well adapted to rural needs.- Most of them provides <10% of their available info. on the Internet. Image credit: FMartin/FAO Digital Technologies- Have transformed agriculture and rural dev. in many ways, with mobiles reaching family farming and even rural poor. (households w/mobiles in LAC= 84%)- Still lack of info. in right format to exploit these digital media. Photo credit: esoko.com
Communicating Agricultural Research GLOBAL SURVEY 2011 (SUMMARY)
WHAT IS NEEDEDAn integrated two-pronged approach ofgood policy and practiceCapacity development – a cornerstoneA collective effort - adopt proven practicesand toolsA coordinated approach will reduce costs and guide, train and motivate staff in research organizations
PRIORITIES AREAS IDENTIFIEDTo improve investment through introduction of sound policies and coordinated approaches To develop institutional capacity through encouraging self-sufficiency and empowerment;To make data and information accessible by promoting open content and common standards
THINK GLOBAL – ACT LOCAL A Global MovementCoherence in Informationfor Agricultural Research for Development
A GLOBAL MOVEMENT 15 Founding Partners and +150 other organizations participatingall working to ensure that information become more accessible to those who need them CIARD was introduced and endorsed at GCARD 2010
support for overcoming the Challenges in Research Communication Our institution has no policy on We don’t have time to communicating adapt our results into the its outputs what extensionists wantWe have no systems Other scientists willand tools for Internet publish our results if wedissemination share them There are no staff with the skills in digital technologies www.ciard.net
A framework for info/data sharing Championing change in policy and practice Advocacy Toolkit Collection of evidence, benefits and good practices (i.e. CIARD Checklist) Institution/organization: Guidelines (CIARD Pathways) E-learning programmes Information Technologies: Open services such as CIARD.RING, tools and standardsAchievements to be reported through GCARD 2012
Led by Routemap to Information Nodes and Gateways A Global Registry to share info related to agric. research and innovation for development - 345 information services in agriculture 164 information provides registered their services -123 document repositories with over 4 million accessions, -822,000 full text documents -222 other services registered CIARD Ring provides the missing route map to the existing services ring.ciard.net
THE WAY FORWARDNational organizations:- Recognize that urgent action is needed to implement policies and practices on opening access to and enhancing use of agricultural research information and data to power innovations.- Create/Strengthen their research communication activities- Register their services in the CIARD.RINGRegional and International organizations:- Achieve even stronger consensus and support for CIARD- Develop regional knowledge management networks in order to leverage resources and capacities in support of opening access to agricultural knowledge, information and data.Donors providing research funds:- Support their grantees in communicating findings effectively.
Opening Access to Agricultural Knowledge Photo Credit: TelefónicaUsing information to power innovation www.ciard.netVI International FORAGRO Meeting. Peru (22/08/2012) Presentation under CC License.