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  • In order to address these barriers to opening access to data and information and to their effective transformation and use.  An integrated two-pronged approach of good policy and practice is needed so that organizations can develop incentives build up their skills base for greater cooperation and sharing.  In addition, capacity development has to be a cornerstone of the approach that will help in applying data and information to solving real problems.  A collective effort will really help many smaller institutions to make information truly accessible and contribute to its effective use as they can immediately adopt proven practices and tools without having to develop their own.BENEFITS:  By supporting a more coordinated approach to opening up data and information and enabling their effective use, research organizations can reduce costs and guide, train, and motivate their staff.
  • PRIORITIES AREAS IDENTIFIED:1. To improve investment through introduction of sound policies and coordinated approaches; 2. To develop institutional capacity through encouraging self-sufficiency and empowerment; 3. To make data and information accessible by promoting open content and common standards.
  • Partners have been working over the intervening two years to advance the global agenda on accessibility and effective use, with a variety of achievements to be reported through GCARD 2012. A series of consultations have identified the importance of creating a framework to address the issues outlined above, so a new “Framework for Data and Information Sharing” is being develop. This will cover all data and information types produced by diverse organizations. The CIARD framework spans three key dimensions:  Championing change in policy and practice: A toolkit is available to support organizations’ and individuals’ efforts to raise awareness/advocate for/influence other towards the need for change and value of ‘opening up agricultural knowledge for all’. This Toolkit is filled with information, ideas, tools and resources to provide support to activities to raise awareness, promote and push through activities to opening access to agricultural knowledge.Supporting evidence of current initiatives to open up access are also being collected, and good practices and benefits are also being documented from different countries in the form of case studies. (For instance: EMBRAPA in LAC). These will bring together evidence and experience from other contexts that can support organizations and individual advocacy approaches.  institutional and organizational issues; Guidelines are available for organization to use in capacity development, in the form of CIARD Pathways. These provide an introduction for organizations to the many ways in which agricultural research knowledge/information/data can be made more accessible to those who need them.In addition, CIARD offers a Virtual Fair as a facility where people and organizations can share and learn about the ways to make their information and knowledge more accessible, and find organizations which provide products and services that can facilitate that. Targeted e-learning programmes are available to support skills development.Data and information flows in agriculture-related areas will be enhanced and supported.  Technical issues and technologies. A set of open services -such as the CIARD.RING- and tools are available to promote information and data sharing, and open standards are continuously being developed and applied.
  • See the website for copies of the Technical issues paper and the Policy brief distributed at the GCARD II session
  • 2012 10 ciard (GCARD2 Uruguay)

    1. 1. Using information to power innovationFramework for Information and Data Sharingpresented by Krishan BheenickSenior Programme Coordinator, Knowledge Management, CTA (EU-ACP)Second Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development(GCARD2). Uruguay, October 2012
    2. 2. Knowledge Sharing in Agricultural Innovation Innovation is knowledge-intensive and requires greater information sharing/exchange Access to research outputs is essential to address problems Effective access enhances information use, and enhances innovation within and among communities Greater use of information will accelerate rural development
    3. 3. Agricultural Research Outputs Photo Credit: natura-medioambiental.com “Information and data power innovation,restricted access represents a barrier to innovation.”
    4. 4. Communicating Agricultural Research Low investment in research communication - Many agricultural research organizations invest only a small fraction on communicating their results and ensuring they are adapted to rural needs. - Most organizations make <10% of their publications/ documents accessible on the Internet - Information made accessible through journals - ‘paid access’Often „public‟ information is like this We produce results, but what happens to them? It seems that much useful data and information is not accessible and the farmers don’t seem to benefit
    5. 5. Communicating Agricultural Research FINDINGS OF GLOBAL SURVEY 2011 s
    6. 6. WHAT IS NEEDED An integrated two-pronged approach of good policy and practice Capacity development – a cornerstone A collective effort - adopt proven practices and tools A coordinated approach will reduce costs and guide, train and motivate staff in researchorganizations to make the results of research more accessible and usable
    7. 7. COHERENCE IN PARTNERSHIP & ACTIONCoherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development A Global Movement
    8. 8. A GLOBAL MOVEMENT 15 Founding Partners And now +375 other organizationsAll working to ensure that information become more accessible to those who need them CIARD was endorsed at GCARD 2010
    9. 9. A CONSULTATIVE PROCESS 2008 onwards: Meetings/events for partners, electronic discussions, development of CIARD products & initiatives Advocacy, Advocacy, Advocacy ! Shared, distributed coordination – subsidiarity 2009: CIARD consultation in Africa at FARA – “…CIARD gives us a global framework for what we have been trying to do at individualand institutional level; now I feel empowered to tell my Director …” 2011: A CIARD global consultation process on “Developing a framework for data and information sharing”
    10. 10. PRIORITY AREAS IDENTIFIEDTo improve investment through introduction ofsound policies and coordinated approachesTo develop institutional capacity throughencouraging self-sufficiency and empowermentTo make data and information accessible bypromoting open content and common standards
    11. 11. 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
    12. 12. Routemap to Information Nodes and Gateways A Global Registry to share information related to agricultural research and innovation 600 open information services in agriculture374 information providers have registered their services- 350 document repositories with around 6 million accessions- 900,000 full text documents- 250 other services registeredCIARD Ring provides a platform for the next generation of information discovery/access services from CIARD participating organisations
    13. 13. Global consultation in 2011“Developing a Framework for Data and information sharing”Developed through e-consultation and workshop (Beijing)CIARD core documents: Technical Issues Paper – Technical issues and technologies – Institutional and organizational aspects – Championing change in policy and practice – Strengthening the CIARD community and its role8 Action Areas identified THINK GLOBAL – ACT LOCAL
    14. 14. Technical issues and technologiesExplicit demand for advice: – When and how to use open or proprietary data formats? – Whether to use Content Management Systems? – How to describe specific types of information? – When to use a traditional library system, an open- archive repository or a tailor-made application? – How to use multimedia social reporting for effective information sharing?Expectation: CIARD should not promote a uniform approachamong all organizations, but should be able to detail optionsand provide guidance when needed
    15. 15. Technical issues and technologiesAction Area 1 - Services, Tools and Infrastructure• Establishment of a community Wiki on information management tools and their evaluation• Contributions to the CIARD RING fostered to extend coverage• Guidance on new tools and technology (e.g. Cloud)Action Area 2 - Standards and Systems Architecture• Collaborative Development of open standards• Advice on meta-data generation• Data and document formats• Automatic tagging or indexing services
    16. 16. Institutional aspectsAction Area 3 - Policies, Strategies and Institutional Structures• Promotion of CIARD Manifesto• Support to national initiatives on policies on access to public goods• Support national initiatives on incentives and benefits of access• Embedding of policies in organizational systems and processesAction Area 4 - Development of Skills and Competencies• Assessment of training needs• Use of existing platforms (physical and virtual)• Links and coordination from local to global level
    17. 17. Institutional aspectsAction Area 5 - Appropriate Organizational Structures and Work Practices• Investment in appropriate hardware and software• Improvements in practices for data and information sharing within organizations• Development and adoption of norms, standards, rules and regulatory mechanisms within organizationsAction Area 6 - Global Improvement of Data and Information Flows• Adoption of Framework at institutional, national, regional levels• Approach is flexible and adaptable to the level of the institution
    18. 18. Championing change in policy and practiceAction Area 7 - Advocacy and Evidence• Convince Policy makers and research managers, information specialists, users and generators of ARD information• Document initiatives and cost benefit analysis, and impact in case studies• Develop and implement an advocacy programme, using champions [see recently launched Advocacy Toolkit]• CIARD partners lead by example
    19. 19. Strengthening the CIARD Community and its roleAction Area 8 - Partnerships and Information Managers• CIARD as a multi-dimensional learning initiative• Sharing and discussing experiences and ideas among the CIARD partners: from technologies and policies to case studies and success stories• Establish a virtual platform for the community to promote peer learning
    20. 20. Resources to support actionChampioning change in policy and practice: CIARD Advocacy Toolkit Collection of evidence, benefits and good practices (i.e. CIARD Checklist)Institutions/organizations: Guidelines (CIARD Pathways) ; E-learning programmesInformation Technologies: Open information standards ,tools and services; CIARD RINGStrengthening the CIARD Community: Physical and electronic interactions We can build further on these achievements
    21. 21. The Way ForwardNational organizations:- implement policies and practices on opening access to and enhancing use of agricultural research information- create/strengthen research communication activities- register their open services in the CIARD.RINGRegional and International organizations:- achieve even stronger consensus and support for CIARD- develop regional partnerships and networks to leverage resources and capacities in support of opening accessDonors providing research funds:- Support grantees in communicating their findings effectively
    22. 22. Using information to power innovationFramework for Information and Data SharingGCARD2, Uruguay, October 2012 www.ciard.net