Mr. Michael Devlin, Head of the CODIS department at ICARDA, focused attention on the fact that the Dryland Systems Program is not about research but about how research can work for people living in dryland agro-ecosystems. Because the program will generate a wealth of new information that information will need to be well organized and accessible and open access will be a part of supporting knowledge sharing goals throughout the project cycle.
Work being done currently will make all CGIAR information open access within five years. Common formatting will allow for open and harvestable databases and science will be published in open access journals with the underpinning data made available to all. Tactics for utilizing this vast quantity of information will include engaging and influencing specific groups, improving the effectiveness of the research process, capturing and sharing experience and making accessible all project information publicly.
Key action areas outlined at the program level are marketing communication, advocacy, knowledge sharing, information management and web presence. Simple ways to speed and share learning and expertise include the ability to tap peer databases, the ability to track work in progress via document sharing, after action review and optimal meeting facilitation.