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Crrn annual meeting2010

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  • 1. The Canadian Rural Research Network: One year in review Alessandro Alasia Network coordinator CRRN Annual Meeting May 5th 2010, 1:30pm -3:30pm EST Hosted by the Rural Development Network (RDN)May 5, 2010 CRRN Annual Meeting 2010 1
  • 2. Outline • Achievements • An emerging research network model? • Key questions for discussionMay 5, 2010 CRRN Annual Meeting 2010 2
  • 3. CRRN development• June 2009, CRRF supports a proposal to revitalize the network (as Canadian Rural Research Network) with a renewed mandate and networking model – June 2009, the CRRN blog is launched – August 2009, first bi-monthly email update is sent out – September/December 2009, a management committee is established – December 2009, first online meeting of the management committee – January/February 2010, presence on social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) – March 2010, first presentation of the CRRN at the BCRRHRN Scientific Exchange – May 5th, first annual meeting of the CRRN partnersMay 5, 2010 CRRN Annual Meeting 2010 3
  • 4. CRRN vision• A vibrant, free and comprehensive on-line community of rural research stakeholders that facilitates links, exchanges, partnerships and information sharing among all parties interested in rural research by means of new and innovative networking approachesMay 5, 2010 CRRN Annual Meeting 2010 4
  • 5. Achievements• Over 30 provincial and national organizations with an interest in rural research meet around a virtual table• A volunteer management group spread across Canada maintains the network• A large number of feedback from a community of usersMay 5, 2010 CRRN Annual Meeting 2010 5
  • 6. Achievements• Established a simple-to-use platform to compile and disseminate rural research information – Stats on usage over the past year: • Slightly more than 7,000 unique visitors • About 18,200 page loads • Recently, between 20 and 30 visitors per day • email distribution list of about 3,500 contacts (largely in the public (fed/prov/municipal) and non-profit sector)• Presence on major social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) and RSS feedsMay 5, 2010 CRRN Annual Meeting 2010 6
  • 7. … and more work is needed on:• Simple procedures to get all partners more involved with CRRN activities – E.g. “Posting guidelines” draft• Simple rules for the operation of the network may be developed as the network grows and expands• Promote the use of and participation to CRRN social media (Facebook, Twitter, RuralTube… a wiki?)May 5, 2010 CRRN Annual Meeting 2010 7
  • 8. An emerging research network model?• Three ideas (with some simplifications) that can shape an emerging research network model which brings together supply and demand of rural research: – The Wickinomics (of research information sharing) • (Tapscott and Williams 2006) – The Socialnomics (of research information sharing) • (Qualman 2009) – The world (of rural research) is flat • (Friedman 2005)May 5, 2010 CRRN Annual Meeting 2010 8
  • 9. Wikinomics, Socialnomics and research networks• Shift in Internet applications (Web 2.0): from a publishing environment to a participative environment• People are getting more relevant, timely and free content from their peers via social media (Qualman 2009)• Cost of (online) collaboration has plunged• A new mode of production emerges: peer production – A way of producing goods/services that relies on self-organizing, egalitarian communities of individuals who come together voluntarily to produce a shared outcome (Tapscott and Williams 2006)• Peer production works for production of: (1) “information” outputs; (2) small increment contributions are possible; (3) low cost of re-assembly parts• Peer production can outperform traditional production models because people self-select for tasksMay 5, 2010 CRRN Annual Meeting 2010 9
  • 10. The (rural research) world is flat• Several technological forces have converged and generated a global, Web-enabled playing field that allows for multiple forms of collaboration regardless of distance and (soon) language (Friedman 2005)• “Globalization 3.0” is about individuals and small groups globalizing (so, today, what is the difference between the CRRN and an International Rural Research Network?)• A flat rural research world is open for exploration. Our research community should be at the cutting edge of this exploration (because we know why and how distance still matters!)May 5, 2010 CRRN Annual Meeting 2010 10
  • 11. Some key questions for discussion • How can we improve the current system? (ideas and possible implementations) • How can we facilitate, encourage and reward collaboration and participation? • How can we get the most value out of the CRRN?May 5, 2010 CRRN Annual Meeting 2010 11

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