Using social media to enhance research discoverability:
Experiences of the International Livestock Research Institute
Tezi...
Presentation outline
• Introducing CGIAR and ILRI
• Open Access repositories
• Using social media for research communicati...
CGIAR: Research for a food secure future
www.cgiar.org
CGIAR Consortium conducts
food and environmental
research to help
a...
ILRI: Better lives through livestock
www.ilri.org
• ILRI is a member of the
CGIAR Consortium
• ILRI envisions a world made...
“ILRI is creating and integrating knowledge to enable
diverse partners to find innovative solutions to make
livestock a su...
CGSpace and Mahider
Open Access repositories
CGIAR Open Access and data management policy
• Aim: All data and
research outputs open
and harvestable
• Open Access manda...
http://cgspace.cgiar.org
Mahider
• Since Oct 2009
• Now has 12,000+ items
• Dublin Core metadata
• AGROVOC
• Code is open source;
available on gith...
Social media as part of ILRI’s
communications strategy
Blogs for project news and updates
http://aghealth.wordpress.com/news
Wikis
http://africa-rising.wikispaces.com/
Posters and presentations on Slideshare
Tags help
readers to
discover
work on a
particular
topic
Use Delicious to aggregate & curate content…
RSS: really simple syndication
… then publish content on various platforms
Blog widget Twitter Facebook
‘Capture once, re-use often’: Embed content
Explore social media tools at ILRI
Blogs, websites, wikis, repositories
http://www.ilri.org/ring
Twitter
http://twitter.co...
Monitoring use and impact
DSpace stats
View stats in Google Fusion Tables
Web and social media views: 2009-2013
Overall views of web services: 2009-2013
Composition of views of web services
2010-2013
Some challenges
• Power dynamics: need to give up control
• Streamlining DSpace work flows
• Monitoring feedback on multip...
Closing thoughts
• Usage guidelines help to ensure consistency
• Put content where people can find it
• Boost search engin...
Acknowledgements
Special thanks to my colleagues from the
Knowledge Management and Information
Services unit for their unt...
The presentation has a Creative Commons licence. You are free to re-use or distribute this work, provided credit is given ...
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Presented by Tezira Lore at the Workshop on Discoverability of African Scholarship Online, Nairobi, Kenya, 10 March 2014.

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Using social media to enhance research discoverability: Experiences of the International Livestock Research Institute

  1. 1. Using social media to enhance research discoverability: Experiences of the International Livestock Research Institute Tezira Lore Communications Specialist Presented at a workshop on discoverability of African scholarship online Nairobi, Kenya 10 March 2014
  2. 2. Presentation outline • Introducing CGIAR and ILRI • Open Access repositories • Using social media for research communication • Monitoring use and impact • Challenges and lessons learned
  3. 3. CGIAR: Research for a food secure future www.cgiar.org CGIAR Consortium conducts food and environmental research to help alleviate poverty and increase food security, health and nutrition while protecting the natural resource base
  4. 4. ILRI: Better lives through livestock www.ilri.org • ILRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium • ILRI envisions a world made better for poor people in developing countries by improving agricultural systems in which livestock are important • ILRI works in all tropical developing regions of Africa and Asia
  5. 5. “ILRI is creating and integrating knowledge to enable diverse partners to find innovative solutions to make livestock a sustainable pathway out of poverty” ILRI’s value proposition
  6. 6. CGSpace and Mahider Open Access repositories
  7. 7. CGIAR Open Access and data management policy • Aim: All data and research outputs open and harvestable • Open Access mandate in place since Mar 2012 • Open Access and data management policy approved Oct 2013 • Implementation guidelines being developed http://www.cgiar.org/resources/open
  8. 8. http://cgspace.cgiar.org
  9. 9. Mahider • Since Oct 2009 • Now has 12,000+ items • Dublin Core metadata • AGROVOC • Code is open source; available on github http://github.com/ilri/DSpace
  10. 10. Social media as part of ILRI’s communications strategy
  11. 11. Blogs for project news and updates http://aghealth.wordpress.com/news
  12. 12. Wikis http://africa-rising.wikispaces.com/
  13. 13. Posters and presentations on Slideshare Tags help readers to discover work on a particular topic
  14. 14. Use Delicious to aggregate & curate content…
  15. 15. RSS: really simple syndication … then publish content on various platforms Blog widget Twitter Facebook
  16. 16. ‘Capture once, re-use often’: Embed content
  17. 17. Explore social media tools at ILRI Blogs, websites, wikis, repositories http://www.ilri.org/ring Twitter http://twitter.com/ilri Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ILRIFanPage Posters and presentations http://www.slideshare.net/ilri and http:/prezi.com/user/ilri Photos on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri Films and videos http://www.ilri.org/ilrifilms Podcasts http://ilri.podomatic.com
  18. 18. Monitoring use and impact
  19. 19. DSpace stats View stats in Google Fusion Tables
  20. 20. Web and social media views: 2009-2013
  21. 21. Overall views of web services: 2009-2013
  22. 22. Composition of views of web services 2010-2013
  23. 23. Some challenges • Power dynamics: need to give up control • Streamlining DSpace work flows • Monitoring feedback on multiple platforms
  24. 24. Closing thoughts • Usage guidelines help to ensure consistency • Put content where people can find it • Boost search engine optimization • Social media: engagement is key
  25. 25. Acknowledgements Special thanks to my colleagues from the Knowledge Management and Information Services unit for their untiring support  - Team Mahider: Abeba, Abenet, Bizuwork, Peter - DSpace ‘techies’: Alan, Sisay - Blog & wiki admin: Tsehay All photos: ILRI http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri
  26. 26. The presentation has a Creative Commons licence. You are free to re-use or distribute this work, provided credit is given to ILRI. better lives through livestock ilri.org

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