Research4Development Challenges in Managing and Sharing Information June 10 th  2008 EADI, Copenhagen  Martin Parr (CIMRC ...
DFID spent £86 million on Research in 2005, spent upwards of £136 million in 2007, and £220 million by 2010
History <ul><li>2002 – CIMRC Partnership set up with CABI as lead partner to deliver Communication and Information Managem...
CABI + Partners = CIMRC <ul><ul><li>Communications and Information Management Resource Centre (CIMRC) </li></ul></ul><ul><...
How is DFID’s Research funding spent? <ul><ul><li>In what sectors? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In what countries? </li></ul...
Research for Development – First Phase, 2005-2007 <ul><li>1) Brought the research information together in an </li></ul><ul...
R4D helps researchers and policy makers answer questions about DFID research
R4D Vision <ul><ul><li>‘ a service, not a site’ </li></ul></ul>
UK + others. BBC,Wren FAO,Shared ODAMOZ Codesria etc. EADI, ERAs Communication affiliates R4D information Project outputs ...
User-focused collections - Themed Collections <ul><ul><li>R4D based on a collection indexed for users rather than just usi...
User-focused collections - Document type and user <ul><ul><li>Classify content according to type and likely user group, e....
Make all serially produced content available as RSS <ul><ul><li>Build feeds to support users. Link these to promotion at a...
Have a communication function built on top of the repository <ul><ul><li>Add News and Blog content to put the service in c...
Video and podcasts? <ul><ul><li>Use new media to enliven debate </li></ul></ul>
Do community users know what we are doing?! <ul><ul><li>Place information where the users are – includes ensuring content ...
Free up your data <ul><ul><li>Through: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Using release of Sitemaps to boost visibility in sea...
Free up your data <ul><ul><ul><li>Have R4D information accessed via other development websites:  providing a research info...
Summary: Delivering the Service <ul><ul><li>R4D based on a collection indexed for users rather than just using a thesaurus...
Approach <ul><ul><ul><li>Consider service aspects of. Principle: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a service not...
www.Research4development.info <ul><li>Martin Parr (m.parr@cabi.org) </li></ul>
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Presentation by Martin Parr (CABI/R4D) at the Euforic workshop 'Collaboration, Communication and Climate Change' - Copenhagen 10 June 2009

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  • General Introduction R4D is a site developed by CABI and its partners to provide a way to manage information about centrally funded DFID research
  • Why did we develop R4D? As you may know DFID is a major funder of Research: DFID spent £86 million on Research in 2005, and spent upwards of £136 million in 2007, and projects that it will spend £220 per year by 2010 But until recently it wasn’t clear to them, their partners, and UK taxpayers, exactly what that money was being spent on. It needed to set out in the public domain and in a coherent way what concrete results had been achieved for its spend on research
  • Over several years we developed first systems of support to DFID’s Communication and Research Content management functions, then developed R4D itself over 3 years, on the basis of a wide-ranging consultation process with stakeholders, including DFID, the DFID-funded research programmes, and other important user groups
  • The R4D site was developed and managed by CABI with inputs from Partner organizations in the CIMRC consortium CIMRC Began life in 2002 as a Resource Centre for the DFID Engineering Research programme and today provides information management and communication expertise to all the research sectors through the Communication Team of DFID’s Central Research Department. CABI is the lead organization and provides the project leadership and information management skills. EUFORIC (European Forum on International Cooperation) supports us in developing new knowledge organization solutions and also gives us additional networking capacity in Europe. NAME TEAM CommsConsult provides the bulk of the communication expertise – NAME TEAM
  • DFID wanted a resource that could answer a range of questions about how it funded research – principally those listed here: DFID wanted to show how that money is spent: and… In what sectors? – engineering, rural livelihoods, health, education, Social Sciences, but also a host of smaller sectors and ventures In what countries &amp; regions? DFID wanted manage the outputs of research programmes and to see how a research programme or group of programmes was contributing to: the reduction of poverty, the uptake of new technology and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals? And perhaps most importantly for the Central Research Department they wanted a resource to help them determine How research funding should be directed in future CIMRC developed the Research for Development website to help answer these questions
  • Initial development of R4D involved a three-fold strategy: Firstly - BUILD AN ARCHIVE DATABASE Contains - Project and programme archive database bringing together several existing databases Secondly - IMPROVE ACCESS TO EXISITING WEBSITES / DATABASES Mapping of the information already available on DFID’s research programmes and multilateral programmes Website management (ensuring that the existing websites are archived). Preparation of tools for searching for information on DFID research Thirdly - IMPROVE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION WITH COMMUNICATION PARTNERS Use News articles and Success stories to communicate significant research and introduce people to the projects database &amp; Develop systems such as RSS Feeds to exchange information between DFID’s communication partners and Research4Development
  • The site was launched two years ago and currently receives around 50k visits a month
  • More recently we have seen that we need to reach out more to users, meeting needs as they develop in DFID and in the global research &amp; policy community With our goal for R4D being best summarised as an aim to deliver…. ‘a service not a site’ What exactly do we mean by that? In essence Web 2 and a new Communications Strategy focuses on service elements
  • It means developing a more outward-facing service, using appropriate technical tools, and different content types to reach out to different user groups.
  • In practice this means we have used some key approaches…
  • In practice this means we have some key approached which we have used…
  • In practice this means we have some key approached which we have used…
  • In practice this means we have some key approached which we have used…
  • In practice this means we have some key approached which we have used…
  • In practice this means we have some key approached which we have used…
  • In practice this means we have some key approached which we have used…
  • Research4Development Challenges in Managing and Sharing Information

    1. 1. Research4Development Challenges in Managing and Sharing Information June 10 th 2008 EADI, Copenhagen Martin Parr (CIMRC & CABI)
    2. 2. DFID spent £86 million on Research in 2005, spent upwards of £136 million in 2007, and £220 million by 2010
    3. 3. History <ul><li>2002 – CIMRC Partnership set up with CABI as lead partner to deliver Communication and Information Management support to DFID CRD </li></ul><ul><li>2004 – DFID’s Research Strategy Framework </li></ul><ul><li>2004-5 - Specification & Development of R4D </li></ul><ul><li>2006 – Launch R4D – basic structure </li></ul><ul><li>2008 – Re-launch with added communication tools </li></ul>
    4. 4. CABI + Partners = CIMRC <ul><ul><li>Communications and Information Management Resource Centre (CIMRC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CABI, EUFORIC, CommsConsult </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What we do </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communication expertise </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Support DFID’s Central Research Department’s Communication Team </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Information Management – Research for Development </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. How is DFID’s Research funding spent? <ul><ul><li>In what sectors? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In what countries? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How is research programme contributing to the reduction of poverty, the uptake of new technology and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How should research funding be directed in future? </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Research for Development – First Phase, 2005-2007 <ul><li>1) Brought the research information together in an </li></ul><ul><li>archive database of: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>project management information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>research outputs / publications </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>2) Improved access to existing websites / systems </li></ul><ul><li>3) Started to improve exchange of information with communication partners </li></ul>
    7. 7. R4D helps researchers and policy makers answer questions about DFID research
    8. 8. R4D Vision <ul><ul><li>‘ a service, not a site’ </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. UK + others. BBC,Wren FAO,Shared ODAMOZ Codesria etc. EADI, ERAs Communication affiliates R4D information Project outputs Project records R4D website RSS Email IDS,APC,DevGateway Research networks Radio,TV,Print Research partners Project partners Internet Development partners Initiatives Policy Practice News Case studies How it works Developing an Outward-facing service Blogs R4DTV
    10. 10. User-focused collections - Themed Collections <ul><ul><li>R4D based on a collection indexed for users rather than just using a thesaurus; repurpose information around themed collections </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. User-focused collections - Document type and user <ul><ul><li>Classify content according to type and likely user group, e.g. Policy Papers, Handbooks, etc. Allow users to filter the content </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Make all serially produced content available as RSS <ul><ul><li>Build feeds to support users. Link these to promotion at and through events </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Have a communication function built on top of the repository <ul><ul><li>Add News and Blog content to put the service in context and encourage feedback </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Video and podcasts? <ul><ul><li>Use new media to enliven debate </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Do community users know what we are doing?! <ul><ul><li>Place information where the users are – includes ensuring content is indexed in the relevant service – e.g. GFIS </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Free up your data <ul><ul><li>Through: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Using release of Sitemaps to boost visibility in search engines, especially Google. Don’t forget Google News, blog searches, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use data standards that allow for and promote re-use of data. RSS, Xml, OAI-PMH </li></ul></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Free up your data <ul><ul><ul><li>Have R4D information accessed via other development websites: providing a research information service that increasingly fits with and links to similar portals such as GFIS, effectively supplying a joined-up service to users </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How? – use of RSS feeds, promoting their uptake by individuals & other sites, links to canned searches and OAI material. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Site and feeds should provide targeted e-alerts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Promotion of tools through associated Marketing & Communications activities – including promotion at/through events </li></ul></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Summary: Delivering the Service <ul><ul><li>R4D based on a collection indexed for users rather than just using a thesaurus; repurpose information around themed collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classify content according to type and likely user group, e.g. Policy Papers, Handbooks, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build feeds to support users. Link these to promotion at and through events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add News and Blog content to put the service in context and encourage feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use new media to enliven debate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Place information where the users are – includes ensuring content is indexed in the relevant service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In General - Free up the data – use the right formats and approaches – use of Google News, Maps, OAI, Sitemaps for improved searching </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Approach <ul><ul><ul><li>Consider service aspects of. Principle: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a service not a site </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Move from Platform to People </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working to ‘free up data’ – use a less technical approach, more engagement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Targeted information </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Widen the audience to your data </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Working with donors and partners – developing/promoting syntheses </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be responsive , have a flexible approach to delivering the message, innovating new products and approaches. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use communication, and Workshops to: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Move data from platform to user community </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>But…aim to keep a comprehensive collection – don’t lose sight of key requirement to provide a source for all relevant research outputs </li></ul></ul></ul>
    20. 20. www.Research4development.info <ul><li>Martin Parr (m.parr@cabi.org) </li></ul>

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