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Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
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Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development

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Presentation made at the Second Conference of the IAALD Africa Chapter on the theme "Towards Opening Access to Information & Knowledge in the Agricultural Sciences and Technology in Africa" held at M …

Presentation made at the Second Conference of the IAALD Africa Chapter on the theme "Towards Opening Access to Information & Knowledge in the Agricultural Sciences and Technology in Africa" held at M Plaza Hotel, Accra, Ghana, 15th - 17th July 2009.

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  • 1. A New Way Forward Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
  • 2. Historical perspectives in agricultural information access <ul><li>Previous/current initiatives: </li></ul><ul><li>National initiatives (many) </li></ul><ul><li>SADC - AIMS </li></ul><ul><li>FARA - RAILS </li></ul><ul><li>GFAR - ICM4ARD </li></ul><ul><li>CGIAR - ICTKM </li></ul><ul><li>AGRIS / GFIS Networks </li></ul><ul><li>SIST </li></ul><ul><li>WISARD </li></ul><ul><li>etc </li></ul>
  • 3. A new partnership for truly accessible information <ul><li>CIARD - new global movement </li></ul><ul><li>formed in 2008 building on consultations in 2005 and 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>to provide a platform for coherence between information-related initiatives </li></ul>
  • 4. Current Partners and growing…..
  • 5. Capacity Building Task Force Advocacy Task Force Content Management Task Force www.ciard.net
  • 6. The CIARD vision <ul><li>“ To make public domain agricultural research information and knowledge truly accessible to all” </li></ul>
  • 7. CIARD Vision <ul><li>All organizations that create and possess public agricultural research information disseminate and share it more widely </li></ul><ul><li>CIARD partners will (a) coordinate their efforts, (b) promote common formats, (c) adopt open systems </li></ul><ul><li>Create a global network of public collections of information </li></ul>
  • 8. The CIARD objective <ul><li>To develop effective and coherent institutional approaches to sharing agricultural science and technology information based on common standards </li></ul>
  • 9. The purpose of CIARD think global, act local <ul><li>CIARD partners will: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>combine/align efforts in common international approaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>address their own priorities and constraints </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>maximise the return on public investments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>enable local/national innovation systems and services </li></ul><ul><li>harness support of regional/international systems </li></ul>
  • 10. The Manifesto
  • 11. Why are CIARD’s actions so important? <ul><li>Innovation systems in agriculture critical to the fight against hunger & sustainable use of natural resources </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid agricultural innovation is knowledge-intensive and depends on access to information </li></ul>
  • 12. Why are CIARD’s actions so important? <ul><li>Most public domain agricultural information not yet widely accessible </li></ul><ul><li>New types of research, organisations, and collaboration create new demands </li></ul><ul><li>Coherence in information management will increase efficiency & reduce duplication </li></ul><ul><li>Improving the way the partners work together </li></ul>
  • 13. CIARD: Benefits to Partners <ul><li>increased national/international visibility and use of their research output and content services </li></ul><ul><li>increased exchange of information content between their system(s) and others </li></ul><ul><li>increased awareness of other research outputs through information content and services </li></ul><ul><li>increased access to specialised expertise and knowledge and other partners’ proven solutions </li></ul>
  • 14. CIARD: Partners’ Contributions <ul><li>promoting the CIARD vision and objectives </li></ul><ul><li>implementing policies and actions promoted by CIARD </li></ul><ul><li>sharing products and services on research outputs through the CIARD RING </li></ul><ul><li>adopting/promoting international standards related to digital research outputs </li></ul><ul><li>sharing their experiences for others to benefit </li></ul>
  • 15. The Principles
  • 16. The way forward: capacity <ul><li>promote and build self-sufficiency and local ownership </li></ul><ul><li>develop capacities needed to design and manage policies, skills and technologies </li></ul><ul><li>integrate action at policy, institution, and individual levels </li></ul>The way forward: content <ul><li>encourage use and re-use of information </li></ul><ul><li>build/use ‘open’ systems and applications </li></ul><ul><li>customize information for specific audiences </li></ul><ul><li>conserve information over long-term </li></ul><ul><li>ensure actions complement at local, national and global level </li></ul><ul><li>promote dialogue and active collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>adopt common principles and standards </li></ul>The way forward: coherence <ul><li>demonstrate the new approaches </li></ul><ul><li>p rovide evidence of real benefits </li></ul><ul><li>encourage change in attitudes, policies and institutions </li></ul><ul><li>promote investment in systems, services & people </li></ul>The way forward: investment
  • 17.  
  • 18. The Checklist
  • 19. <ul><li>Developing Institutional Readiness </li></ul><ul><li>Gain support for the CIARD Manifesto and Principles from key actors in your institution </li></ul><ul><li>Have your institution recognised as a CIARD partner through (a) online registration on the Partners page (b) linking your web site to the CIARD site </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt a formal institutional strategy to ensure the enhancement and long term sustainability of its digital information content and systems, and to ensure the quality of its content </li></ul><ul><li>Develop the capacities of your institution in terms of policies, institutional structures, individual skills and technology infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Develop national/local partner networks of institutions to share resources and skills </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing the Availability, Accessibility and Applicability of Research Outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Develop the digital availability of research outputs in multiple forms guided by internationally documented best practices. </li></ul><ul><li>Plan and develop institutional or thematic information repositories as open archives using appropriate international protocols. </li></ul><ul><li>Use documented metadata standards which tell other systems about the elements contained in your metadata. </li></ul><ul><li>Allow other systems to talk with, and exchange data with, your system by implementing the appropriate international protocols. </li></ul><ul><li>Use widely accepted agricultural vocabularies and thesauri for indexing your outputs, which make them easy to find and use. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a clearly defined licensing policy for your outputs, that allows “use, reuse, and redistribution” of your digital content. </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize the structure and the content of your web sites for global and specialized search engines. </li></ul><ul><li>Share your metadata and give access to your full content by participating in publisher and other international systems. </li></ul><ul><li>Use ‘social’ Web 2.0 media applications as entry points to your outputs and to help them to travel. </li></ul><ul><li>Work with intermediaries that have communication skills to repackage your research outputs for different audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Build networks to stimulate dialogue and collaboration between your researchers and their various audiences. </li></ul>Checklist www.ciard.net
  • 20. The Pathways
  • 21. R outemap to I nformation N odes and G ateways ( RING ) Pathways Creative Commons CAB Abstracts AgMES
  • 22. Lastly..... <ul><li>The CIARD partners </li></ul><ul><li>invite institutions to join... </li></ul><ul><li>www.ciard.net </li></ul>

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