2010-05 CIARD General Presentation - English -v2.0


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2010-05 CIARD General Presentation - English -v2.0

  1. 1. GENERAL PRESENTATION www.ciard.net [email_address] A new way forward Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development
  2. 2. Why is coherence in agricultural information so important? <ul><li>Innovation systems in agriculture are 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><ul><li>Coherence in information management will increase efficiency of knowledge sharing/exchange and reduce duplication </li></ul>Why enhance access to agricultural information? <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>Improving the way the partners work together requires greater information and information flow systems </li></ul>
  3. 3. Global and Local Challenges in Research Communication <ul><li>Capacities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of institutional policies to enable research communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of specialized skills in complex digital technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Diversity of Responses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Customized Information/Knowledge Systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In-house IKM Programmes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institutional Networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R&D Community Forums/Platforms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual and Web2.0 tools for Participation/Interaction </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. 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>
  5. 5. Founding Partners and growing….. The Community
  6. 6. A Manifesto
  7. 7. The CIARD vision <ul><li>“ To make public domain agricultural research information and knowledge truly accessible to all” </li></ul><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. 8. The CIARD Values <ul><li>To increase the benefits from investments in agricultural research and innovation for development, the partners in the CIARD initiative have agreed to make research outputs truly accessible, based on a common set of values </li></ul>
  9. 9. “ Values” : 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>“ Values” : content <ul><li>collect and make accessible outputs </li></ul><ul><li>encourage use/re-use of outputs </li></ul><ul><li>help researchers communicate their outputs </li></ul><ul><li>build/use ‘open’ systems and applications </li></ul><ul><li>customize outputs for specific audiences </li></ul><ul><li>conserve outputs for the future </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>“ Values” : coherence <ul><li>promote new approaches </li></ul><ul><li>encourage change in attitudes, policies and institutions </li></ul><ul><li>p rovide evidence of real benefits </li></ul>“ Values” : investment
  10. 10. What are we already doing?
  11. 11. Capacity Building Task Force Advocacy Task Force Content Management Task Force
  12. 12. <ul><li>Developing Institutional Readiness </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce and gain support for the CIARD Manifesto and Values in your institution </li></ul><ul><li>Have your institution recognised as a CIARD partner </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt a formal institutional information/ communication strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Develop the capacities of your institution to achieve the CIARD Checklist </li></ul><ul><li>Develop national/local partner networks to share resources and skills </li></ul><ul><li>Increasing the Availability, Accessibility and Applicability of Research Outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure your research outputs are available digitally. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop institutional or thematic information repositories of your outputs as open archives. </li></ul><ul><li>Use international metadata standards, data exchange protocols, and agricultural vocabularies and thesauri. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a clearly defined licensing policy for your outputs. </li></ul><ul><li>Optimize the structure and the content of web sites for search engines. </li></ul><ul><li>Share metadata by participating in international information systems. </li></ul><ul><li>Use ‘social’ Web 2.0 media and applications to share your outputs. </li></ul><ul><li>Build formal and informal networks to to repackage your outputs. </li></ul>Checklist of Good Practices www.ciard.net
  13. 13. R outemap to I nformation N odes and G ateways ( RING ) Pathways Creative Commons CAB Abstracts AgMES
  14. 14. CIARD: Benefits to Institutions <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>CIARD: Institutions’ Contributions <ul><li>promote and implement the CIARD vision and objectives </li></ul><ul><li>register products and services on research outputs through the CIARD RING </li></ul><ul><li>adopt/promote international standards related to digital research outputs </li></ul><ul><li>register institutional profile on Checklist </li></ul><ul><li>share lessons learned and expperiences </li></ul>
  15. 15. Consultations <ul><li>2009 : CIARD agenda validated at 5 regional consultations by 150 agricultural information/knowledge specialists from 70 countries </li></ul><ul><li>2010 : GCARD – IAALD Congress (France) – USAIN </li></ul><ul><li>Urgent need to reach out to three stakeholder groups </li></ul><ul><li>rectors/directors / managers </li></ul><ul><li>researchers / academics </li></ul><ul><li>information specialists </li></ul>What else could/should we be doing together?
  16. 16. THANK YOU for more information visit www.ciard.net www.ciard.net [email_address]