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Eldis Supporting Access


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Supporting access: interventions that seek to improve the ways in which decision makers are able to access research based information.

Preseantation by Alan Stanley, Elis, IDS (UK) at the Locating the Power of the In-between conference July 08

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Eldis Supporting Access

  1. 1. Changing approaches to supporting access Alan Stanley, Senior Editor, Eldis Date: 01:07:2008
  2. 2. Introduction to Eldis <ul><li>Sharing the best in development policy, research and practice… </li></ul><ul><li>Started 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>25,000 summarised documents, free to download </li></ul><ul><li>Delivered through multiple formats (web, email, RSS, CDROM </li></ul>
  3. 3. “Vague but exciting”… <ul><li>Problem: How to find development information on the web </li></ul><ul><li>Solution : To create an online directory </li></ul><ul><li>Change: More structured access available to a broad development audience </li></ul><ul><li>Learned: Demand (users and donors) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Physics Envy… <ul><li>Problem: overload / poverty (user and producer) </li></ul><ul><li>Solution: filtering, synthesising / format, focus </li></ul><ul><li>Change: some evidence of impact </li></ul><ul><li>Learned: Power relationships important </li></ul>
  5. 5. Particle collision… <ul><li>Problem: power and voice </li></ul><ul><li>Solution: decentralisation, engagement, web 2.0? </li></ul><ul><li>Change: (we hope) increased diversity, equitable balance of perspectives </li></ul><ul><li>Learned: ?? </li></ul>