Data, Information and Knowledge Management at CIAT
Over the last decade or so, the field of knowledge management has moved from the margins to the center of strategic discussions in agricultural research for development.
CIAT was among the first centers to pioneer knowledge sharing approaches in CGIAR, and as a result, we have made significant progress in this area. Nonetheless, we still have a long way to go toward incorporating KM principles and practices more thoroughly into our research agenda. For example, we can do a better job of sharing and discussing research progress with partners to speed the use of results and to reinforce learning. Likewise, through knowledge management interventions aided by new information technologies, we can help improve smallholders’ access to resources that help them improve their farm productivity and competitive ability. We also aim at helping CIAT staff create research products in a more collaborative manner that makes them more suitable for diverse audiences. As we become more involved in multi-stakeholder platforms that facilitate interaction and promote learning for change, it will be particularly important to improve the skills of our staff in facilitation, mentoring, and networking and in the use of social media and participatory research methods.
CIAT has recently made investments to foster data and information management. The team focuses its work on the timely management of information repositories and databases, and in the permanent updating of CIAT repositories. It currently implements an open access and open data plan following the CGIAR policy on open access and open data, as well as the intellectual assets policy of CIAT.
CIAT will take decisive steps to foster knowledge sharing with respect both to the Center’s internal operations and the external networks through which our researchers work. For this purpose, the Center will steadily build the capacity of our staff to incorporate data, information and knowledge management tools and methods into their work.
This blog discusses the development of data, information and knowledge management at CIAT and with partners. The data, information and knowledge group at CIAT is housed in the Program Management Unit:
Staiger, Simone, Leader – Data, Information, Knowledge Group
Mwanzía, Leroy – Data and Information Management