Using DSpace for Agricultural Knowledge Sharing: An Interview with Alan Orth


A couple of weeks ago, the AIMS team organized a really interested webinar in the Webinars@AIMS series: it was titled Maximizing the impact of institutional knowledge using DSpace and it was delivered by Alan Orth, Linux systems administrator at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), one of the fifteen (15) CGIAR Centers. However, Alan’s role is not limited to technically support the research computing platform; he also manages CGSpace, Alan_Ortha customized DSpace instance that acts as the institutional repository not only for the research publications of ILRI but also for many other CGIAR research institutions and their partners.… Click to read the full post

The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age


The_Hague_Declaration_logoA new, interesting initiative was caught in our radar some days ago: The Hague Declaration. According to its founders, “The Hague Declaration aims to foster agreement about how to best enable access to facts, data and ideas for knowledge discovery in the Digital Age“. The ultimate aim of the Declaration is to remove barriers to accessing and analysing the wealth of data already produced by society.


It all started back in December 2014 (more specifically between 9-10 of December 2014), when LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, took the initiative to bring together 25 global experts in The Hague, The Netherlands, in order for them to collaboratively work on the first draft of the Hague Declaration.… Click to read the full post

The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK)


IMARK_logoThe Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK) is “a partnership-based e-learning initiative that aims to enable development practitioners to acquire skills, competences, behaviors and attitudes in knowledge sharing and information management“. IMARK was established back in 2001, it is lead by UN FAO and coordinated through a Steering Group consisting of thirteen organizations, including the Commonwealth for Learning, the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).


The main objective of IMARK is to improve the overall effectiveness of programmes in agricultural development and food security by enhancing access to information by key stakeholders.… Click to read the full post

Food for thought: Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems Towards 2020

Cover of the "Agricultural knowledge and innovation systems towards 2020" report

We recently came across a really interesting publication by the European Commission’s Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR), titled “Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems Towards 2020”. The publication is available through the EU Bookshop, which is always a valuable source of  policy documents and reports.

SCAR was established back in 1974 and is responsible for the coordination of agricultural research efforts across the European Research Area, including questions of advisory services, education, training and innovation. SCAR set up a Strategic Working Group (SWG) of civil servants from the European Commission and the EU Member States to reflect on the Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS) – you can find a really interesting publication on AKIS, titled “Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems in transition Findings of the SCAR Collaborative Working Group on AKIS” in the OECD iLibrary.… Click to read the full post