Friday, March 26, 2010

{new publication} Learning to share knowledge for global agricultural progress

In March - May 2008, I participated in a Knowledge Sharing Workshop organized by CGIAR's ICT-KM Program, facilitated by Nancy White, Simone Staiger-Rivas and Lucie Lamoureux.

Writing the article has been an interesting experience on its own as we started with the first draft around June 2008. The first draft was prepared by Gerry Toomey, a freelance writer based in Canada, on behalf of CGIAR’s Knowledge Sharing Project. He interviewed us regarding our work as a follow-up to the Workshop and drafted part of the paper. We used a Wiki to collaborate and I think this worked out well.

The final article is now available online at: International Journal of Web Based Communities 2010 – Vol. 6, No.2 pp. 209 – 226

The experience has also been interesting as it showed me how long it can sometimes take from submitting an article to a peer-reviewed journal to actual publication.
Learning to share knowledge for global agricultural progress

By: Simone Staiger-Rivas, Alessandra Galie, Bernhard Hack, Maria Alexandra Jorge, Vanessa Meadu, Florencia Tateossian, Gauri Salokhe, Nancy White

Web 2.0 tools combined with face-to-face methods offer new opportunities for better knowledge sharing across disciplines, languages and borders. This article comprises an overview and case studies – the personal accounts of six participants and one facilitator of a 2008 Workshop on Knowledge Sharing, sponsored by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. It lays out the rationale for, and lessons learned from, those efforts, as well as from a second workshop hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. It explains why, in today’s culture of self-directed learning, group experiences remain essential. The authors describe their learning trajectories and application of knowledge sharing tools and methods in their work.

The article is available from CIAT here.

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