Since it was launched early this year, CGIAR Research in Africa Map has continued to elicit a lot of interest from different people all around the world. From just trying to answer the simple question: Who is doing what, with whom and where?’ The database is now a source to key agricultural information in the region. Not only does the map depict the overall outlook of research carried out by CG centres but from the information in the map we have been able to carry out and publish periodic analysis of specific project information. Some of which include – the type of partners that the centres collaborate with in research, analysis of agricultural commodities in the centres and many more to come.
In his blog post titled Giving Research New Bearings: Take a Peek in the Google Engine Behind CGMap, Michael Marus of ICT-KM Program took an in depth look into the map’s development. The information and data structure which led to the rich geographic user interface that makes browsing of information exciting as well as informative have been well explained.
What to expect?
In collaboration with the ICT-KM Program we are pleased to announce that we will soon be unveiling the new map. With the new map you will now be able to;
1. Query the data based on different fields in the data such as project start and end date, primary area of research, research partner etc
2. Free text search criteria
3. Generate reports based on the applied filters
4. Enjoy user defined roles
With a lot of talk on the need to break our communication barriers and have the CG centres working more closely together, it is becoming increasingly inefficient for us to stick to our old ways of communicating research information and outputs. The application and greater use of such tools is essential to all of us and a positive step to making agriculture a social endeavour!
Further, there is bound to be greater excitement when we start reporting on collaboration and networking from different stakeholders in the region, when new scientist will be brought up to speed on the past and ongoing research activities by just a click of a button, when our donors and partners will be able to know the new areas of priority, …………..
In the meantime do keep your ears and eyes open for the new improved map!