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Workshop for CGIAR Ongoing Research in Africa Focal Persons (

By invitation only

Organizers/ Focal Point(s)

Evelyn Katingi ( - CG Collective Action for Eastern and Southern Africa Antonella Pastore - CGIAR ICT-KM Program

Aims of the session

1. focus on training on new system interface, data quality and contribution 2. focus on how to make this information travel, reuse of the information and purpose of the system

Knowledge Sharing technique used (if any):

Hands on training and participatory & interactive discussions with the CG Centers focal people on the aims of the workshop, feedback and feed forward on the system.

See below tentative agenda for more.


Bruce Scott - Director of Partnership and Communication, ILRI Enrica Porcari - Chief Information Officer Leader, ICT-KM Program


15 people some with laptops, there needs to be some extra machines all day 19 and 20 October - need a training room with PCs and wireless with a short public session on 21 October. - link with any open access/ciard session?

Tentative Agenda

Day/Session No. Subject Resource people / remarks
October 19
8.30-09.00 Welcome session Settling in
09:00-09:45 Objectives and program of workshop;
- Overview and achievements
- Status report
- Why are we here?
- What we will do together: overview of the agenda
- Checklist
9:45-10:00 Opening remarks Bruce Scott
10:00-10:30 Tea break
Session 2 Introduction to the next Ongoing Research system
10:30-11:00 Why a new CMS, priorities, new functionalities and improvements; quick tour of frontend Antonella
11:00-13:00 Demonstration of backend: Antonella &
[Michael remotely]
13:00-14:00 Lunch
Session 3 Training on new CMS functionalities I Antonella
14:00-15:30 Hands-on session: instructions on screen, contributors follow the process and add/edit projects. Anto and Evelyn support. Antonella,
[Michael remotely]
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
Session 4 Evelyn, Antonella
16:00-17:00 Training on new CMS functionalities I
October 20
Session 1 Web content and Data management Evelyn
09:00-10:00 Focus on how to clean up content before launch (as a checklist to finish up quality control and new project additions before November).

General rules and guidelines on updating and sharing the information. Quality control on information and introduction to curation process (research partner name requests)
10:00-10:30 Demo of export and reuse functionalities: feeds, embeddable maps, downloads Antonella
10:30-11:00 Tea Break
Session 2 Usability review Antonella
11:00-13:00 Usability review: in pairs, participants go through the backend and frontend and report back on content quality and usability using a checklist. comments on results, and additional reports to plenary
Preparation required: all know how to access their cgx accounts.
13:00-14:00 Lunch
Session 3 The way forward Antonella (1 and 2)
Evelyn (3)
14:00-15:30 a facilitated discussion on future work areas and priorities
1. Summary of to-do list before release: admin, development, content
2. Feedback from users
3. Knowing what you know now of the situation behind the scenes, what else do you suggest could make Ongoing Research a useful initiative?
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
Session 4 Keynote Closing Presentation: Enrica Porcari
16:00-17:00 OR in the context of the new CGIAR: why a project finder; how do we keep things together in the context of CRPs? OR in the context of OCS?
Vote of thanks
“My take home message”/ “My priority actions as a result of the workshop” – key figures to be invited to give 5 minute speeches.
18:30-20:30 Cocktail
October 21, Thursday Antonella, Evelyn
09:00-10:30 Making agricultural knowledge session at the share fair [double check with Sharefair agenda]

October 18, Monday is reserved for training on social media and knowledge sharing methods at the share fair session. All focal people are encouraged to attend.

Notes Is your current list of research projects updated?

What is a Focus group session?