CIARD Pathways for Opening Agricultural Knowledge
October 2012 (version 0.15 - working draft)
The CIARD Pathways provide an introduction to the ways in which research outputs can be made more available, accessible and applicable (the 3As) for the stakeholders who will derive benefit from this information and knowledge. The CIARD Manifesto and the CIARD Checklist of Good Practices are statements of what needs to be done in order to achieve the enhancement of the 3As. The CIARD Pathways are practical guides, showing how the different elements of the Manifesto and the Checklist can be achieved by institutions around the world.
Each Pathway presents an introduction to a specific area of activity, and then explains what an individual or institution needs to do to achieve progress in this area. Each Pathway is linked to other Web resources which offer more detail, explanation and guidance for a fuller understanding. Examples of best practice experience from around the world are also included.
The Pathways are presented in three groups:
Group 1: Enabling the institutional environment for openness and sharing of research information and knowledge – introducing the ways in which institutional culture and capacity can be developed in order to achieve the 3As;
Group 2: Making research information and data more available and accessible – covering Open Access, institutional repositories, and the growing importance of ‘linked data’;
Group 3: Fostering knowledge exchange amongst different stakeholders – sharing information and knowledge with peers and other stakeholder groups, and using different media to stimulate innovation.
Each institution will achieve the Checklist and Manifesto agenda in its own way, because every institution will be developing from a different starting point. The Pathways are provided to allow every institution to find its own most effective route toward achieving the CIARD Checklist and Manifesto.
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