Since the arrival of Leroy Mwanzia as Data and Information Manager at CIAT, the team has been working on an action plan for 2015. The visit of Luz Marina Alvare from IFPRI helped a great deal in identifying our priorities. We now have set ourselves concrete objectives which are part of CIAT’s Business Plan related to the publishing of post print manuscripts, and primary data and metadata. We also aim at establishing an operational data management planning tool with all new CIAT projects from June 2015.

In addition, the data and information management team developed a Theory of Change for its work and thrives towards 3 types of results:

  • The data and information management group becomes the knowledge hub for scientists, partners, donors, decision makers and interested public
  • CIAT staff embrace an open science culture and become 100% compliant with Open Access goals without compromising quality of work
  • CIAT staff, scientist worldwide, partners & decision makers have wide access to our intellectual assets including Data.

The below diagram illustrates the range of outputs that we intend to produce and the tools that we plan to use (click on the diagram to enlarge):

For each expected results we have identified the following list of products or achievements target for 2015-2016

Data and information management group becomes the knowledge hub for scientists, partners, donors, decision makers and interested public.

  • A fully functional information repository hosted on CGSpace using the Dspace platform with CIATs digital information products archived.
  • User friendly Web access to all CIAT information products with automatic updates on the CIAT website.
  • A knowledge management system that creates staff networks and aggregates data from different sources within CIAT.
  • Researchers’ information products are availed on the new intranet.
  • CIAT Library offers virtual reference services on the intranet.
  • Meta search functionality is available for CIAT scientists.

CIAT Staff embrace an open science culture and become 100% compliant with Open Access goals without compromising quality of work

  • Adequate support documentation for open access, data and information management are available for CIAT staff.
  • Functional workflows for depositing of information products into CIATs information and data repositories.
  • Impact of work tracked and communicated regularly
  • Open access reports include in performance appraisal

CIAT staff, scientist worldwide, partners & decision makers have wide access to and use our intellectual assets including Data.

  • CIAT main repositories CGSpace and Dataverse having open access records harvested by academic search engines.
  • Peer reviewed journals and associated data from 2010 to 2015 are available in open access
  • Data management and sharing plans included in every project
  • List of recommended standard data management tools to be used in CIAT
  • Enhanced internal databases and internal data preservation platform

By Simone Staiger-Rivas and Leroy Mwanzia

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