Open Access Week 2017
CIAT marks Open Access Week to highlight the practical benefits of open access to research.
This year marks the 10th iteration of the annual international Open Access Week (October 23 – October 29). During this week many global events take place to highlight the power of open access to all research outputs, in increasing the impact of scientific and scholarly research.
This year’s theme “Open in order to…” moves the conversation beyond talking about openness itself, to focusing on the benefits that openness enables (see examples: https://openinorder.to/). In CIAT we will use this opportunity to highlight a few cases where open access to research outputs such as publications, data, and models, has led or will lead to tangible benefits to the next users of CIAT research. Our OA Week blog series will highlight such cases, for example, where openness has revolutionized ecological and spatial modeling and how openness is going to help us fight malnutrition in Africa. The week’s activities will culminate in an open access week seminar and discussion where we will look into whether CIAT has what it takes to carry out open science/research throughout our research life cycle. The seminar will be hosted at CIAT headquarters on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 3:00 pm at the Africa room.
Elizabeth Campillo, CIAT information and documentation analyst, recently presented a bibliometric study of CIAT publications from 2012 to 2017. Between this period, a total of 928 articles were published in peer-reviewed journals, representing an average of 155 articles per year.
Some scientists believe their careers rely on keeping their data private. WorldClim proves precisely the opposite.
Sharing data is not about giving it away but about giving it back, says Data and Information Manager Leroy Mwanzia.
PestDisPlace can serve as an early warning system for pests and diseases in crops.
CIAT is using big data and machine learning to develop a Nutrition Early Warning System (NEWS) for Africa.