Planning a poster . . .

Originally posted on Science at the 4th International Rice Congress (IRC2014):

Although IRC2014 is still six months away, it’s not too early to start thinking about the design of your poster. Here are some useful tips, and specifications based on the space available for posters at the congress venue, BITEC.

1. Please note this important information for the preparation of your poster:

  • Although you received an ID number when you submitted your abstract, a new poster number will be assigned to your poster and emailed to you before 15th September 2014 by the Secretariat, after the final program has been developed by the Scientific Committee.
  • Make sure to include this new poster number at the upper right corner of your printed poster.
  • On arrival at the congress venue in Bangkok in October, please also refer to the Final Program book that you will receive to confirm your new poster number and its location.
  • Please affix your poster only on the board…

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Webinar on “Open Access Progress and Promise in the CGIAR Consortium” – CIARD

Originally posted on Open Access India:

Re-posting on Behalf of CIARD Community

You are invited to take part in the webinar on “Open Access Progress and Promise in the CGIAR Consortium” that will take place on 10th April at 11:00am-12:00pm (CEST) 14:30pm-15:30pm in India (IST)

The presentation will provide an overview and update on the CGIAR Consortium’s progress in Open Access, including some of the challenges and opportunities of advocating for Open Access across the Consortium.

The webinar will be presented by Piers Bocock, Director of Knowledge Management and Communication at the CGIAR Consortium. He is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the Consortium’s Knowledge Management, Communications, and IT strategies, leveraging best practices in these disciplines to help the Consortium deliver on its mandate. Johannes Keizer, team leader AIMS at the FAO of the United Nations, will moderate the session.

We are looking forward to your…

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Meet YPARD India working group!

Meet YPARD India working group!.

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First Call for Papers and Sessions (SciDataCon2014)

First Call for Papers and Sessions (Deadline: 25 May 2014)

There are many pressing sustainability challenges facing today’s society, from food and water security to poverty alleviation and climate change. Such challenges cannot be solved without multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, as well as the collection, sharing, integration, use, and stewardship of data across scientific disciplines and domains, and from international sources. The effectiveness and credibility not only of research but also proposed solutions will be highly dependent on the availability of well-documented, quality-assessed, and timely scientific datasets. To facilitate the work of international research undertakings (including the ‘Future Earth’ research programme on global sustainability to be launched by ICSU and its partners in 2014) and to amplify the message of like-minded global data initiatives promoting data sharing and interoperability (including the Group on Earth Observations and the recently established Research Data Alliance), SciDataCon 2014 will highlight the theme of Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability.

The SciDataCon 2014 Steering Committee now invites proposals for sessions, and abstracts for oral presentations, addressing the overarching conference theme of ‘Data Sharing and Integration for Global Sustainability’ and related themes such as those indicated below:
  1. Data sharing, integration, and interoperability to address research challenges in global sustainability:
    • Data publication and citation
    • Innovative approaches to data integration and interoperability
    • Semantic data integration
    • Interoperability standards and reference data
    • Software architecture and systems
    • Disciplinary and interdisciplinary case studies: environment, health, social sciences, humanities, biodiversity, climate change, materials, energy, disasters, etc.
  2. Big Data science and technology:
    • Data-intensive scientific discovery
    • Large-scale computing software and systems
    • Presentation, analytics, learning, and knowledge discovery
    • Data mining and visualisation
    • High-impact applications
  3. Development and sustainability of data services:
    • Data systems and infrastructure sustainability
    • Data curation and stewardship, and development of trusted repositories
    • Solutions and tools for research data management and data security
    • Rescue of scientific data at risk
    • Capacity building and education in data science
    • Private sector roles and public-private partnerships
  4. Scientific data fordecision making and policy:
    • Assessment of the impact and economic and societal value of data
    • Data quality, documentation, and credibility
    • Data-driven models and data products for decision- and policy-makers
    • Citizen science and crowdsourcing
    • Sustainability indicators and metrics
    • Open government
  5. International collaboration on research data:
    • Development of new observational and data networks
    • Interoperability and integration of existing data networks
    • Data policy and access, particularly in developing countries
    • Open scientific research data frameworks, including legal issues
    • Capacity building and advocacy
    • Lessons learned from past or current international research and data programmes
    • New opportunities to support Future Earth and other international research initiatives

Submission Instructions

Proposals should be submitted before 24 May 2014 at 00:00 UTC

Abstracts for Oral Presentations and Sessions

Proposed Oral Presentations must be submitted online. This involves completing an online form and uploading a two-page abstract, with additional information, using the following MS Word template: Template for Oral Presentation proposal
Proposed Sessions must also be submitted online, and envisage a panel discussion, a workshop, or a series of papers on a coherent theme. This involves completing an online form and uploading a summary, with additional information (theme, format, speakers, in, status of speaker invitations and their commitment), using the following MS Word template: Template for Session proposal

Abstracts publication

All accepted abstracts will be published in the Conference Proceedings, following the prescribed submission format.
Selected authors, who indicated their intention to submit full papers, will be invited to publish a peer-reviewed manuscript in a special issue of the CODATA Data Science Journal.
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How significant is your research?

Originally posted on Science at the 4th International Rice Congress (IRC2014):

You’ve been planning your paper for the past few months. But on ‘delivery day’ you have just 15 minutes to get your message across. What details to include and what to leave out? Your poster is only 1.5m tall x 0.9m wide. Everyone should be able to read it at a distance of about 2m.

What’s the best way to present your data: tables or figures? And are your conclusions supported by sound statistical analysis?

Well, here are some useful tips from Senior Associate Scientist Ms Violeta ‘Beng’ Bartolome of IRRI’s Biometrics and Breeding Informatics team.

Just click on the image below to open a PDF file. We’re sure you will find many of Beng’s tips very helpful to improve your presentation or poster.

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What are you waiting for?

Originally posted on Science at the 4th International Rice Congress (IRC2014):

The Call for Papers and Posters has been open now for almost six weeks. And to date we have received fewer than 40 abstracts.

So what are you waiting for? There’s an opportunity for everyone to submit an abstract, and the proposed topics and subtopics cover all of rice science.

Not sure about an oral presentation? Well, think about sharing your research as a poster instead. As already indicated in earlier posts, all posters will be automatically accepted in the program.

Please note that the official language for IRC2014 is English. Therefore we cannot accept any oral presentations in other languages – although these would be fine for posters.

And if you have already submitted your research for publication elsewhere, then perhaps think about presenting it at IRC2014 only as a poster.

Remember, the Call for Papers and Posters closes on 26 April!

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Open agricultural knowledge: On MOOCs, mobiles, innovation, outcomes, theories of change

Originally posted on Maarifa - Knowledge and Information at ILRI:

Last week I attended an Open Knowledge for Agricultural Development Convening organized by Michigan State University (MSU), OER Africa, and The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). The aim was to explore ways to “accelerate agricultural development through open knowledge practices”; we discussed innovations in open learning from the AgShare project , as well as mobiles, quality assurance for Open Educational Resources (OER), ‘Massively Open Online Courses’ (MOOCs), content repositories and sharing, and ways to measure impacts on open research, open content and open data …

The various presentations and other information are online

Some of my take-aways:

  • MOOCs are getting massively talked about (see this COL post or wikipedia) and we heard some experiences from MSU and the Sloan Consortium. It seems to  be a heavily academic-driven trend with MOOCs seen as massive tools to democratize access to higher education (and to create delivery efficiencies). …

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