CIARD, the global initiative on Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development, has recently launched their new website. The site provides an information hub for institutions and people involved in agricultural research to share information and make their research findings available to a wider public.
The new site follows the CIARD manifesto to establish a ‘knowledge commons on agricultural research for development’. Through making content accessible, developing capacities and advocating better investments, the initiative helps to disseminate agricultural knowledge in order that it may be put to use locally, nationally and globally.
On the new CIARD site, users are offered various tools:
- Evaluate their information management practices against a checklist of good practices,
- share and follow pathways towards better accessibility of information,
- contribute case studies, and
- participate in CIARD’s activities and join the network.
Users can also record their information sources or services in the CIARD ring; a portal that facilitates the sharing of sources of agriculture-related information around the world.