Communities of Practice

Welcome to the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture Communities of Practice

As problems in society have become more complex and the nature of solutions more independent, extension systems have increasing pressure to work across traditional expertise, as well as geographic and institutional boundaries to leverage maximum impact from resources.

As this pressure grows, networks and communities need to emerge as the basis for solving problems rather than single institutions. These communities of practice can leverage technology and new data resources to create broader and deeper impact in programming.

Greater coordination across CGIAR, and the injection of new ideas and ways of doing business by partner organizations should increase CGIAR’s capacity to work on these topics more quickly, more effectively and at greater scale.

Enabling communities of practice to thrive through connectivity, sharing of methodologies, knowledge and by telling their impact stories is the long-term goal.

Establishing Communities of Practice

The Platform will  establish Communities of Practice (CoPs) across Centers for defining data standards and interoperability protocols, dovetailed with the OA/OD initiatives of the System Management Office. It will create virtual collaboration spaces, and sponsor quarterly webinars on specific topics and hold capacity-building workshops. It will also connect with existing initiatives, other CGIAR CoPs, Conventions on ICT4D and Big Data.

The Platform will also connect CGIAR with existing initiatives, for instance, the Global Agricultural Concept Scheme (GACS), FAO’s AIMS, CIARD, the Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), and the Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative are of high importance and relevance.