Our Communities of Practice


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 increased pressure to work across traditional expertise, as well as geographic and institutional boundaries to leverage maximum impact from resources.

In response to this pressure, networks and communities need to emerge as the basis for solving problems rather than single institutions.

These communities of practice, which are part of the Platform’s Module 2: Convene, aim to leverage technology and new data resources to create broader and deeper impact in programming, as well as to build capacity internally and externally on big data approaches in agriculture.

The Platform established these Communities of Practice (CoPs) across Centers to work towards defining data standards and interoperability protocols, dovetailed with the OA/OD initiatives of the System Management Office. It fosters virtual collaboration spaces, and sponsors quarterly webinars on specific topics, and supports the organisation of capacity-building workshops.

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


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