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Using social media to enhance research discoverability: Experiences of the International Livestock Research Institute

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Published on March 10, 2014

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Presented by Tezira Lore at the Workshop on Discoverability of African Scholarship Online, Nairobi, Kenya, 10 March 2014.
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Using social media to enhance research discoverability: Experiences of the International Livestock Research Institute Tezira Lore Communications Specialist Presented at a workshop on discoverability of African scholarship online Nairobi, Kenya 10 March 2014

Presentation outline • Introducing CGIAR and ILRI • Open Access repositories • Using social media for research communication • Monitoring use and impact • Challenges and lessons learned

CGIAR: Research for a food secure future www.cgiar.org CGIAR Consortium conducts food and environmental research to help alleviate poverty and increase food security, health and nutrition while protecting the natural resource base

ILRI: Better lives through livestock www.ilri.org • ILRI is a member of the CGIAR Consortium • ILRI envisions a world made better for poor people in developing countries by improving agricultural systems in which livestock are important • ILRI works in all tropical developing regions of Africa and Asia

“ILRI is creating and integrating knowledge to enable diverse partners to find innovative solutions to make livestock a sustainable pathway out of poverty” ILRI’s value proposition

CGSpace and Mahider Open Access repositories

CGIAR Open Access and data management policy • Aim: All data and research outputs open and harvestable • Open Access mandate in place since Mar 2012 • Open Access and data management policy approved Oct 2013 • Implementation guidelines being developed http://www.cgiar.org/resources/open

http://cgspace.cgiar.org

Mahider • Since Oct 2009 • Now has 12,000+ items • Dublin Core metadata • AGROVOC • Code is open source; available on github http://github.com/ilri/DSpace

Social media as part of ILRI’s communications strategy

Blogs for project news and updates http://aghealth.wordpress.com/news

Wikis http://africa-rising.wikispaces.com/

Posters and presentations on Slideshare Tags help readers to discover work on a particular topic

Use Delicious to aggregate & curate content…

RSS: really simple syndication … then publish content on various platforms Blog widget Twitter Facebook

‘Capture once, re-use often’: Embed content

Explore social media tools at ILRI Blogs, websites, wikis, repositories http://www.ilri.org/ring Twitter http://twitter.com/ilri Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ILRIFanPage Posters and presentations http://www.slideshare.net/ilri and http:/prezi.com/user/ilri Photos on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri Films and videos http://www.ilri.org/ilrifilms Podcasts http://ilri.podomatic.com

Monitoring use and impact

DSpace stats View stats in Google Fusion Tables

Web and social media views: 2009-2013

Overall views of web services: 2009-2013

Composition of views of web services 2010-2013

Some challenges • Power dynamics: need to give up control • Streamlining DSpace work flows • Monitoring feedback on multiple platforms

Closing thoughts • Usage guidelines help to ensure consistency • Put content where people can find it • Boost search engine optimization • Social media: engagement is key

Acknowledgements Special thanks to my colleagues from the Knowledge Management and Information Services unit for their untiring support  - Team Mahider: Abeba, Abenet, Bizuwork, Peter - DSpace ‘techies’: Alan, Sisay - Blog & wiki admin: Tsehay All photos: ILRI http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri

The presentation has a Creative Commons licence. You are free to re-use or distribute this work, provided credit is given to ILRI. better lives through livestock ilri.org

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