I have been a supporter of the CGIAR Consortium of Spatial Information (CSI) since I started my job in the CGIAR.  This is a group of highly competent, committed individuals with a common idea: using Geographic tools and methods to better Serve the Global Agricultural Research and Development Community.

The ICT-KM program supported the CSI through funding an initial project which led to the creation of a wealth of metadata records which allow for the easy access to many georeferenced scientific resources of the CGIAR. More details at  CSI

There are many exciting new and emerging opportunities from both a technology and a funding perspective. The group looked at what role CSI can play in helping its members best tap these new opportunities in cost effective ways, and help raise awareness and foster action around improving the packaging and delivery of CSI member data, tools and analysis to a broader range of users. Details of the meeting at CSI meeting  
The energy, enthusiasm and commitment were palpable throughout the 3 days of the meeting! 
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