In our AAA discussions we argue the need to get our research results on line…but also we need to ensure their long-term preservation!

The UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has announced the availability of a new handbook created by its Preservation of Web Resources (PoWR) project. The book offers information for web managers, data professionals and those making decisions concerning the long-term preservation of online resources.

With thanks to Paul Neate, of Bioversity International for the tip!

1) Compelling!

Watch how creative commons philosophy applies to science.

Thanks Simone for the link!

2) “Seed Hunter” was shown recently on Australian TV regarding ICARDA’s Ken Street’s search for landraces in Tajikistan.

The underlying themes: why crop genetic resource conservation is  important particulary in the context of climate change, inadequate research budgets, gene discovery, how aid agencies have played a role disseminating modern varieties and the unintended consequences of  that on diversity, how remote communities are most likely to be 
custodians of landraces, etc. The full programme is 55 minutes long but can be viewed in 3 parts. 
It is well worth watching, if you are interested in knowing to how to make such research accessible and interesting to a wide audience.

3) In an attempt to help people understand why and how the CGIAR is changing, the Knolwdge Sharing Project of the ICT-KM program produced this short video. A must watch!