The April-June 2009 issue Rice Today contains a great article about rice science in the digital age.

The story essentially introduces some of the pathways used by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) to maximise the accessibility of its research outputs.

These include adoption of a creative commons licence and publishing on several platforms – Google Books, Flickr, and YouTube. A presentation by IRRI’s Gene Hettel ‘Adopting and Utilizing Creative Commons to Facilitate the Dissemination of Rice Knowledge and Technology’, available on slideshare gives a vivid insight into IRRI’s approach to licensing and shows examples from the different platforms.

Congratulations to our colleagues in IRRI for moving forward the agenda of putting research in the hands of those who need it most!

Thanks to Peter Ballantyne for bringing this article to my attention

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!