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IDS to build knowledge networks in India


30 March 2012

Rahul Kumar/OneWorld South Asia

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The UK-based IDS, in partnership with OneWorld South Asia, organised a one-day workshop in New Delhi to share its research on important development issues like globalisation, climate change and governance with the social sector in India.

New Delhi: The Institute of Development Studies (IDS), an autonomous institute at the University of Sussex, held a one day workshop in New Delhi – Mining IDS Knowledge Services – for social organisations and research bodies in partnership with the Delhi-based OneWorld South Asia (OWSA) – that works in the fields of media, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and research.

The idea behind holding the workshop was to share IDS’ vast body of research on issues like globalisation, governance, knowledge, technology and society, climate change and similar other issues with organisations in India.

On the thought behind sharing its research and extensive work on social and development concerns, Jon Gregson, Head of Knowledge Services at IDS, said: “We have an ethical obligation to share put everything in the public domain as we are funded by the government. We do not want that this knowledge is shared within a small community of researchers only. We want to see if such content can make a difference to the lives of people. We want a greater impact of our work that is why we want people and organisations to use our websites and knowledge repositories.”

The training was held by OWSA, which has been taking technology to the grassroots so that underprivileged communities improve their social well being and get access to information which they may not get because of low levels of literacy. About a dozen organisations participated in the training, many from outside Delhi.

Ruchita Khurana from the South Asia Pro-Poor Livestock Policy Programme (SAPPLPP) said that sharing of information with IDS has also helped SAPPLPP showcase its own work. She added: “Because our documents are put up on the IDS website, we notice a regular flow of people from IDS websites to the SAPPLPP website. It helps us to extend our work to similar organisations.”

IDS, which extends its services through two initiatives, Eldis and Bridge, has tens of thousands of documents for dissemination to the public.

For example, Eldis provides research reports, resource guides, country guides and even newsletters. Similarly, Bridge that works on gender advocacy and mainstreaming efforts, also shares its resources and announcements openly.

The two websites also encourage organisations, institutions and individuals to share their work related to poverty, people, governance and many more social issues.

Jon added that this information can be used by organisations in South Asia for their own work and to create more value in their respective fields. “All of our research is licensed under creative commons and we work with an open development process,” he added.

 
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