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Knowledge management services

Knowledge management services

Managing knowledge with CABI

Managing knowledge is a core activity for CABI’s dedicated team of content development editors and researchers. We make agricultural and environmental science information flow, giving users access to accurate, timely and relevant knowledge and exploit the latest web technologies and search algorithms, giving us a global reach. We work closely user groups to optimise reach and impact, and identify both their knowledge management needs and appropriate communication channels.

CABI knowledge management user groups:

  • Policy makers
  • Institutions
  • Researcher
  • Extension workers
  • Farmers and land managers

Quality and open access information

We lead on open access and information quality assurance. All of our information has a full metadata record, uses Dublin Core principles and has a controlled vocabulary. CABI was also a founding supporter of the Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development (CIARD) initiative.

Invasive Species Compendium being used in a laboratory

At CABI, we know the most effective way of addressing important agricultural and environmental issues, and improving people’s lives, is to facilitate sharing of scientific information and knowledge.

Development and research organizations’ primary focus is on delivering programmes that improve lives or discover new research findings. Keeping track of the outputs of the work can be difficult for large and often geographically spread organizations even within the organization, but making this information available to the wider world in a coherent form is even more of a challenge.

The benefits of sharing research findings and knowledge are widely understood, but the task of putting this into practice for investment portfolios worth hundreds of millions of dollars by gathering together reports, images, data and publications, which are in multiple formats and locations, can be beyond the capacity and expertise of many organizations.

CABI has exactly this type of expertise, gained over many years of collecting, abstracting, indexing and publishing scientific and development information for a wide audience, as has been done with our database, CAB Abstracts. More recently we have put this expertise to use helping organizations to catalogue and manage their institutional knowledge to best effect through the web, as we have done with the Research for Development site.

Find out more about our work in helping organizations manage research information.

CABI is working with technology partners to create a platform to communicate directly with farmers and their farm calendars. This channel of communication is piloting and scaling agro-advisory services to improve livelihoods, trade and household nutrition including Direct2Farm which has over 4 million subscribers in India.

CABI applies systematic review methodologies, a technique developed in clinical medicine context, to review research questions and deliver better understanding of the research question and whether new research needs are identified.

CABI’s Plantwise knowledge portal delivers user-friendly information to combat plant health issues. The portal provides pest identification and diagnostic tools and data and factsheets of actionable information, and information from our global network of field based Plant cinics.

We facilitate policy, research and support practical decision-making in the field by identifying and addressing gaps in access to digital agriculture and biodiversity research. We use a multi-stakeholder approach and collate existing research to identify gaps for a range of government departments, development agencies, academic institutions, and private sector organizations.

The Invasive Species Compendium is a key programme that illustrates this work. Here CABI has worked with governments to identify such gaps to improve better informed policies for invasive species management.