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CGIAR is committed to Open Access and Open Data

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The open access and open data for agriculture movement is progressing swiftly and CGIAR is committed to taking a leading role into the future.  CGIAR wants to make all of its data and research outputs open and harvestable, with the Open Access mandate being in place since March 2012, when the CGIAR Consortium approved the CGIAR Principles on the Management of Intellectual Assets.

We have been reporting on our progress towards Open Access for the past year, with relevant stories collected here. Open Access Week happenings across CGIAR can be found here.

This page is designed to offer public access to key documents relevant to Open Access, including drafts of documents for consideration, in the name of openness and transparency.  For questions, comments, concerns, or ideas, please contact us at open [at]

Open Access – Open Data project: CGIAR Open Access and Open Data Phase I (Years 1-2): Assessment, Prioritization, and Coordination of CGIAR’s Current Open Environment. This proposal to support coordinated implementation of OA-OD across CGIAR has received USD 2.38 million for a one-year Phase 1. For details, please see the proposal.

Official Resources

Open Access Progress and Promise from CGIAR Consortium

Overview and update on the CGIAR Consortium's progress in Open Access, including some of the challenges and opportunities. Delivered by Piers Bocock, Director of Knowledge Management and Communication at the CGIAR Consortium as part of the CIARD webinar series .

Open Access in Practice

Open Access Week 2013

At the 6th annual Open Access Week the academic and research communities celebrate their continued commitment to data sharing and access to information. As part of this global commitment to…

Arab Spatial’s First Six Months

IFPRI Senior Research Analyst Perrihan Al-Riffai discusses the progress and promise of Arab Spatial, an open-access database and interactive mapping tool she helped design that houses and geographically displays data…

CGIAR institutions ontology

Data Management System

This is version 1.0 of the CGIAR Consortium Data Management System (CGDMS). CGDMS provides the core standards for managing CGIAR agricultural information. It is intended to facilitate the exchange of…