Date and time: Monday 05 – Friday 09 March 2012 (9:00 – 17:30)
Technological innovation is taking place at a breath-taking pace. Simple, open source internet-based applications and services designed to enhance on-line collaboration are now available to the wider public at little or no cost at all. These new online technologies known as Web 2.0 applications - sometimes called ‘social media’ - enable people to collaborate to create, share and publish information.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation EU-ACP (CTA), in collaboration with the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and UN/ECLAC, will host a 5-day Web 2.0 Learning Opportunity starting from Monday, 05 March 2012.
CTA has a mandate to facilitate access to, and dissemination of information in the fields of agriculture and rural development in 78 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). Supporting the adoption of Web 2.0 applications represents a great opportunity for meeting it. These Learning Opportunities form part of CTA initiatives that support development partners in networking, accessing and disseminating information more effectively.
Participants will be introduced to selected web 2.0 applications and will learn how to use them hands-on. They will get a chance to see what others have done, get hands-on experience on how to use innovative applications, and assess how they could adopt these innovations within the context of their work and organization.
- Introduction to the participatory World Wide Web (Web 2.0);
- Search Magic: How to conduct advanced multilingual online searches;
- Information Self Service: How to get selected information served to you via alerts and RSS feeds;
- Remote collaboration: How to develop content remotely using wikis and Google Docs;
- Online mapping: How to locate your organization and your projects on a online Map;
- How to communicate voice over the internet at (almost) no cost;
- Online publishing (micro-blogging and blogging);
- Professional / corporate social networking (LinkedIn and Facebook);
- Web 2.0 self-instruction (introduction to iMARK).
Participants - Eligibility and responsibilities
Participation in the Learning Opportunity is free of charge, but subject to acceptance by the organizers. The selected candidates will receive a confirmation of their participation. Most participants will come from agriculture related sectors.
- be actively engaged in agriculture and rural development / natural resource management / biodiversity conservation in the domains of information and communication, ICT for development (ICT4D). Candidates representing institutions will be privileged;
- be computer literate and conversant with browsing the Internet;
- be competent in the use of the English language;
- have an active e-mail account;
- be a resident in Trinidad and Tobago;
- the ownership of a Wi-Fi enabled laptop is a strong advantage.
Accepted participants will be responsible, if required, for all costs related to their travel to and from the venue at the ECLAC offices. Organizers will provide only lunch, refreshments and distribute publications and instructional material during the five days of the Learning Opportunity.
How to apply
If you are interested in applying, please click on the link to complete the online form.
Deadline for application: 12 February 2012.
The organizers will inform successful applicants latest on Monday, 24 February 2012 by email.
Mr. Ken Lohento
ICT Program Coordinator, CTA
Ms. Joan Petersen
Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI)
Trinidad and Tobago
ECLAC Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 868 224-8006