SERP-P team participates in an open knowledge event at IDS

By the SocioEconomic Research Portal for the Philippines (SERP-P)

Two representatives of the Socioeconomic Research Portal for the Philippines (SERP-P), together with 24 other participants from regional and international knowledge organizations, partook in the partnership meeting of the Global Open Knowledge Hub (GOKH)—an open knowledge initiative of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS)—on October 21–23, in Brighton, United Kingdom. The event, which centered on the theme “Engaging in Open Knowledge through Partnerships”, brought together delegates from Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

To kick off the three-day seminar-workshop, Kelly Shephard, head of the Open Knowledge and Digital Services of IDS, stressed the importance of evidence-based research and the will and capacity to share evidence and knowledge. In this line, Shephard said the gathering aimed to (1) share experiences and understandings in response to specific learning needs, particularly in open knowledge and licensing; (2) plan and develop thoughts and actions to take the GOKH program forward; and (3) build mutual understanding and develop future pathways between and among GOKH members and funding partners.

In addition, the seminar-workshop was designed to reflect on the challenges and opportunities in adopting open knowledge approaches in other regions and sector-specific organizations.

Aside from open knowledge landscape and content licensing, the participants of the event were also immersed to the complexities of multilingual work, importance of building knowledge consortia and sharing stories of change, initiatives and advances in the Global Library for Development Studies, and the costs and barriers of adopting open knowledge.

A peer-assisted learning activity was also employed to determine the common challenges faced by some GOKH partners and explore the solutions that other partners may offer.

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