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Post-meeting Announcement

posted May 2, 2008, 1:21 PM by Jawoo Koo   [ updated May 6, 2008, 6:10 AM ]

Thanks everyone for participating at the CGIAR-CSI Meeting in Nairobi! Hope it was a good productive meeting for everyone. We believe the meeting was a beginning of another interesting and exciting future collaboration/opportunity.

  • Hope you didn't forget to remove the HTTP proxy setting in your web-browser. Otherwise, your web-browsing activity will be keep being routed/monitored through Nairobi.
  • As announced, presentation files left on Jawoo’s laptop were converted to PDF and posted here. If your presentation is not listed yet but willing to share with us (and public), please send it to Jawoo (j.koo@cgiar.org) as soon as possible.
  • Photos taken with Jawoo's camera are posted here. Send me your pictures too so that we can put them together.
  • When you're ready, please send your reimbursement form and receipts to Ria Tenorio (Program Analyst at IFPRI, m.t.tenorio@cgiar.org). If you prefer, you can also mail them to: Ria Tenorio (IFPRI), 2033 K St., NW, Washington, DC 20006. So far, we have received requests from Paul, Andy F., Andy N., Sonya, Atie, Jeroen, Robert Z., Dave, and Suan. Please let Jawoo or Ria know if you have any question regarding the reimbursement process.
  • The draft pre-concept note is still taking shape and will be circulated for review/comments, and approval by CSI Reps. That note will be submitted on behalf of the CSI membership by Enrica and Stanley (thanks for ideas already submitted).
  • Enrica will be sending out a note to brief centre research directors of major outcomes of the meeting.
  • A 2-page brief and an 8-12 page summary of the Workshop are under preparation.
Let's stay in touch!
Stan and Jawoo


posted Apr 22, 2008, 3:44 PM by Jawoo Koo

Here are some announcements regarding logistics:
  1. To facilitate sharing information amongst, a color laser printer is setup for your use at a corner of the meeting room. Help yourself! (Note that network is not connected, so you'll need to transfer file with a usb drive..)
  2. We think it will be useful to keep presented materials accessible from this site so that you can share stories/lessons/discussion seeds with colleagues in your center afterwards. Let me know if you have any concern on sharing your file. All files will be converted to PDF.
  3. Before you leave, please fill out a reimbursement form from the site (attached on the main page) for your flight ticket (up to $1,000), meal, VISA, and other incidental charges.

Meeting Room Wireless Internet Connection

posted Apr 21, 2008, 1:17 PM by Jawoo Koo   [ updated Apr 22, 2008, 2:49 PM by Jawoo Koo ]

You need to set a proxy server of in your web browser:
  • Internet Explorer
    1. Go to [Internet Options]
    2. Go to [Connections] tab
    3. Click on [LAN settings] button
    4. Check  [Use a proxy server for...]
    5. Type for [Address] and 80 for port.
    6. Click [OK]
    7. Click [OK]
  • Firefox 
    1. [Tools] from the menu
    2. Select [Options]
    3. Select [Advanced]
    4. Select [Network]
    5. Select [Settings] under "Connection"
    6. Choose [Manual configuration]
    7. Type for "HTTP" and 80 for "Port"
    8. Click [OK]
    9. Click [OK]
However, don't forget to remove this setting on when you leave the meeting on Thursday! Otherwise, every webpage you're visiting will be still coming through the ICRAF proxy server..

Update: It was found that CG login credential is required to the proxy server for PC's outside of CGIAR domain. Ask Jawoo to help you on this matter.

CSI Questionnaire Results (highly recommended reading!!)

posted Apr 18, 2008, 11:27 AM by Jawoo Koo

Dear all,

We're very pleased to provide you with a copy of the synthesis of responses to the CGIAR/CSI Survey that each of the CGIAR centres recently completed. Enrica Pocari, Chief Information Officer of the CGIAR will lead a session on Tuesday, 22nd April (11:45-12:30) that will both re-visit the context of this questionnaire and lead a discussion based on the attached document about the lessons to be drawn. It would greatly help the effectiveness of this and the subsequent session if you can first read through this document and form your own interpretation of implications/opportunities for CSI's collective action to address key issues raised.

The document is posted to the meeting website at:

…and we will place a number of hardcopies at the hotel reception for those who will have not had a chance to look at this either before leaving home, or en route.

We'd all like to thank the hard work of Jitka Kotelenska of CH2M Hill who prepared, administered and summarized the questionnaire together with other colleagues in CH2M Hill, the CGIAR CIO Office, CSI and HarvestChoice (who provided funding).

See you all soon!

Stan and Jawoo

PS. Please don’t forget to update your presentation/poster information at:

More Announcement

posted Apr 16, 2008, 9:08 AM by Jawoo Koo

In addition to the announcement, here is your homework (hey, there is no free lunch!). For more productive/fruitful meeting, please bring your seed of discussion on:
  • What CSI means to you, your research, and your center.
  • What’s the limitations on your CSI-related research.
  • How CSI can be most useful/helpful for your research.
And, here are some addendum from the announcement (for travelers, especially):
  • Please note that there will be NO pick-up at the airport. Please use taxi to get to the hotel (to be reimbursed). If you're not familiar with the Nairobi Airport scene, you'll have a lot of offers as soon as you step out of the baggage claim area (i.e., supply >> demand). Just be careful to use licensed taxis only (You should be able to tell it by looking at their vehicles). Among them, you can have fun exercising your price negotiation skill there (guideline price is about 1,200 Ksh), or you could just walk in to a taxi company booth around the airport to request one.
  • It seems that we might have lots of rain next week (check latest weather forecast at http://www.weather.com/weather/print/KEXX0009). Sure we’ll spend most of time in meeting rooms, but still – don’t forget to pack a handy umbrella!
  • At the hotel, you won’t be asked to provide your credit card at check-in. We provided your names and check-in and check-out dates to prearrange bills. Please take a moment to check your travel information is correct at the site (http://sites.google.com/a/cgiar-csi.org/nairobi-meeting-2008/Home/Participants).
  • Tip: To deter potential credit card frauds, put a small opaque sticker on CVV numbers on the back of your credit card (or remove it – if you can memorize). Right after my Nairobi trip last year, someone from Russia used my credit card number to order $3000 worth of cigars online (and it wasn’t just me!).
See you all real soon!
Best regards,
Jawoo and Stan

Don't forget to pack an umbrella!

posted Apr 16, 2008, 6:56 AM by Jawoo Koo

It's very highly likely that we'll have lots of rain next week (check weather forecast here).

Use TAXI at the airport (NO pick-up provided)

posted Apr 16, 2008, 6:45 AM by Jawoo Koo   [ updated Apr 16, 2008, 7:03 AM ]

Please note that there will be NO pick-up at the airport. Please use taxi to get to the hotel (to be reimbursed). If you're not familiar with the Nairobi Airport scene, don't worry (hakuna matata!) - you'll have a lot of offers as soon as you step out of the baggage claim area (i.e., supply >> demand). Just be careful to use licensed taxis only (You should be able to tell it by looking at their vehicles). Among them, you can have fun exercising your price negotiation skill there (guideline price is about 1,200 Ksh), or you could just walk in to a taxi company booth around the airport to request one. Good luck, everyone!

Final Announcement

posted Apr 15, 2008, 11:45 AM by Jawoo Koo

We're exactly a week away!
We now attach what is pretty much the final agenda, with some flexibility on Day 3 (thanks to the Programme Committee, and to the brewery that sponsored them). Please look the agenda over carefully - particularly to check where you may have - unknown to you - been slotted into the agenda with an extra contribution or session chair task. Please also go onto the site (http://cgiar-csi.org) and add your presentation or poster details.
Last minute instructions:

  1. Agenda details are at http://sites.google.com/a/cgiar-csi.org/nairobi-meeting-2008/Home/Programming
    (Printer-friendly version at http://sites.google.com/a/cgiar-csi.org/nairobi-meeting-2008/Home/Programming?tmpl=%2Fsystem%2Fapp%2Ftemplates%2Fprint%2F)
  2. We’ll be staying at the Nairobi Safari Club Hotel (-1.33042°, 36.925°) together, and your bill at the hotel will be collectively paid.
    (Koinange Street / University Way, P.O Box 43564, 00100 GPO, Nairobi / Tel: +254-020-2821000)
  3. Reimbursable items (Receipts required. Reimbursement form will be given at the meeting.):
    1. VISA (50 USD at the airport)
    2. Flight (1,000 USD for center representatives)
    3. Transportations in Nairobi (Airport – Hotel guideline price is 1,200 Kenyan shilling)
    4. Dinner/Incidentals
  4. Pre-arranged items:
    1. Hotel (Breakfast included)
    2. Transportation between hotel and ICRAF
    3. Lunch, Coffee, Reception
  5. The meeting will be held at the World Agroforestry Centre (a.k.a. ICRAF House) (-1.23653°, 36.8192°). There will be a shuttle bus from the hotel in the morning (7:30 AM on Tuesday, 8:00 AM on Wednesday and Thursday).
  6. Centre presentations on Wednesday can only be 20 minutes each - MAX. So don't bring a 40 slide presentation!
  7. But there's plenty of space for posters (Poster session on Wednesday evening).
  8. Plan on being actively engaged, learning a lot from your smart colleagues, and having fun!

Travel Safely. Looking forward to seeing you in Nairobi. We will be arriving on Sunday 20th so you should be able to contact us at the hotel.

Jawoo and Stan

2nd Announcement

posted Mar 21, 2008, 2:30 PM by Jawoo Koo   [ updated Mar 25, 2008, 10:56 AM ]

Enclosed is the latest info regarding the CSI meeting to be held in Nairobi from 22-24th April. The attachment lays out key logistical arrangements and intended level of support.
  1. CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE or NON-ATTENDANCE (unless you are already on the CONFIRMED list).
  2. Book your flights and supply arrival/departure details 3. Confirm your CSI briefing presentation title (compulsory - CSI reps, proposals - others) 4. Optionally propose key "issue" topics for agenda items.

Please respond to Stanley (s.wood@cgiar.org) copy to Lynette Bwire (l.bwire@cgiar.org).

So far Andy Jarvis, Robert Hijmans, Jubal Harpster and myself have offered to help put together the program. We will try to get a first draft out by 25th March. Much time will be allotted to information sharing re our individual research agendas (including an evening poster session on the night of the meeting reception - 23rd April), but time will also be alloted to; a review of the CGIAR/CH2M Hill questionnaire, CSI forward-looking "strategy" (including a proposal for enhancing the capacity of the CSI community to develop and deliver spatial data and analysis within and beyond the CGIAR), and "hot issues" that you and/or the program volunteers prioritize.
Don't forget! You're receiving this email because you're very spatial. Plan to attend and (apart from having a fun time catching up with your equally frustrated peers) help put together a plan for raising the relevance and accessibility of spatial analysis not only for fellow research and development specialists, but also for policymakers and investors.
Thanks to Lynette Bwire of ICRISAT who has been extremely helpful in getting local logistics under control.
Take care,
Enrica, Robert, Stanley

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