The Livestock Information System (LIS) Roadmap for Ethiopia


The Livestock Information System (LIS) Roadmap for Ethiopia … Jointly prepared by Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC) (NZ), Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

The Roadmap sets out a series of steps that can transform Ethiopia’s livestock information systems from their existing fragmented state (Existing-LIS) to a custom-designed, state-of-the-art system (Future-LIS) that will deliver significantly more value to stakeholders in the agricultural sector. It is envisaged that the Roadmap-LIS will be used by the Ethiopian MoA as a tool to guide them and other partners, towards the development of a national information system that will be used to monitor the progress of and contribute to greatly enhanced value generation from the agricultural sector.
Team … Great Job!!!

Don’t rely on a job or the government to put money in your pocket


“Do what you can do for your, what the govt can’t do for you” The late John F Kennedy former president of U S quotation

Don’t rely on a job or the government to put money in your pocket. No matter what a number of people encourage you, there comes an ace where you have to learn how to be there for yourself.

You can always expect to lift yourself up while you take yourself down.

Yes, the government can provide opportunities to a certain level but it’s entirely your responsibility.

[Research Article] The power of international online conversations: higher education teachers’ reflections on their impact on academic development [International Journal for Academic Development ahead of print]


Building on previous research on informal conversations in teachers’ academic development, this study explores how academics’ reflections on their teaching practices are shaped by online conversations with their international colleagues. In-depth interviews conducted with teachers (N = 13) at 12 higher education institutions in eight countries revealed an increase in teachers’ confidence relating to their practice and a change in their identity as they see themselves as innovators with influence on teaching practice at their institutions [..]

Nurses, librarians, and doctors are Britain’s most trusted professions

Nurses, librarians, and doctors are Britain’s most trusted professions, while faith in journalists, footballers, and estate agents rises. Clergy/priests are in the middle of the list at 58% – 2% higher than last year. Key headlines include: Trust in the police has fallen by eight percentage points. Sixty-three percent say they trust the police to tell the truth, down from 71% in 2020 and 76% in 2019[…]

[Top 10] The Global Cost of Connectivity

Are you in the top 10 cheapest or top 10 most expensive?

Successes and Setbacks of Social Media: Impact on Academic Life

Open Science and The National Library of Medicine

NLM’s open science tools and resources enable anyone interested to access and engage with the results of science. Open science allows people to address societal needs in their communities by connecting them to information about biomedical science, technology, and innovation.

Open science is really an umbrella term that includes a lot of different practices that enable people to access the results of science. When I first learned about open science, I think it was best described to me as really resting on three pillars: you have open data, meaning that the data are made openly available, that they’re shared. You have open-source, which means that the underlying analytical tools and software and code are made openly available, and then you have open access, which is that publications, that are sort of the synthesis of the data and the results that came after the analysis, are also made openly available for folks to read. NLM is really interested in creating expertise and knowledge about data, not just in, you know, the research institution or in libraries, but also preparing the public to be more data-savvy. Having as many people as possible who are able to access the data, who are able to look under the hood, make science more rigorous because you have more folks who are able to sort of tap into this data, tap into your code, have access to the publications that result from it and engage in this consensus-building that is so incredibly important and foundational for science to move forward. We’re in a position where we can talk with publishers about why open access is important or talk with them about why they should be instituting data citation, which would make it easier for us to track data. We have a really unique position as a medical library, of our sort of standing, to really help push forward some of the practices that will lead to more open science.

English, The Global Language? Worldwide English proficiency levels by the nation in 2021 (in index points)

Only 31 out of 112 countries appearing on the Education First English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) achieved a score Very High or High in 2021, even though English is widely considered the most widespread world language or lingua franca following in the footsteps of Latin.

According to the annual reference publication Ethnologue, English has approximately 1.4 billion first and second language speakers around the world against Chinese’s 1.1 billion. As our chart shows, test takers from just two Asian countries show English proficiency levels above Moderate […]

2020 Üniversite İzleme ve Değerlendirme Raporları

YÖK, which has been publishing University Monitoring and Evaluation Reports since 2019, published its 2020 reports on 25 November 2021 (In these reports, the performance of 193 universities is on 4 basis (Education/Education, Research-Development/Proje/Yayın, Uluslararas Communication and Community Service/Social Responsibility) is evaluated with 45 indicators. Currently, only the reports of universities (as pdf) are published, but YÖK stated that it will publish an assessment report before the end of the year. The UN has made some statistical errors in their past reports…

2019 yılından bu yana Üniversite İzleme ve Değerlendirme Raporları yayınlayan YÖK, 2020 raporlarını 25 Kasım 2021’de yayınladı ( Bu raporlarda 193 üniversitenin performansı 4 temel alanda (Eğitim/Öğretim, Araştırma-Geliştirme/Proje/Yayın, Uluslararasılaşma ve Topluma Hizmet/Sosyal Sorumluluk) 45 gösterge ile değerlendiriliyor.  Şu anda sadece üniversitelerin raporları (pdf olarak) yayınlanmış durumda, fakat YÖK yıl sonundan önce bir değerlendirme raporu yayınlayacağını belirtti.  YÖK geçmiş raporlarında bazı istatistiki hatalar yaptı. Örneğin öğrenci başına harcama istatistiklerinde ağırlıklı ortalama yerine ortalama aldılar, örneğin sosyal sorumluluk projeleri istatistiklerinde öğrenci başına değerlendirmek yerine sadece toplama baktılar. Ayrıca, yayınladıkları raporda ortalama bilgilere yer verdiler.  Geçmişte bu raporları eleştirdiğim blog yazıları yazmıştım (örnek: Bu sefer ise YÖK raporunu beklemeden kendi değerlendirmemi hazırlamaya karar verdim.

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