By Alan Stanley (OKDS Senior Thematic Convernor)
IDS was pleased recently to sign an important Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, the education arm of Korea Development Institute (KDI).
The MOU details the commitment of both organisations to work together to address inequalities in the visibility and accessibility of diverse and credible research knowledge and was signed during a visit to IDS by KDI School staff who took part in the Global Open Knowledge Hub (GOKH) partner meeting.
Supporting the sharing of research globally
The MOU confirms the participation of KDI’s ‘K-Developedia’ knowledge service in the IDS-led Global Open Knowledge Hub project making them the latest organisation to join a group of international partners working collectively to support the adoption of Open Access and Open Data approaches in the sharing of research evidence.
Speaking of KDI’s reasons for joining the project Hye-Kyung Chung, Head of Development Knowledge Bank at KDI, said ‘K-Developedia is an open access repository that contains more than 35,000 resources on Korean development experience. People can access it for free from anywhere […] The collaboration with IDS comes as an opportunity to widen the availability of our website and resources to increase the redistribution of our resources all over the world.’
Kelly Shephard who heads the GOKH project welcomed the agreement saying ‘We’re very excited to have the opportunity to work with KDI. They deliver a very high quality service through K-Developedia and clearly bring a great deal of high quality content and technical expertise to the project. We’re really looking forward to learning more about the particular sectors and contexts that they work in and sharing IDS and the GOKH partners’ experience of delivering similar services in other areas’.
KDI School join a network of over 360 organisations IDS partners with. Partnerships are a core part of our IDS strategy. The quality, relevance and impact of our research would not be possible without extensive collaboration with our partners and networks around the world. IDS is committed to the principle that strengthening our strategic partnerships in our research, mutual learning and communication is key to collectively making an impact at local, national and global levels.
Text: Photo: Hye-Kyung Chung (Head of Development Knowledge Bank, Development Research and Learning Network, KDI School of Public Policy and Management), James Georgalakis (Director of Impact, IDS), Kelly Shephard (Head of Open Knowledge and Digital Services, IDS) and Tae Hee Choi (Associate Dean, Development Research and Learning Network, KDI School of Public Policy and Management). Photo credit: Simon Colmer/IDS[This news article was originally sourced from the IDS: Agreement signed with KDI School of Public Policy and Management.]