York KMb is offering sessions for researchers, staff and graduate students to help make their research relevant to professional practice and policy development. York MdC offre des séances de formation à l’attention des professeurs, du personnel et des étudiants gradués afin de les aider à accroître la pertinence de leurs recherchesRead More
The following was first published on ORION’s blog ORIONxchange and is reposted here with permission.
Collaboration has emerged as a key feature of many research programs. ORION’s O3 system and York University’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit are a perfect combination to support research collaborations to maximize the impact of research on society.
By David Phipps, York University
It used to be location location location for real estate. Then content was king. I have heard Peter Levesque (@KMbW_Updates) say that sharing is the new selfish….I think he means that sharing has replaced selfish (“knowledge is power”) as a new paradigm for work and life.
We recently published a knowledge synthesis exploring how to leverage investments in higher education research & development. Our paper titled Knowledge Mobilization and Social Innovation are Integral Components of Innovation Strategies to Leverage Investments in Higher Education concluded that “central to each section of this report is the pressing need for improved collaboration among Canada’s higher education institutions, governments, industry and community organizations.” Building on Peter’s sharing is the new selfish, the key to turning research into action for economic, social and environmental benefits is to collaborate.
Collaborate Collaborate Collaborate.
That is the message behind the Governor General’s Community Campus Collaboration (CCC) Initiative. In his opening addressto Congress 2012 he said that the Community-Campus Collaborations Initiative “is quite simply a superb initiative. It will help us ensure that social innovation is a key component of Canada’s innovation landscape. This initiative also provides us with a catalytic vehicle to apply knowledge and develop experiential learning”. It is the message behind York University’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit that provides a suite of services to support collaboration between researchers/students and their research partners from the (mainly) public and community sectors.
Collaboration is why York University uses ORION’s O3 system as their on line collaboration tool. There has been a recent discussion on the Canadian Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Community of Practice list about collaboration platforms. Basecamp. Sharepoint. Drupal. Drop box etc. etc. etc. and we promoted O3. We use O3 as an intranet to manage the business of York’s Knowledge Mobilization Unit as well as the operations of ResearchImpact-RéseauImpactRecherche (RIR), Canada’s knowledge mobilization network. With the introduction of 4 new RIR universities a couple of years ago we are already in the position of needing to go in and reorganize/rationalize our naming conventions and file/folder structures. That’s what happens when more and more people start to use a system that evolved more than it was planned.
TIP #1: Be conscious about your plan to use collaboration software but be open to modifying that plan as more users come on board.Read More
The Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) Unit at York will be providing the following learning sessions for York University researchers, staff and graduate students to help make their research relevant to professional practice and policy development throughout 2012: Social Media 101 – a lunch hour session to provide an overview of social mediaRead More
In a look back on 2010 from our ResearchImpact web perspective we see some good news but also recognize we have some room to grow. Looking back on 2010 we see we had reason to celebrate. By the numbers, 2010 was a good year for ResearchImpact's web presence. This is theRead More
ResearchImpact wishes O3 a Happy First Birthday! We have been using O3 since its pilot phase in May 2009 and continue to grow our O3 community by supporting the KT/KB 2010workshop at the Canadian Science Policy Conference. Happy Birthday O3 and thanks for the shout out for MobilizingRead More
Following a successful and enjoyable visit to Environment Canada’s Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, ON, it was York’s KMb Unit who played host to Environment Canada staff on Monday, July 26. Four members of Environment Canada’s Science & Technology Liaison team visited York: Sheila Allan – A/Senior Science Policy Analyst,Read More
In the summer of 2009, as part of the initial grant for York’s KMb pilot project and as part of a competitive, adjudicated process, the KMb Unit created Social Innovation Collaboration Grants to address research issues with relevant public policy and/or professional practice implications in the areas of Mental Health,Read More
ResearchImpact announces growth in research summaries, community access, outreach and new web tools. Three recent stories speak to the continued development of KM services at York: Research Summaries and Community Collaboration Stations As reported in YFile on December 4, 2009, York announced the release of 40 additional ResearchSnapshot research summaries. This effectivelyRead More
As we previously wrote on July 21 O3, Ontario’s new social networking platform from ORION, is a great tool for developing and sustaining research based relationships and collaborations. On October 6, ORION hosted a launch of O3 at the Royal Ontario Museum (see ORION’s press release here). TheRead More