a)  The African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI) database

The ANSTI database is a project of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is compiling a database of African experts in the field of Science and Technology both in Africa and in the Diaspora.  The objective of the database is to promote interaction among scientists both on the continent and in the Diaspora. The database will provide a resource for organizations with brain gain projects. It will be accessed and updated online to facilitate direct communication among scientists in the region and outside Africa.

b) Crop Gene Bank Knowledge Base
The Crop Gene Bank Knowledge base is a website  aimed at providing dynamic, up to date information on validated best practices for germplasm conservation of a number of major crops, including genebank procedures (registration through to distribution), protocols, guidelines, manuals, publications as well as training materials and other aspects of genebank management e.g. ISO standards and performance indicators. The Crop Genebank Knowledge Base is a product of the CGIAR System-wide Genetic Resources Programme (SGRP). You can contribute to this site, by email, by sending a comment, by submitting your best practices, or by discussing your best practices under development with colleagues using the wiki. Visit the blog to be updated on the latest news.

Alexandra Jorge (AWARD fellow 2009)
Associate Scientist Genebank Management, Bioversity International/ILRI, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Email:
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Jean Hanson (AWARD Mentor 2009)
Forage Diversity Project Leader, ILRI, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

c)  AuthorMapper
AuthorMapper is a free online tool for visualizing scientific research that enables discovery based on author locations and geographic maps. With AuthorMapper you can:
•       Explore patterns in scientific research
•       Identify new and historic literature trends
•       Discover wider relationships
•       Locate other experts in your field
AuthorMapper currently searches nearly 2,000 journals in the Springer Journals collection across all subject areas. Users can search by keywords, browse subject collections, or search for open access articles using Advanced Search. Search results display with complementary graphs, timelines, and keyword tag clouds that help visually summarize the data and also be used to further refine a search.

d)  Exemplar
Exemplar is a free linguistic tool designed to aid the publishing process for authors, editors and the scientific community at large. Exemplar allows researchers to quickly see how a particular word or phrase is used in English-language, peer reviewed, published literature.

Users include authors to whom English is a second language and want to check word usage accuracy, authors who want suggestions on how to express themselves or want to confirm how a particular word or phrase is used in published literature; educators who are looking for authentic phrases and sentences for teaching and testing; and editors and reviewers who want to confirm whether or not a particular turn of phrase is justified by usage.

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