About the structure of these forums - please feed back

About the structure of these forums - please feed back  

  By: Andy Nobes on Oct. 24, 2017, 10:23 a.m.

Hi everyone,

I have attempted to structure these collaboration forums around related SDG topics, to encourage research collaboration around development challenges - I need your feedback on whether these categories are appropriate or helpful. Of course, there will be research projects that aim to bridge these areas, so I'd love to hear back from researchers on how best to structure this.

Andy

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Re: About the structure of these forums - please feed back  

  By: Richard de Grijs on Oct. 26, 2017, 4:39 a.m.

The main problem I see with this setup is that it's overwhelmingly focussed on the social sciences. Physical and natural scientists don't have a natural home here...

Richard de Grijs

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Re: About the structure of these forums - please feed back  

  By: Andy Nobes on Oct. 26, 2017, 9:53 a.m.

Hi Richard,

Yes, good point. I guess this is the problem with trying to structure research collaboration around SDGs. Do you think this focus on development goals perhaps marginalises some research in physical and natural science? In which case we might need a more 'traditional' taxonomy of research focus areas.

Another person suggested we have 17 subforums for each SDG. Do you think this would allow more scope for input from physical and natural scientists?

Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
Goal 4: Quality Education
Goal 5: Gender Equality
Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13: Climate Action
Goal 14: Life Below Water
Goal 15: Life on Land
Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

Thanks

Andy

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Re: About the structure of these forums - please feed back  

  By: Richard de Grijs on Oct. 26, 2017, 10:41 a.m.

Yes, perhaps a subforum for each SDG would be more comprehensive. I've just participated in the assessment of project proposals submitted to the annual call of the Office of Astronomy for Development (International Astronomical Union), where we asked proposers to indicate which of the SDGs their projects addressed.

Richard de Grijs

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Re: About the structure of these forums - please feed back  

  By: Asahngwa Tanywe on Nov. 2, 2017, 1:37 p.m.

Hello everyone, this is really interesting. In terms of the structure, i thinkit is good but also agree that the social scientists have a more comfortable position  than the nautral scientists. However, i think it all depends on your research area and questions. Although iam not a natural scientist, i think research from the natural sciences should always figure out is relevance to man and if this relationship is established, then it should find its place within any of the SDGs  

Constantine

Re: About the structure of these forums - please feed back  

  By: EGEDIGWE AGATHA CHIMA on Nov. 2, 2017, 5:31 p.m.

I am personally happy about the structure.If there any need for more of it I would make further suggestions.Regards

Re: About the structure of these forums - please feed back  

  By: Michael Head on Nov. 3, 2017, 2:35 p.m.

My initial thoughts are that there's prob too many sub-forums and it would be easy for posts to get lost. Also that the SDGs are both broad and vague and not terribly well-defined.

However, they are also a logical way to order posts (and it may be just me that finds the SDGs rather unwieldy). I also would not be totally sure what other structures you would have. It may depend on what the userbase does, but if it's almost entirely health, then lots of the sub-forums would rarely/never get used. You could use geography for the sub-forums e.g. users interested in issues in Africa, Asia, global etc etc. But that may not be a good fit for many poeple too. Or you have have natural science/social science/clinical/laboratory or basic science etc etc. Which might work, but too many questions may simply not fit into any of the pre-designed boxes. 

In essence, Andy - I dunno, really. Designing a categorising system anywhere is rather tricky! SDGs is probably fine, but is there a way to have a forum with 'all' posts listed? (Or at least, all posts from the last month or something like that?). And a good search faciity too. I see there is an advanced search, but prob a couple of additional filters could be added like 'search between these dates/search in the last 2 weeks etc' 

Cheers!
Michael

 

Re: About the structure of these forums - please feed back  

  By: Ohia Chinenyenwa M.D. on Feb. 16, 2018, 11:59 a.m.

The effort at categorizing and sub-grouping is really appreciated, however I think that there are too many sub-forums and the repeated subscriptions to discussions within the forums are quite overwhelming and time consuming; it would be very easy for posts to get lost or even missed.

This could limit the real purpose of this initiative which is to provide timely and relevant information to researchers across countries especially developing countries.

Like has been earlier suggested it will be nice if a broad grouping of the posts can be included for quick scanning of information  with hyperlink to main post say once a week or forthnightly as may be convinient.

Best regards


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Re: About the structure of these forums - please feed back  

  By: Nora Schmidt on Feb. 18, 2018, 1:01 p.m.

I think the SDG structure suggests that any research conducted in so-called developing countries has to be subordinate to a program that stands in the tradition of a development discourse that so-called developed countries are steering. This forum structure, and also any disciplinary categories, will be an obstacle to inter- and transdisciplinary research, or better: to integral approaches--since the categorization into disciplines is a Western tradition, too. Looking at the collaboration attempts in the old discussion group, we did not have overwhelmingly many, so I believe, omitting any structure would be well manageable.

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PhD Candidate
Information Studies
Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences
Lund University
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Re: About the structure of these forums - please feed back  

  By: Andy Nobes on Feb. 19, 2018, 10:28 a.m.

Hi everyone,

Thank you for your feedback on the structure of this forum. We have decided to err on the side of simplicity and remove the 17 subforums, which as some have pointed out, is restrictive and prescriptive! (and not useful for those research projects that cut across multiple SDGs).

Therefore, there will be one big forum, and merely a recommendation that researchers use the SDGs for guidance and structure. In the future I hope to add an SDG 'tagging' system which allows users to easily tag which SDGs their research is relevant to, and also allows others to easily filter by SDGs - this will require some technical development, however.

In the meantime, I hope that this area provides a useful open space for cross-disciplinary research smiley

Let me know if you have any other ideas

Andy

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Re: About the structure of these forums - please feed back  

  By: Mahad Aden Botan on March 13, 2018, 11:17 a.m.

I think that the forum structure would be much more comprehensive when SDG sub goals are used as the hub for collaboration. For instance, earlier Andy told me to post my research topic into the SDG 8 which is the Decent Work and Econonic Growth and I did. That was good structure and everyone knows where to look for collaboration or where to find the identical researchers to work with.

 

Best