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iri scotland

The purpose of the project is - with a view to supporting the Scottish research agenda at both institutional and national (Scottish) level - to: Explore - in collaboration with university senior managers and researchers - ways of bringing about cultural and organisational change by developing institutional research publication policies, procedures and mechanisms, as well as workflows to assist individual researchers, conducive to the promotion of self-archiving in institutional open access repositories; Develop a broad framework for a distributed institutional repository infrastructure for Scottish research and experiment with both a collective hosting repository, in particular for smaller institutions that may not wish to set up their own institutional repositories, and a cross-repository search facility capable of dealing with a wide range of research and research-related digital objects; Identify what can be more effectively done centrally - and whether this should be done at a national Scottish level or a national UK-wide level - or locally at institutional level, taking account of relevant international developments to ensure that the Scottish infrastructure is globally interoperable. Project start date: 2005-06-01. Project end date: 2007-05-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.iriscotland.lib.ed.ac.uk/">this source</a>)

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Research Assessment is a complex activity involving decisions made by many parties (individual researchers, research managers, institutional administrators, external assessors) and potentially involving many interoperating software systems. This project aims to to develop practical solutions for integrating DSpace and EPrints repositories and repository workflows into RAE activities (both from institutional and natonal perspectives), and to advise repository managers on how to deploy these solutions in their local contexts. Project start date: 2005-06-01. Project end date: 2006-05-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://irra.eprints.org/">this source</a>)

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The ISLE project seeks to develop a sustainable model of effective FE/HE collaboration, to improve the education experience and to considerably reduce current problems in widening access such as retention and progression. The project proposes to move the concept of PDP forward through the integration of various blended learning tools (e.g. VLEs, ePortfolios, and diagnostic assessment tools) and by developing an individualised, self-reflective learning environment for students. The emphasis is on how to get the necessary pedagogical transformations so that learners benefit through the deployment of technology to support the learning process, not on technological solutions. A range of eLearning tools currently utilised by members of the consortium, or under evaluation as part of strategic developments, will be capitalised upon with an emphasis on pedagogical transformation. Project start date: 2005-03-16. Project end date: 2007-03-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://isle.paisley.ac.uk/">this source</a>)

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Taken together, modern instruments in the laboratory and international central facilities can build up a detailed, multi-faceted picture of the structure and behaviour of engineering components. At present, stitching together this information is a time consuming post mortem process, limiting the extent to which true interactive enquiry-based experiments can be undertaken. Software tools for fusing the acquired data have already been developed as part of a completed EPSRC research programme (GR/R38774/01), but the interrogation and visualisation of the assembled database can only be done at a single location. We will construct, refine and deploy a prototype Virtual Research Environment (VRE) to enable teams of material scientists, academic and industrial engineers and instrument scientists to work together in undertaking, compiling, analysing, interrogating and visualising multiple experiments on components of high complexity at different sites. The overall aim of the project is to develop and refine the experimental steering process, shared workspace and distributed visualisation into a VRE making them deployable by dispersed teams of instrument scientists, material scientists and engineers in a transparent and robust manner. The specific objectives are to: Set up a medium for collaboratively managing and analysing data and to make available archival data collected elsewhere for immediate side-by-side comparisons; To achieve multi-site experiment steering, to discuss progress, modify strategies, and to train and instruct students; Improve the HCI issues within the shared-workspace between the dispersed sites; Create guidelines for the use of remote steering and collaborative environments. Project start date: 2004-11-01. Project end date: 2006-10-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://pwlinda.mt.umist.ac.uk/~isme">this source</a>)

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itunes u

Tunes U was announced at Cupertino, California on May 30, 2007. The service was created to manage, distribute, and control access to educational audio and video content and PDF files for students within a college or university as well as the broader Internet. The member institutions are given their own iTunes U site that makes use of Apple's iTunes Store infrastructure. The online service is without cost to those uploading or downloading material. Content includes course lectures, language lessons, lab demonstrations, sports highlights and campus tours provided by qualifying two- and four-year accredited, degree-granting, public or private colleges and universities in the United States, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom. An advantage iTunes U has over traditional podcasting tools is that access to content can be restricted because of the use of the iTunes infrastructure end-to-end. Authentication is handled by member college and university who prompts a visitor for information (like an account and password specific to that institution) and then passed a token onto the iTunes U site that contains the access level for that visitor. An example might be a class podcast that can only be accessed by students enrolled in the class. (Excerpt from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITunes_U#iTunes_U">Wikipedia article: iTunes U</a>)

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The "Intute in Virtual Learning Environments" (IVLE) project aims to improve access by students and lecturers to high quality Internet resources from the Intute catalogue within the context of two VLEs: Moodle at the University of Bath and Blackboard at the University of Durham. A range of plug-in tools will be developed that will enable both the searching of the Intute catalogue and the delivery of results from within the VLEs. The project will also create some personalisation tools such as the ability to save searches and create lists of favourites for individual use or as reading lists to support course modules. Project start date: 2009-06-05. Project end date: 2009-11-30. (Excerpt from <a href="https://pims.jisc.ac.uk/projects/view/1338">this source</a>)

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Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) is a series of workshop events organised by UKOLN to provide professional development for web managers, policy makers, developers, designers and information professionals related to the UK's higher and further education communities. The workshops aim to provide an opportunity for discussion and debate amongst the participants. A small number of plenary talks address key areas of interest. However the main focus of the workshop centres around the parallel sessions, discussion groups and debates which enable participants to be actively engaged with the issues facing those involved in the provision of institutional Web management services. (Excerpt from <a href="/wiki/Institutional_Web_Management_Workshop">this source</a>)

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Z39.50 is a computer-to-computer communications protocol designed to support searching and retrieval of information, full-text documents, bibliographic data, images and multimedia in a distributed network environment. Based on client/server architecture and operating over the Internet, the Z39.50 protocol is supporting an increasing number of applications (William Moen, the ANSI/NISO Z39.50 Protocol1). The JISC notes, however, that: 'Z39.50 is of considerable vintage:. and a heavy weight solution which is unattractive to some developers (JISC Circular 5/99). Z39.50 implementations are hampered by the lack of powerful, easy to use, Z39.50-based tools and servers and the need for a high degree of development time. Building on the extensive Z39.50 experience of the Oxford University Libraries Automation Service, the JAFER Toolkit Project will produce a lightweight Z39.50 toolkit specifically aimed for creating Internet based learning and teaching packages. Project start date: 2001-01-01. Project end date: 2002-01-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/infrastructure/jafer.aspx">this source</a>)

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jisc information environment

The JISC Information Environment aims to help provide convenient access to resources for research and learning through the use of resource discovery and resource management tools and the development of better services and practice. The Information Environment aims to allow discovery, access and use of resources for research and learning irrespective of their location.There is now a critical mass of digital information resources that can be used to support researchers, learners, teachers and administrators in their work and study. The production of information is on the increase and ways to deal with this effectively are required. There is the need to ensure that quality information isnÆt lost amongst the masses of digital data created everyday. If we can continue to improve the management, interrogation and serving of æqualityÆ information there is huge potential to enhance knowledge creation across learning and research communities. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.jisc.ac.uk/ie/">this source</a>)

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jisc powr project

The aim of this work was to raise awareness amongst the web manager community of the need to incorporate preservation strategy into key stages of the web management process, the implicit assumption being that there has, to date, been insufficient sharing of practice and transferral of knowledge between the UK HE/FE Web Management community and other groups responsible for digital preservation and records management processes. In common with organisations across all sectors, university websites are the principal digital marketing tool for those institutions and as such, they are required to look appropriate, function seamlessly and provide users with a wealth of easy to navigate and up-to-date information. What is often unacknowledged, however, is that these same websites may also be a unique repository for evidence of institutional activity which is unrecorded elsewhere, and (viewed collectively) may provide interesting insights into the development of Higher and Further Education digital initiatives over the course of the last fifteen years in ways that have yet to be formally codified. The JISC PoWR project undertook to run three workshops to consult with members of relevant communities. The resultant discussions from these workshops, along with the deliberations of the project team - much of which is reflected on the JISC PoWR Blog- fed into the principle deliverable which is now available as a Handbook. Project start date: 2008-04-28. Project end date: 2008-09-29. (Excerpt from <a href="http://jiscpowr.jiscinvolve.org/">this source</a>)

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Jorum is a JISC-funded Service in Development in UK Further and Higher Education, to collect and share learning and teaching materials, allowing their reuse and repurposing. This free online repository service forms a key part of the JISC Information Environment, and is intended to become part of the wider landscape of repositories being developed institutionally, locally, regionally or across subject areas. We use a modified version of DSpace for Jorum. Jorum is run by Mimas, based at the University of Manchester. The word æJorumÆ is of Biblical origin and means a collecting (or drinking) bowl. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.jorum.ac.uk/about-us">this source</a>)

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The 'Facility for monitoring current journal issues to identify published papers for IRs' project addresses the pressing concerns by repository managers of getting up-to-date content and having high quality metadata. We propose a tool (API) to assist in both those aims. Project start date: 2009-06-06. Project end date: 2009-11-30. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.journaltocs.hw.ac.uk/API/">this source</a>)

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Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP) development partnership includes JISC Collections, Mimas at The University of Manchester, Evidence Base at Birmingham City University and Cranfield University. A successful portal prototype was originally developed in 2009, taking in usage data (COUNTER JR1, JR1a and JR5 reports) from five libraries in respect of three NESLi2 publisher agreements. This prototype demonstrated that the portal can provide a basic "one-stop shop" where libraries could go to view and download their own usage reports from NESLi2 publishers, a move welcomed by libraries that currently have to go into each publisher's password protected administration sites separately. In addition, aggregated publishers' usage statistics (with those from gateway or host intermediary sites) provide a truer picture of overall usage statistics. (Excerpt from <a href="http://jusp.mimas.ac.uk/about.html">this source</a>)

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The JUSTEIS Project has been set up in response to the Higher Education Funding Councils' Joint Information Systems Committee JISC Call (01/99) Monitoring and Evaluating User Behaviour in Information Seeking and Use of Information Technology and Information Services in UK Higher Education. The University of Wales Aberystwyth Department of Information Studies, in conjunction with Information Automation Limited's Centre for Information Quality Management, proposed a combined methodology covering two strands of the call: Area A: a general survey of end users of all electronic information services; and Area C: a general survey of electronic information services (EIS) provision. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.dil.aber.ac.uk/dils/research/justeis/jisctop.htm">this source</a>)

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Building upon the work undertaken by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC), KAPTUR will discover, create and pilot a sectoral model of best practice in the management of research data in the visual arts. Led by the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS), the project will be undertaken in collaboration with four institutional partners, who will support the creation of the model, then apply, test and pilot it within their respective institutions. The four institutional partners are: Glasgow School of Art; Goldsmiths, University of London; University for the Creative Arts; and University of the Arts London. The results will be fed back into the model, which will be revised and then published freely to the wider higher education community for use and reuse. Research data is seen as a valuable resource and, with appropriate curation and management; it has much to offer learning, teaching, research, knowledge transfer and consultancy activities in the visual arts. To address the lack of awareness and usage of research data management systems in the arts, the KAPTUR project seeks: to investigate the current state of the management of research data in the arts; to develop a model of best practice applicable to both specialist arts institutions and arts departments in multidisciplinary institutions; and to apply, test and embed the model with four institutional partners. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.vads.ac.uk/kaptur/about.html">this source</a>)

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Our exemplar preservation repository is not one repository but many that viewed as a whole represent all the content types that an institutional repository might present (research papers, science data, arts, teaching materials and theses). The problem: There are various preservation tools and services but little awareness or uptake by repositories perhaps because they are too complex and potentially costly. These activities have typically been presented to repositories as additional tasks rather than as integral to their current activities. The documentation for these tools is not typically designed for these repositories. The solution: Managers and representatives of four exemplar repositories will liaise one-on-one and in groups with a preservation specialist and developer who each have experience of both repositories and preservation and will be the bridge between the two. The project will adapt and apply proven documented approaches and training to develop preservation plans - including policy (institutional and repository), costs, preservation metadata, storage and format management, data stewardship and trust - for each exemplar. Each one will provide a distinctive institutional and/or repository focus, and through this detailed analysis we expect to identify the core elements of the documented approaches that work for repositories, and to simplify and advise on application of the documentation. Based on the findings, current preservation tools will be developed and implemented for each repository exemplar. The repositories will participate in peer evangelising the results and solutions. Deliverables: o Amended, simpler versions of existing documentation and training materials, on preservation policy, planning, data management and stewardship, aimed at repositories and based on what works and is cost-effective for repositories, to be disseminated by the project and the participating repositories. o A set of preservation tools and interfaces for storage and format management, tested and evaluated with the exemplar repositories and packaged for wider use. o Repositories constituting the exemplar will be preservation-ready. Project start date: 2009-04-01. Project end date: 2010-09-01. (Excerpt from <a href="http://preservation.eprints.org/keepit/">this source</a>)

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kuali ole


This project is based on a consortium of institutions in Central Scotland (University of Stirling, Falkirk College, Cumbernauld College, Clackmannan College and Lauder College). The project will identify and make available to the FE/HE community learning objects to support students in the acquisition and development of learning and study skills. The project will focus on two particular areas, which are inter-related: adults returning to learning through FE; the transition from FE/HE. The fundamental aim underpinning the project is to provide a coherent range of high quality learning objects that can be used flexibly and in a wide range of different learning contexts to support (adult) learners as they return to learning through FE and all learners making the transition from FE to HE. Project start date: 2002-10-01. Project end date: 2005-12-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.ioe.stir.ac.uk/centres/daice/">this source</a>)

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The University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495. It possesses a number of museum collections of national importance and a wealth of valuable, yet under exploited, educational material. The creation of digital surrogates permits the use of often delicate and irreplaceable items in teaching, particularly to large classes outside the physical museum. Previous experience with creating digital resources for teaching and research has established the methodology for such projects and underscored the University's commitment to working across departments to create interdisciplinary digital resources targeted specifically for use in selected HE teaching areas. The overall aim of the project is to demonstrate the value of university museum and gallery collections in the delivery of teaching and in enhancing the learning process. Access to important material in the collections of the University of Aberdeen will be enhanced for learning and teaching across the HE community. The specific objectives are to provide: Digitised surrogates of material in a linked database suitable for use in HE teaching; Learning packages for students studying specific courses; Digitised resources for use by other courses; Access to users across the HE community. Project start date: 2000-08-01. Project end date: 2003-07-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.abdn.ac.uk/lemur/">this source</a>)

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The adoption of locally developed and commercial library portals in academic institutions is having a profound impact on the use of quality information sources, as well as on internal library workflows and efficiency. Library portals will be crucial to interoperation with national services and institutional portal and VLE developments. Building on previous studies and accounts, the LibPortal project will provide a comprehensive review of current practice and future prospects. A subsidiary Project will feature a case study of the introduction of Metalib at a specific institution. LibPortal defines a library portal as: a network service that brings together content from diverse resources, including the library catalogue, on-line subscription reference material, e-journals and learning and teaching material. A portal offers a gateway to a range of high quality sources, presented to the user through a single interface, for example the library web site or a commercially produced package. Click here for further explanation of portals. The primary aim of the Project is to gather information that enables the JISC community to understand the development, implementation and use of library portals by FE and HE institutions. To achieve this aim, the project will address the following objectives, to: Define the scope of portals and associated access tools; Determine the scale of development of in-house and purchased systems, and factors in choices such as whether to buy a system or develop one; Examine the relevant technologies, with particular reference to future integration and interoperability with the JISC Information Environment Explore other interoperability issues relating to interworking with VLEs, CMS, and the relationship between library and institutional portals; Gather views of stakeholders including developers, library staff, academics and students, and bring together existing evidence on the impact on information literacy and user behaviour; Explore cultural issues amongst users, the library profession and publishers, e.g. about cross searching and the impact on required skill sets for professionals; Look at how portal use has been effectively promoted; Explore legal and contractual issues; Arrive at a summative view of the costs and benefits of developing or implementing a portal; Explore relevant experience in other information sectors, such as national libraries, the NHS, the People's Network and commercial libraries and international experience; Inform the supplier community of UK FE and HE activity and needs. Project start date: 2003-08-11. Project end date: 2004-01-09. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/dis/lisu/pages/projects/libportals_pr... source</a>)

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