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Information Services currently maintain separate ATHENS usernames and passwords for all students by automatically generating bulk upload requests from our user registration database. We had been looking to use the ATHENS devolved authentication mechanism to enable staff and students to use their local (eDirectory) usernames, but are now planning to use Shibboleth for this instead. This would make life easier for our staff and students, as they would not need to keep track of separate usernames and passwords, and decrease the risk of misuse of ATHENS resources. For Information Services, it would remove the need to maintain the hand-crafted code required for bulk uploading at the, hopefully lesser, cost of deploying the Eduserv implementation of Shibboleth Origin, with assistance as required from the Middleware Assisted Takeup Service. It will also give us experience of using Shibboleth, which is seen as an emerging standard for authentication and authorisation. In outline, the plan is to deploy the Eduserv implementation of Shibboleth Origin, with assistance as required from the Middleware Assisted Takeup Service, to provide authentication and authorisation attributes from our eDirectory, with a view to rolling this out for first year students and new staff in September 2005. If successful, we will look at the issues involved in getting staff and students with existing ATHENS usernames to change to using their local ones, and at providing single sign-on to ATHENS resources from our portal. We will document and disseminate our experience in a case study and present it to at least the EMUIT forum. Project start date: 2005-04-01. Project end date: 2006-03-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/is/about/projects/unisa">this source</a>)

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uk theses digitisation project

Digitising at least 20,000 paper-borne UK theses will 'kick start' the EThOS service, which will allow open access to theses in electronic form. The project will deliver a fully operational, easily scaleable and financially viable prototype of an UK e-theses online service that will enable users, via one single web interface, to access the full text of electronically stored theses after selection from a database of UK theses. UK postgraduate theses are a very important source of primary research output but, says Colin Galloway, project director of EthOs, "There are currently thousands of theses sitting on the shelves of UK academic libraries, many of which will never have been read by anyone other than the author and supervisor. Even in those cases where there is knowledge of their existence there is no easy access to their content, with the result that potentially useful information is disregarded purely because of logistic/bureaucratic impediments." Under this project, 20,000 digitised theses will be freely supplied as open access, enabling all researchers regardless of location or time to search for, identify and order digitised UK theses, a resource which has had limited exposure via the British Library catalogue (metadata only minus abstract) and the commercial subscription Index To Thesis product. The theses will be supplied to researchers as pdfs. The researcher will be able to read the thesis image on his/her computer screen but, by printing the pdf, he or she will get an exact surrogate of the original thesis. By sourcing surrogates from the electronically stored copies, the original paper theses will be accessed less frequently and so will be better preserved. There are around 500,000 paper theses originating from UK Higher Education Institutions and dating from 1730. Although the project is digitising only 1% of the overall total, it will target the most 'popular' - those that are most likely to be requested and supplied to researchers - so the greater impact will be to release EThOS digitisation resources to digitise further theses. Project start date: 2007-01-01. Project end date: 2008-07-01. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.ethos.ac.uk/012_UK_Theses_Digitisation_Project.html">this source</a>)

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uk lockss

uk government web archive

UK Government Web Archive: The National Archives is preserving government information published on the web by archiving UK Central Government Websites. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/webarchive/">this source</a>)

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User Behaviour in Resource Discovery (UBiRD) analyses information-seeking behaviour of students and researchers working in the Business and Economics disciplines using subscribed and freely available Internet resource discovery systems in three UK HE institutions: Cranfield University, London School of Economics and Middlesex University. The final report provides an understanding of (i) how different users (undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers) currently seek information on the existing resource discovery systems, (ii) the roadmap used in a user’s information seeking journey, and (iii) their expectations and needs based on their understanding and experience of using the Internet to find information resources for academic study. The report also includes several recommendations to publishers and librarians that will help improve the user experience as well as help e-resources be discovered and used.

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Trove is a discovery experience focused on Australia and Australians. It supplements what search engines provide. If you are researching in the fields of the social sciences, literature, local or family history, or need inspiration for your school assignment, then this is the tool for you. Trove was designed to: provide a single point of access to the resources of the deep web; facilitate access to a significantly greater range of resources from major sources, including selected digitised material freely available online; support searching of, and access to, full-text content; enhance ease of discovery by providing improved relevance ranking, refinement by facets, grouping of all editions of the same book (FRBR-like grouping) and exploitation of thesauri; engage with communities and individuals through annotation services; ensure that relevant information is not missed in a search by reducing the need to search material-specific discovery services separately; provide a platform for niche services to query a vast resource of Australian metadata and adapt if for their own needs. (Excerpt from <a href="http://trove.nla.gov.au/general/about">this source</a>)

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UK terrestrial broadcast radio and television provides much material of value to further and higher education learning and teaching. Since May 1990, all UK HEIs have been recording programmes legitimately under Section 35 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 and some academic libraries hold thousands of such recordings. There are, however, a significant number of gaps that when combined make tracing and accessing copies of broadcasts more difficult than it should be: radio has generally been ignored; relevant television programmes may have been overlooked; general programme output has not been catalogued and indexed from a learning and teaching perspective; different institutions catalogue according to different rules; and access to catalogues and recorded materials may be restricted. TRILT will address these gaps by providing in-depth data on television and radio broadcasts with the opportunity for relating this to other subject information through the DNER. TRILT will also assist in the integration of moving images and sound in learning and teaching, including providing the foundation for the online delivery of encoded sound and moving images. The specific objectives are to: Install within the DNER a fully searchable index and guide to all major English language radio and television channels receivable in the UK, including regional variations. It will also carry additional content including reviews, bibliographic information, still images and other information. It will be provided five days in advance of transmission and archived with the added data being improved both pre- and post-transmission Offer the opportunity to integrate moving image metadata sources and delivery services available to FE and HE ; Provide a framework which will create opportunities for direct connection to moving image sources to be streamed online or for delivery via physical media where connectivity/traffic issues impede online supply; Provide links to sources of film and/or video copies of programmes post-transmission, including non-theatrical distributors of video and sound recordings and the BUFVC's Off-Air Recording Back-Up Service; Provide links to commercial publishing partners; Indicate related moving image material available in analogue or encoded digital form. Project start date: 2000-08-01. Project end date: 2003-07-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.trilt.ac.uk/">this source</a>)

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The pilot will investigate two principal propositions: 1. That Cloud computing/storage, specifically that provided by Amazon, is a viable approach to providing shared services with low or uncertain demand. 2. That an automated service for transforming between packaging/aggregation formats for educational content is achievable and viable. Within the second proposition, the pilot will particularly investigate the viability of approaches to transformation that are based on the way packaging/aggregation specifications are actually used rather than their abstract models. Project start date: 2008-06-01. Project end date: 2009-03-30. (Excerpt from <a href="http://wiki.cetis.ac.uk/Get_Involved_with_Transcoder">this source</a>)

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The TILE project will contribute to the implementation of the JISC Information Environment and the JISC Libraries of the Future initiative by investigating developments in Library 2.0 services, within the context of developing a library domain model for the international e-Framework. This is a period of uncertainty and change in HE libraries in terms of institutional systems, user perceptions, globalisation of services and communities and new technologies. Users expect ease of discovery, workflow and delivery influenced by Google and Web2.0. In this context, JISC is working towards an Information Environment for learning, teaching and research, involving deep integration of services and resources within the personal, institutional, national and global landscape. The precursor JISC and SCONUL Library Management Systems study (April 2008) highlights challenges relating to practice, services and products. Meanwhile ideas are constantly being developed by early adopters, which offer opportunities to understand user expectations, gather professional practice and identify technical demands. TILE will investigate this problem space from two complimentary angles: 1) Library 2.0 Strand - The implementation of library services based on Web 2.0 ('Library 2.0'), the professional implications ('Librarian 2.0') and institutional impacts. 2) e-Framework Strand - The positioning and role of the global e-Framework and the JISC Information Environment in shaping service architectures to address those implementation challenges in the immediate and longer term. This work is timely in the context of: The JISC learner experience and Google Generation studies; The capabilities and plans of major LMS vendors identified through the LMS Study; The potential of e-Framework for cohering learning, library and wider student services. Project start date: 2008-02-21. Project end date: 2008-07-31. (Excerpt from <a href="https://pims.jisc.ac.uk/projects/view/1013">this source</a>)

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The aim of the ticTOCs project is to develop a service which will transform journal current awareness by making it easy for academics and researchers to find, display, store, combine and reuse tables of contents from multiple publishers in a personalisable web based environment. JISC is the primary funder of the ticTOCs project, which will run for two years from April 2007. The ticTOCs Project will develop a freely available service which will: - Enable academics and researchers to discover, subscribe to, search within, be alerted to, aggregate, personalise, export and re-use standardised table of contents RSS feeds. - Facilitate the re-use of aggregated journal TOC content on a subject or topic basis. - Enable library and information services, commercial and open access journal publishers, gateways, content aggregators and journal directories to allow their users to embed journal TOC RSS feeds into a web-based interface. - Encourage the production of standardised journal TOC RSS feeds, and thereby facilitate their interoperability and improve the quality of their data. Project start date: 2007-04-01. Project end date: 2009-03-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.tictocs.ac.uk/">this source</a>)

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THESEUS, Germany's largest IT research program, is developing ways to navigate through the increasing quantities of data found on the Internet. Under the THESEUS umbrella, some 60 research partners from academia and the business world have come together to develop new technologies and applications. Their goal is to facilitate access to information, combine data to form new kinds of knowledge and lay the groundwork for new services on the Internet. The technologies being developed within the THESEUS program are preparing the way for a future Internet of Services. This will make it possible for services that are now available on the Web only separately, such as online shopping, flight bookings and research support, to be combined and linked with one another. If a user were then to tell his computer: 'I want to move from Berlin to Hamburg,' the program would identify and coordinate the appropriate resources for finding housing, organizing the move and registering with the authorities. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.theseus-programm.de/en-us/home/default.aspx">this source</a>)

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Total Cost of Ownership is a method of identifying and understanding all of the costs associated with the acquisition, use and support of ICT, with the aim of improving decision-making about future ICT investment and deployment. The first UK-based project that looked at TCO in schools was completed by Becta in August 2002. The TCO model quantifies not only the visible costs but makes an assessment of the hidden staff costs where staff are informally supporting the technology and their peers. In addition to an assessment of the inputs, the model assesses a range of outcomes including user satisfaction, service reliability and appropriateness. The purpose of this project, which is being undertaken by Becta, is to develop the school TCO model for use within the FE sector and help colleges to identify and keep track of the detail of the full range of cost factors involved. It will also enable them to maintain an overview on broader issues such as sustainability and best value. The development of an on-line system to support the use of this model will allow all colleges to follow a structured methodology for identifying costs and inputting this information into an online database. A sub-set of this data will form a comparative benchmark database that will allow any college to benchmark their results externally against other colleges and sustainability models, and internally between departments and user groups. Project start date: 2003-05-01. Project end date: 2004-07-31. (Excerpt from <a href="https://pims.jisc.ac.uk/projects/view/700">this source</a>)

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The project will scope and develop an application profile for time based media. This would support the effective management and deposit of time based media within a repository which would then aid consistency in retrieval. The project will need to build consensus in this area, to agree (with the community) an optimum solution, and then to develop an application profile with the associated guidelines. The project will also need to develop and implement a community acceptance plan to promote take-up and embedding for the deliverables and to address continued take up (sustainability). Project start date: 2007-12-01. Project end date: 2008-07-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://wiki.manchester.ac.uk/tbmap/index.php/Main_Page">this source</a>)

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TARDIS was one of a cluster of complementary projects funded by the UK's Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) as part of the Focus on Access to Institutional Resources Programme (FAIR). At the start of our project, Institutional repositories were being recognised as an important strategic development around the world. The UK is in the forefront of this movement with many research-led universities joining in creating their own institutional repositories for research (see for example the SHERPA project). TARDIS built a sustainable multidisciplinary institutional repository - the University of Southampton Research Repository (called, in short, e-Prints Soton at http://eprints.soton.ac.uk) - to leverage the research created within Southampton University, using both author self-archiving and assisted deposit. It developed by working closely with individual schools and groups building on from their current practices. Useful background is provided by the presentations and papers listed at http://tardis.eprints.org/papers/. (Excerpt from <a href="http://tardis.eprints.org/">this source</a>)

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sword project

SWORD Project has developed a lightweight protocol for depositing content from one location to another. It stands for Simple Web-service Offering Repository Deposit and is a profile of the Atom Publishing Protocol (known as APP or ATOMPUB). SWORD has been funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) to develop the SWORD profile and a number of demonstration implementations. The SWORD vision is 'lowering the barriers to deposit', principally for depositing content (any content!) into repositories, but potentially for depositing into any system which wants to receive content from remote sources. (Excerpt from <a href="http://swordapp.org/about/">this source</a>)

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The University of Exeter has been using Athens DA for authenticated access to electronic resources since 1994. With the JISC investigating Shibboleth as a possible successor to Athens, the primary activity of the SWISh project will be to pilot an authentication/authorisation system for electronic resources based on Shibboleth. A secondary activity will be to explore the use of Shibboleth within the institution, with possible integration with the University portal, the institutional VLE and the Library management system. The aim of the project is to implement a Shibboleth pilot service at the University of Exeter, involving registered members of the University based in Exeter, within the Peninsula Medical School (PMS) and the Peninsula Allied Health Collaboration (PAHC), and at the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) campus in Cornwall. It will also investigate possible integration with the University portal, being developed by our XPort project, and its potential to interact with other campus services, including our VLE service and the Library Management System (produced by Innovative Interfaces). The SWISh Project will explore and disseminate the issues arising from these developments and will run through a number of phases, widening the implementation of Shibboleth across partner institutions and collaborations in the south west. The specific objectives are to: - Establish a Shibboleth server and develop the means by which the service may be offered to users. It will also establish the necessary data flows between relevant University departments. - Implement a pilot service to a small constituency of Exeter-based users (both student and staff) and subsequently explore and refine the resulting service. - Further refine the Shibboleth service, expand the first pilot to a greater constituency, and extend the pilot to valid constituencies in the PMS, PAHC and CUC initiatives. - Investigate the possible use of Shibboleth in relation to the University portal, being developed by the University of Exeter XPort project, and its potential to interact with other campus services, including the VLE and the Library Management System. - Disseminate the findings of the project as widely as possible and engage in relevant consultations and discussions to support the wider implementation of Shibboleth in UK higher education. Project start date: 2005-06-01. Project end date: 2006-05-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://wwww.exeter.ac.uk/swish">this source</a>)

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The JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) in partnership with the RSLP (Research Support Libraries Programme) is issuing a tender for the procurement of a Serials Union Catalogue service. The JISC provides national infrastructure and services to all of the universities, higher education and further education colleges of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Attached is a draft of the tender specification (Word) for the proposed pilot service. A final version will be sent to shortlisted bidders following receipt and evaluation of requests to participate. It is envisaged that the contract will operate for a total of 4 years, including an initial period of 2 years to establish the service. The background and particulars of the tender are provided in this document. Project start date: 2003-02-01. Project end date: 2004-12-31. (Excerpt from <a href=" http://www.suncat.ac.uk">this source</a>)

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The project will consult with the project staff in the Start-up and Enhancement strand to develop a complete landscape picture of their training requirements. This will inform the subsequent development of the training programme. Training modules will be developed in collaboration with other JISC projects and external experts, to be delivered through a selection of appropriate delivery mechanisms. The scope of the project is limited to addressing training requirements expressed by SUE projects. Training will be targeted primarily towards SUE staff, though applications from delegates from JISC-funded projects other than SUE projects will be considered should there be spare capacity. Aims Equip staff in SUE projects with skills to contribute to successful completion of their projects; Assist SUE project staff in developing sustainable and successful repository services; Facilitate communication and knowledge sharing between SUE projects on issues of shared concern; Take a practical and hands on approach wherever possible. Objectives Consult with SUE staff in identifying training requirements; Liaise with other JISC projects to minimise duplication of effort; Develop a comprehensive training programme with a practical focus; Organise and deliver training events in varying locations; Reproduce materials for subsequent online consumption; Evaluate the success of the programme in meeting SUE projects training needs. Project start date: 2008-04-01. Project end date: 2009-03-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/suetr">this source</a>)

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This project aims to address a coherent range of requirements for the more effective management of data (broadly defined) within the Humanities at an institutional level. Whilst the project is fully embedded within the institutional context of Oxford University, the methodologies, outputs and outcomes will be of relevance to other research-led universities, especially but not only, in their support of research within the humanities. The project places emphasis on two particular areas: recognition and support for the 'life's work' nature of much of humanities research; and recognition and support for the simple and effective creation of online databases for typical data-types within the Humanities. Project start date: 2009-10-01. Project end date: 2011-03-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://sudamih.oucs.ox.ac.uk/">this source</a>)

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subject portals project

The Resource Discovery Network Subject Portals Project has been developing portal functionality for five of the subject hubs of the Resource Discovery Network (RDN), BIOME, the bio-medical sciences hub; EEVL, the engineering, maths and computer sciences hub; HUMBUL, the humanities hub; PSIGate, the physical sciences hub and SOSIG, the social sciences hub. A subject portal, for the purposes of this project therefore, is a tailored view of the web within a particular subject area, with access to high-quality information resources made easier for the user through aggregated cross searching; streamlined account management; user profiling; and the provision of additional services. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.portal.ac.uk/spp/">this source</a>)

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