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recruitment toolkit

A large proportion of JISC projects need to recruit new staff. Failure to secure the right resource in a timely manner can have a significant effect on projects achieving the project objectives. Many members of the repository community have limited experience of recruiting staff for projects, and no comprehensive central toolkit is available to assist them in doing it. JISC has therefore commissioned Brunton Consulting to prepare a tailored recruitment toolkit to assist projects in identifying, selecting and recruiting the right people in a timely manner to enable project objectives to be achieved. Brunton Consulting will engage the community to gather issues, identify resources that may be useful and to test the toolkit that is produced. The project will also produce training resources for using the final toolkit. Project start date: 2008-12-03. Project end date: 2009-03-31. (Excerpt from <a href="https://pims.jisc.ac.uk/projects/view/1193">this source</a>)

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rdn for fe

The Resource Discovery Network (RDN) is a JISC-funded service dedicated to providing effective access to high quality Internet resources for the learning, teaching and research community. The RDN provides access to a series of Internet resource catalogues containing descriptions of high quality Internet sites, selected and described by specialists from within UK academia and affiliated organisations. Originally funded by higher education (HE), since Spring 2000, the JISC has been supported by both the further education (FE) and HE funding councils in the UK. In response to this change in remit, the RDN has been working closely with the FE community to develop its services to ensure their relevance to this new audience. In the last year, this has been achieved via two key projects in particular: RDN Virtual Training Suite for FE (VTS4FE): after a ten month project, in June 2002, the RDN launched eleven new tutorials in the Virtual Training Suite aimed specifically at FE users. RDN Case Studies for FE (RDN Case Studies): the RDN is currently working with a group of FE practitioners who are evaluating the content of hub catalogues for particular FE curriculum subject areas and are producing case studies aimed at FE staff based on RDN resources (available end 2002). Project start date: 2002-11-01. Project end date: 2005-09-30. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.rdn.ac.uk/projects/rdnfe">this source</a>)

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RDMRose is a JISC funded project producing taught and continuing professional development (CPD) learning materials in Research Data Management (RDM) tailored for Information professionals. RDMRose develops and adapts learning materials about RDM to meet the specific needs of liaison librarians in university libraries, both for practitionersÆ CPD and for embedding into the postgraduate taught (PGT) curriculum. Its deliverables include OER materials suitable for learning in multiple modes, including face to face and self-directed learning. RDMRose brings together the UKÆs leading iSchool with a practitioner community based on the White Rose University ConsortiumÆs libraries at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. Development of content and teaching will be iterative, based on a highly participative curriculum development process and with a strong strand of student evaluation of learning materials and activities. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.shef.ac.uk/is/research/projects/rdmrose">this source</a>)

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A new component will be produced that will allow blogs to be integrated into Bodington VLE via syndicated feeds from blog servers. The aim of this project is broadly to enhance support for learner reflection in their Personal Learning Environment (PLE), their own evolving, individual learning space, in such a way that they can share and receive selected response to their reflections in the context of Virtual Learning Environments (VLE). The project will fulfil these aims through the use of Web logs (blogs) as a reflective authoring activity. Project start date: 2004-09-07. Project end date: 2005-03-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://ramble.oucs.ox.ac.uk/">this source</a>)

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The Readiness4REF (R4R) project, led by King's College London and the University of Southampton, will investigate and implement how to streamline the REF data gathering exercise by building an interoperable institutional infrastructure, including repositories, that would capture and manage research outputs and other factors. R4R wil start by analysing current practice to look at the data already being collected by HEIs, and the systems they use. This will be compared to the data we anticipate being required for REF (admittedly, a moving target) to draw up a specification. It will also study the CERIF metadata model - which is receiving growing interest from the repository community as well as in research information systems - to see how it could deal with REF data requirements. We anticipate CERIF will need augmenting with addditional elements for this purpose, and will develop an application profile called CERIF4REF. The AP will specify which elements are required, and give guidance/instruction for the content of those fields. CERIF4REF will be evaluated against the real-world settings of case studies in pilot institutions, and submitted formally for adoption by euroCRIS (the membership organisation responsible for CERIF). At the same time, it will be mapped to external data sources, such as research councils or publishers like Thompson ISI and Elsevier. Presuming the various pilots are successful, developers will create plug-ins for the ePRints, DSpace and Fedora Commons repository platforms. King's and Southampton will adopt demonstrator repositories which implement CERIF4REF to manage data from internal and external sources ready for REF submission. There will even be exchange of data between the two institutions to mimic the movement of academics. RFR will ensure to consult and inform the community through the life of the project, not least through the REF Stakeholders Group of interested parties brought together by King's and HEFCE in three recent conferences (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iss/research/ref/). Project start date: 2009-04-01. Project end date: 2011-03-01. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iss/research/ref/">this source</a>)

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This project will address the area of interactions between repositories of primary research data, the laboratory environment in which they operate and repositories of research publications into which they ultimately feed (through documented interpretation and analysis of the results and in explicit linking and citation of the data sets). It will develop prototype services and tools to address the issues of working with, disseminating and reporting on experimental data. In collaboration with scientific equipment manufacturers the project will develop methods to make raw experimental data available and richly annotated with metadata, as it is generated in the laboratory. The possibilities for aggregating heterogeneous raw experimental data from different sources and experiments, via effective management of the repository for the laboratory, will also be explored and prototype tools developed to enable, manipulate and derive reports for publication purposes. It will also engage in discussions with publishers and societies to determine anticipated requirements. Project start date: 2005-06-01. Project end date: 2007-05-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://r4l.eprints.org/">this source</a>)

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The PROWE project (Personal Repositories Online: WIKI Environment) will provide an innovative informal environment to support collaboration and learning amongst part-time, remote tutors on distance education programmes, and will build on and be evaluated alongside the asset repositories and digital library collections which are already available. PROWE will address some of the practical issues of building an information sharing culture, by examining the informal and formal exchange mechanisms between remote workers in an institutional context. Informal repositories such as BLIKIs, WIKIs and weblogs offer the lighter touch approach (no moderation, for example) and therefore, less staff resource intensive options to engage part-time remote tutors in interacting with other forms of repositories whilst they are analysing, synthesizing and producing new forms of knowledge. Although the contexts used for this investigation are the strategic organisational contexts of two large distance education providers, The Open University (OU) and University of Leicester (UoL), there will be transferable lessons to other employers of part-time and distributed teaching staff. PROWE will offer tools both for storing and managing resources, such as case studies, personal library resources, and making them available through informal conversational networks. The deliverables will be a demonstrator, proof of concept, and toolkit for sharing good practice and guidelines on integration of informal networks with more formal enterprise repository systems, case studies and an evaluation report which addresses the wider applicability of informal and personal repositories for remote and part-time tutors. Project start date: 2005-06-01. Project end date: 2007-05-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.prowe.ac.uk/">this source</a>)

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project gutenberg

Project Gutenberg, abbreviated as PG, is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to "encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks." Founded in 1971 by Michael S. Hart, it is the oldest digital library. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books. The project tries to make these as free as possible, in long-lasting, open formats that can be used on almost any computer. As of November 2010, Project Gutenberg claimed over 34,000 items in its collection. Project Gutenberg is affiliated with many projects that are independent organizations which share the same ideals, and have been given permission to use the Project Gutenberg trademark. (Excerpt from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Gutenberg">Wikipedia article: Project Gutenberg</a>)

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Practice-based research in Music lacks an adequate infrastructure. Where traditional modes of dissemination, for musical scores and for text-based research, are well developed, there is no infrastructure suitable for research involving musical practice. Unless it is commercially viable enough to be marketed on disc or DVD, it remains ephemeral, and the research processes involved in production are not always apparent from the end result. PRIMO's aim is to help redress that situation by providing researchers with a new kind of platform for sonic-based research which allows an insight into process, contextualises the end result, and opens up a new kind of dialogue among researchers. The project sets out to create an open, national resource of practice-based research in Music: an online multimedia repository representing work in western classical, world and popular musics, for the purposes of research, study and teaching. Secondary aims are to explore and raise awareness of issues regarding licensing and open access to research materials of this type amongst the music research community, and to explore the particular issues that institutional repositories face when dealing with diverse multimedia collections. Project start date: 2007-03-01. Project end date: 2009-02-28. (Excerpt from <a href="http://music.sas.ac.uk/research-projects/practice-as-research-online.htm... source</a>)

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The project will implement an ingest service based on the OAIS reference model for institutional archives built using Eprints software. Working with the National Archives, the project will link Eprints through a Web service to PRONOM software for identification and verification of file formats. The project will emphasise automation, will provide modular tools for capturing metadata and will enable the identification and verification of file formats. The project will scope a technology watch service to populate and update PRONOM where full automation is not feasible for file format recognition. This ingest service will be integrated into the Eprints deposit process for two existing institutional archives, at Southampton and Oxford Universities for evaluation, subject to prior satisfactory testing on pilot archives. The British Library and Southampton University will build and test an exemplar OAI-based preservation service. This service could be used with any OAI-compatible preservation archive to create a software-independent preservation archive. This project will work with other JISC approved projects in the JISC 4/04 programme and other JISC programmes to create institutional responsibility for preservation planning, data management, archival storage and administration, to effectively build a network of distributed and cooperating services that are based on the OAIS digital preservation reference model. Project start date: 2004-10-01. Project end date: 2006-09-01. (Excerpt from <a href="http://preserv.eprints.org/">this source</a>)

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The aim of the POWR project 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. (Excerpt from <a href="https://pims.jisc.ac.uk/projects/view/1160">this source</a>)

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The PORTOLE project aims to produce a range of tools for tutors which will enable them to discover information resources and embed these into their course modules from within a University Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). PORTOLE will produce a set of tools that make it easy for the tutor to discover resources to support an online learning resource, and embed these into the learning environment. A key deliverable will be to produce tools that have been designed with the ease of incorporation into a variety of VLE environments in mind. The overall aim of the project is to produce a range of tools for tutors which will enable them to discover information resources and embed these into their course modules from within a University Virtual Learning Environment. The tools will be designed with the ease of incorporation into a variety of VLE environments in mind. The specific objectives are: - To encourage the wider use of RDN and other information resources through the development and use of tools which enable tutors to discover quality-assured external resources. - To encourage the integration of RDN resources with local digital library resources in a VLE environment. - To enrich the learning environment through the use of annotations adding context and relevance. Project start date: 2002-10-01. Project end date: 2003-07-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/portole/">this source</a>)

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The majority of VLEs currently in use are server-based, and designed to be used as institutional systems. However this creates a problem for students as they move between institutions, since they may need to learn how to use different environments based at different institutions. Development in interoperability standards now make it possible to conceive of personal environments that interact with institutional systems, presenting courses and related information in a way customised to suit the individual, and allowing them to assemble a set of tools and resources that suit the way they wish to learn, connecting to an underlying service based infrastructure such as that proposed by the eLearning Framework. Project start date: 2005-08-01. Project end date: 2006-03-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.cetis.ac.uk/members/ple/">this source</a>)

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SCRAN and System Simulation Ltd are partners in the Go-pix! project, which will deliver an image portal demonstrator to JISC by the end of October. The demonstrator will be a fully functional portal, enabling cross-searching across eight image collections. The project will be managed in two phases. Phase 1 will result in an interim demonstrator, integrating an initial set of collections. We will test the interim demonstrator and carry out user evaluation at the end of phase 1. Our findings will then inform the further development of the portal through phase 2 and the integration of the remaining collections. During the final part of phase 2, we will write a project implementation report and specifications for a full image portal. Aims and Objectives: We aim to build a fully operational, highly functional demonstrator image portal, providing a suitable platform and basis to examine the issues and validity of implementing a full service. The project also aims to show how a full-service image portal can be used across further and higher education to enrich and develop the learning and research process. The demonstrator will be underpinned by interoperable standards, enabling a range of searching/browsing and viewing functions across the eight image collections. We will explore - and implement where we can - possibilities and good practice in portal development, so that the demonstrator can meet the highest standards of usability. Project start date: 2003-01-01. Project end date: 2003-10-31. (Excerpt from <a href="https://pims.jisc.ac.uk/projects/view/470">this source</a>)

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The aim of the PIRUS2 Project is to enable publishers, repositories and other organizations to generate and share authoritative, trustworthy usage statistics for the individual articles and other items that they host. The project has the following main objectives: developing a suite of free, open source programmes to support the generation and sharing of COUNTER compliant usage data and statistics that can be extended to cover any and all individual items in repositories; develop a prototype article level Publisher/Repository statistics service; defining a core set of standard usage statistics reports that repositories should produce for internal and external consumption. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.cranfieldlibrary.cranfield.ac.uk/pirus2/tiki-index.php?page=A... source</a>)

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PICTIVA was initiated in part as a response to the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) user survey of 1998 that identified a number of problems affecting use of online resources. These included a lack of knowledge about what was available or the perceived lack of relevance of online resources to academic users as well as a lack of time to engage with new technologies. The project is a partnership between the VADS based at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College and the Institute for Image Data Research (IIDR) based at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. The tools and systems development will be done with the help of Systems Simulations Ltd (SSL). PICTIVA aims to promote the use of online image collections in learning and teaching in the visual arts by developing a range of generic tools to support access to the images and targeted materials to support their use. The usability of the VADS image database will be improved by providing ease of access to, and navigation of, the image collections held by VADS. The specific objectives are to: Develop tools that will include tutorials on how to use the site effectively as well as look at how the VADS search and retrieval systems can be improved. It will also feature a trial of contents-based image retrieval which will allow users to search VADS images on visual aspects rather than text descriptors; Produce learning and teaching materials based on the collections held by VADS, giving contextual information as well as recognising and incorporating good practice in the design of online learning and teaching resources; Produce case studies which will detail how they have been used in the context of real learning and teaching situations. Project start date: 2000-03-01. Project end date: 2002-07-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.vads.ahds.ac.uk/learning/pictiva/">this source</a>)

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The project will develop a pilot service which provides subject resource discovery across a series of repositories of interest to the engineering learning and research communities. This pilot will be used as a test-bed to explore the practical issues that would be encountered when considering the possibility of full scale subject resource discovery services. Issues to be investigated include: the range and availability of actual and potential digital repository sources; exploration of cultural barriers to the use of repositories in the subject community, functionality of software tools; advocacy to encourage participation of repository providers; maintenance issues; interactions with infrastructural shared services; enhancing metadata quality; embedding and reuse of resource discovery services; improving search and browse results presentation; service profiling for particular audiences. Project start date: 2005-06-01. Project end date: 2007-05-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.icbl.hw.ac.uk/perx/">this source</a>)

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PERSEUS (Portal-Enabled Resources via Shibbolized End-User Security) addressed the key challenge of Shibboleth-based access management to information resources via an institutional portal, using the uPortal Open Source portal toolkit. The project's aim was to deliver a generalised campus architecture for adoption by FE and HE institutions, supported by documentation at conceptual and technical levels, and reusable software components available as Open Source. PERSEUS extended work started in the LSE-led SECURe project, concluded in March 2005. The most important function for portal middleware is authorisation management to the hybrid collections of resources, for institutional learning, teaching, research and administration - resolving (with minimal human intervention) questions of 'who can access what'. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.angel.ac.uk/PERSEUS/">this source</a>)

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