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sakai vre portal demonstrator

In this project we will extend the Sakai open source and open standards portal framework. It will host a number of integrated tools and robust distributed services and become the principal user interface for a fully-functional Virtual Research Environment (VRE). To accomplish this, we will seek widespread community input to expose existing tools and services as Java portlets, SOAP-based or peer-to-peer Web services for use within the VRE. Using this approach, the project will create a long-lasting, maintainable and extensible VRE which will provide both reliable collaboration tools, together with a powerful distributed research toolset. Some of the VRE tools and services we want to expose are UK adaptations of those directly available from Sakai and OGCE, the US NMI portal. Others are to be achieved in association with a UK community of VRE users. This project aims to address the requirement for a single point of access to a comprehensive set of Grid and collaboration services in a VRE. To achieve this we have identified, in extensive discussions with the US developers, four areas of framework extension for which the partner sites will take individual reponsibility: Identification, or specification, of an XML grammar for describing collaborative research (Lancaster); A Service Authentication and Authorisation System (Oxford); A JSF-based Web service interface generator (Daresbury); Interface to Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Tools (Portsmouth). These extensions will permit the integration of a wide range of tools, some as part of the Sakai application (using the Java standard JSR-168) and others interfacing to remote services (using a JSF Web service interface or XML standard for remote portlets WSRP). The main benefit of this VRE will be the ease of access to powerful distributed Grid and collaboration tools consistently from one interface. The success of this strategy will be determined by the VRE's level of use. The ease of deployment and integration of tools will also be assessed. Three metrics are proposed to help evaluate the success of the VRE for end users. The first is a single user metric and involves basic log analysis to determine the number of hits per day, measured over the final month of the project. The second involves counting the number of user created worksites and applying a weighting based on the number of users added to the worksite. The third is a collaboration metric and will involve determining the average number of simultaneous users in a Sakai worksite, again averaged out over the final month. Project start date: 2005-02-01. Project end date: 2007-01-31. (Excerpt from this source)

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samson

SAMSON seeks to integrate processes for employer engagement which are currently supported across both partner HEIs in numerous, separate pockets of activity, mostly with low levels of use of technology. It will provide a joined-up experience for Nottingham postgraduates on work placements, for employers and employees interacting with the universities for CPD, and for HE staff developing employer engagement activities. The technical developments prioritise re-using working systems and transforming existing data in real time into open standards, moving via web services. Some ontology work will be provided in one area, to match competences and learning outcomes between academia and business. Project start date: 2009-04-01. Project end date: 2011-03-31. (Excerpt from this source)

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sdss

The UK federation for Access Management now has over one hundred member organisations and is on track to satisfy the original goal of providing a next generation access management solution for UK education and research. The user base envisaged for the UK federation is at least an order of magnitude greater than that of the next biggest national deployment of Shibboleth in a federation. As such the technology is both of key strategic importance for UK education and research and leading-edge, therefore of need for careful risk management. The UK is heavily dependent upon both access to a stable codebase for the Shibboleth framework and upon establishing and maintaining a development path which is aligned to UK future requirements. Shibboleth, however, is not a UK development; it is essential that the UK maintains indigenous expertise in the technology to guarantee the security of service provision and maintenance. Project start date: 2007-08-01. Project end date: 2010-07-31. (Excerpt from this source)

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secure project

Project SECURe (Secure Environment for Certificated Use of Resources) addresses three strands investigating the issues laid out in the JISC call and the wider Sparta requirements for next-generation access management in order to achieve solutions to a range of authentication and authorisation issues, in particular the problems posed by mobile users and the use of shared workstations. Strand 1: Implementation of authorisation to external resources via Shibboleth. This strand will build on work already begun by LSE through the work of the ANGEL project and involvement with the Internet2 Middleware Initiative. Strand 2: An institution-wide deployment of PKI and authentication using personal digital certificates. This will investigate issuing and revocation issues for users of sole use PCs (where the certificate can be held on the PC) and users of public access PCs. Strand 3: Small user group trial of certificate carrying devices such as smartcards and USB devices. This will investigate the general benefits of each device beyond certificate carrying, and the benefits and drawbacks of different device use for the individual user and the institution. Project start date: 2002-11-01. Project end date: 2004-07-30. (Excerpt from this source)

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seo project

The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) and JISC intend to collaborate to deliver a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) impact study on cultural heritage websites. In Canada, CHIN will undertake a case study on SEO in collaboration with 3 Canadian cultural heritage insititutions and in the UK, JISC will also undertake a case study on SEO with 3 organisations. Both JISC and CHIN will use the same methodology and will therefore assess the effectiveness of SEO practices in improving heritage and educational instituions with greater visibility on the Internet. Similarities in findings will help CHIN and JISC identify best practices which can be included in any heritage institution's model. The need for the Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) collaboration project was initiated due to the high instance of Internet users accessing information via a search engine. However, many websites, including those within the heritage and education institutional arenas, are not currently constructed to ensure efficient search engine access. As a result, users can fail to find the information they are looking for and organisations can fail to communicate effectively with their user audience. Three case study organisations from the heritage and educational sectors have been selected to take part in the SEO study and as such will allow their website to be optimised through the editing of their content and HTML coding to both increase relevance to specific keywords and remove barriers to the indexing activities of search engines. Project start date: 2009-02-06. Project end date: 2009-06-22. (Excerpt from this source)

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serving maths

We will develop open-source software tools to address the special requirements of Mathematics in the context of e-learning and e-assessment. Our focus will be on making existing tools user friendly, accessible and interoperable. Project start date: 2004-09-07. Project end date: 2005-03-31. (Excerpt from this source)

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shakespeare quartos archive

The Shakespeare Quartos Archive project will reunite all seventy-five pre-1641 quarto editions of Shakespeare's plays into a single online collection with contributions from the world's leading repositories in the United Kingdom and United States. The initiative includes development of a user interface and sophisticated digital toolset with research and teaching functions. The prototype for full-functionality will embrace all thirty-two pre-1641 copies of Hamlet held by the participating libraries and result in a technologically advanced interface facilitating close examination and comparison of these internationally significant treasures. The resource will be freely available to scholars, teachers, students and actors across the globe. Project start date: 2008-04-01. Project end date: 2009-03-31. (Excerpt from this source)

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sherpa plus

The SHERPA Plus project is a major initiative to support repository development in all UK Higher Education institutions. Building on the work of the SHERPA project, SHERPA Plus will produce: advocacy strategies and material for the further population of existing repositories advocacy, resources, information and advice for institutions wanting to establish repositories support for repository-level, institutional and national policy development reviews and analysis of extending repository holdings with datasets, multimedia, grey literature, learning objects and other content types. To deliver these outcomes, SHERPA Plus will: create a national information point for repository development; evaluate and produce advocacy strategies and material to promote the population of repositories run an active advocacy; programme to promote repository establishment in all HE institutions; report on the issues involved in extension of repository holdings with datasets, multimedia, etc; launch a national forum for repository administrators. Project start date: 2005-06-01. Project end date: 2007-05-31. (Excerpt from this source)

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silchester roman town

The Silchester Roman Town archaeological excavation is one of the largest Roman sites in the UK. Silchester's principal data collection are contained within the York Archaeological Trust's (YAT) Integrated Archaeological Database (IADB) which is held on a server in Reading, removed from the data collection process in Hampshire and relevant experts at the Universities of Cardiff, Reading, Southampton and Oxford. The types of data involved are extremely diffuse, including numismatics, spatial site plans, matrix information, as well as the full range of data on find types and distribution. The annual excavation period at Silchester comprises eight weeks of intensive data gathering in a tight timeframe and with limited personnel. The site's excavation team has recognised the need for a more fluid and accessible network of human expertise. Many of the experts are geographically dispersed, both from each other, from the site, and from relevant information held elsewhere. This makes the exchange of ideas and interpretations, which are critical to the research process, very cumbersome; a major problem long recognised in field archaeology. This project will provide the basis for a virtual solution to it. The overall aim of the project is to develop a system to facilitate rapidly developing and iterative archaeological research by synchronising the three processes of gathering information, co-ordinating expertise, and managing the resulting body of data. The specific objectives are to: Establish full interoperability between different IADB datasets, wherever they physically reside. Improve real time on-site data gathering including an assessment of the usefulness of handheld PDA devices using wireless networking (WiFi) and/or mobile phone (GPRS) technologies. Develop a structured mechanism for classifying thematic Research Domains or Views, which will operate across servers and across projects. Develop a framework for the creation of real-time online conferences involving both on- and off-site project workers and remote specialists. Project start date: 2004-12-01. Project end date: 2006-11-30. (Excerpt from this source)

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spie

The aim of the Shibboleth-aware Portals and Information Environments (SPIE) project is to demonstrate the use of Shibboleth in providing integration between institutional and national information environments, especially via enhanced portals and portlets. The project will build upon the outcomes of earlier nationally-funded projects relating to the development of access management functionality within the JISC Information Environment and instititions, notably the Subject Portals Project (SPP) and the Digital Certificate Operation in a Complex Environment (DCOCE) project. During the next two years the SPIE Project proposes to deliver a combination of evaluation reports, demonstrators, and toolkits as outcomes from investigating the issues related to the integration of access domains. Transferable outcomes from the project also include a Shibboleth-aware Stanford WebAuth Single Sign-on (SSO) authentication mechanism; piloting Shibboleth with AthensSSO; enhanced integration between uPortal and the Subject Portals Project within the context of institutional Single Sign-on, WSRP (Web Services for Remote Portals) and Shibboleth; and access to non-Web resources within a Shibboleth environment. SPIE is located within the Research Technologies Service (RTS) at Oxford University Computing Services (RTS, OUCS). The project operates in partnership with the Institute of Learning and Research Technology (ILRT) at the University of Bristol, and the Athens9 service at Eduserv. Project start date: 2004-12-01. Project end date: 2006-09-30. (Excerpt from this source)

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suetr

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 this source)

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tco

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 this source)

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tictocs

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 this source)

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transcoder

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 this source)

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trilt

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 this source)

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ubird

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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vdml

VDML addresses three problems relating to minority language departments. The first is minority language students' limited exposure to the spoken target language. Secondly, good teaching materials for learners of minority languages are often scarce. Finally, the small size of such departments has consequences for both students and teachers. Students have limited opportunities to work with others and are denied the peer support that students in larger departments can take for granted. Language teachers often have to develop teaching materials in isolation. The overall aim of the project is to develop a framework to support students and teachers of minority languages. It will create new learning materials, adding value to current Internet resources as well as developing new resources. It will also provide students and teachers with a working environment, a 'virtual department', in which to interact. Using Danish as an example, the specific objectives are to: Review the support needs of minority language learners by consulting staff and students; Create new, task-focused resources for Danish language learners using current Internet materials; Develop new teacher-authored material for intermediate and advanced learners of Danish; Create opportunities for students and teachers to communicate informally; Increase opportunities for students and teachers to work collaboratively; Embed the new resources into the day-to-day work of pilot departments; Present the work to the HE community in the form of a framework or model and encourage its adoption by other groups of departments. Project start date: 2000-10-01. Project end date: 2002-09-30. (Excerpt from this source)

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wikisource

Wikisource is an online library of free content textual sources, operated by the Wikimedia Foundation. Its aims are to harbour all forms of free text, in many languages. It also provides translation efforts to this end. (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: Wikisource)

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x4l sdit

This project will draw together a small team of academics, teachers and data archivists/disseminators in order to create and pilot new data-driven resources. The small-scale set of online learning objects teaching materials to be developed will be based upon British Election Study data which provide a unique source of information for students wishing to explore a range of contemporary political issues in Britain. The proposal is aimed at first year undergraduate and 'A' level or equivalent FE courses in political science, but could be extended more generically to all introductory social studies courses. The resources will be piloted and evaluated in an HE University course and an FE 'A' level course. By using the British Election Survey as its data base, the Britain and Politics module will also "deliver" a unique learning experience to the student. Project start date: 2003-03-01. Project end date: 2004-04-30. (Excerpt from this source)

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xpert

The XPERT (Xerte Public E-learning ReposiTory) project is an 18 month project to explore the potential of delivering and supporting a distributed repository of e-learning resources created and seamlessly published through the open source e-learning development tool called Xerte Online Toolkits (XOT). The project will empower academic authors at partner institutions to easily create open access learning resources and help foster a culture of sharing teaching and learning resources. The University of Nottingham has a well established commitment to open access content, demonstrated through the JISC funded projects such as SHERPA1 and OpenDOAR2, as well as the creation of one of the first Open Courseware initiatives in the UK (U-Now3). This project will build on this commitment and will be led by The University of Nottingham with core partners, University of Bolton and JISC TechDIS. In addition, the project team will remain open to other HE and FE institutions contributing to the XPERT project at a later stage as XOT deployments grow, and will continue to inform the wider community of XOT users worldwide. All partners are early adopters of XOT and keen to deploy this e-learning development tool in order to facilitate learning content creation and publishing to support the development of an open distributed architecture, sharing e-learning resources and providing a common information and communications environment. Through providing guidance and advice it will benefit the whole of the UK sector by exploring issues raised in the wider take-up and development of an open distributed e-learning repository in HEIs. Project start date: 2009-04-01. Project end date: 2010-10-01. (Excerpt from this source)

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