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This two-year project seeks to develop and implement a sustainable business focused model for digital preservation, as part of a knowledge management agenda in higher education institutions. It will develop a model of the relationships, roles and responsibilities, costs, benefits and risks inherent in institutional digital preservation and implement this model by selling it to all the stakeholder groups, including senior management, administrative and clerical staff and academic teachers and researchers. In particular, this project seeks to identify the cost and benefits to the institution of developing a coherent, managed and sustainable approach to the preservation of its digital assets in a way that is transparent to all stakeholders. Project start date: 2005-01-01. Project end date: 2006-12-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.gla.ac.uk/espida/">this source</a>)

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The overall purpose of the EThOSnet project is to build a strong EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service) sponsorship network amongst the HE community and to achieve a high level of technological and organisational sustainability for a successful move from prototype to 'live' service. Objectives: Extend the EThOS partnership and encourage 'early adopters' - this will require stepping up the advocacy campaign initiated by the EThOS project and putting in place a highly visible 'sign-up' process with a view to achieving a sufficient level of buy-in to ensure future viability; Increase the number of e-theses already available in the EThOS prototype, thus enhancing UK repository content by significantly increasing its critical mass and extending its scope to material that is currently poorly represented in digital repositories; Enhance the procedural infrastructure and upgrade the EThOS Toolkit accordingly with a view to improving institutional workflows in close partnership with registry and academic staff and to addressing the HE community's concerns, identified by the independent evaluation, regarding the management of third-party rights and the detection of plagiarism; Scale up the EThOS technological infrastructure for the move from prototype to 'live' status; Monitor and test relevant technology trends in order to identify those technologies which EThOS may be able to adopt in the future to improve further the management of e-theses and consolidate the embedding of the service within institutional practices. Project start date: 2007-03-30. Project end date: 2009-03-30. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.ethos.ac.uk/">this source</a>)

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Europeana.eu is an internet portal that gives access to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe. Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, the works of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton and the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are some of the highlights on Europeana. Around 1500 institutions across Europe have contributed to Europeana. These range from major international names like the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the British Library and the Louvre to regional archives and local museums from every member of the EU. Together, their assembled collections let users explore Europe's cultural and scientific heritage from prehistory to the modern day. (Excerpt from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europeana">Wikipedia article: Europeana</a>)

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This project is part of the Enhancing JISC data services for Teaching and Learning project cluster in this particular programme. Projects in this cluster are aimed at improving access to and accessibility of JISC resources in support of learning and teaching. Facilitating Access to Information on Learning Technology for Engineers FAILTE will address the first question that many Engineering academics ask when they investigate using computer-based learning resources for courses they teach, namely: What is available that is suitable for this subject at this level? FAILTE is a partnership between the Institute for Computer-Based Learning and the Library at Heriot-Watt University and the faculty of Engineering at Loughborough University. The partners bring to the project relevant experiences in the fields of Web-based resource discovery, learning and teaching and evaluation of computer-based learning materials as applied to Engineering and experience from the following initiatives: EEVL: The Guide to Engineering, Mathematics and Computing information on the Internet, EEVL is part of the JISC-funded Resource Discovery Network which aims to provide access to high quality Internet resources EASEIT-Eng : Evaluative and Advisory Support to Encourage Innovative Teaching in Engineering LTSN Engineering: The Learning and Teaching Support Network subject centre for Engineering Aims and Objectives FAILTE is working to: Provide Engineering lecturers with a resource (database and related services) that will allow them to identify computer-based materials suitable for their courses Provide access to independently produced reviews and other information to help them choose the most suitable of these materials Allow access to the materials themselves or the Web page of the provider of that resource. This will be offered as a fully integrated part of EEVL and LTSN Engineering. Project start date: 2000-08-01. Project end date: 2002-01-01. (Excerpt from <a href="http://failte.ac.uk/">this source</a>)

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Through a number of previous workshops with the language teachers community of practice we have noted two important lessons: 1. The community is eager to share their resources and wants a lightweight repository that they can incorporate into everyday practice. 2. Practitioners are enthusiastic about sharing learning assets: simple resources such as videos, audio files and presentations. There is a real need for a straightforward usable repository that fulfils these requirements in order to begin to explore the difficult issues concerning authorship, provenance, authority and copyright in the context of a real system with real users. Aims and objectives: - To build on our existing engagement with the languages community to provide the type of lightweight community repositories that they are asking for, and bootstrap their individual use of repositories for exchanging learning assets. We will: - Deploy a lightweight repository early in the project lifetime and engage directly with the community throughout the project to encourage the sharing of assets; - Develop official plug-ins for ePrints to enable Web 2.0 functions such as tagging and virtual structures - Provide a number of bootstrap activities to support the community in identifying, uploading and describing their learning assets. Project start date: 2007-10-01. Project end date: 2009-03-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.faroes.ecs.soton.ac.uk/index.php">this source</a>)

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first world war poetry

Building on the success of Oxford's Wilfred Owen archive, this multimedia digital archive will contain images, text, audio and video of primary material from five other major British poets of the First World War. The collection will bring together highly valued material, currently dispersed across the UK and the US, on the poets Edward Thomas, Robert Graves, Isaac Rosenberg, Roland Leighton. Among the 2,000 digital images and 200 multimedia objects to be opened up to the public are drafts of Robert Graves's poems for Over the Brazier and Fairies and Fusiliers, as well as an important extract from Goodbye to All That and drafts of Edward Thomas's war poems and diary. Project start date: 2007-04-02. Project end date: 2009-03-27. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit">this source</a>)

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FISHnet is a JISC funded project that aims to help freshwater scientists more easily share scientific data. It is a joint project shared between the <a href="http://www.fba.org.uk/">Freshwater Biological Association</a> and the <a href="http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iss/cerch">Centre for e-Research at King's College London</a>. This project enables researchers in multiple academic, governmental and voluntary-sector institutions to share their data. Data is held securely in a sustainable subject repository which preserves and disseminates multiple datasets as part of the FreshwaterLife.org information portal. Data creators can manage access rights to their content, from Open Access to sharing with trusted colleagues. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.fishnetonline.org/home">this source</a>)

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flexible service delivery

Flexible Service Delivery is a change initiative that comprises a mixture of enabling approaches and technologies that help universities and colleges deliver transformational change and improvement involving people, process and technology. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/flexible-service-delivery">this source</a>)

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Freebase is a large collaborative knowledge base consisting of metadata composed mainly by its community members. It is an online collection of structured data harvested from many sources, including individual 'wiki' contributions. Freebase aims to create a global resource which allows people (and machines) to access common information more effectively. It was developed by the American software company Metaweb and has been running publicly since March 2007. Metaweb was acquired by Google in a private sale announced July 16, 2010. (Excerpt from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freebase_(database)">Wikipedia article: Freebase (database)</a>)

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St. George's, University of London currently delivers a problem-based learning curriculum for its undergraduate medicine course, which is paper-based, linear and inflexible. This project aims to use recently-developed technologies to assist in the creation of a more interactive and integrated model for curriculum delivery in medicine. This will include interactive patient cases which provide students with the opportunity to make realistic decisions and explore the consequences of their actions. The intention is to create a more adaptive, personalised, competency-based style of learning which more closely matches the role of practitioners. Project start date: 2008-11-01. Project end date: 2010-10-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.elu.sgul.ac.uk/g4/">this source</a>)

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geospatial application profile

Within the Discovery to Delivery area of the Repositories and Preservation Programme the Intute Repositories Search Project was funded to create a search service for content held within UK repositories and to examine the issues that surround retrieval. The first iteration of this service is basic, and focuses on ePrints (scholarly works) only. A Dublin Core Application Profile for Scholarly Works was funded to provide consistency of search. This work was undertaken by Julie Allinson (UKOLN) and Andy Powell (Eduserv Foundation). Application profiles for images, time based media and Geospatial are also being developed. Further iterations of the Repositories Search service will need to include other media types such as images moving pictures and sound, geo-spatial data etc. This project will scope what is required in the area of Geospatial Data. The project will need to build consensus in this area, to agree (with the community) an optimum solution, and to develop an application profile with the associated guidelines. The project will also need to develop a community acceptance plan for continued take up of the deliverables. Please note that it is recognised that an application profile has already been devised for the geospatial community (AGMAP) however what is required for this piece of work is a Dublin Core 'light' for geospatial data purely for high level data discovery purpose to be used by non-specialists. GI professionals will be strongly encouraged to use the AGMAP profile or the ISO 19115 standards of which AGMAP is a profile. Project start date: 2008-02-01. Project end date: 2008-08-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/repositories/digirep/index/Geospatial_Application... source</a>)

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The geoXwalk Gazetteer project was originally funded under the Infrastructure programme. The main aim was to develop a demonstrator gazetteer service for the purpose of enhancing geographic searching within the JISC Information Environment. The rationale behind the project is that there is currently no unified entry point to assist in geographic searching within the existing academic network as each information provider /service adopts different geographic coding conventions (some use postcodes, others place names, some grid references etc.) The final Phase V of the project will allow JISC to assess its readiness for transition to service. Project start date: 2007-01-01. Project end date: 2008-03-31. (Excerpt from <a href="https://pims.jisc.ac.uk/projects/view/437">this source</a>)

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GILEAD is a joint project between Information Systems Services (ISS), the University Library and the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds. The University is currently engaged in a major initiative which aims to provide simplified or single sign-on capability to a wide range of internal and external information systems. As part of this endeavour the University aims to transition away from a number of existing access management solutions. The University resolved 18 months ago to rationalise the number of directory services on campus and has now adopted Microsoft's Active Directory (AD) as an institution-wide LDAP service. For the first time we now have a directory which contains all students and staff and AD is now being used to authenticate access to a wide range of both Microsoft and non-Microsoft systems. The University's aim is to reduce the number of username & password databases it has to populate and manage and the adoption of Shibboleth has been identified as an important component in our drive to simplify access to a number of commonly used teaching and research-orientated resources. The main objectives of the proposed project are to: as a prototype, use Guanxi derived Shibboleth Origins to test federation arrangements between Leeds and Manchester Universities; modify a number of existing resources to act as Shibboleth Targets; as the ultimate goal, move to using a University of Leeds institutional Shibboleth Origin, testing this with different attribute sources. The project will run from March 2005 - March 2006. It is anticipated that the main objectives of authenticating access to our VLE via our Shibboleth Origin and use of the Athens-Shibboleth Gateway Service will be operational in time for the start of the 2005/06 academic year. Project start date: 2005-04-01. Project end date: 2006-03-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/iss/projects/gilead/">this source</a>)

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The Greater Manchester Strategic Alliance (GMSA) is a partnership of universities, colleges, work based learning providers and other stakeholders that delivers a Lifelong Learning Network (LLN) and promotes the progression of vocational learners into Higher Education. In support of this delivery, the GMSA runs two overarching projects that depend critically on course information; ModCAT providing modular learning options that can be combined into higher awards and the Vocational Course Catalogue (VCC), a larger collection of part-time vocational Higher Education courses in Greater Manchester. In order to create catalogues of courses the GMSA wants to adopt a course description standard - to enable interoperability across the partnership and within its own systems. The GMSA needs to investigate and evaluate the technical implications of delivering such a standard to further the ModCAT and VCC projects, and also present an environment to practically demonstrate the value added from standardising, sharing and aggregating course information. As well as benefiting the GMSA partnership, outcomes from the project are also intended to be fed back into the XCRI project and community as a whole. By using technology to collect, transform, aggregate and display course information, the project will demonstrate how the administrative processes associated with learning and teaching can be supported and improved, and what new opportunities may be exploited as a result. Aims and Objectives To examine the technical and procedural factors of utilising a course description specification in support of the GMSA overarching projects, ModCAT and Vocational Course Catalogue. Investigation of existing course storage methods by consultant visit; Raising CourseExchange software to XCRI-CAP 1.1 compliance; Development of process model for course information submission for each institution; Deployment of CourseExchange software; As many course descriptions as possible from each institution mapped to the XCRI-CAP 1.1 standard, using CourseExchange software; Aggregation of course descriptions from each institution; Publication of combined course descriptions at a public URL; Identifying and drawing conclusions from events and issues at each stage; Using knowledge learned to successfully deliver ModCAT and VCC and refine XCRI-CAP 1.1. Project start date: 2008-02-01. Project end date: 2008-08-31. (Excerpt from <a href="https://pims.jisc.ac.uk/projects/view/908">this source</a>)

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The GNU Project is a free software, mass collaboration project, announced on September 27, 1983, by Richard Stallman at MIT. It initiated GNU operating system development in January, 1984. The founding goal of the project was, in the words of its initial announcement, to develop "a sufficient body of free software [...] to get along without any software that is not free." To make this happen, the GNU Project began working on an operating system called GNU ("GNU" is a recursive acronym that stands for "GNU's Not Unix"). This goal of making a free software operating system was achieved in 1992 when the last gap in the GNU system, a kernel, was filled by the third-party Linux kernel being released as Free Software, under version 2 of the GNU GPL. Current work of the GNU Project includes software development, awareness building, political campaigning and sharing of the new material. (Excerpt from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_project">Wikipedia article: GNU</a>)

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good apis

The 'Good APIs' project aims to provide JISC and the sector with information and advice on the factors that encourage use of machine interfaces, based on existing practice. Project start date: 2008-10-09. Project end date: 2009-03-31. (Excerpt from <a href="https://pims.jisc.ac.uk/projects/view/1119">this source</a>)

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grade project

Conventional scientific method has historically been data-driven and with current technologies the wealth of created data assets has grown dramatically. Despite this importance, however, sharing data is not easy and many researchers have discussed the problems, including: the willingness to share, locating data, mechanisms for sharing and accessing data. Given these problems, the scoping of a Geospatial Repository for Academic Deposit and Extraction (GRADE) seems both necessary and timely. GRADE will investigate and report on the technical and cultural issues around the reuse of geospatial data within the JISC IE in the context of media-centric, informal and institutional repositories. The aim of GRADE is to lay the foundations for a sustainable infrastructure (both cultural and technical) that underwrites the communities' substantial and ongoing investment in the utilisation of geospatial resources within the learning, teaching and research environments of UK academia. Project start date: 2005-06-01. Project end date: 2007-01-19. (Excerpt from <a href="http://edina.ac.uk/projects/grade">this source</a>)

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The HaIRST project conducted research into the design, implementation and deployment of a pilot service for UK-wide access of autonomously created institutional resources in Scotland, the aim being to investigate and advise on some of the technical, cultural, and organisational requirements associated with the deposit, disclosure, and discovery of institutional resources in the JISC Information Environment (IE). HaIRST tooka 'whole environment' approach to the issues addressed, encompassing the general areas mentioned above, together with associated specifics such as policies on IPR, preservation mechanisms, and similar. Technically, the HaIRST approach to interoperability primarily relied on harvesting for remote interaction and on the Open Archive Initiative protocol (OAI-PMH) as its standard interaction protocol. Project start date: 2002-08-01. Project end date: 2005-07-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://hairst.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/">this source</a>)

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harvesting the fitzwilliam

Since 1997 the Fitzwilliam Museum has been working to create, and provide access to, a unified electronic database of object records and images for the collections in the care of its five curatorial departments: antiquities, applied arts; coins and medals; illuminated and music; manuscripts, and rare printed books; paintings, drawings and prints. In 1999, the Museum received funding from Re:source (The Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries) for the retrospective accessioning of prints and coins and the creation of complete records for all paintings. By January 2001 nearly 56,000 records were held electronically, although not yet all on a single database. By January 2002, in excess of 60,000 records were held centrally on 'Adlib Museum' - the chosen software system for the Fitzwilliam Museum's unified object catalogue. Many of the 60,000 records have associated images. The Online Public Access Catalogue, which provides web based access to the Adlib catalogue, was made available via the Museum's website in February 2002. During 2001-2002, approximately 20,000 objects were packed for storage in preparation for a major building extension to the Museum during 2002-2003. Many digital photographs of decanted objects were taken during this period. In parallel to the documentation work described, the Museum is developing A Museum for All, an electronic public information resource offering enhanced interpretation of a selection of key objects. This project complements the Documentation and JISC-FAIR projects. It will offer the user additional information, providing context and creating links between a selection of 300 objects over time, by themes, iconography, artists, materials and methods. It will encourage exploration of the collections and offer education and enjoyment both remotely and within the Museum when the project is complete in 2004. The Joint Information Steering Committee's Focus on Access to Information Resources programme offers the opportunity to further enhance access to the Museum's electronic object catalogue. Metadata (information about data generally, and information about objects in the Museum context specifically) for 100,000 Museum objects will be made available for 'harvesting', by the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS), through the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). In addition, two specific databases - Corpus of Early Mediaeval Coins Finds (EMC) and Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles (SCBI) - will be made available for OAI harvesting by the Archaeology Data Service (ADS). The project, in line with the FAIR programmes objectives, will pilot and provide public access to information about selected Fitzwilliam Museum objects. This information will also be available in conjunction with other collections data held or harvested by the AHDS and ADS. Project start date: 2002-08-01. Project end date: 2004-07-31. (Excerpt from <a href="http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/htf/">this source</a>)

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