Digital Infrastructure Directions Reports

An effective digital infrastructure for UK FE/HE needs to enable researchers, teachers, learners, managers and support staff to accomplish a wide variety of things if it is to fulfil its purpose, and different approaches are required across this variety.

The innovation activities of the Digital Infrastructure portfolio contribute to the rich vision of infrastructure for education and research. They contribute to the delivery of JISC’s strategic objectives with particular emphasis on the following objectives as set out in the JISC Strategy:

The JISC Digital Infrastructure team oversee a wide range of programmes to support these objectives. Over the years, the team has scoped, funded and steered a number of pivotal reports, such as the Google Generation report  joint with the British Library, and the Houghton Report on the Economic implications of alternative scholarly publishing models.

We know that these sorts of reports are highly valued and we want to ensure that we produce further timely and quality reports out of our work. The Digital Infrastructure Directions strand focuses on this need and aims to identify and highlight key issues within the team’s work that need bringing to the attention of the sector.

We are currently at the expert review stage of preparing a Digital Infrastructure Directions Report on the Benefits of Text Mining.

Current Funding Opportunities

We are commissioning five new reports that are designed to build on existing work to make it better understood and more widely accessible. These are being commissioned through Invitations to Tender, which is open to anyone to bid for, including international and/or commercial organisations.

The outline details of each contract are summarised below, but please refer to the ITTs for a full specification of the work required.

Advantages of APIs

Embedded Licences: What, Why and How

Activity Data: Analytics and Metrics

The Open Landscape

Access to citation data: a cost-benefit and risk review and forward look

It is our intention to release these reports under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) Licence to enable the widest possible reuse.

Please see the JISC Funding Opportunities page for further details, and bookmark this blog post for updates

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5 Responses to “Digital Infrastructure Directions Reports”

  1. Open Standards Consultation and Open Data Standards Challenges « OUseful.Info, the blog… on February 10th, 2012 12:37 pm

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  3. Paul Rosen on February 14th, 2012 9:47 am

    Quote from your call: Avoid acronyms, but expand and explain if you have to use them.

    As far as I can see, nowhere in the call is API expanded!

  4. Amber Thomas on February 14th, 2012 10:08 am

    Paul, thanks for your comment. These ITTs are aimed at people who already have knowledge and expertise about each topic, so we didn’t feel it necessary to define all the terminology. It will be the job of successful bidders to unpack and explain those concepts to a broader audience. In the case of APIs this report will build on a previous piece of work http://ie-repository.jisc.ac.uk/343/ so some of the groundwork is done.

  5. Developing our Creative Commons : Digital Infrastructure Team on April 3rd, 2012 2:50 pm

    [...] of licence terms into the vast range of digital formats is really important. I have been hoping to commission some work on that, and will be exploring ways of helping map out the options, at content, platform and ecosystem [...]

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