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:

  • Provide cost-effective and sustainable shared national services and resources
  • Help institutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their corporate and business systems
  • Help institutions to improve the quality of learning and teaching and the student experience
  • Help institutions to improve the quality, impact and productivity of academic research

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 deadline for bids is 12 noon UK time on Friday 9th March 2012
  • Bidders will be notified of outcomes by 27th April 2012
  • Work should commence by 14th May 2012

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

  • Anticipated effort: 30 Days
  • Work should complete by Friday 24th August 2012
  • JISC Lead: Andy McGregor

Embedded Licences: What, Why and How

  • Anticipated effort: 30 Days
  • Work should complete by Friday 24th August 2012
  • JISC Lead: Amber Thomas

Activity Data: Analytics and Metrics

  • Anticipated effort: 30 days
  • Work should complete by Friday 24th August 2012
  • JISC Lead: Andy McGregor

The Open Landscape

  • Anticipated effort: 60 days
  • Work should complete by Friday 5th October 2012
  • JISC Lead: Amber Thomas

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

  • Anticipated effort: 150 days
  • Work should complete by February 2013
  • JISC Lead: Josh Brown

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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  3. Paul Rosen

    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

    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 so some of the groundwork is done.

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