Released later this month, with a deadline of mid January, this Call will be for short (max 6 month) projects to develop solutions to enhance the digital infrastructure to support the use of open content in education.
Eligible institutions (HEFCE capital) can bid for between £10,000 and £25,000. Technical staff should already be in place. Existing partnerships with commercial and overseas organisations is welcome. Proposals should be focussed on a clear use case and have user involvement build it. In keeping with the relatively small grants and tight timeframe, there will be a lightweight reporting process based on blog posts.
Open Education, open academic practice, open scholarship and open content all need digital infrastructure to thrive. The emphasis in this Call is on making use of existing tools, services and standards, to meet clearly articulated use cases.
Areas to bid to will include:
A: Open content and academic profiles
B: Enhancing platforms for open content
C: Enhancing tools and services for open e-books
D: Search log analysis
E: SEO of common platforms and format types for OER
F: Open Call, including:
- recommending, bookmarking, favouriting and liking
- aggregations of open content
- analytics tools and approaches for open content and open practice
- usage tracking
- presentation / visualisation of aggregations
- embedded machine-readable licences
- use of OAI ORE
- validation and test tools for metadata and standards
- sustainable approaches to RSS endpoint registries
- common formats for sharing search logs
- analysis of use of advanced search facilities
- other areas, in keeping with the scope of this Call
As you can see, the scope is broad. It includes discovery, analytics, social web and platform work, so don’t be put off if you haven’t been involved in the OER Programme so far. Read my latest programme update, join oer-discuss mailing list, follow #ukoer on twitter, check out the work of the programme and start making connections. Bidders are welcome to use the oer-discuss mailing list to refine ideas and identify potential collaborators. JISC will not provide a matchmaking service, but commercial and overseas experts are welcome to use the mailing list to express an interest in collaborating.
We have high hopes for the technical outputs of his strand. The CETIS OER mini projects call, which this supersedes, funded the CaPRet project for £10k, which may now become a core part of Creative Commons licensing technology. The SWORD protocol was originally funded in this way, and is now used all over the world. Great solutions can come from humble beginnings.
Get your thinking caps on and watch this space!
Programme Manager, JISC