Category Archives: developers

Redesigning Library Systems and Services

Who’d have thought that a redesigned library website could attract quite so much attention. Yet, the recent announcement by Stanford’s University Library that it has redesigned its website seems to have triggered a significant amount of interest. At JISC colleagues have been discussing it for a number of reasons, from the development and UX approach … Read more

Digital infrastructure for learning materials: update July 2012

This is a summary of notable developments around work on technology issues around learning materials, mostly by JISC. It’s aimed at the technical and semi-technical and comments/additions are very welcome. Update Back in late May we ran our first Dev8ED. It was a great event, with developers supporting course data, curriculum design and delivery, distributed … Read more

The JISC ebooks universe

My colleague Ben Showers has recently been looking across the work taking place around digital books in all their forms: open textbooks, digital monographs, epub, web-based books. For educational institutions the need to keep up with the content needs of learners and researchers is paramount but so much is happening at the moment, with hardware, … Read more

Putting the User at the Heart of Education

This is an update on a recent Usability workshop held by Ben Showers and Torsten Reimer as part of their work on the Usability and Adaptability of User-Interfaces. Background As universities and academic institutions increase the focus and investment on improving the ‘student experience’, so the ‘user’ needs to find their way into the heart … Read more

Digital Infrastructure for Learning Content Update: February 2012

So much has been happening since my last update in November 2011, I thought it would be useful to round up the news around JISC work on digital infrastructure relating to learning content. OER The Call for OER Rapid Innovation Projects closed on Friday 27th January and I’m pleased to say we received 34 bids. … Read more

The Squeezed Middle: Exploring the Future of Library Systems

Last week saw a two-day workshop, held at Warwick University, exploring the future of library systems.  I wanted to briefly highlight the format of the two days, and reflect on some of the outcomes from the event.  In particular, how the workshop has helped inform a new funding call that will be published in early … Read more

Usability Workshop – Emerging Themes from jiscUX

The following blog post is a brief report from a recent usability workshop held in central London.  Programme managers Ben Showers and Torsten Reimer describe some of the themes that emerged from the day. The Usability and Learnability programme recently held a small workshop in central London where the 12 projects making up the programme … Read more

Glimpse into the Future of Repositories: videos now available!

DevCSI Challenge @ Open Repositories 2011 http://devcsi.ukoln.ac.uk/blog/dev-challenge-or11/ As usual the standard of the entrants were very high and the solutions were diverse.  There was also high energy and an infectious buzz in the room during the presentations!  See videos at http://devcsi.ukoln.ac.uk/blog/2011/07/29/or11-developer-challenge-videos/ JISC Prize: First: “Repository as a Service (RaaS).  Stuart Lewis, Kim Shepherd, Adam Field, … Read more