Category Archives: general

The top concerns of researchers

What do researchers care about? It’s probably uncontentious to say that they care about access, cost, copyright and quality. There’s a report published last month from the JISC Scholarly Communications Group that goes into a bit more detail: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/media/documents/aboutus/workinggroups/topconcernsreport.doc There are perhaps few surprises – the concerns might be paraphrased as ‘lack of access’, ‘some … Read more

Is this an effective development community?

The information environment, and repositories in particular, were highlighted by Sir Ron Cooke (JISC chair), in his opening keynote at the JISC conference. (See the online conference proceedings.) He described the vision of a national e-infrastructure supporting the “body of knowledge” at the centre. He told delegates that “[his] nightmare is the challenge of the … Read more

Open Repositories 2008, and Web Science

Having missed most of the presentations at the Open Repositories conference in Southampton this week, my reflections on the event have been prompted more by the Southampton-MIT collaboration described by Wendy Hall and Nigel Shadbolt before the conference dinner, the Web Science research centre. Initiatives such as this (see also, for example, the Oxford Internet … Read more

Changing faces in the JISC IE Team

On 9th May Phil Vaughan will be leaving the JISC to join the British Library and work on UK PubMed Central. Phil has managed the Tools and Innovation programme and the JORUM learning objects repository work while at JISC. As part of this Phil has worked with the JORUM team in thinking through a range … Read more

Hello world

Spring seems to have sprung in London today, so it seems an appropriate day to launch the JISC Information Environment team’s newborn blog. What’s an information environment? Well, that’s a good question with a long answer. The best place to start is the JISC webpage. This blog will communicate information for and about the JISC … Read more