Category Archives: research

How you can help us to make research administration more efficient

Jisc and CASRAI are piloting the development of a ‘UK chapter’ of the CASRAI dictionary to improve research interoperability. Get in touch by emailing info@casrai.org if you’d like to keep up-to-date with progress and to contribute your views. More information is below. The problem we are addressing Research teams and administrators must retype the same … Read more

Bridging the Divide: The role of libraries in the sciences

While libraries come to terms with new forms of scholarly communication and the technological transformation of the academy, has one academic domain already drifted beyond reach? Have the sciences already become self-sufficient in their information needs? Are libraries lacking in the services and information resources that scientists require? In the first of three reports on Research Support … Read more

Beyond Grid vs Cloud – EGI Community Forum 2012

‘The grid? Shouldn’t they all be doing cloud computing now?’ As a JISC programme manager working with the National Grid Service (NGS) project people ask me this question more and more often. ‘Absolutely’ and ‘not at all’ is the seemingly contradictory answer I usually give, for instance the other week when I mentioned I would … Read more

Understanding the Information Support Needs of Scholars

Today sees the start of a new programme of work that’s exploring Research Support Services for Scholars (RSS4S) being undertaken by Ithaka S+R. As the blog for the projects makes clear: This series of discipline-specific projects aims to provide critically needed research about the evolving behavior of scholars to the information support service providers who … 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

Marketing and other dirty words

I have been thinking a lot recently about how to move beyond the rhetoric of “open equals good” towards identifying where open approaches help us meet key business cases. A notable quote from the Power of Open book launch was that “open isn’t a business model, its a part of a business model”. I’m seeing … Read more

jiscUX: Usability and ‘Learnability’ projects funded

JISC has recently funded a number of projects as part of the grant funding call 01/11: Digital infrastructure: Embedding usability & improving the uptake of resources & tools. Most projects have just started, and over the next few weeks they will begin publishing their project plans and initial blog posts. The support project at Southampton … Read more