UK digital capabilities: mind the gap

There are three common themes that keep coming up time and again, and I think are particularly relevant to education and research: Connectivity: from superfast to ultrafast We might once have chuckled at talk of the 'information superhighway' but it’s no exaggeration to say that network connectivity, bandwidth and latency is the 21st century’s road, river and rail. While all... >>

Martin Hamilton

Developing building blocks to make open access work on a European level

In my opinion, yes! This may be in part due to last year’s policy announcements by the European Commission which determined that outputs of research funded under Horizon 2020 , European Research Council grants and Marie Skłodowska Curie programmes must be made open access . The policy is mandatory for peer-reviewed articles but it also encourages that other types of... >>

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Mafalda Picarra

We must not lose the benefits of shared infrastructure

The last few years have not been easy for UK universities. They have had to deal simultaneously with policy uncertainty, technological innovation, greater competition as a result of internationalisation and globalisation, rising expectations from students and of course, new pressures to tighten budgets and get the greatest return from their scarce resources. UK universities have had to deal with policy... >>

Martyn Harrow

Tell us how you make the most of mobile learning opportunities

In fact this is a growing trend with our use having increased by 115% in the last year alone, and mobile apps now accounting for 51% of all time spent on digital media. But, this rise in ownership and use of mobile devices doesn’t only affect our personal lives, it also opens doors for learning and teaching. Mobile technologies provide... >>

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Tracey Duffy

How to prepare for the financial side of open access

The way that research outputs were traditionally published – and to be clear, many remain to be today – was in journals, conference proceedings and books that then required payment to read. Now, however, UK government has recognised that opening access to these outputs can save money by enabling more efficient use of technologies, underpin innovation by making content more... >>

Neil Jacobs

Finding a common tongue to drive IT innovation

As a dual national I know some of the frustrations of sharing a language but not a common tongue. Born and raised in the UK I moved to the US in 1990. After 23 years of living in the States - 11 as a US citizen - I moved back, going to Scotland with my US-born family. I measure temperature... >>

Paul Saunders

Overwhelmed by the data deluge or spoiled for choice?

Researchers can analyse greater volumes of data faster and more cheaply than ever before, and collaborate easily with colleagues around the globe. It is all making the outputs more robust and visible, but the speed at which the tide of data is rising brings its own set of challenges. the speed at which the tide of data is rising brings... >>

Dr Paul Ayris

A new chapter for the monograph?

Recent projects from Jisc and organisations such as Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) signal that UK policy makers, funders and national bodies are beginning to take a far greater interest in the monograph and its implications for the future of scholarship and research. For academic libraries the situation is particularly... >>

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Ben Showers

How to use 3D content in simulations for teaching and learning

Experiences such as this actively involve us and they can actually support students and enable them to learn. They see the objects, experience emotions and actively participate in what’s going on and are engaged in the experience. One example where I've seen this used effectively is in bringing to life museum collections with interactive exhibits and digital displays. While such... >>

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Karla Youngs

Opening up access to historic audiovisual collections

The current trend for digitising archived material is helping to broaden access to once unknown and un-shareable materials even further, extending their potential as learning aids. a lot of the materials currently held by institutions are often in analogue format In the UK we have a proud tradition of maintaining and supporting libraries and archives, ensuring that the nation’s collective... >>

Karla Youngs