The Synthesis project will assist JISC and the selected Activity Data projects in meeting the programme objectives of developing practice in the exploitation of activity data to address sector needs, including opportunities for shared services, by identifying widely applicable approaches, developing knowledge and skills and evidencing business reasons for deployment. Particular emphasis is placed on engendering a community of practice, including via events and web-based engagement, and on the production of guides that will assist in disseminating proven models, tools and techniques to a wider audience. The project team, which is fully available, has significant shared technical and operational experience in this problem space (the MOSAIC investigative project), in synthesis work for JISC (notably in the JISC LMS and Personalization programmes) and in HE community and stakeholder engagement (as in SCONUL Shared Services). The team will deliver 1 person year of effort (209 days) over 8 months, involving 1 core post together with the activities of 3 part-time experts.

The Synthesis Project: Activity Data

The Synthesis project will assist JISC and the selected Activity Data projects in meeting the programme objectives of developing practice in the exploitation of activity data to address sector needs, including opportunities for shared services, by identifying widely applicable approaches, developing knowledge and skills and evidencing business reasons for deployment.

Particular emphasis is placed on engendering a community of practice, including via events and web-based engagement, and on the production of guides that will assist in disseminating proven models, tools and techniques to a wider audience.

The project team, which is fully available, has significant shared technical and operational experience in this problem space (the MOSAIC investigative project), in synthesis work for JISC (notably in the JISC LMS and Personalization programmes) and in HE community and stakeholder engagement (as in SCONUL Shared Services).

The team will deliver 1 person year of effort (209 days) over 8 months, involving 1 core post together with the activities of 3 part-time experts.

Project Staff

Tom Franklin
University of Manchester
tom@franklin-consulting.co.uk

Helen Harrop
Sero Consulting
helen.harrop@sero.co.uk

David Kay
Sero Consulting
david.kay@sero.co.uk

Mark Van Harmelen
University of Manchester
mark@cs.man.ac.uk

Alexandria Walker
University of Manchester
alex@cs.man.ac.uk

Summary
Start date
1 February 2011
End date
30 September 2011
Funding programme
Information Environment Programme 2009-11
Project website
Lead institutions

University of Manchester

Partner institutions
Sero Consulting Ltd
Hedtek Ltd