These include Open Access, Open Resources, Open Source and Open Standards.
The word ‘Open' indicates public availability, which JISC works to encourage.
Open Access refers to free public access to electronic journal articles that traditionally would have required a fee. Readers are not normally able to change the original article.
Open Resources and Open Source refer respectively to digital teaching materials and software that a user may access, adapt, redistribute and reuse, sometimes for a fee and under certain terms.
Open Standards also allow users to participate in further standards development.
Key open technologies activities
The JISC e-learning programme enables the development and effective use of digital technologies to support learning and teaching in universities and colleges, so that staff benefit from e-learning...
Information Environment Programme 2009-11
The aim of this programme is to improve the capacity of the sector to manage, discover and use information resources. There is now a critical mass of digital information resources that can be used to...
e-Learning Frameworks and Tools programme
The e-Learning Framework is a service-oriented factoring of the core services required to support e-Learning applications, portals and other user agents.
Learning and teaching innovation grants
JISC is supporting, via this programme, one year projects and activities that fit with the vision, outcomes and principles of the JISC e-Learning programme and support innovative approaches to...
Repositories and Preservation Programme
The programme is a £14m investment in Higher Education repository and digital content infrastructure. It will fund initiatives to develop the Information Environment supporting digital repositories...
British newspapers 1620-1900
1.1 million pages are being digitised from 18th and 19th century news, building on previous projects to enable access to a virtual library containing some 4 million digitised pages of important...
19th century pamphlets online
This project will provide online access to the most significant collections of 19th century pamphlets held in UK research libraries. Digitising around 30,000 paper copy pamphlets, which focus on the...
British Cartoon Archive digitisation project
This project will digitise the Carl Giles Archive, the single most important archive of British newspaper cartoons, and a key resource for British political and social history that has never before...
The East London theatre archive
By creating around 15,000 digital objects, taken from East London theatres, the project will preserve unique endangered collections and make them accessible to an academic audience.
Pre-Raphaelite resource site
This project will create a unique research source for the study of the Pre-Raphaelites and British 19th-century art. It will be available open access to all users via the Birmingham Museums and Art...
Technology and Standards Watch (TechWatch)
TechWatch anticipates developments in information and communication technologies that might have high impact on the core business of Further and Higher Education in five to ten years' time.
JISC CETIS (Centre for Educational Technology and Interoperability Standards)
JISC CETIS provides advice to UK colleges and universities on the strategic, technical and pedagogic implications of educational technology and standards.
JISC Legal provides legal guidance on the use of technology in education, research and external engagement on concerns ranging from copyright and data protection to cyber-bullying.
OSS Watch (Open Source Software Advisory Service)
OSS Watch provides unbiased advice and guidance on the use, development and licensing of free and open source software to UK colleges and universities.
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