Standards are typically a set of language or protocol rules providing a starting point for independent parties to communicate. JISC's information environment technical architecture describes a set of standards and protocols that are approved by the appropriate standards bodies and support the development and delivery of an integrated set of networked services. This enables the end-user to discover, access, use and publish digital and physical resources as part of their learning and research activities. JISC also maintains a directory of technology standards in use across HE and FE, in the form of the JISC Standards Catalogue managed by UKOLN.
Key standards 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...
Managing Research Data (JISCMRD)
The scientific process is enhanced by managing and sharing research data. Good research data management practice allows reliable verification of results and permits new and innovative research built...
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...
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...
Users & Innovation: Personalising Technologies
Based on the needs of real end-users, the programme will identify areas where innovative user technologies and practices can increase efficiency.
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 TechDis is the leading UK education advisory service on technologies for inclusion. It provides resources, tools and training to make education more accessible for all learners.
JISC Digital Media
JISC Digital Media provide advice, guidance and training to UK colleges and universities on the effective creation, storage and use of digital media (still images, sound and video) in education.
The Observatory is a Jisc initiative which systematises the way in which Jisc anticipates and responds to projected future trends and scenarios regarding the use of technology in UK education and...