Sessions led by a panel of experts, with the opportunity to take part in discussion and debate around selected topics.
Duration: 45 minutes.
Tuesday - early session (12:45 - 13:30)
Data driven storytelling: the impact of visualisations on teaching and research
Jackie Carter, Mimas (chair)
"The purpose of visualization is insight, not pictures" (Shneiderman)
Visualizations have proliferated in both academics and mass culture, with the development of tools to assist in the exploration of data. These new approaches for analysing data at scale are significantly impacting research and teaching across the disciplines, as well as communicating complex findings to non-academic audiences.
Open access monograph publishing: 3 academics who just got on and did it
- Lorraine Estelle, Jisc (chair)
- Dr Rupert Gatti, co-founder and Director of Open Book Publishers and a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he is a Director of Studies in Economics
- Dr Martin Paul Eve, co-founder of Open Library of Humanities and lecturer in English at the University of Lincoln
- Brian Hole, CEO of Ubiquity Press and a researcher working within the humanities and information science at UCL
How much does it cost to publish and disseminate a high quality peer reviewed open access monograph? Why does the cost vary so much between traditional publishers and new open access publishers? How do you go about setting up your own press?
Come and listen to 3 academics talk about how they decided to stop waiting for traditional publishers to move to OA and instead set up their own presses. An opportunity to be inspired.
Digital humanities - new creations and futures
- Professor Andrew Prescott, King's College, London (chair)
- Rachel Bruce - director of technology innovation, Jisc
- Caren Milloy - head of projects, Jisc Collections
- Catherine Grout - Jisc
Having access to a wide range of digital content is valuable to academics and students in the humanities, but it is how they manipulate, analyse and re-use the content , create new tools and engage new technologies that can really add value to research. This session will highlight some ground breaking creations and discuss the readiness of universities to support a creative future in digital humanities research.
Tuesday - late session (15:45 - 16:30)
Reflecting on Jisc's Summer of Student Innovation
Jisc spent last summer doing exactly that. We supported 21 teams of students seeking to develop new ideas for using technology to improve research, education and student life.
You want big data? How about the web?
- Neil Grindley, Jisc (chair)
- Peter Webster, The British Library
- Professor Helen Margetts, University of Oxford
There is a great deal of current focus on big data and analytics and the potential it has for transforming academia and the economy. At an estimated 1.37 billion pages, the web is perhaps society’s richest source of openly available data and can potentially provide insights into a whole range of issues, from the shape of the web itself to the changing commentary it provides on society and culture.
Snapshots of the web not only enable research to be conducted on a usefully static corpus of data; but also (if repeated over time) preserve ephemeral material that would otherwise disappear. The repetition of this capture and the storage of those data in web archives allow us to observe when and how the web changes. The aim of this panel discussion is to more clearly articulate the role and the benefits of web archives and to foster a discussion about their future potential in relation to research.
Participants can expect to gain a better understanding of current approaches and methods and also come away with an enhanced strategic and tactical understanding of using the web as a research dataset. Practitioners who are leading on this work will be on the panel and delegates will therefore have an opportunity to participate in the discussion and potentially influence and shape future activity.
Diverse needs, diverse lives: meeting challenges and overcoming barriers
The future of research: are you ready?
- Matthew Dovey, Jisc
- Rachel Bruce, Jisc
- Professor Jeremy Fry, University of Southampton
Wednesday - early session (10:45 - 11:30)
Putting big data in its 'Place'
- Humphrey Southall
- Dr Paul Ell, Queen's University Belfast
- Professor Lorna Hughes, Welsh Historical Gazeteers
- Leif Isaksen, Pelagios project
In the arts and humanities one element of research material is constant – everything happens somewhere. The somewhere is most often recorded as a ‘Place-Name’. However, while the power and value of amalgamating and querying content by ‘Place’ has long been recognised by the research community through the use of place-name gazetteers, these have limitations as they tend to record only modern place-names and lack spatial resolution. In addition, the data sets used by humanities researchers are often small and disparate, compared to the sciences for example, and exist in silos, which make it harder for researchers to locate relevant information.
This session brings together panellists who have been involved in a number of initiatives aimed at extending the scope of modern gazetteers and create more comprehensive and useful discovery infrastructure for humanities researchers, including:
- DEEP (Digital Exposure of English Place Names), a spatiotemporal place-name gazetteer for England based on the historical records for towns, cities, hamlets and even streets and buildings collected by the English Place-Name Society and delivered through the Unlock service
- Welsh historical gazetteer project led by the National Library of Wales based on 19th C Ordnance Survey maps and augmented through crowdsourcing of historical Welsh place names
- Pelagios Project, a community-driven initiative using Linked Open Data to annotate, connect, map and visualise the geographic aspects of digital resources relating to antiquity and the Middle Ages
Whatever happened to the MOOC?
Read David Kernohan's blog, #digifest14 session on "MOOCs", featuring session resources from:
- Lou McGill (Lou's slides / Lou's blog)
- Jonathan Worth (Jonathan's slides / film shown)
- Antonio Martinez-Arboleda (Antonio's slides)
- Viv Rolfe (Viv's slides)
- George Roberts (George's slides)
- Lorna Campbell (Lorna's slides / Lorna's blog)
- Audrey Watters (Audrey's YouTube film)
- David Wiley (David's YouTube film)
- Jim Groom (Jim's YouTube film)
A discussion between UK and international speakers concerning current activity around open education and open courses. Find out how cutting edge academics and institutions are taking control of their own open education offerings, and adding value to traditional courses and outreach activity.
The “MOOC” (Massive Open Online Course) dominated discussions about online education in 2013. But as the bubble of media interest begins to fade, we will look at some of the interesting open education experiments and practices that could define the next wave of open education.
Speakers and practitioners from around the world will speak briefly about their work and the potential that it has for institutions and practitioners everywhere.
Research infrastructure: the Finnish exemplar
CSC - IT Centre for Science Ltd in Finland - is a government owned non-profit company providing IT solutions primarily for universities, research institutes, research libraries and archives. CSC is an expert organisation providing computing, data, networking, and information services for all areas of research.
The company has a key role in the Finnish research system and in this session the opportunities and risks of such central role will be presented: CSC’s vision and services; how challenges such as the changing mode of research towards large collaborations are tackled; and the way in which CSC works with universities and memory organisations. All to give an understanding of how Finland, one of the most advanced research nations in the world, supports research via network and digital services.
Delegates may like to consider the comparison to the UK.
Wednesday - late session (14:45 - 15:30)
Big crowds, small crowds: the benefits of 'co-creation' to support research, teaching and learning
Sarah Fahmy, Jisc (chair)
This session explores the benefits of “co-creation” within a variety of settings and involving different types of communities, both big and small.
Panellists will highlight what can be achieved through co-creation in particular within key priority areas for higher and further education institutions today, such as supporting research, engaging students and sustaining resources and infrastructure.
Examples will be drawn from initiatives including:
- OpenLives: engaging students as creators of open educational resources (University of Southampton and University of Leeds)
- Sprint for Shakespeare: crowdfunding the digitisation of the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays (Bodleian Library, University of Oxford)
- Wales at War: engaging schoolchildren in Wales to research their local War memorial through a mobile app. (National Library of Wales)
The session will also showcase a new Jisc resource, developing community collections, which provides guidance and examples of good practice on creating and curating digital collections through partnerships between universities, colleges and a wide range of communities, including local groups, schools, heritage organisations, employers, and the public at large.
Stronger together: community initiative in e-journal management
- Adam Rusbridge, EDINA (Co-chair)
- Peter Burnhill, EDINA (Co-chair)
- John MacColl, University of St Andrews
- Lorraine Estelle, Jisc
- David Prosser, RLUK
There has been a recent growth of initiatives to address common problems regarding current and long-term access to e-journal content. Jisc is at the forefront of many of these with the close participation and active input of educational institutions.
This session aims to summarise the current state of key themes with pointers to future directions of areas such as sustainability, the move towards e-only environments, and shared consortia approaches. It will provide an overview and panel discussion on developing the supporting infrastructure to meet the needs of users. The discussion will focus on how institutions, community bodies and service providers can best work together to ensure sustainable, long-term initiatives by seeking to introduce uniformity, standardisation and collaboration to an even greater extent.
The session will introduce two new Jisc-supported projects in this area, the Keepers Registry Extra and SafeNet initiatives, and discuss how these fit alongside existing Jisc services such as Knowledge Base+, UK LOCKSS Alliance, Journal Archives and JUSP (Journal Usage Statistics Portal). The panel will address how this catalogue of services contributes towards a coherent strategy in the management of e-journal content.