"This agreement represents a milestone in the provision of online resources for education and research and demonstrates the immense potential of international collaboration"Research Libraries UK has a central role in meeting the research community's information and resource needs. In this podcast interview with Philip Pothen for Inform Plus, its new Executive Director Anne Poulson talks about RLUK's role, the value of research libraries and why they provide a vital support for the wider research community.
With concern for the environment and fears about climate change never far from the headlines, our use of ICT is coming under increasing scrutiny. In this podcast for Inform Plus, Rob Bristow, Jisc programme manager, talks to Philip Pothen about Jisc's work in this area and why the coming months will be particularly important for this new area of activity.
For Angela Beesley, wikis are ideal tools in education since they enable people to ‘work together and share ideas.’ Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation and...
Jisc and the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH) recently announced that they would be awarding transatlantic grants to foster collaborative digitisation projects between the UK and the US. To celebrate the move Jisc and the NEH held an event at Kings College London in January 2008 to discuss issues relating to international digitisation.Later on in the podcast we'll be hearing an excerpt from one of the presentations from the event, but first Michelle Pauli, working for the Jisc Digitisation Programme, took the opportunity to put some questions to the key organisers of the event.For more information about Jisc's Digitisation Programme, and to listen to and subscribe to news and the Digitisations Programme's podcast, please visit the Digitisation Programme blog (http://digitisation.jiscinvolve.org)
The e-Framework for Education and Research is an international initiative that provides information to institutions on investing in and using information technology infrastructure.
It was announced today that international library organisation OCLC is to be the main sponsor of the Jisc Conference 2008 next month.Established more than 40 years ago and now the largest library-based cooperative in the world, OCLC develops products and services for the library community, undertakes research and connects libraries around the world. This is the first time that OCLC has sponsored the Jisc conference and, in an interview to mark the announcement, European Director John MacColl says that OCLC is 'delighted' to be sponsoring the Jisc conference, especially, he suggests, as this year's event sees the launch of Jisc's 'Libraries of the Future' communication theme.Recommending the session entitled 'From e-Lib to the library of the future' - to be addressed, amongst others, by Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President and Chief Strategist at OCLC - John MacColl says: 'The Jisc-funded e-Lib programme had such a terrific buzz about it. I was involved with e-Lib and we were addressing urgent issues as a community across the UK. It would be great if some of that could be reinvigorated through the conference and through the Libraries of the Future theme... It's so important for our community – probably more important than for decades.'He goes on to speak of the importance of libraries to academic success, their major influence on the engagement of education and research sectors with the web and the leading role of OCLC in supporting libraries across the world. The conference, he suggests, will provide an important opportunity for these themes and issues to be addressed.
One of the projects in Jisc's digitisation programme, the Welsh Journals project is set to add to a growing body of materials dedicated to Welsh, culture, history and language. In this podcast, director of the project Arwel Jones talks about how digitisation can promote wider efforts to make a nation's culture and heritage available to all.
Keynote speaker looks forward to the Jisc annual conference at the Birmingham ICCTechnology is a vital part of the educational experience, says Lord Puttnam of...
The Strategic Content Alliance (SCA) is a three year Jisc-funded initiative committed to delivering a co-ordinated framework of principles and best practice for the provision of online e-content for UK citizens. Its aim is to build a common information environment where users of publicly funded e-content can gain best value from those resources.
A petition organised by Jisc, European partners and SPARC Europe attracted nearly 25,000 signatures in 2007, including a number of Nobel Prize winners, as well as more than 800 education and research organisations. SPARC Europe's director David Prosser talks about what the petition achieved and why he thinks the open access argument has finally been won.