David Robey is contracted as Director of the AHRC’s ICT in Arts and Humanities Research programme, a 5-year programme running until 2008 to build on AHRC’s groundwork in ICT provision. David has recently authored Jisc’s brand new ‘Research in the Arts & Humanities’ briefing paper, and in this interview he chats to Alice Gugan via Skype where he outlines his views on the issues arts & humanities researchers’ face, initiatives they should be aware of, and the importance of e-Science.
Kevin Guthrie is president of the US-based Ithaka, an organisation which supports innovation in the use of ICT, providing shared services and national initiatives for the benefit of US higher education. Here he talks to Philip Pothen about why international collaboration is important to the digitisation of scholarly resources and what the US and the UK can learn from each other.
Joyce Ray is Associate Deputy Director for Library Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a US-based funder of digitisation and other programmes. Speaking at the recent international digitisation conference at Cardiff, she was able to give an international perspective to some of the challenges facing funders in the digitisation of high-quality content for education and other sectors. During the conference she took time to speak to Philip Pothen about some of these challenges.
Google has quickly become a key player in the digitisation of scholarly resources.
Chris Batt is the Chief Executive of the Museum Libraries and Archives Council, a key partner of Jisc’s in the Strategic Content Alliance, a cross-sector body looking to widen access to online content for all citizens of the UK. In this podcast he talks about the work of the MLA, the Strategic Content Alliance and why the public sector is crucial to any attempts to create an information landscape that has quality and the needs of its users at its heart.
Students are increasingly becoming familiar with using social networking and other interactive web services such as Facebook, MySpace, Flickr and YouTube. This phenomenon has important implications for educational institutions as students increasingly expect such services - or at least aspects of such services - to be mirrored in the delivery of courses.
The Jisc-funded TechWatch service recently published a major - and hugely popular - report on Web 2.0 and its implications for education and research. In this Podcast Philip Pothen speaks to TechWatch's director Gaynor Backhouse about the work of the service and why the report has been so successful.
Are we now on the cusp of a new era in IT and user behaviour, which could fundamentally change the way in which information is created, used and managed?
All researchers and academic authors in the UK now have a repository in which to deposit their research papers under terms of open access. The Depot, a national Jisc-funded repository based at EDINA in the University of Edinburgh, was launched last month to provide a range of services to support the self-archiving of research papers. In this podcast, Philip Pothen talks to Peter Burnhill, Director of EDINA about the benefits of putting research papers in The Depot.
The UK Access Management Federation launched in November 2006 and provides the UK Schools, Research, Further and Higher Education sectors with a secure way of accessing online learning materials and services using federated access management technology such as Shibboleth. Elsevier ScienceDirect was an early adopter of Shibboleth and took park in the UK pilot federation. For this Podcast Jane Charlton from Jisc spoke via Skype to Ale de Vries from Elsevier ScienceDirect about some of the issues around adopting this new technology and what the main benefits and challenges are for publishers and service providers.