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.
As President of Universities UK and Vice Chancellor of Liverpool University, Professor Drummond Bone’s thoughts on how education and research can maximise its impact across the world carry particular weight. In this podcast, Philip Pothen reports on Jisc’s 2007 national repositories conference in Manchester where Professor Bone outlined his views on the importance of repositories to the UK.
A major international conference on digitisation took place in Cardiff last week.