Recently we released a set of visions for how technology will transform research and education by 2020-2030. Since we released those visions we have been rationalising our research and development portfolio to focus on delivering them.
As a result, the majority of our effort is concentrated on three big areas: digital capability, analytics and the research data shared service. However, we also need to start to prepare for the future. If we can identify what the next big ideas are now, then we will be ready to move on them quickly as soon as our current ideas are delivered. So we need your help to identify what those next big ideas might be.
How you can take part
We identified six challenges from the visions you helped us develop and received a lot of really valuable feedback. We have now analysed all of that feedback and some clear themes have emerged. We have some suggestions for how Jisc could help with some of the themes and would like your help to choose which we should pursue.
We have presented the themes and suggestions on each of the challenge pages. We want to know which of these areas you think we should explore and whether anyone is interested in working on them with us.
There is a form on each of the challenge pages that you can use to express your support for any of the areas and all submissions via this form will be visible publicly. If you want to express support privately then please contact [email protected].
If you have comments or further suggestions on any of the ideas then please tweet using the hashtag #codesign17 or contact the person listed on the relevant challenge page.
The form will be open until 30 January 2017. After that we will analyse the data with some experts from the sector and make a final decision on which areas Jisc are going to explore. We expect to announce the results in early February.
Throughout the consultation you will be able to take part in different ways:
- Discuss and debate the challenges from 31 October-25 November 2016
- Help prioritise the ideas that emerge from the discussion and indicate where you would be interested in collaborating from 9-30 January 2017
- Find out which ideas we have decided to pursue when they're announced on 6 February 2017
- Follow the progress of the challenges and resulting projects in early March 2017
We think that engaging in this consultation will benefit you as you'll have the opportunity to:
- Help shape future Jisc products and services
- Get informed about future technology issues that may have an impact on you
- Network with others interested in the same areas as you
We plan to use this consultation to start a wide-ranging discussion around the challenges that could result in tangible ideas that we could develop into new services for Jisc members.
We hope that this consultation will result in:
- Ideas for technology services that we could deliver to Jisc members to help them improve education and research
- Big ideas for the future, rather than quick wins as the majority of our effort is currently dedicated to delivering digital capability, learning analytics and the research data shared service
- Ideas that are a good fit with our research and development visions and Jisc’s strategy
We will commit to taking the successful ideas through an initial exploration before we decide what a full project will cost. At this point we do not have an identified budget for the successful ideas and we will be exploring a number of options for how we fund the projects, including partnerships with Jisc members and other organisations.
How this relates to existing projects
This consultation is about preparing for the future, once we have delivered our current portfolio of projects.
This diagram shows where the new ideas from this consultation will fit into our innovation pipeline and where our three existing areas currently sit.
Any new ideas we explore as a result of this exercise will move slowly through the initial stages of the pipeline until existing projects are finished and more effort becomes available. However we may explore ways to speed them up if the need emerges.