Universities and colleges recognise the need to make better use of the data that is generated by their students, researchers and staff as they interact with the systems and services of the institution.
This data has the potential to be incredibly powerful in supporting evidence-based decisions and interventions to inform and improve:
- Student learning and attainment
- Student and researcher retention
- Effective and efficient development of new systems, services
- Procurement of content and resources.
The potential for this data to transform the student and researcher experience, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the institution is currently locked away in the diverse and complex datasets and systems employed by the institution. Even where these datasets are available, making sense of them and comparing data longitudinally and across the sector is difficult and resource intensive.
About the project
To address this challenge the library analytics and metrics project (LAMP) will deliver a shared service to enable universities and colleges to unlock, make sense and act upon the diverse, cross-institutional data that they currently hold.
LAMP aims to enable libraries to capitalise on the many types of data they capture in day-to-day activities, using this to support the improvement and development of new services and demonstrate value and impact in new ways across the institution.
The project will be developing a prototype shared library analytics service for UK academic libraries in early 2015.
The LAMP project is a partnership between Jisc and the University of Huddersfield, and will involve members from the UK library community as part of the community advisory and planning.