UKOLN led the development of the UK’s information environment architecture to support colleges and universities with expert advice and guidance on the best technologies to use for sharing and accessing digital content and related information. The information environment underpinned Jisc’s provision of access to digital content and has been influential in similar initiatives around the world.
Many of UKOLN’s key achievements have been associated with digital libraries and in particular, with metadata and standards development for resource discovery in research and education. The long-standing engagement with the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) was instrumental in the conception of metadata schema application profiles.
Most recently, UKOLN has developed the application profile for research outputs (RIOXX) which will meet many essential use cases, such as enabling funders, like the Research Councils, to track research outputs associated to their grants.
UKOLN received funding from Jisc until July 2013. Work is now continued by UKOLN Informatics Research Group at the University of Bath.
The archival website of UKOLN is no longer being updated but is still available to view.