Tag Archives: Jisc

The Spotify of the textbook world takes off as Bibliotech is go

As libraries look to widen access to core texts, how can they make this affordable to both universities and students? (1 August 2017) Social mobility of students is a topic that rarely leaves the education headlines, with tuition fees and accommodation costs at the top of the list. Less topical, but of real importance to […]


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Old medical publications support new learners and researchers

(8 May 2017) A £1m project to digitise more than 15 million pages of 19th century medical texts has just finished and the material is now available online for free. It has taken three years to convert these historic published works for use in the 21st century by learners, teachers and researchers. Covering much more […]


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Poor digital leadership will see universities struggle to attract students

(24 March 2017) New research highlights the growing importance of higher education staff being capable of delivering technology-enhanced learning experience for students. A survey of 1,000 16-24 year olds, commissioned by Jisc in the UK, found that three quarters (75%) of higher education students surveyed believe that having staff with the appropriate digital skills is […]


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New UK-wide service will transform library collaboration

(3 February 2017) As part of delivering on the vision of a UK national digital library, Jisc and OCLC announce a partnership to build a new shared service that will aggregate academic bibliographic data at scale, improving library collection management and resource discovery for students and researchers. Today Jisc announced that OCLC, the global library […]


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UK students and universities set to reap the benefits of market-leading e-book pilot

(21 September 2016) Pearson and Jisc are today announcing a year-long pilot that will make e-books more readily accessible to students across UK higher education (HE). The agreement is based on extensive engagement and feedback from members of Jisc, and follows six months of open and constructive dialogue between Jisc and Pearson. From this month, Jisc […]


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Working together to ensure the future of the digital scholarly record

(14 August 2016) EDINA and the ISSN International Centre have published Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record. This statement outlines the actions now required to tackle the evolving challenges of preserving and ensuring the long-term accessibility of digital scholarship. View the statement here. Working Together to Ensure the Future of the Digital Scholarly Record addresses […]


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Spotlight on the digital

(7 October 2015) Jurn.org reports that JISC has commissioned a new September 2015 Spotlight Literature Review on scholarly discovery, which is available now in PDF. Short, but to-the-point… in most cases staff over-estimate the extent to which users use different library services, in some cases very greatly. […] overall they think, it seems mistakenly, that […]


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How can you make resources accessible for those with disabilities?

(21 July 2015) Lisa Featherstone is a Jisc subject specialist advising on accessibility and inclusion. In this podcast, she offers her tips on using technology to create more flexible resources that can meet the needs of students with disabilities and learning impairments. Read the original blog post.


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Data literacy and skills development vital to UK economic health

(13 July 2015)   Today Jisc welcomes a new policy briefing from innovation charity Nesta and Universities UK (UUK), which is designed to develop data analytics skills and improve the supply of analytical talent to support the UK economy. Drawing from two research reports – ‘Skills of the Datavores: Talent and the data revolution’ from Nesta, and […]


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Turning research questions into computational queries: outputs from the ‘Enabling Complex Analysis of Large Scale Digital Collections’ project

(3 July 2015) ‘Enabling Complex Analysis of Large Scale Digital Collections’, a project funded by the Jisc Research Data Spring, empowers researchers to turn their research questions into computational queries and gathers social and technical requirements for infrastructures and services that allow computational exploration of big humanities data. Melissa Terras, Professor of Digital Humanities at […]


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Where next for the e-book?

(5 January 2015)  Jisc’s new book, ‘E-books in education: realising the vision’, describes how managers, teachers and librarians encourage the use of e-books and why they can be an important asset for institutions, academics and students. Find out more in the podcast, and download the book for free. Details here.


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Unravelling the true cost of publishing in open access

(16 December 2014) Journal publishing models are changing rapidly, especially in the UK. This Jisc podcast looks at the pressing need for institutions to track the true cost of article processing charges (APCs) so they can manage their transition to open access from a position of authority and monitor their costs effectively.  A link to […]


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Seamless connectivity reaches over half a million in UK through eduroam

(13 November 2014) eduroam – the worldwide single sign-on secure network which provides wifi connectivity access for education and research – reached more than 600,000 internet-enabled devices in the UK last month. During October a total of 608,131 devices were successfully authenticated using the eduroam national infrastructure, which is managed through the Janet network provided […]


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UK research secures new national data centre

(2 September 2014) Research in the UK has been given a boost this week as specialist data centre provider, Infinity, has secured a five year framework agreement with Janet, the UK’s national research and education network, provided by Jisc. The deal sees the creation of a Jisc data centre to support the requirements for academic […]


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Preserving Complex Digital Objects

(8 July 2014) This ground-breaking edited collection from Facet Publishing explores the challenges of preserving complex digital objects such as simulations, visualisations, digital art and video games. Drawing on the outputs of the JISC-funded Preservation of Complex Objects (POCOS) symposia, enhanced with specialist pathfinder solutions, this book covers topics such as the legal and technical […]


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