Tag Archives: Jisc

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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Aurora2 dark fibre communications research service to power the future internet

(9 May 2014)  Jisc has launched Aurora2, its new national dark fibre research and development platform. The internet is built on fibre optic cables which are installed by the telecoms companies. Until light-emitting equipment is connected to the fibres they are ‘dark’. These fibre cables run under our cities and carry the internet services that […]


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Open access to be a requirement for UK research funding

(29 March 2014)  Jisc today welcomed the announcement by Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Scottish Funding Council, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Department for Employment and Learning that from 2016 they will expect all articles submitted to the Research Excellence Framework (REF), a system for assessing the quality of research, to be […]


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Historical medical books database gets a boost from Jisc and Wellcome Library partnership

(25 March 2014)  Today the Wellcome Library and Jisc are pleased to announce that they have strengthened their successful working relationship by signing a new three year agreement for the digitisation of more than 10 million pages of 19th century published works. The details are here.


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Mapping Resources to Competences – report

(12 December 2013)    In order to assess and benchmark the effectiveness of its own digital presence, its members’ digital literacies and to propose changes to professional development where appropriate, SCONUL has been working as a participating professional association in the JISC Developing Digital Literacies programme, which runs from July 2011 to December 2013. During this […]


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Digital bone library offers global resource for chronic disease identification

(9 December 2013)  Jisc has announced that a unique online resource bringing together some 1,600 specimens of diseased human bones into a single digital collection will offer trainee medics, clinicians and medical historians around the world the chance to study in detail the effects of chronic diseases on bone. The specimens, currently housed in major […]


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The world’s first 3D virtual fossil collection

(22 August 2013) The British Geological Survey (BGS) is today launching the world’s first 3D virtual fossil collection to the public. Thousands of 3D digital fossil models, plus several thousand quality images, many in 3D, can now be browsed and downloaded for free on a computer, tablet or phone. The GB3D Type Fossils Online project, funded by […]


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Launch of digital preservation business case toolkit

Do you need to write a business case for a digital preservation initiative? A new toolkit may help. It provides a step-by-step guide to the writing process, including templates, case studies and other resources. The Digital Preservation Business Case Toolkit is freely available online. It was created by the Jisc funded SPRUCE project, with collaboration […]


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