Free Tools

A suite of tactical tools for use by policymakers and practitioners have been developed which include guides; case studies; “visualization” charts; and power points. They have concentrated on some of the “issues” in the seamless access to and use of publicly funded online content for learning, teaching and research and have been developed by all the agencies represented by the Strategic Content Alliance, so they are “profession neutral” and can be exploited professionals such as teachers through the Creative Commons licencing. This is what is happening to the Intellectual Property Rights and Licencing tools in collaboration with Becta, Regional Broadband Consortia and the National Education Network. The “issues” include:

1) Audience Analysis – why and how should projects meet the expectations of users (e.g. students, teachers, parents etc) when developing online content for the web. http://sca.jiscinvolve.org/audience-publications/

2) Business models – how can publicly funded online content on the web be maintained and developed at a time of either zero growth or reduced funding allocation through flexible and hybrid revenue models. http://sca.jiscinvolve.org/business-modelling-publications/

3) Intellectual Property Rights and Licencing – why and how can projects best exploit their Intellectual Property and Licence online content. This is particularly important and has significant implications for the “open” agenda at JISC. http://sca.jiscinvolve.org/ipr-publications/

4) Search Engine Optimisation – why and how by using search engine optimization you ensure that your organizational web presence is enhance. For example, they way in which an MSc course at a university receives increased student applications (from home and abroad) through using “Social Web” tools to drive traffic to the university web pages. http://sca.jiscinvolve.org/category/seo/

5) Policy Resource Discovery – “Digipedia” – how can policymakers easily find the latest authoritative documentation on the “life-cycle” of online content. At the moment it’s difficult and time consuming. In order to improve efficiency we have developed a prototype moderated wiki (akin to a social web presentation layer for public policy documents). Please NOTE additional development on DIgipedia will take place in the autumn http://beta.digipedia.org.uk/

6) Content Resource Discovery – how can we “mash up” online content from across the various silos (universities, public service broadcasting, “cultural heritage”, health etc and present this information in new and novel ways. We developed a prototype – “CenturyShare” which searches across time (from 250,000 objects representing the public sector collections) – meaning that the usual tabular search result was replaced by an innovative search display http://www.k-int.com/projects/c-share

Stuart Dempster and Sarah Fahmy

JISC-BORG@JISCMAIL.AC.UK

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  1. [...] A suite of tactical tools for use by policymakers and practitioners have been developed which include guides, case studies, “visualization” charts and power points. They have concentrated on some of the “issues” in the seamless access to and use of publicly funded online content for learning, teaching and research and have been developed by all the agencies represented by the Strategic Content Alliance, so they are “profession neutral” and can be exploited professionals such as teachers through the Creative Commons licencing. This is what is happening to the Intellectual Property Rights and Licencing tools in collaboration with Becta, Regional Broadband Consortia and the National Education Network. For more information, (see here) [...]

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