Issue Eighteen – 26 July 2010

A Few Words…

Plans for the Festival of Assemblies are gathering pace and there will be confirmation of venue in the next newsletter. In this issue, there are more details of the FOA (themes, Trade Fair etc), JISC thematic dissemination agendas, news on Benefits Realisation and project news.

The Festival of AssembliesWednesday 20 October
  Assemblies
  Trade Fair
Institutional Innovation Dissemination
  REMINDER: LLLWFD Interim Reports for September
Benefits Realisation
  Phase 3 Benefits Realisation Projects
Assemblies
  MUSKET 2 July 2010 Middlesex University
Project News
  Erewhon 9 September 2010 Apple Executive Briefing Centre
  Beyond the ‘how to’ guides – a search
Publications
  Digital Content Quarterly

The Festival of AssembliesWednesday 20 October

The theme of the festival is ‘Personalisation’. It is an opportunity for projects to host assemblies, trade ideas and network at a gathering of the projects, together with representatives of JISC programmes, at a central venue – watch out for the email that will announce the venue.
Festival activities include collaborative assemblies and a Trade Fair of products/outputs.

Assemblies

Collaborative assemblies will run in parallel covering these themes:

  • Effects on the institution
  • Development of systems
  • Effect on employers and partners

There are still assembly session slots available (2 hours or 4 hours) for projects that have not yet applied or already hosted assemblies. If you would like to run an assembly, please contact other projects to work with you – or we would be happy to make suggestions about others who are doing something interesting in your theme area.

Submit short outlines by Monday 2 August using the online application form at:

http://assemblies.inin.jisc-ssbr.net/foa_form/

Trade Fair

A display of posters, leaflets and artefacts that ‘productise’ project outputs will be held and will include a lunchtime Trade Fair with opportunities for JISC programme managers and other interested invitees to ‘buy’. (There will be prizes for high ‘sales’!). All LLLWFD projects are invited to display a poster /products at the Trade Fair.

All queries to:

    Patsy (patsy@jisc-ssbr.net) or Ellen (levellearning@waitrose.com)

    Institutional Innovation Dissemination

    JISC has identified 10 thematic dissemination agendas (see image below):

    1. Entrepreneurial spirit
    2. Exemplary Employer
    3. Best-Practice Management Systems and Processes
    4. Local, Regional, National, International Social, Cultural & Economic Development
    5. Reduce Cost, Generate Income
    6. Streamlined Integrated Admin Systems
    7. Environmental Quality and Sustainability
    8. Superb Student Experience
    9. Academic Excellence
    10. Organisational Development

    JISC Agendas

    Read more from George Roberts [here]

    REMINDER: LLLWFD Interim Reports for September

    The due date for the next interim report to JISC from LLLWFD projects is 30 September. In addition to project progress, this next interim report should include:

    • a full financial report with details of any variances between planned and actual spending as well as any ideas for these
    • links to project outputs

    Benefits Realisation

    Phase 3 Benefits Realisation Projects

    Six new benefits realisation projects have been funded following the last invitation for ideas from the Phase 3 Lifelong Learning and Work Force Development Programme in addition to the three projects who have already received benefits realisation funding within the programme. The projects cover a range of themes around frameworks and portfolios to support work-based learning, accreditation of prior learning and maturity models for work force development. Read more [here]

    Assemblies

    MUSKET 2 July 2010 Middlesex University

    The main aim of the assembly was to share our experience and demonstrate the tools developed to the JISC (and the rest) community. Even more importantly we needed feedback and input from other JISC projects and experts on the work done so far. The focus was more on the XCRI side of the work the project has carried out.

    The tool set developed by MUSKET consists of three components:

    • the Transform Tool (Doc 2 XML);
    • the OWL Tool (XML-2-OWL); and
    • the Semantic tool.

    Read more about the day [here]

    Geetha Abeysinghe
    g.abeysinghe@mdx.ac.uk

    Project News

    Erewhon 9 September 2010 Apple Executive Briefing Centre

    On September 9th, the JISC-funded Erewhon project will be hosting a day-long briefing on Open Mobile Solutions at the Apple Executive Briefing Centre in London (here for directions). The event will be targeted at information management professionals in higher education, and will showcase cross-platform, open source, technology for delivering institutional information to mobile devices. Read more here http://erewhon.oucs.ox.ac.uk/events/2010-09/

    Beyond the ‘how to’ guides – a search

    Project visits by the SSBR team supporting the JISC Institutional Innovation Programme have flagged up a need for some ‘beyond the how-to’ type of guides. Whilst the guidance about how to use a certain technology are obviously helpful, there is a need for some additional guidance about the wider issues in using particular technologies, for example, looking at embedding the technologies into an institution, good practice pointers, looking at a technology from various perspectives and so on. Read more from Lisa Corley here:

    Publications

    Digital Content Quarterly

    Following the volatile events of spring – the first coalition government since 1945, global economic uncertainty, the budget deficit and looming public sector cuts – Digital Content Quarterly (DCQ) is championing those digital projects, initiatives and services that provide ‘best practice’, positive examples and opportunities for emulation in increasingly austere times. Our coverline, taken from the now famous Ministry of Information propaganda poster that was pulped in 1945 and only unearthed in 2005, says it all: Keep Calm and Carry On. Read it here:

    **If you have any news or information you would like to share, please contact emma@jisc-ssbr.net

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