New JISC resources on maximizing web resources

I highly recommend these new publications from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the UK. They treat such hot topics as search engine optimization, building good web resources, promoting content, and using the social web for your organization’s resources.

-Joan Lippincott, CNI

**For Information **

Maximising the effectiveness of your online resources

The proliferation of computing and network devices has meant that, over the past 10 years, the internet has become the primary driving force in the access, use and engagement with information. Easy access for all to simple social networking and the explosion in interconnectedness has also turned marketing on its head forever.

In an age when media, business, government and almost every aspect of modern society vies for the users’ attention, how can we ensure that the resources that are being created through public funds reach and engage with their constituent audiences?

The reports, guides and case studies below summarise the key principles in maximising your online effectiveness and present a condensed version of the highly successful series of workshops commissioned by the Strategic Content Alliance and undertaken by JISC Netskills in 2010. Pictures, videos and materials from the workshops which supplement this work can also be found at: http://scamore.eforum.org/cgi-bin/default?section=about

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes

Sarah Fahmy

Manager

Strategic Content Alliance

The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)

1st Floor, Brettenham House

5, Lancaster Place

London, WC2E 7EN

Tel: 0203 006 6075

Mob: 07891 501192

Email: sarah.fahmy

Web: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/contentalliance

Building Bridges to e-Content with the Strategic Content Alliance

Review of UK JISC Published

Over the past few months, the UK Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) has been carrying out a major review of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). JISC is the organization that funds advanced networking, content licensing, and many other vital activities for the UK higher education sector; it has provided key leadership for many innovations, and is widely recognized as a world leader. CNI and JISC have collaborated on numerous areas over the years, and have hosted a series of meetings to bring together US and UK leaders to explore developments of common interest.

The report of the review, along with an initial JISC response, can be found at

http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2011/02/review.aspx

(the link to the report is towards the bottom of the page)

I think that this material will be of interest to everybody concerned with the future of higher education in the UK, or with the development of national strategies for funding and supporting advanced technology infrastructure.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

JISC-sponsored Incremental Project Scoping Study and Implementation Plan

The UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) is funding a project on research data management at the University of Glasgow and the Cambridge University. There’s a web site at

http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/preservation/incremental/

and a blog at

http://incrementalproject.wordpress.com

Earlier this month the project issued a scoping study and implementation plan, which can be found at

http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/preservation/incremental/news.html

which draws heavily on interviews that the project conducted with front-line researchers at the two institutions.

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI

Conversations – July recording available

The archived audio recording of the July 15 CNI Conversations session is now available at http://conversations.cni.org/ (to subscribe to the audio feed add http://conversations.cni.org/feed to iTunes, or any podcatcher). This session includes a recap of the JISC/CNI Edinburgh conference by CNI Executive Director Clifford Lynch and myself; sessions on e-science, “digging into data challenge projects,” special collections, institutional strategies for digital content, and services for users of mobile devices were highlighted. Cliff also discussed the IATUL conference and the Microsoft research meeting. I gave a summary of an article on the current status of electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) programs in the US that Cliff and I co-authored and that will appear soon in the ARL publication RLI (issue 270).

About CNI Conversations
CNI Conversations provides an opportunity for individuals from member institutions and organizations to talk to CNI Director Clifford Lynch and others; currently the events take place in audio-conference format. Questions and discussion are invited and encouraged. Real-time participation in CNI Conversations requires pre-registration, which is open only to those at member institutions and organizations; if you are interested in participating in CNI Conversations, please contact Jackie Eudell at jackie@cni.org. We plan to continue to make audio or other records of these exchanges generally available after the event.

For questions or comments related to CNI Conversations, please contact me at Joan@cni.org.

July 2010

Audio Recording [mp3 1:06:46 hr.] July 15, 2010

In the July 2010 CNI Conversations, Executive Director Cliff Lynch and Associate Director Joan Lippincott provide a recap of the JISC/CNI Edinburgh conference; sessions on e-science, “digging into data challenge projects,” special collections, institutional strategies for digital content, and services for users of mobile devices were highlighted. Cliff also discussed the IATUL conference and the Microsoft research meeting. Joan Lippincott gave a summary of an article on the current status of electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) programs in the US that she and Cliff co-authored and that will appear soon in the ARL publication RLI (issue 270).