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The future of research? 19 October 2010 Congress Centre, London JISC: supporting the future of research Sarah PorterHead of Innovation, JISC
19/10/2010| Supporting education and research | Slide 2 The future of research? Digital infrastructure Over the last decade JISC has invested its research and development funds in over 200 UK universities to create a collaborative innovation engine that has driven and delivered new products and approaches and increased the sector skills and capacity of UK research now and in the future. JISC has consistently demonstrated a continued long-term commitment and investment approach to research, these are just a few areas to highlight. For over 15 years JISC has been constantly developing, evolving and delivering a flexible, resilient, information and communications infrastructure.
19/10/2010| Slide 3 The future of research? Digital infrastructure Collaborative approach working with partners and universities
Metadata standards and best practice
Institutional profiles /organisational identities
Preservation services / file format registries
Identifier services and advice
Digital policy management and regulatory frameworks
Licence registries and standards
Digital asset management JISC pioneers and provides vital infrastructure services for research: JANET Network – UK based – internationally connected for research worldwide JANET Lightpath service Federated Access Management Machine to machine services that are hidden but vital National Grid Service National Data Centres
JISC key principles for the future: Open Collaborative Shared approach In June 2009 we celebrated the first National Research and Education Network in the world to successfully complete a 100Gbit/s network trial. Pushing the boundaries: Janet Aurora Infrastructure JISC is building a Cloud for UK Higher Education 19/10/2010| Slide 4 The future of research? Future – JISC pushing the boundaries
Work needed at a national and international level to put technical standards into place
Ensure research data is managed and preserved for the future
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Research Data Cloud Motivation Recognition Institutional Tools and Analysis Institutional Research Data Support National Data Cloud National Co-ordination and Consultancy
19/10/2010| Slide 7 The future of research? Digital resources to support research Resources Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Journals Archive Enlightening Science: Bringing Newton's Science to Life Freeze Frame Oxford Journals Archive Pleiades 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers American Chemical Society (ACS) Legacy Archives Archival Sound Recordings Early English Books Online (EEBO) JISC is leading the way in opening up online resources: Unlocking 6.5 million hard-to-access items National negotiation of licences to journals Preserving fragile resources Creating a critical mass of digital content Bringing together scattered resources Opening up new areas for research Repositories and preservation A UK National Digital Infrastructure
19/10/2010| Slide 8 The future of research? Digital resources to support research Many examples including: The GrassPortal a world-class ecological data facility The “Old Weather” project developing tools to allow citizen scientists to participate in the digitisation of a unique data set from World War I Royal Naval Ships provides meteorological data for climate scientists. JISC National licensing agreements provide researchers an unparalleled range of online content that is the envy of the world: licensing of datasets heritage collections electronic journals Resources cont. Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) Fürer-Haimendorf Collection Historic Digimap Institution of Civil Engineers Virtual Library Archive IOP Publishing Journal Archive 1874-1998 Taylor & Francis Geography, Planning, Urban and Environment Online Archive UK Colonial Registers and Royal Navy Logbooks (CORRAL) Welsh Ballads
The National Centre for Text Mining – the first publicly funded text mining centre in the world. Text mining tools MyExperiment social networking site for scientists Open Access, Open Science Research Information Management (CERIF) 19/10/2010| Slide 9 The future of research? Supporting research processes
Open Science and Open Research Research “conducted in the spirit of free and open source software”. Methodology, data and results freely online, enabling massively distributed collaboration Transparent working practices Complete and persistent access to the original data but recognising the economics of science “collaborate to compete” So, a continuum of openness (e.g. not all failed experiments might be open) At one end of the continuum… “Open Notebook Science is the practice of making the entire primary record of a research project publicly available online as it is recorded.”
Challenges for the future: Collaboration and competition Sector facing significant challenges to high quality and quantity of research output Competition even more intense than previously Collaboration needed to retain lead position Pool resources and target key objectives in order to be more efficient Use collective bargaining power to get good deals for the whole sector Implement shared infrastructure Differentiate locally Collaborate in order to maintain competitiveness