"Virtual" VREs - bringing research into the curriculum

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"Virtual" VREs - bringing research into the curriculum

  1. 1. LiLa Conference 2011: Sharing Online Laboratories for Education – 11 April 2011<br />Presenter or main title…<br />“Virtual” VREs - bringing research into the curriculum<br />Session Title or subtitle…<br />Christopher BrownDigital Infrastructure Team<br />
  2. 2. JISC Mission<br /> To provide world-class leadership in the innovative use of ICT, to support education and research<br />11/04/2011| Slide 2<br />
  3. 3. Primary JISC Activities<br />Committees &<br />Consultation<br />e-Administration<br />e-Learning<br />e-Research<br />e-Content<br />Services<br />Innovation<br />Programmes<br />e-Infrastructure<br />Access Management<br />Network<br />Outreach &<br />Embedding<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 3<br />
  4. 4. JISC e-Research Programmes<br />Research Communities Engagement<br />Virtual Research Environments<br />Research Data Management<br />Research Infrastructures and Services<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 4<br />
  5. 5. VRE definition<br />A VRE comprises a set of online tools and other network resources and technologies interoperating with each other to facilitate or enhance the processes of research practitioners within and across institutional boundaries.<br />A key characteristic of a VRE is that it facilitates collaboration amongst researchers and research teams providing them with more effective means of collaboratively collecting, manipulating and managing data, as well as collaborative knowledge creation.<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 5<br />
  6. 6. JISC VRE Programmes<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 6<br />
  7. 7. VRE Phase 1<br />Experimental<br />Application of VLE approaches to research<br />Application of Service Oriented Architectures to research<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 7<br />
  8. 8. VRE Phase 1 - Domain Areas<br />Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities<br /><ul><li>OGHAM
  9. 9. BVREH
  10. 10. Sakai education research
  11. 11. CHESHIRE 3
  12. 12. Political Discourse</li></ul>Natural Sciences<br /><ul><li>ISME
  13. 13. IBVRE</li></ul>Cross-Domain<br /><ul><li>CSAGE
  14. 14. CORE
  15. 15. Sakai portal demonstrator
  16. 16. EVIE
  17. 17. ELVI
  18. 18. IUGO
  19. 19. GROWL
  20. 20. MEMETIC</li></ul>11/04/2011 | Slide 8<br />
  21. 21. VRE Phase 1 - Technologies<br />Portal<br />ELVI<br />EVIE<br />Portal <br />Demo<br />IBVRE<br />CORE<br />MEMETIC<br />ISME<br />IUGO<br />OGHAM<br />Edu Research<br />Cheshire<br />CSAGE<br />BVREH<br />Political Discourse<br />Growl<br />Domain Specific<br />Sakai<br />Generic<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 9<br />
  22. 22. VRE Phase 2<br />Developmental<br />User Centric & Research Focused<br /><ul><li>VRE Exemplars
  23. 23. Demonstrators</li></ul>11/04/2011 | Slide 10<br />
  24. 24. VRE Phase 2 – Four Demonstrators<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 11<br />
  25. 25. VRE for Study of Documents and Manuscripts<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 12<br />
  26. 26. 11/04/2011 | Slide 13<br />
  27. 27. VRE for Study of Documents and Manuscripts<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 14<br />
  28. 28. 11/04/2011 | Slide 15<br />
  29. 29. CREW<br />Collaborative Research Events on the Web (CREW)<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 16<br />
  30. 30. Overview Slides April 2009 http://www.crew-vre.net/<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 17<br />
  31. 31. CREW<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 18<br />
  32. 32. <ul><li>“Facebook for Scientists” ...but different to Facebook!
  33. 33. A repository of research methods
  34. 34. A community social network
  35. 35. A Virtual Research Environment
  36. 36. Open source (BSD) Ruby on Rails application with HTML, REST and SPARQL interfaces
  37. 37. Project started March 2007
  38. 38. Closed beta since July 2007
  39. 39. Open beta November 2007</li></ul>myExperiment has over 3000 members, 200 groups, 1000 workflows, 300 files and 100 packs*<br />Go to www.myexperiment.org to access publicly available content or create an account<br />*April 2011<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 19<br />
  40. 40. The social process of Science<br />Virtual Learning Environment<br />Reprints<br />Peer-Reviewed Journal & Conference Papers<br />Technical Reports<br />LocalWeb<br />Preprints & Metadata<br />Repositories<br />Certified Experimental Results & Analyses<br />2.0<br />Undergraduate Students<br />Digital Libraries<br />scientists<br />Graduate Students<br />experimentation<br />Data, Metadata Provenance WorkflowsOntologies<br />16/11/2010 | Slide 20<br />
  41. 41. 16/11/2010 | Slide 21<br />
  42. 42. myExperimentFeatures<br /><ul><li>User Profiles
  43. 43. Groups
  44. 44. Friends
  45. 45. Sharing
  46. 46. Tags
  47. 47. Workflows
  48. 48. Developer interface
  49. 49. Credits and Attributions
  50. 50. Fine control over privacy
  51. 51. Packs
  52. 52. Federation
  53. 53. Enactment</li></ul>Distinctives<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 22<br />
  54. 54. Virtual Environments for Research in Archaeology - VERA<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 23<br />
  55. 55. VERA – Online presence<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 24<br />
  56. 56. VERA – Technology trials<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 25<br />
  57. 57. VRE Phase 3<br />Embedding and extending take-up<br />“Building communities for sharing practice”<br />Open ended/rolling programme<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 26<br />
  58. 58. VRE Phase 3<br />The intention of this programme is not to produce a complete VRE, but rather to define and help to develop the frameworks and associated standards and to encourage the development and population of VREs with applications, services and resources appropriate to their needs.<br />11/04/2011| Slide 27<br />
  59. 59. VRE Phase 3 - Overview<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 28<br />
  60. 60. VRE Phase 3 - Projects<br />11/04/2011| | Slide 29<br />Strand 3 - VRE InteroperabilityLinkSphere ReadingText VRE KCLVirtual Research Integration Collaboration (VRIC) SouthamptonInstitutional Scholarly comms & publication sharing Cambridge<br />Strand 1 - VRE Tools- Video Conversion on PAGManchester<br /><ul><li>Strand 2 - VRE FrameworksIBBRESouthamptonCollaborative Research in Business (CRIB)LancasterCancer Imaging VREOxfordONE VREManchesterBRAIN - Building Research and Innovation NetworksCoventry</li></ul>11/04/2011| Supporting education and research | Slide 29<br />
  61. 61. 11/04/2011| | Slide 30<br />
  62. 62. VRE Phase 3 – VRE-CI<br />11/04/2011| Slide 31<br />VRE Toolkit for SP2010<br />Cancer Imaging VRE (VRE-CI) to provide a framework to allow researchers and clinicians involved in Cancer Imaging to share information, images and algorithms. Builds on the Research Information Centre (RIC) developed for bioscience researchers by the British Library and Microsoft Corporation.<br />
  63. 63. VRE Phase 3 – VRE-CI<br />11/04/2011| Slide 32<br />Image Library<br />Image Metadata Curation<br />Image Viewer<br />Annotation Tools<br />
  64. 64. VRERI – Rapid Innovation<br />http://code.google.com/p/vreri/<br />11/04/2011| Slide 33<br />
  65. 65. VRERI - Megstream<br />Megstream: Streamlining the processing of MEG dataThe Megstream prototype aims to simplify brain research and make it more accessible. MEG scanners measure magnetic activity in the brain over time. Specialist software from the vendor produces images of this activity within the brain for analysis and diagnosis.<br />The Megstream software makes it easier to produce these images by:<br />overlaying the previously complex and ‘fuzzy’ process with ordered workflows<br />providing remote access to these analysis workflows via a web browser <br />And it makes it easier to track and reproduce the underlying research by:<br />recording information about each scan in a database<br />using a plugin to the WordPress blogging platform to link the information in the database and the process of creating and analysing MEG images <br />11/04/2011| Slide 34<br />http://www1.aston.ac.uk/lhs/research/centres-facilities/brain-centre/facilities-clinical-services/meg-studies/streamlining-meg/<br />
  66. 66. VRERI - AMI<br />AMI - a prototype of a natural user interface system that allows bench scientists to interact with their experimental information at the fumehood, using innovative modes of communication appropriate to the lab setting, focusing on voice recognition, touch-screens and laser keyboards. <br />11/04/2011| Slide 35<br />Log in using ID badge <br />(Touch-A-Tag RFID reader)<br />The Ami experiment selection screen<br />All chemicals and apparatus tagged with an RFID tag<br />http://amiproject.wordpress.com<br />The Ami event log screen<br />
  67. 67. VRERI - AMI<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 36<br />All output files created are stored in one directory for each experiment. This makes it easy to keep track of all data created, and to transfer it to the electronic lab notebook<br />Each sensor has its own log file<br />The Ami Experiment Monitoring Tool, here being used to monitor tea temperature…<br />The infrared sensor being tested on an Arduino circuit board<br />
  68. 68. VRE – for teaching<br />Many VRE projects could be built on to take them into the classroom<br />Use same tools as researchers – “virtual” VRE<br />Taking into a teaching environment not often considered<br />In future include from the outset not as an add on<br />Often requires removing personal information from real data<br />11/04/2011| Slide 37<br />
  69. 69. Further Details<br />Programme Websites<br />http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/vre<br />http://code.google.com/p/vreri/<br />Christopher Brown, Programme Manager (e-Research)<br />E-Mail: c.brown@jisc.ac.uk<br />Tel: +44 7891 501177<br />Matthew Dovey, Programme Director (e-Research)<br />E-Mail: m.dovey@jisc.ac.uk<br />Tel: +44 7876 445403<br />Programme hash tags:<br />#jiscvre<br />#vre<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 38<br />
  70. 70. Questions<br />11/04/2011 | Slide 39<br />

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