Digipedia briefing 08 11-10


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Briefing on v1.6 of the JISC funded Digipedia pilot project

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  • The purpose of Digipedia is to build and present to policy makers and professionals a trusted and comprehensive guide to the digital content lifecycle so that public investment in digital content can converge around the UK Digital Content Framework
  • An early schematic of the value components and value flows around the Digital Content Framework
    There is a role to aggregate guidance, standards, policies and case studies from a range of institutions and translate that into resources relevant to a range of sectors and levels of knowledge and experience
    The diagram does not show the growing feedback loops that are developing across the demand and supply sides. These will be part of the development of the next stage of Digipedia
  • Scope of the deliverables and targets for the initial prototype
  • An important element of the project will be to provide coherent, authoritative guidance on the standards for digital content and approaches to content aggregation and presentation that is at once efficient and focused on the needs of user groups, whether great national institutions or small volunteer groups in the third sector.
  • It will also present options to convergence and sustainability so that maximum value is delivered to the end user. This element will be important to the policy planner working at strategic level
  • It will provide guidance on approaches to advocacy – case studies, impact analysis and tools that will ne necessary for those developing programmes of advocacy
  • A further critical element will be to provide a forum for discussion and the development of communities of interest. Digipedia will be an open system within this context allowing the sharing of information and experience and methods to enable user comment to be added
  • It will present the information in forms that work for the end user, which means simple and straightforward
  • The first version of Digipedia used MediaWiki (as used by Wikipedia)
    One of the great strengths of MediaWiki is the large user base and the consequential shared programme of development of functionality.
    The platform is very robust and maintenance is limited
    Already there are a wide range of extensions and new approaches to data ingestion, interfaces and the semantic web are now being widely tested.
    Not only does this mean there is opportunity to sustain the development of the open source platform, but there the chance of JISC and SCA to contribute new ideas to the global community of users
    We plan to exploit the ability of MediaWIki to export data and also to act as a signpost to external data sources
    We expect that there will be a central repository of resources (for example the SCA oeuvre) but linking to other services will be just as important, something that the semantic approach makes possible
    Our intention is that the architecture will make it possible to embed Digipedia as a service dashboard within remote services, thus allowing the remote service to customise the interface for their user base while accessing all the resources of DIgipedia
  • The wonderful front page of the first version that will be familiar to some of the audience
  • Quick example of how the wiki approach can adopt and exploit high quality resources
    The SCA IPR toolkit provides a comprehensive guide and resources for all aspects of IPR, mainly available in traditional printed form
  • This is a schematic of the relationships between components, but with the printed form the relationships are not readily presented to the user. They must plot through the flowchart to find the relevant bits
  • This is an example from the initial prototype
    It shows on the left hand side that an wider introduction designed for those who come to the digital content lifecycle for the first time. This introduction provides a description of all aspects of the law in relation to digital content.
    The right hand page shows links to all of the components of the original IPR guide – these links are also embedded throughout the various pages related to digital content and the law so that different paths can be plotted through the various elements, depending on the needs of the user.
  • This is a simple to show how MediaWiki enables semantic connectivity
  • Digipedia briefing 08 11-10

    1. 1. DIGIPEDIA: The Story So Far AGENDA 1. Strategic Content Alliance 2. Digipedia Prototype 3. Digipedia Pilot Service
    2. 2. Common Information Environment  2003-07 Bonding and ground breaking  Small-scale demonstrators  Considerable debate about possibilities  Moving towards a more mature approach to co-operation BBC Becta British Library JISC MLA NHS – National e-Library for Health
    3. 3. Strategic Content Alliance  2007 Full-time team at JISC  The MISSION:  “…the full range of online content needs to be made available to all, quickly, easily and in a form appropriate to individuals' needs.”  “…without much greater common working our respective contributions in providing access to new digital resources will be limited to individual branded networks.”
    4. 4. 2007-2009 Deliverables  Orphan works  Audience research  Intellectual property rights  Sustainability and business models  Synthesis to create a UK e-content framework for knowledge, learning and research
    5. 5. The Digital Content Framework  To achieve the best possible return on investment, avoidance of duplication of effort, and to empower the e-citizen, key stakeholders need to be brought together to work towards a common set of principles and guidelines for best practice that will provide a common policy framework for online content activities across the domains of lifelong learning and teaching, research, and cultural heritage.
    7. 7. 2009: Digipedia Prototype Main purposes  Link authoritative information  Focus for expert advice and guidance  Plain English narrative  Text mining  Innovative browsing  Access for a broad audience Audience  Policy makers  Public sector content creators  Non-for-profit content creators
    8. 8. Digital Lifecycle highway code  Common standards  Authoritative guidance, from basic to advanced  Resource sharing, partnerships
    9. 9. Route planner to convergence  Who is doing what?  Policy conversations  Partnership and sustainability  Relevance to widest possible audience
    10. 10. Advocacy resource  Compendium of achievements  Exemplars of public value  Digital content and strategic policy priorities  Practical tools and methods
    11. 11. Knowledge exchange  Managed two-way engagement  Linking people together  Conversations, new ideas  Communities of interest
    12. 12. Simple, but authoritative  Provides practical answers  Trusted, quality advice  One-stop shop  Easy to use Digital Content Lifecycle
    13. 13. Why MediaWiki?  World’s leading open source wiki software  Robust platform  Simple, low maintenance  Wide range of tested extensions  Ingestion, export, semantic tools, user interfaces  Constant innovation/development (chance to contribute)
    14. 14. Digipedia: Pilot Service  12 month project (five months in)  Easy to use, authoritative, up-to-date, insightful view on the management of the digital content lifecycle  Build community of those working towards ‘good practice’ in digital content provision  Communications and dissemination plan  Developing a business plan for sustainability with JISC and other Alliance partners
    15. 15. Additional Functionality  User ranking of content  Embedding content in other services  Important tagged content from other services  FAQs and discussion fora  Multimedia resources  Step-by-step how to guides  (MediaWiki, but not Wikipedia)
    16. 16. Where are we up to?  v1.6 demonstration of functionality and federated content search  Partnership with Collections Trust to test semantic links  How to build a cost-effective business model  Development profile that will mould a comprehensive knowledge based across a range of agencies – convergence?  Testing the embedding of service into other websites (widget transplant)
    17. 17. Knowledge base Edited content Tags in headers Selected links to build KB
    18. 18. Defragmention in a fragmented landscape of digital content
    19. 19. THANK YOU Susi Woodhouse cbatt@mac.com