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SDI – National to Global: perspectives from the UK academic sector

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Presented by Conor Smyth at SDI-Open 2015, IBGE, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil http://sdistandards.icaci.org/sdi-open-2015-proceedings/ 20-21 August 2015

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SDI – National to Global: perspectives from the UK academic sector

  1. 1. SDI – National to Global: perspectives from the UK academic sector Conor G. Smyth, Ph.D., FRGS, C.Geog (GIS) Head of Research and Geodata Services SDI-Open 2015, IBGE, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  2. 2. Agenda SDI-Open 2015 I1. Introduction to the UK academic SDI 2. SDI implementation 3. Why the academic SDI matters 4. Future strategic considerations
  3. 3. 1. Introduction to the UK academic SDI I q The basis for UK a-SDI q The sectors that we serve q What we offer today
  4. 4. 1a. Introduction to the UK academic SDI I Basis: § EDINA national centre of digital expertise* § Formed as part of Jisc (national acad. ICT) § Policy level; Dpt. of Ed; funding councils § Portfolio of online digital services to sector § Objective to: promote discovery, access, exchange and sharing of GI/services to the academic community, and beyond § Standards & interoperability are key § Centre of international digital expertise *since 1995
  5. 5. 1b. Introduction to the UK academic SDI I Our Sectors (total numbers): § UK Higher Education (165) § UK Further Education (390) § GB Schools (28,681) § UK (& Scottish) Government § Also, EU/International (global SDI) § …via Subscription and Open models & Funded by Jisc, Grant awards, Contracts..
  6. 6. 1c. Introduction to the UK academic SDI I
  7. 7. 1d. Introduction to the UK academic SDI I I DISCOVER ACCESS SHARE CREATE Our Offering:
  8. 8. 2. SDI Implementation I q The Technical Platform q Open software, standards, data q Case study, Digimap
  9. 9. 2a. SDI Implementation I Technical Platform: § Diverse technical components to support access, services & middleware § Desktop and Mobile (Apps) environment § Subscription vs. Open modes § Varied use of Open standards, OSS, libraries & data ...& is service dependent § Single development code base § Interoperability very important § Proprietary software utilised (limited)
  10. 10. 2b. SDI Implementation I Open geospatial software, standards & data underpin our services § Authentication: Shibboleth § OSS: Apache, PostGres/GIS, etc.. § Open Libraries: Spring framework/JQuery § OGC: WMS; WFS; WTS; WCS; WPS § Metadata: AGMAP/ UK Gemini 2.1 § UK Open data § OSM & open global gazetteers § But also, licensed data providers too
  11. 11. 2c. SDI Implementation I GoGeo: Discover GIS resources Find Data Create standards compliant metadata Learn about metadata standards
  12. 12. 2d. SDI Implementation UNLOCK provides an Application Programming Interface (API) for querying over 11 million geographic names across variety of gazetteers: • GeoNames & Pleiades ancient place names (world coverage) • Natural Earth (world coverage) • OS products (UK coverage): 1:50,000 Placename Gazetteer, Meridian 2, Boundary-Line, BN Grid references Some more components... http://openstream.edina.ac.uk/ Dspace Repository - ShareGeo
  13. 13. 2e. SDI Implementation I Digimap: map client and data download 22 million screen maps 470k print maps 145k data orders
  14. 14. 2f. SDI Implementation I Digimap: inc. training, support & OER Collection Active users Subscribing Institutions Digimap OS Collection 58,000 116 * Geology Digimap 25,000 56 Historic Digimap 27,000 83 Marine Digimap 9,000 25 Environment Digimap 22,000 54 Digimap for Colleges No individual registration 189 ** Digimap for FE (all Collections “bundle”) - 23 * 16 out of 18 Scottish HEs ** 12 out of 16 Scottish Colleges
  15. 15. 3. Why the academic SDI matters I q Principal motivations & benefits q Key barriers q Current challenges
  16. 16. 3a. Why the academic SDI matters I § National SDI supports ecosystem development § Promotes discoverability & access, with focus on sectoral user needs § Key SM expertise developed § Standards based § Cost base (& role of Open) § Support/Enhance research & teaching § Eliminates duplication at institutional level (data, infrastructure, licence) Principal motivations & benefits:
  17. 17. 3b. Why the academic SDI matters I Principal Barriers: § Access to (some) services (subscriptions) § Licensing requirements (cost/feasibility) § Funding constraints § Open technology - TRLs / maturity § Effective monitoring - Open services § Open demands new business models
  18. 18. 3c. Why the academic SDI matters I Key Challenges: § Sectoral/organisational change § Sustainability & competitive edge § Pace of Technology change § Meeting User expectations § Embracing ʻOpenʼ & new business models § Resource implication of multi-platforms ...at local, national & international levels
  19. 19. 4. Future Strategic considerations Iq Changing environment q Changing technology q Changing expectations q New opportunities q Collaboration and partnerships
  20. 20. 4. Future Strategic considerations I § Innovate further, beyond UK § Embrace emerging Tech trends (cloud, IoT) § Mobile ʻfirstʼ § Migration - Proprietary to OSS § Support T&L lifecycle in sector § Consider impact of global open initiatives § Leverage our expertise globally § Evaluate new roles at local, national, & global levels, inc. capacity building § Seek new partnerships & collaborations
  21. 21. Obrigado – Thank you!
  22. 22. E-mail: conor.smyth@ed.ac.uk

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