Pioneering Digital Festival for further education, higher education and research open to virtual delegates
The two day Jisc Digital Festival exploring the latest policies, issues and technologies at the heart of the further education (FE), higher education (HE) and research sectors begins on Tuesday 11 March at the ICC in Birmingham, with its pioneering programme of content streamed live to online delegates from 9:40.
Award-winning keynote speakers, education experts and futurologists Prof Paul Curran, Ray Hammond, Prof Sugata Mitra and Dr Diana Oblinger will join leading practitioners from the FE, HE and research for a programme of content that mixes inspiration and futurology with practical advice and guidance. The online audience can also join in with debates via live feeds and Twitter conversations using #digifest14.
Sessions cover topics such as preparing new generations for the digital future over the next 20 years, aligning IT and university strategy, the student experience, big data, organisational change and mobile technology.
Keynote Dr Diana Oblinger, chief executive officer of EDUCAUSE, commented:
“I’m looking forward to attending and speaking at the Digital Festival. As well as sharing insight, I hope to come away from the Digital Festival with tangible and innovative ideas on how we can collectively advance the use of information technology in higher education.”
Day two keynote, Sugata Mitra, commented:
“It is refreshing to see Jisc hosting a conference like this. Ours is a time when we need to factor in the internet into every aspect of education. It is time for teachers and lecturers to be ready for change.”
Speaking about the event, Jisc’s chief executive, Professor Martyn Harrow commented:
“Following a two year break from our annual conference, the Jisc Digital Festival offers a programme that encompasses the achievement and innovation that is enhancing education and opening the door to exciting new possibilities in teaching and learning. The headline speakers embody the purpose of this festival, which is all about sharing cutting edge ideas and best practice.
I am confident that visitors to the event, both onsite and online, will come away with useful advice they can implement in their institutions.”
Jisc champions the use of digital technologies in the FE, HE, research and skills sectors to position the UK as the centre of digitally advanced education and research. The Digital Festival, which replaces Jisc’s annual conference, will offer the sector an opportunity to share ideas of best practice and learn and discuss innovative ways to harness digital technology.
To follow the live streamed coverage of the festival, visit the Jisc website.
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With just one week to go, today Jisc is announcing details of how to follow its Jisc Digital Festival 2014 online.
The Jisc Digital Festival, which will be held in the ICC in Birmingham on the 11-12 March 2014, will bring you its highlights, showcasing innovations in higher education (HE), further education (FE) and skills, as well as exploring the future of digital technology from the comfort of your office, home, or on the move.
Online participants will be able to follow the event online thanks to Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite software which will stream the keynote speakers and expert presentations from the festival’s ‘Hangout’ area. There is no need for registration, simply visit the live coverage page on the Jisc website to join in on the day.
In addition to the four keynote addresses, the Digital Festival will offer a wide selection of workshops, surgeries, panel discussions, expert speakers and live demonstrations of the latest education technology.
As well as the livestreamed video, there will also be a social media team live-tweeting all keynotes, workshops and expert speakers as well as highlights from the Technology Garden and images from around the site.
For the keynote speakers, follow the @JiscLive Twitter account and for expert speakers, workshops and the Technology Garden check the programme to find out which member of the team to follow. Follow the @Jisc Twitter account for updates on activity from around the site.
Robert Haymon-Collins, Jisc’s executive director customer experience and one of the event’s online hosts said:
“Whilst there’s no replacement for attending an event in person, our livestreaming highlights, combined with delegate and speaker interviews, provide a great opportunity to take part in the Jisc Digital Festival.
Being able to deliver the event through multiple online channels means that as many people as possible have the chance to discover the latest innovations in digital technologies for education and research.”
If you are tweeting, blogging or sharing photos, videos or other materials related to this event, please use the event hashtag #digifest14.
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As part of Jisc’s commitment to advancing UK research through digital technology on a global scale, Jisc and ARMA are inviting UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to participate in the ORCID pilot. Up to eight HEI-based projects will be supported in the pilot with £10,000 each for their effort in contributing to the body of understanding to establish practical ways forward to streamlining ORCID implementation.Researcher identifiers: ORCID adoption in the UK
ORCID is an international, not-for-profit initiative aiming to solve the name ambiguity problem in research and scholarly communications. It provides an open registry of persistent identifiers and a mechanism to link individuals and their research outputs, affiliations and activities. In the UK, a broad group of sector bodies and funders, including HESA, HEFCE, RCUK, the Wellcome Trust, ARMA, UCISA and Jisc have signed a joint statement expressing their support for the ORCID initiative. This group has now been joined by RLUK and SCONUL.
Particular areas where HEI representatives found that ORCID would be useful for their organisations and researchers include easier reporting to funders and better sharing of information between institutions and systems. For these benefits to be realised researchers need to claim and use their ORCID identifier, research management systems must adopt ORCID as a standard person identifier and processes must embed ORCID identifiers and link back with the ORCID registry. Some UK universities are early adopters of ORCID, employing a variety of uses and approaches. To support the broader use of ORCID identifiers in higher education, further practical exploration and sharing is necessary to ensure the best approach can be followed by each institution and by the sector generally.
Each institution funded should be committed to implementing ORCID identifiers in appropriate institutional systems and processes. Participants are expected to develop a case study, share their outputs such as integration plans and workflows, and to input into a shared understanding to help UK HEIs navigate a successful road to implementation. It is anticipated that systems suppliers will naturally be part of the projects, although Jisc funds will only be available to HEIs.Aim
The aim of the pilot project is to streamline the ORCID implementation process at universities and to develop the best value approach for a potential UK wide adoption of ORCID in higher education. The project will produce case studies, guidance and recommendations to be shared with the sector. It will also develop a business case to clarify the cost and benefits of ORCID adoption and the different models which might prove most effective.How to apply to participate in the ORCID pilot
HEIs are invited to express their interest in participating in the pilot by submitting a short application (maximum of 2,500 words) using the template provided describing their implementation plan, including use case(s), timeline and budget, and stakeholders involved to Andrew Chamberlain by 12 noon on Friday 21 March. Evidence of their commitment to ORCID should be submitted as annexes.
The expressions of interest will be assessed by representatives of ARMA, members of the ORCID implementation group (which includes representatives from RCUK, HEFCE, HESA, ARMA, UCISA, RLUK, SCONUL, Wellcome Trust and Jisc) according to the following criteria:
- Does the HEI demonstrate readiness to produce an example ORCID implementation within the proposed timeframe (01/05/2014 – 31/01/2015) and relevant experience to deliver the proposed work?
- How far is the proposed work relevant to other HEIs across the sector?
- Does the proposed work lead to evidence demonstrating the benefits of ORCID for HEIs?
- Does the proposed work involve different departments across the institutions (e.g. research office, library)?
- Does the proposed work complement and not duplicate the Sloan Funded Adoption and Integration Program in the US? (It is expected that the Sloan Program lessons and those of the Jisc-ARMA Pilot will form a wider body of knowledge and will be shared between initiatives. )
- How far does the HEI contribute to a balanced pilot portfolio representing a range of institutions across the sector?
To enable the technical implementation of ORCID identifiers and a collaborative environment, projects will be supported by:
- A kick off webinar to orientate them to ORCID technical resources, APIs, mailing lists, contacts and/or links to relevant ongoing implementation projects;
- Ongoing online technical support for implementers, including access to the ORCID open Sandbox environment for testing. Note that HEIs that want production credentials (i.e. to create ORCID identifiers on behalf of their researchers) would need to become ORCID members; and
- 3 workshops (no additional funds will be available to cover the costs for attending workshops, which are planned for May, July and December) providing further technical support and a forum for projects to collaborate and to generate lessons learned, recommendations and to disseminate good practice.
Each HEI based project will be required:
- To produce an implementation case study with an outline to be discussed at a progress workshop within a few months of the project start;
- To attend pilot workshops;
- To contribute to drafting an overview of final lessons and recommendations;
- To be prepared to contribute to the proposed business case, for example, if consultation on specific data on costs or time needed for implementation are required;
- To participate in online communication with the pilot project partners and projects; and
- To blog about their project as they go
Publicly funded UK HEIs may participate in the pilot. In this context publicly funded means HEIs funded by Jisc’s funders: institutions funded via HEFCE, SFC, HEFCW and DELNI.
All HEI based projects funded to participate in the pilot will be expected to adhere to the Jisc terms and conditions of funding.Time scales
Projects are due to start on 1 May 2014. A projects start-up workshop will be held on 8 May 2014 and outputs should be delivered by the end of January 2015.Further information
- Use cases and views on the future use of ORCID in UK higher education
- ORCID blog post
- Podcast on implementing ORCID
- News item on launch of ORCID
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The winners’ ideas will be showcased later this year to FE and HE IT directors, learning technologists, librarians and commercial companies, offering them the chance to learn more about the benefits of these newly-developed technologies.
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“Technological developments should not only come from academics, college and university managers and organisations operating in the education sector but from the ground up, enabling an internal and needs-led perspective. After the success of last year’s Summer of Student Innovation, we’re sure this year will be even bigger and better.
We look forward to receiving more creative ideas in different areas to support young people in improving the way they and their classmates interact with technology in their education.”
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Jisc will be showcasing a number of exciting and futuristic projects at its inaugural Digital Festival. The purpose-built Technology Garden will display the latest innovations in education and research through a series of live demonstration and talks.
The Jisc Digital Festival is a two day event that will take place at the ICC Birmingham from 11-12 March 2014, designed to celebrate the best in digital technologies and explore the future trends that will impact education and research.
In the Technology Garden, visitors will experience a variety of presentations including a 3D printing and scanning demonstration from The British Geological Survey (BGS) of the world’s first 3D virtual fossil collection. The GB3D Type Fossils Online project, funded by Jisc, has developed a single database of macrofossil species and subspecies specimens found in the UK. This includes links to photographs and laser scans to produce a selection of 3D digital models. The collection aims to provide an incredible insight into the history of life on Earth, providing a record of the evolution of creatures, how continents were once connected, and how environments across the globe have transformed.
Visitors will also have the chance to view the specialist collection of Digitised Diseases, a web-searchable 3D record of chronic diseases that affect the skeleton, using archaeological and historical exemplars from world-renowned collections housed in the Biological Anthropology Research Centre, at the University of Bradford and the Museum of London Archaeology and Royal College of Surgeons of England. These digitised records combined with current clinical knowledge will make it easier to view, manipulate and safeguard these valuable type-specimens, as well as develop a more detailed understanding of the progression of diseases.
Working closely with the academic community to foster innovation, Microsoft Research will also be in the Technology Garden demonstrating their Kinect sign-language translator which enables communication between signer and non-signer, as well as translation between different sign languages. Visitors will also have the chance to hear about the team’s Windows Azure for Research programme which is helping researchers discover how cloud computing can expand their work in environmental science, humanities, research data management and infrastructure.
Also on show in the Technology Garden will be the SCARLET project, an initiative which enhances the experience of studying first-hand medieval manuscripts, landmark editions and modern literary archives using augmented reality, ‘surrounding’ the pages with digitised content; images, texts, online learning resources and related information. Matt Ramirez, technical lead on The SCARLET project will be delivering an interactive presentation on this.
With demand for open data growing, delegates visiting the Technology Garden will also have the chance to listen to a presentation from Chris Gutteridge, linked open data architect at the University of Southampton and creator of Data.ac.uk. He will speak about how the higher education community can best use the wealth of data it has access to.
In addition, visitors will be able to learn more about BatMobile, an ambitious new project which identifies bats from their ultrasonic calls using a smartphone and an external microphone. Using the GPS signal from a smartphone, the information gathered will provide researchers with accurate information about species distributions which can be used to support national research programmes and inform conservation policy.
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Commenting on the current lineup of projects, presentations and demonstrations in the Technology Garden, Rachel Bruce, director of technology innovation at Jisc said:
“The Jisc Digital Festival marks an exciting return for us to the conference circuit, promoting the best of what the UK has to offer in digital innovation. The Technology Garden gives attendees a chance to see first-hand the great work being done across the sector in using technology to enhance learning, teaching and research as well as technology innovations of the future.”