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									                                     Joint Information Systems Committee




    Development of an Information
   Environment for UK Learning and
             Teaching

Libraries Without Walls 4 Conference: 14-18 September 2001




Dr Caroline Ingram
JISC/DNER Learning and Teaching Programme Manager
                                   Supporting Higher and Further Education
                                         Joint Information Systems Committee




First Principles
•   A key lesson for building the the “Information Environment” for HE
    and FE

    “…We will go into your houses and redesign them the same way
    your web sites are designed. The basement will be the first thing
    you see, the kitchen will be unreachable except through the
    bedroom and both bathrooms, the bedroom will be on six different
    floors, and the dog will be in every room at once…” (Ann Feeny)




                                       Supporting Higher and Further Education
                                          Joint Information Systems Committee



What is the Information Environment?
•   The distributed national electronic resource (DNER) is a
    managed environment for accessing quality assured information
    resources on the internet

•   A key aspect of the JISC 5 Year Strategy
    ...to build an on-line information environment providing secure
    and convenient access to a comprehensive collection of scholarly
    and educational material...

•   How does it relate to the DNER?
    We can characterise an Information Environment as the set of
    network services that support publishing and use of information
    resources...
     – DNER refers to distributed learning and research resources
     – The Information Environment is needed to enable students
       and staff to access and use those resources in ways
       meaningful to them
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What are the high level strategic goals?

•   Fit to serve all kinds of digital content

•   Fully supporting the submission and sharing of research and
    learning objects.

•   Providing a range of meaningful, rich and innovative methods of
    accessing electronic materials.

•   A collaborative landscape of networked service providers who
    work together to seamlessly cater for the needs of the community
    on a national basis

•   Underpinned by interoperability

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What architectural elements does it contain?

                                provision




                            content providers


                                  m2m                 brokers
                 shared
infrastructure                 interfaces                and
                 services                                             fusion
                                                  aggregators


                                 portals



                               presentation

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What architectural elements does it contain?

                    Provision = the storage and delivery of Content
                                          provision


Infrastructure =
Shared Middleware
Services which                        content providers
support other
activities
                                            m2m             brokers
                     shared
 infrastructure                          interfaces             and
                     services                                               fusion
                                                        aggregators
                                                      Fusion = the bringing
                                                      together of Content from
                                           portals    multiple providers either by
                                                      machine to machine Brokers
     Presentation = interaction                       and Aggregators or Portals
     with the end users in a direct                   which are visible to end
     and visible manner to give          presentation users
     them access to Content                    Supporting Higher and Further Education
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  Current searching architecture
                                                      Content
                                                      (local and
                                                      remote)
                 Web   Web      Web         Web
Authentication




Authorisation
                                             End-user needs to
                                             join services
                                             together manually -
                                             as well as learning
                                             multiple user
                             End-user        interfaces


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  Searching in the Future
                                                       Content


                  Web   Web    Web        Web


Authentication
Authorisation                          Broker


Collect’n Desc.                                  End-user is
Service Desc.                        Portal      “automatically”
                                                 presented with
Thesauri                                         relevant
User Profiles                                    resources
                              End-user           through relevant
                                                 channels

                                 Supporting Higher and Further Education
                                         Joint Information Systems Committee


Who are the main stakeholders?
•   The UK academic community
     – HE/FE learners and teachers
     – information intermediaries and managers
•   Other UK governmental bodies
     – NHS (health)
     – Re:source (culture/ museums)
     – Research Grid (science)
     – National Grid for Learning (all subjects)
•   All want secure and convenient access for a range of
    resources currently in development

•   International organisations
     – United States, Australia and Europe
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How will learners and teachers be affected?
•   They will have access routes into information in ways that make
    sense to them (by subject, learning objective)

•   They will not have to search multiple websites, or just rely on
    Google or Altavista for internet searching

•   They will be able to proceed seamlessly from discovering
    information to achieving a learning aim

•   They will be routed to the most appropriate copy of a given
    resource

•   They will be able to contribute to a DNER



                                        Supporting Higher and Further Education
                                          Joint Information Systems Committee




What is JISC/DNER currently doing?
•   Infrastructure programme
     – enhancements to architecture enabling cross searching
     – portal development
     – article infrastructure services
•   Learning and Teaching Programme
     – enhancements to JISC services
     – development of new collections
     – learning and teaching packages
         • routes into databases
         • ways of incorporating electronic resources into teaching
         • interactive content (learning objects)
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                                   Norfolk History On-Line
                                           (c. 1200-1800)




 a flexible learning & teaching resource for Higher Education

 providing a variety of translations and transcriptions of primary
material, images, maps and music

 containing the latest interpretations of Norfolk’s history,
contextual commentary, exercises and questions

 utilising a variety of navigation routes and search tools

http://www.uea.ac.uk/his/virtualnorfolk/


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http://www.uea.ac.uk/his/virtualnorfolk/

                               Supporting Higher and Further Education
                                   Joint Information Systems Committee




                       •Scans of original documents
                       •Interactive features

http://www.uea.ac.uk/his/virtualnorfolk/


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Original manuscript
transcription           TEXT


 Storage format          XML



 Transformation         XSLT



  Display format        HTML

http://www.uea.ac.uk/his/virtualnorfolk/


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    Focusing Images for Learning
    and Teaching
    - an Enriched Resource

•    enable the use of digital image datasets to support learning and
     teaching
•    to facilitate the integration of image resources with pedagogical
     practice.
•    focus on developing and promoting a better understanding of
     image use in learning and teaching
•    empowering potential users to make more effective and
     appropriate use of images


•    http://www.jisc.ac.uk/dner/programmes/projects/filter/

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Is JISC doing anything else?
•   Resource Discovery Network
     – Embedding into university homepages




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Is JISC doing anything else?
•   Resource Discovery Network
     – Embedding into university homepages
     – Behind the Headlines




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Is JISC doing anything else?
•   Resource Discovery Network
     – Embedding into university homepages
     – Behind the Headlines
     – Virtual Training Suite




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    Is JISC doing anything else?
•   Involvement with international initiatives
     – interoperability
         • http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/interop-focus/
     – metadata
         • UKOLN metadata pages
           http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/
         • Dublin Core Metadata Initiative
           http://dublincore.org/
     – W3C
         • http://www.w3.org/
•   Other initiatives from other parts of JISC
     – e.g. MLE/VLE work
     – Authentication and security - making access easier
     – plagiarism detection software
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How do we get best use?
•   JISC/DNER funded study: ‘Routes to Assisted Take-Up’

    •   Improve familiarity and confidence
          knowing how to use, adapt, integrate, plan and manage
           use of resources to create an effective environment for
           teaching and learning
    •   Offer best tools within individual subject
          evaluation and selection of resources
    •   Encourage creative applications
          monitor, evaluate, assess teaching and learning benefits;
           aim to reach a state of adaptation for other contexts
    •   Publicise best practise
          in most appropriate places for subject areas, which may
           vary

                                        Supporting Higher and Further Education
                                            Joint Information Systems Committee




Last principles
•   Issues with Terminology

    “Sir Francis Drake circumcised the globe with a 100 foot kipper”

•   Issues for policy makers

    “Plato was a famous geek philosopher who went around giving
    people advice, they didn’t like it and so they killed him. He died of
    an overdose of wedlock, and his career suffered greatly as a
    result”




                                          Supporting Higher and Further Education
                                          Joint Information Systems Committee




Further Information
•   Programme Manager
     – Caroline Ingram: caroline.ingram@kcl.ac.uk
•   JISC/DNER programmes
     – Pack at back of room – fliers for each current project
     – http://www.jisc.ac.uk/dner
•   Virtual Norfolk Project
     – Dave Peacock: dave.peacock@uea.ac.uk
     – http://www.uea.ac.uk/his/virtualnorfolk
•   Filter Project
     – Ellen Sims: e.sims@bristol.ac.uk
     – http://www.jisc.ac.uk/dner/programmes/projects/filter
•   RDN
     – http://www.rdn.ac.uk
                                        Supporting Higher and Further Education

								
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