Forum: JISC Future Priorities

Sarah Porter, Head of Innovation Group, JISC introduced the session on JISC future priorities. The aim of the session is to ask what you think on

  • strategic issues (policy and governance)
  • technical issues
  • practice and people issues

The room then split into four groups to look at the issues in more detail.

Group 1:

  • e-book market – given publishers reluctant to move in this market
  • how JISC can help institutions embed e-learning
  • impact of changing demographics (students)
  • JISC’s own funding models – are there more imaginative ones? eg centres of expertise
  • geo-enabled environment – when capturing and digitising content should capture geo data
  • joining up with national data sharing initiatives (interoperability) and communities
  • data repositories – are they the right way to go, and how do you make them more compelling?
  • data curation – who will deliver training? Awareness of digital content management
  • digital literacy – needs to happen at school age
  • academics as providers – emphasis on the user experience – should academics be using each other’s resources
  • recruiting project staff for JISC funded projects – pool of cvs?

Group 2:


  • infrastructure, supporting innovation and change
  • balance between trying to deliver an IT service that works and innovation
  • opening up the availability of applications
  • understanding the institutional barriers to change and innovation
  • need to understand and develop shared services, models – how do new applications (eg Google) fit? Single points of entry to these things?
  • inclusivity – equal access, tying into wider ‘digital divide’ agenda


  • encouraging a variety of solutions with ease of access


  • freedom of choice of institutions
  • the ability of people to be effective in their own jobs
  • the balance between delivering service and supporting innovation activity
  • sustainability

Group 3:

  • staff and their changing roles – providing advice
  • embedding projects – they stop, what happens next? embedding concepts across the sector
  • providing better access/opportunities – open up a debate on whether mobile devices should be mandatory for all students?
  • standards – setting a minimum standard for access and the sorts of things a university should be providing eg Web 2.0.
  • assessment – e-portfolio
  • sharing good practice – how do we do this as the sector becomes more competitive?
  • sustainability
  • open source and open standards

Group 4:


  • break down barriers between e-research and e-admin
  • what JISC might do to help engage senior management in institutions


  • better project resumes
  • how do we develop a sense of technical authority? what other models exist?
  • make e-framework more accessible
  • address timegap between implementation of technology and what happens when it’s used – bridging measures
  • greater coordination across standards bodies


  • IPR and copyright – extension to related and linked resources/records
  • derived information and data
  • expert registry – how a project could locate expertise?
  • ensure the place of technology in the overall practice/development – scaleability of practice

Sarah concluded by saying that the discussion had been fascinating, and that she hoped it would continue indefinitely via the blog. The discussions would inform future planning – and also would be reflected in her closing session tomorrow.