This interactive Discussion Forum will take place at 13.00 on Day 2 and will be chaired by Alex Hawker.
JISC funded projects produce a great deal of valuable outputs, in terms of software, data formats, formal models and other more informal guides and reports. But how can those outputs be made more visible, and disseminated more widely, and how can their context be captured to ensure their sensible reuse?
The international e-Framework is intended to be part of the answer. It is built on the principle that information on technical services should be collected and shared. But what about other supporting information, such as the applications which use those services, or the working practices and processes in which these applications are embedded, and in turn the recipients and beneficiaries of this work?
JISC is now starting to prototype a higher level knowledge base to capture these further types of knowledge. As well as better supporting the technical e-Framework, this also has the potential to capture and make available the findings of a much wider range of JISC projects than just those dealing with technical services.
It is planned that the structure (ontology!) as well as the content, be developed in an agile, i.e. iterative and participative, way with all the stakeholders involved.
This raises some thorny questions, if not all to be answered or even addressed in this event, then certainly over the prototype’s development:
- How do you feel the context, learning and outputs of your project should be made visible to others in the community so that it can be most effectively taken up and used by others?
- What more detailed kinds of knowledge and information are needed for others to both find and make effective use of your project and thus realise its full potential value?
- How should this knowledge be coordinated, managed and organised?
- What motivates you to share the innovations and what you have learnt in the course of your JISC project with the wider community?
- How can findings and outputs be expressed so that they are of value to the widest range of people and institutions (not just the institution for which they were initially developed)?
- Would a common reporting structure for projects enable the community to better search for and make use of findings and outputs that are relevant to their concerns?
- What is the correct level for this kind of structured dissemination – at what point does ‘just enough’ formal reporting become ‘too much’?
Some feedback on the session: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCp47NqceU4[/youtube] – Peter Burnhill, Director of EDINA and Head of the Edinburgh University Data Library