Category Archives: jisc

Archival Audio Recordings

A new source of music and audio recordings which can be used for educational purposes is the British Library Archival Sound Recordings.

The Archival Sound Recordings service is the result of a two-year development project to increase access to the Sound Archive’s extensive collections. When complete, it will make 3,900 hours of digitised audio freely available to the Higher and Further Education communities of the UK.

Part of the JISC Digitisation programme there is a lot of audio and music..

music

Note you need to be licensed to hear and download the clips, but it is free to FE colleges (and HE Institutions) to get licensed.

User Experience

I am attending a very interesting presentation on user experiences. Introduced by Brian Kelly he gave an overview about the tools users use and offered reasons why institutions should not try and replicate these services but integrate and use them instead.

Brian Kelly presenting at the JISC Digitisation Conference, July 2007.

The next two speakers spoke about how the British Library and Newsfilm Online are designing their sites with the end user as the focus.

There were some interesting video clips of how the (currently unavailable) Newsfilm Online website will develop.

Attending a digital images workshop

I am currently attending a workshop on digital images at the JISC Digitisation Conference.

It is a technical briefing on capture, conversion and workflow.

Nigel Goldsmith, the TASI Technical Research Officer is talking about images, RAW format, Adobe’s Digital Negative format and JPEG2000.

Outlining many of the problems with JPEG2000 and why it isn’t widely used or supported.

It’s quite interesting.

JISC Digitisation Conference Plenary Session Day One

elephantHaving attended a really interesting session on Shibboleth and Federated Access, I am currently listening to the plenary about the other parallel sessions.

It is proving to be a useful and interesting conference. What is nice is that the presentations and other reports will be available on the conference blog.

Though the content of the conference is on digitisation and e-content, it is interesting how the focus of much of the conference is on web 2.0 and (unsurprisingly) Google. I suspect that this is down to the focus on end users’ needs rather than coming from an institutional approach.

A lot of talk about elephants as well, of which I seemed to have missed somehow the connection.

The plenary has finished and we are now looking at tomorrow.

A connected conference

What is nice about this JISC Conference is the connectivity. There is free wireless access, this means that you can access the websites mentioned in presentations, the conference blog (to read entries on presentations and workshops you missed), e-mail (so less of a pain when you get back to the office), you can blog and micro blog. You can upload photographs to Flickr and view others’ del.icio.us links from the conference.

Of course laptop batteries never last, but at this conference there are power points to plug your laptop in.

There is a conference blog and a conference wiki.

Makes a conference easier to digest and reflect upon.

JISC Digitisation Conference on e-Content

Tomorrow (Thursday) I am off to Cardiff to attend the JISC Digitisation Conference on e-Content.

Today saw a major international symposium organised and hosted by JISC to explore national and international policies and strategies around e-content.

I am attending the next two days.

Delegates will be joined on Thursday by around 130 leading figures from education, research, cultural heritage, public broadcasting and industry in the UK and beyond for a further two days for a conference on digitisation which will showcase national and international digitisation initiatives – including JISC’s £22m digitisation programme – and explore the potential for cross-sectoral cooperation in this area.

Should be an interesting conference. I am hoping to blog a few entries over the conference (there is wireless access), however there is also the official blog: JISC Digitisation Blog.

BCE webcast from the JISC Advisory Services

JISC Legal will be hosting a free to view webcast on 18 July 2007 on Business and Community Engagement – The Legal Issues. The aim of this webcast is to raise awareness of the legal issues involved in BCE activities (for instance, copyright) and show how JISC Legal, through its guidance publications and case studies, can assist colleges and universities with these issues. There will also be contributions from the other JISC Advisory Services (JISC infoNet , Netskills , TechDis and TASI) to show how they can use their expertise to support institutions with their BCE activities.

The webcast is directed at UK further and higher education staff working in areas related to knowledge transfer, work based learning, community links, outreach, CPD, employer engagement, wider participation, and lifelong learning.

You can find further information about the programme and how to access the webcast by visiting the webcast section of the JISC Legal website.