Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Sample Applications Poster

This is the second part of the BRII poster presented at the Lifelong Learning and Workforce Engagement Support, Synthesis and Benefits Realisation Event on Friday 25th of April in Manchester. This bit was designed by Anne Bowtell MedSci Project Manager and Web Manager. It explains the technical aspects of the project: the Research Information Infrastructure and the harvesting of information by using semantic web ontologies and RDF technologies.

The event was interesting and very interactive. We met people from other projects within the Institutional Innovational programme. Good place for networking. Click here to see a slideshow with all the posters that participated. It will give you a good idea of the projects that attended. The posters were uploaded by the event organisers JISC in their event website. Unfortunately some of the posters are not legible as the slideshow does not allow zooming in. I also found that they are organised randomly! The two parts of the BRII poster are separate. :-0

Next thing in our agenda will be an Assembly that we are organising for the 9th of June. The topic of the agenda will be Stakeholder Buy-in. We have a guest speaker and we will ask other projects to present their views. Will post about this later in May.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Stakeholder Analysis Poster

This is the poster I designed for the upcoming JISC event. Click on the figure to see a larger version.

Here I try to show the two aspects of the BRII stakeholder analysis I am finding while doing it. Everytime I do some research on a department, an academic or an administrative officer, or everytime I setup an appointment I find new, different things. Every area within the University has their own way of doing things, some are more open than others, some are quicker than others at replying, some are more receptive and some are more skeptic.

The overall context of BRII is Research Management data but we are focusing only on Research Activity data. Research Activity data is the subset of management research data which is already or potentially publicly available. In other words Research Activity data is the public side of research management data. (I wrote about Research Management data here.) Due to the short life of the project we are focusing on building a pilot with publicly available data.

The line between public and confidential is not that clear though. On a first thought it would seem that identifying this subset would be simple. However, during this analysis I am finding different views in this respect. Some areas of the university which are probably more open would have more information as public, whereas other areas would keep most information as confidential. The poster shows some kinds of data which are often considered as public, e.g., researchers' profiles and publications.

Friday, 3 April 2009

JISC upcoming event

Soon I will be attending the Lifelong Learning and Workforce Engagement Support, Synthesis and Benefits Realisation Event Organised by JISC Institutional Innovation programme. (Yep, that is a long name.) The event will take place on the 23rd and 24th of April at the Macdonald hotel in Manchester. You can find the programme here.

The BRII project belongs to the Institutional Innovation Round 2. It is required that all projects belonging to that group design and display a poster. I will post a draft here as soon as i come up with something.