Friday, 11 December 2009

JISC MEAoT Assembly

Yesterday I attended a JISC assembly organised by the Modular e-Administration of Teaching MEAoT Project run by CARET - Cambridge University. The aim of the event was to explore ways in which stakeholders and other parties can be encouraged to adopt tools developed in JISC projects. Below you can see my presentation:

The second slide briefly explains the nature of BRII and the Entity Registry we are creating. The registry is a container of Research Activity Data and it is these data which has been semantizised that we are trying to sell around the University. BRII is doing this at two levels. First, being the registry an abstract concept, users find it difficult to understand. Therefore BRII needs to provide tangible examples that use its data. Slide 3 shows this as level 1: providing practical examples of data use, one of which is the Blue Pages. However, as the Blue Pages is a new piece of software BRII needs to find ways to promote it across its user base. Through user tests (level2 ) on the Blue Pages we make sure it fits the needs of our potential users, but at the same time we sell the idea of Research Activity Data being available in our registry for another users.

There were other presentations of course. The MEAoT people have written a summary about the event in their blog:

The Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies (CARET) in Cambridge University hosted a JISC assembly for the Modular e-Administration of Teaching (MEAoT) project on Thursday, 10 December 2009.

The list of participants included:

Richard Prager, MEAoT project PI, Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED)
Laura James, CARET
Anne Clarke, MEAoT project, CARET and CUED
Guy Chisholm, MEAoT project, CARET
Avi Naim, MEAoT project, CARET
Cecilia Loureiro-Koechlin, JISC BRII project, Oxford University
Bridget Taylor, DAISY project, Oxford University
Jenny Mackness, JISC liaison for MEAoT
Rachel Tuley, Teaching Administrator, CUED
Jen Pollard, Computer Officer, Cambridge University English Department
Carmen Neagoe, Teaching Administrator, Cambridge University Judge Business School
Helen Marshall, Teaching Administrator, Cambridge University Physics Department
David Goode, Computer Officer, Cambridge University, Department of Divinity

The programme was designed to make the meeting a pleasant event. It started with a historical overview of the project (by Prof. Prager). This was immediately followed by lunch at a nearby restaurant, which helped break the ice and make everybody more comfortable.

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