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Monday, June 11, 2007

JISC report on Web 2.0 in higher education

Tom Franklin and Mark van Harmelen, Web 2.0 for Content for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, JISC, May 28, 2007.  Excerpt:

This report is the result of a study into the use of Web 2.0 technologies for content creation for learning and teaching in Higher Education, funded by the JISC, and carried out between March and May 2007....

This study has focussed on the content sharing aspects of Web 2.0....

Recommendation 2: JISC should consider funding projects investigating how institutional repositories can be made more accessible for learning and teaching through the use of Web 2.0 technologies, including tagging, folksonomies and social software....

Recommendation 3: JISC should consider funding work looking at the legal aspects of ownership and IPR, including responsibility for infringements in terms of IPR, with the aim of developing good practice guides to support open creation and re-use of material....

Recommendation 6: JISC should consider funding a study to look at how repositories can be used to provide end-user (i.e. referrer) archiving services for material that is referenced in academic published material, including internet journal papers. Part of this consideration should extend to copyright issues.

Update (8/28/07). JISC has published its response to the recommendations. Excerpt:

[Recommendation 2] JISC endorses this ambition, has included relevant sections in recent calls for proposals, as a result has funded projects in this area (for example, SPIRE, Rich Tags, PROWE), and will continue to do so.

[Recommendation 3] There is a good basis already built for this work, such as proposed, current and recent projects undertaken by JISC Legal and the JISC IPR Consultancy, for example focusing on student-created content. Further work has now been commissioned looking specifically at IPR and copyright issues.

[Recommendation 6] This is an ambitious goal bearing in mind, for example, the technical and legal challenges. JISC has funded some work that may lay the foundations for this goal, such as a project to identify the significant properties of elearning materials (what needs to be preserved for them to remain useful), and has a stake in the UK Web Archiving Consortium. JISC Legal can offer advice on the copyright issues. As the report notes, wikis offer reasonable versioning and roll-back functionality.