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JISC programmes are contributing to the UK government's research and innovation agenda by helping researchers develop and apply next generation digital technology. Previously intractable research challenges are now opening up to scientific scrutiny thanks to the use of advanced software tools and hardware infrastructure as part of the research process. This is leading to innovation in a range of fields from drug discovery to aircraft engine maintenance to the study of ancient manuscripts.

Research & Innovation

JISC programmes are contributing to the UK government's research and innovation agenda by helping researchers develop and apply next generation digital technology. Previously intractable research challenges are now opening up to scientific scrutiny thanks to the use of advanced software tools and hardware infrastructure as part of the research process. This is leading to innovation in a range of fields from drug discovery to aircraft engine maintenance to the study of ancient manuscripts.

Key research & innovation activities

27 Programmes
  • Managing research data The scientific process is enhanced by managing and sharing research data. Good research data management practice allows reliable verification of results and permits new and innovative research built...

  • Research infrastructure programme Computation has become a key component to many research areas. Provision of mid-level systems, the integration of appropriate applications and collaborative technologies sitting upon leading-edge...

  • Virtual Research Environment programme The programme seeks to involve all sectors of the research community and recognises the need to support research activities within and across disciplinary boundaries.

  • e-Infrastructure Programme Following the initial five year investment in the UK e-Science infrastructure, the vision for the e-Infrastructure programme is to enhance and consolidate the current technologies and establish...

  • Repositories and Preservation Programme The programme is a £14m investment in Higher Education repository and digital content infrastructure. It will fund initiatives to develop the Information Environment supporting digital repositories...

248 Projects
  • Cancer Imaging VRE This project will develop a framework to allow researchers and clinicians involved in cancer imaging to share information, images and algorithms. It will achieve this by building on the Research...

  • Engage Academic Groups with e-Infrastructure The overall aim of the project is to improve the experience of research users of UK e-Infrastructure, and promote the use of UK e-Infrastructure to a wider set of users by engaging with different...

  • e-Infrastructure Use Cases and Service Usage Models This project aims to gather and document concrete evidence of how e-infrastructure is, or is planned to be used as a facilitator of the research process across all major disciplines. This is not...

  • National Centre for Text Mining (Phase 2) With an overwhelming amount of knowledge recorded in texts, it is imperative to use automated techniques that can identify, extract, manage, integrate and exploit this knowledge for research and...

  • National Grid Service Phase 3 The mission of the National Grid Service is to provide coherent electronic access for UK researchers to all computational and data based resources and facilities required to carry out their research,...

3 Services
  • Technology and Standards Watch (TechWatch) TechWatch anticipates developments in information and communication technologies that might have high impact on the core business of Further and Higher Education in five to ten years' time.

  • Archives Hub The Archives Hub provides online access to descriptions of archive collections held in universities and colleges throughout the UK.

  • Digital Curation Centre (DCC) The purpose of our centre is to provide a national focus for research and development into curation issues and to promote expertise and good practice, both nationally and internationally, for the...

14 Audio Visual
  • Podcast - AHRC's David Robey talks about the importance of e-Science for the Arts & Humanities MP3 (Duration: 11.54) David Robey is contracted as Director of the AHRC’s ICT in Arts and Humanities Research programme, a 5-year programme running until 2008 to build on AHRC’s groundwork in ICT...

  • Podcast: How VizNet can help UK researchers MP3 (Duration: 9.14) Alice Gugan talks to Roy Kalawsky, Director of the Advanced VR Research Centre at Loughborough University, about the role visualisation plays in displaying today’s research...

  • Podcast: Community engagement in e-Research MP3 (Duration: 8.28) Limited take-up by researchers of new (and not so new) technologies is a challenge that JISC and other organisations are seeking to get to grips with. As JISC's e-research programme...

  • Podcast: Theses go digital MP3 (Duration: 6.50) As part of the JISC funded Digitisation Programme a new system is being developed called EThOS which will enable researchers and higher education institutions to access and share...

  • Video: VREs in practice - Research needs Windows Media Video Now that research teams are often scattered across many miles and even continents, and collaboration in research has become more important than ever, the life of a researcher is anything but...

125 Documents
  • Welsh Ballards Project Plan PDF document The Project aims to make widely available several collections of historical printed Welsh ballads, via access to digital versions of 5,000 titles via a free website, presently only available in a few...

  • Enlightening Science Project Plan PDF document Our immediate goal is to make freely available online all versions of the most important scientific texts composed by Isaac Newton that were published in his lifetime. These writings, which...

  • VMR Project Plan PDF document The Virtual Manuscript Room (VMR) will bring together digital resources related to manuscript materials (digital images, descriptions and other metadata, transcripts) in an environment which will...

  • LIROLEM Final Report PDF document The primary aim of the Lirolem project was initially to build a repository capable of handling the material that was generated by the students of the Lincoln School of Architecture, with a view to...

  • Open ID Final Report PDF document The primary aim of the project was to produce a report (this document) to allow decision-makers to understand OpenID’s security properties in order to perform risk assessment of their envisaged use...