Jisc geospatial data gives academics access to millions of open data maps | Jisc

“Jisc is pleased to announce the launch of the improved Jisc geospatial data service providing universities and colleges easy and free access to more than 1.6 million geographical datasets from around the world, including the most comprehensive index of maps ever brought together.

The service features the implementation of a new search tool, GeoSeer, and the access to Airbus’ Vision-1 satellite imagery….”

A look at prediction markets | Research Information

“Assessing the quality of research is difficult. Jisc and the University of Bristol are partnering to develop a tool that may help institutions improve this process.  

To attract government funding for their crucial research, UK universities are largely reliant on good ratings from the Research Excellent Framework (REF) – a process of expert review designed to assess the quality of research outputs. REF scores determine how much government funding will be allocated to their research projects. For instance, research that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour, will be scored higher than research that is only recognised nationally. 
 
Considerable time is spent by universities trying to figure out which research outputs will be rated highest (4*) on quality and impact. The recognised ‘gold standard’ for this process is close reading by a few internal academics, but this is time-consuming, onerous, and subject to the relatively limited perspective of just a few people.  …

Prediction markets capture the ‘wisdom of crowds’ by asking large numbers of people to bet on outcomes of future events – in this case how impactful a research project will be in the next REF assessment. It works a bit like the stock market, except that, instead of buying and selling shares in companies, participants buy and sell virtual shares online that will pay out if a particular event occurs – for instance, if a paper receives a 3* or above REF rating.  …”

SAGE Publishing supplies full-text articles to Publications Router | Jisc scholarly communications

“SAGE Publishing, one of the world’s leading independent academic and professional publishers, is now supplying full-text content to Jisc’s Publications Router service. The research articles, which span a wide range of subject areas, are then distributed to institutions and automatically ingested into their open repositories, enabling them to capture and disseminate the outputs of their researchers….”

Jisc secures two-year OA pilot with Microbiology Society | Research Information

“Jisc and the Microbiology Society have announced a two-year pilot transitional open access (OA) agreement. The ’publish and read’ deal will allow researchers at participating institutions to publish an unlimited number of open-access articles, as well as access to the society’s full portfolio in return for a ‘cost-neutral’ fixed fee. 

The Microbiology Society is the first small learned society publisher to strike a transitional deal through the Jisc consortium. Jisc Collections undertakes negotiations and licensing for 180 UK universities and is close to agreeing similar deals with Portland Press, the International Water Association and the European Respiratory Society….”

Jisc secures two-year OA pilot with Microbiology Society | Research Information

“Jisc and the Microbiology Society have announced a two-year pilot transitional open access (OA) agreement. The ’publish and read’ deal will allow researchers at participating institutions to publish an unlimited number of open-access articles, as well as access to the society’s full portfolio in return for a ‘cost-neutral’ fixed fee. 

The Microbiology Society is the first small learned society publisher to strike a transitional deal through the Jisc consortium. Jisc Collections undertakes negotiations and licensing for 180 UK universities and is close to agreeing similar deals with Portland Press, the International Water Association and the European Respiratory Society….”

OA community event – planning for Plan S | Jisc

“The next 12 months promises to be a critical time in the development of scholarly communications, with the release of UKRI’s open access review and further details on the implementation of Plan S.

This workshop will focus on Plan S and its implications. What does Plan S involve? What does it mean for your institution? What are transformative agreements? How is Jisc supporting its members?

Come along to share your views, listen to others and find out the latest updates.

By the end of the workshop you will have:

An understanding of Plan S and its implications for institutions
Discussed issues and concerns with peers
An understanding of transformative agreements with publishers
Heard about Jisc’s support for Plan S and provided feedback to us on our activities…”

The Jisc Monitor Service: More Than Just for Open Access Week | Jisc scholarly communications

“Jisc will soon be releasing the latest version of Jisc Monitor Local. It brings with it some small but essential changes since the previous release, in the spirit of Agile development, but the service has changed considerably since it went live some years ago. For those unaware of Jisc Monitor, it is actually two distinct but interrelated services: Monitor Local and Monitor UK. Regarding the former, it is a system which enables institutions to record data relating to the publication of open access outputs by their academics, including both ‘Gold’ and ‘Green’ publication routes, which can then be used for reporting to funders, such as COAF and UKRI. Monitor UK presents APC (article processing charge) data from across the UK in the form of a number of easy-to-use reports. These will enable institutions and funders to explore and evaluate UK cost and compliance data relating to open access publishing. This blog post only substantially focuses on Monitor Local….”

The Jisc Monitor Service: More Than Just for Open Access Week | Jisc scholarly communications

“Jisc will soon be releasing the latest version of Jisc Monitor Local. It brings with it some small but essential changes since the previous release, in the spirit of Agile development, but the service has changed considerably since it went live some years ago. For those unaware of Jisc Monitor, it is actually two distinct but interrelated services: Monitor Local and Monitor UK. Regarding the former, it is a system which enables institutions to record data relating to the publication of open access outputs by their academics, including both ‘Gold’ and ‘Green’ publication routes, which can then be used for reporting to funders, such as COAF and UKRI. Monitor UK presents APC (article processing charge) data from across the UK in the form of a number of easy-to-use reports. These will enable institutions and funders to explore and evaluate UK cost and compliance data relating to open access publishing. This blog post only substantially focuses on Monitor Local….”