Thursday 27th June, 2013
11:00am to 11:45am
It's a truism that Universities are going through a period of enormous change. This talk will focus on one particular development - the move to being "open by default", in which the web community will play a key enabling role.
There are many practical considerations around opening up institutional information such as course data, educational resources and research datasets. Until recently these might typically have been considered to be "private" to the institution or even the individual academic, and our systems and services have tended to be constructed on this basis.
Being open by default also has a lot to do with changing the institutional culture so that we are used to working more broadly and deeply with external partners. These include service providers, consumers of the information that we are making open, and facilitators such as the Open Data Institute.
In this talk I will look at some examples from Loughborough University including our recent Jisc projects on Open Course Data and Business & Community Engagement. I will also use crowdsourcing to solicit feedback from the community on their own experiences of the open access transition, and fold these into the talk.
Head of Internet Services at Loughborough University
Martin Hamilton is Head of Internet Services at Loughborough University, with responsibility for
Web Systems, E-Learning Systems, Research Computing and Corporate Database Development. He led the Loughborough Goes Google project and organized the GUUG11 and GEUG12 Google Apps user group conferences; implemented my.Lboro, Loughborough's Web 2.0 portal and developed HPC Midlands, a new supercomputing on demand service for research and industry. Martin has also played a leading role in a number of recent projects around Open Access, Open Data and Open Educational Resources which will be the basis of his talk at IWMW13.
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