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When : 24/25/26 June, 2010
Where: Keble College, Oxford, UK
More info:

With nearly all global organisations using Open Source software today, the industry faces a challenge of properly understanding the development, contribution, and communities instrumental to creating an enterprise-grade Open Source policy and ensuring its successful adoption.

At the same time with increasing pressure from funding bodies and institutions to show an increased impact from research activities the sector faces a challenge of matching impact with research objectives.
Impact is interpreted in so many ways it can be difficult to understand just what is expected of modern research projects.

The use of open source software licensing and development models for sustaining software outputs of research projects is becoming increasingly common. OSS Watch have been funded since 2003 to assist with these activities and open innovation is a term that is commonly heard in discussion about increasing the impact of research projects.
However, we were surprised that there are so few events dedicated to connecting open innovation-driven people, processes, and technologies, specifically those that promote solutions that directly impact business.

We created TransferSummit to bring top researchers, academics, business leaders, organizations, and technologists together to discuss core requirements, challenges, and opportunities in the use, development, licensing, funding, and promoting future innovation in Open Source.
We’re focused on the comprehensive impact of open innovation across a range of disciplines and applications, participants share, discuss, and discover strategic opportunities that accelerate growth.  TransferSummit streamlines the innovation and resource discovery process, cultivating partnerships, and accelerating the process of commercialising products.

Join the conversation at Keble College in Oxford 24-25 June and stay on for the complimentary BarCamp on 26 June.

We’re finalising the speaker lineup; our roster includes representatives from organisations such as: Amazon, The Apache Software Foundation, CodePlex Foundation, Day Software, GNOME Foundation, Google, Joint Information Systems Committee, LIMO Foundation, Microsoft, Mozilla Foundation, Nottingham University, OSS Watch, SalesAgility, Seneca College, Sirius Corporation Plc, Sourcesense, Taunton’s College, University of Cambridge, and Wikimedia.

We’re passionate about fostering interactions amongst participants and are working towards ensuring the right environment for both learning about open innovation in practice and for enhancing your own engagement with open innovation. TransferSummit is expected to sell out: register today to take advantage of our Early-Bird rates, and continue to explore concepts addressed during the event at the BarCamp the following day.

For more details and to register see

We look forward to seeing you!

– Ross Gardler, Chair, OSS Watch and the TransferSummit team

AoC Information, Data and Technology Conference


The Information, Data and Technology Conference (formerly NILTA CIS Conference) is a well established national event focusing on the technical issues associated with the collection of data and on the main challenges confronting College MIS departments. The event will consider the crucial importance of data management in the effective running of Colleges, not least in securing funding and changes to funding mechanisms and agencies, Machinery of Government changes, and policy announcements arising from the election.

It will bring together the leading experts in the field of data collection, management and dissemination as well as representation by the government agencies concerned with the regulation of data in the College sector, through interactive breakout sessions and plenary sessions.

To register or for more information please click here:

Research Outcomes Workshops

Thursday 24th June 2010, 10.00-14.30, University of Glasgow

Tuesday 29th June 2010 10.00-14.30, HEFCE Centrepoint, London

This workshop will focus on Research Council’s UK (RCUK) Research Outcomes with a view to addressing some of these wide-ranging needs. Using a range of activities we will collate a list of issues and ideas for the sector and RCUK. This will enable members to discuss the practicalities of gathering and reporting on the research output types proposed by RCUK.

For more details and to request a place or register interest see Research Outcomes Workshops flyer

Research Outcomes Workshop Draft Agenda

e-asy Assessment: Creating assessment for better learning

e-asy Assessment
17 May 2010
National Space Centre, Leicester

Creating assessment for better learning

This event is a unique opportunity for practitioners to engage with innovative ways of assessing learners to make assessment e-asy for them.

Organised by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the JISC Regional Support Centres the event is designed for lecturers from all disciplines who teach on HE programmes in FE Colleges and Universities or anyone who is involved in the design of assessment.

Professor Phil Race will provide the keynote and will provide a hands-on insight into the issues with assessment.  The afternoon workshops will be led by experienced practitioners and will cover the following:

  • Designing multiple choice questionnaires and providing feedback;
  • Curriculum design;
  • Assessment for reflection; and
  • Creative assessment to eliminate plagiarism.

This event costs £75 per person and will take place on 17th May at the National Space Centre in Leicester.  Further details and booking are available via the JISC RSC East Midlands website.

eResearch – What is it and how can it help me?

Date: Tuesday 17 November
Venue: Priorslee Hall, Telford Campus, University of Wolverhampton, Shifnal Road, Priorslee, Telford, Shropshire, TF2 9NT

This JISC-sponsored roadshow, for researchers and those providing IT support services, will introduce the concept of e-research and some of the tools, along with case studies from practitioners in various disciplines.

Many academics engage in a combination of teaching, administration and research. All will be familiar with the use of networked technologies help them work together, teaching and administering large numbers of students, often at a distance, perhaps through managed learning environments or video-conferencing

The term e-Research describes the use of networked technologies to support research activities, by enabling the capture, storage, analysis, publishing or sharing of large amounts of complex data often by remote or distributed teams. Technologies and services specifically for e-research already exist and are increasingly used, with many freely available. Additionally, other tools already familiar to academics in other contexts can be adopted and adapted for e-research.

Guest speakers

  • Dr David Fergusson, Deputy Director, National e-Science Centre on ‘What is e-research?’
  • Dr Hugo Mills, Research Fellow, University of Reading on ‘The Use of Web 2.0 in Research’
  • Plus hear from Wolverhampton researchers about their experiences with e-research technologies.

Book Online

JISC Conference 2010 – save the date!

londonbus.jpgThe JISC Conference 2010 is taking place on 12-13 April 2010, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. Make sure you have the date saved in your diary!

The main conference will open with a drinks reception on the evening of the 12 April, with a full programme on the 13 April. Pre-conference activities on the afternoon of the 12 April are planned and these will be announced along with the parallel session details later in the year.

We are delighted to welcome the following keynote speakers to the conference:

  • Martin Bean, Vice Chancellor, The Open University
  • Bill St Arnaud, Chief Research Officer, CANARIE Inc.

Sponsorship and Exhibition bookings are now open and full details of the packages and how to book can be found at:

CBI Higher Education Summit

Building partnerships for success – the CBI Higher Education Summit

The launch of the CBI Higher Education Task Force report ‘Stronger Together – Businesses and Universities in Turbulent Times  made a big impact in the media, and raised awareness of the importance of strong links between business and universities.

The CBI HE Summit on 20 October builds on the report to further explore the funding challenges facing the sector, in the light of expected reductions in government funding. In particular, discussing what action is needed to ensure the continued strength of the UK HE sector.

Universities can provide business with ideas and new technologies, so how best can business work with universities to turn academic research into the innovative product of the future? What are the opportunities and challenges presented by a greater focus on economic impact by research funders?

With speakers including members of the HE Task Force and shadow secretary of state for universities and skills David Willetts, the summit brings together business leaders, policymakers, higher education stakeholders and university vice-chancellors.

This is a great opportunity to help influence the policies shaping the future of higher education in the UK. See the full programme here.

Book your place here

Event details:

20 October 2009
BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JO

For further information please contact:

Sue Thornton
T: 020 7395 8013
E: sue.thornton@cbi/

You can read Stronger Together – Businesses and Universities in Turbulent Times here

Delicious feeds

Delicious feeds of tagged blog posts, website news feeds etc, all relating to events organisation on subjects such as

  • green events
  • how to make sessions more interactive
  • how to use Twitter at an event
  • pre-event community building

and  much much more, can now be viewed here on the JISC events blog.

The tags being used are:

  • jisceventsresourcesgeneral – for general event related resources
  • jisceventsresourcesonline – for resources relating to use of web 2.0 technologies and social media at events

JISC Access & Identity Management Programme Call

The new JISC Access and Identity Management Programme call has been released:

The deadline for receipt of proposals in response to this call is 12 noon GMT on Monday 19th October 2009.

The JISC is holding a community briefing event where potential bidders will be given information about the background to the call, its objectives and the bidding process. Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask questions of JISC Executive staff. This meeting will take place Thursday 17th September 2009 at the ICC in Birmingham. Registration for this event closes 13:00 Friday 11th September 2009. More information is available from

Further details about the call can be found at the AIM blog at Queries about the call can also be posted on Twitter using the tag #AIMCall09.

If you have any queries or require further information please do not hesitate to contact the AIM Programme Manager Christopher Brown at or on 020 3006 6072 and 07891 501177.