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The JISC e-Framework for Education and Research

JISC is working with the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) in Australia to build ‘The e-Framework for Education and Research’, a sustainable, service-orientated, open standards-based technical framework. This initiative builds on work already completed under the e-Learning Framework (ELF) and the JISC Information Environment (JIE). The aim of the e-Framework is to enable institutions and research communities to have systems that more closely match their needs, enable them to implement systems in stages so that the most pressing issues can be dealt with first, and in the longer term, have more sustainable and responsive systems.

In the continuing development of the e-Framework, the lead partners, JISC and DEST, will adhere to the principles of a service-oriented open standards approach, using community involvement and collaborative activities to develop the e-Framework further. In fact, the service-oriented approach is key to achieving the aims of the e-Framework.

The e-Framework will assist both users, and commercial and open source developers, by the production of reference models - these are examples which show how one or more services can be deployed in commonly found scenarios. This will be a community-based process, involving domain experts and practitioners in analysing existing good practices, identifying problem areas, and designing the information and process models which can address them. Reference models play a key role in bridging the world of users with the underlying world of services - the bit we don’t see, and therefore find more difficult to comprehend. Reference models also provide a route for those who plan and select systems to find the most appropriate tools and services to meet their needs.

Running parallel to the production of reference models, the e-Framework will develop services, backed up by maps of potentially available services to assist users in visualising and navigating through the framework they require. The main sub-divisions of the Services to be developed are the Domain Specific Services and the Common Services. Domain specific services are divided into e-Learning, e-Research and e-Admin, potentially with others to be added. Common services in turn are divided into Messaging, Collaboration, e-Resource Management (including e-Library and general repository management), and Resource Management Security. Others may also be added to this list.

The aim of the workshop will be to present the e-framework to the wider e-Science community and facilitate feedback from the community. The workshop will consist of a panel session covering: the background context for the e-Framework; a general overview of the e-Framework; the current service factorings within the various domains (e-Learning, e-Research, e-Admin and Common Services); Development and Application of Reference models; and future directions and development of the e-Framework.

The workshop will be chaired by Matthew Dovey (JISC Programme Director for e-Research) and potential speakers include Bill Olivier (JISC Director for Systems and Technology), Tish Roberts (JISC Programme Manager), Rob Allan (e-Science Centre, CCLRC Daresbury Laboratory), Kerry Blinco (Department of Education, Science and Training, Australia), Dan Rehak (University of Memphis).


JISC e-Learning Programme website. http://www.jisc.ac.uk/elearning_framework.html

The e-Framework website. http://www.e-framework.org


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