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The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) supports higher and further education by providing strategic guidance, advice and opportunities to use Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to support teaching, learning, research and administration. JISC is funded by all the UK post-16 and higher education funding councils.

website: www.jisc.ac.uk

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At Microsoft, we're motivated and inspired every day by how our customers use our software to find creative solutions to business problems, develop breakthrough ideas, and stay connected to what's most important to them.

In science, computing plays a critical role in advancing research across almost every field today, and w e believe that the software industry has a unique opportunity to contribute to the acceleration of scientific research and innovation through public-private collaboration among the computing industry, academia and government in the field of advanced computing.

Collaboration with the scientific community offers a window of opportunity for us to address the computational needs of science. Microsoft is working with research scientists and engineers worldwide to apply advanced IT to a wide range of disciplines. By bringing together expertise from our product and research teams, Microsoft strives to ensure that scientists, engineers and researchers have the computing resources they need and spend more time focusing on discovery.

We are committed long term to the mission of helping our customers realize their full potential. Just as we constantly update and improve our products, we want to continually evolve our company to be in the best position to accelerate new technologies as they emerge and to better serve our customers.

website: www.microsoft.com

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For Oracle, innovation is key; technology, and its future developments, is the driver.

Engaging with the Research and Development (R&D) community and actively participating in R&D projects is crucial to fostering creativity, innovation, wider and longer horizons and to developing new, often disruptive, ideas that in the medium and long term will lead to new technology.

Today our focus is around building a reliable, dynamic and flexible IT infrastructure where application and services can be used in a modular, function-driven and secure way.

Oracle works together with the Scientific and Commercial R&D worlds to progress towards our Grid and Service-Based computing vision. While doing so, it’s important to Oracle to establish R&D/Industry partnerships for mutual benefit, to promote long-term relationships and to build trust.

Competency development and research funding as well as tests, proof of concepts and use-case validation are amongst the key activities Oracle undertakes within the R&D sector, both in Applied and Fundamental Research.

website: www.oracle.com

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At IBM, we strive to lead in the invention, development and manufacture of the industry's most advanced information technologies, including computer systems, software, storage systems and microelectronics. We translate these advanced technologies into value for our customers through our professional solutions, services and consulting businesses worldwide.

IBM UK has a long-standing business, technological and social heritage in the UK. We are committed to innovation and helping clients to seize competitive advantage by transforming themselves into on demand enterprises. In addition, we are proud to be a progressive employer. We have recently produced a booklet outlining our activities in the UK. IBM in the UK - Innovation 2005, has been designed to share with clients and other influencers such as Business Partners, Public Sector officials and community organisers.

website: www.ibm.com/uk/


The Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC) is a focus for e-Research within the University of Oxford and collaborates with leading researchers to enable the use of innovative computing techniques to facilitate faster, better, different research. Building upon existing e-Science activities at Oxford we help bring together multidisciplinary teams to tackle today’s research challenges. Many of these challenges require the use of high speed networks, high-performance computing, data management and curation, and visualization.

With a core staff of researchers, developers and support staff, the OeRC operates as a hub for e-Research activities across the University, facilitating the development of an appropriate e-infrastructure for research and nurturing a community around e-Research at Oxford. We are strongly linked to the UK’s national e-Science programme and national and international collaborations will ensure that activities here at Oxford are aligned with e-infrastructure developments nationwide and abroad.

website: www.oesc.ox.ac.uk


The e-Science Institute - the UK's meeting place for e-Science - was launched in August 2001. Its mission is to facilitate the e-Science community and support the UK research programme by stimulating, supporting and enabling a programme of workshops, summer schools, conferences and visitors.

website: www.esi.ac.uk

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Established in 1957, the British Computer Society (BCS) is the leading body for those working in IT.

With a world-wide membership now over 50,000 members in over 100 countries, BCS is the qualifying body for Chartered IT Professionals (CITP).

BCS was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1984. Its objects are to promote the study and practice of computing and to advance knowledge of and education in IT for the benefit of the public. BCS is also a registered charity.

BCS is licensed by the Engineering Council to award Chartered Engineer status (CEng) and Incorporated Engineer status (IEng); and more recently by the Science Council to award Chartered Scientist status (CSci).

website: www.bcs.org


BAE Systems is the premier transatlantic defence and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, information technology solutions and customer support services. With more than 100,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems’ sales exceeded GB £15.4 billion (US$28 billion) in 2005.

website: http://www.baesystems.com/




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