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1 Knowledge Exchange – scholarly and scientific information openly available on the internet –

2 10 - 11 July 2008JISC-CNI, Belfast2 This presentation Knowledge Exchange Context and Challenges Ambitions and Priorities Common Interest US & Europe The presenter Bas Cordewener manager international collaboration, SURFfoundation

3 10 - 11 July 2008JISC-CNI, Belfast3 Introduction Initiative established in 2005 Members are four organisations which have responsibility for technology development in education and research within their nations Purpose is to add value to current activities; to increase return on investment of funding partners; and to improve quality of learning and teaching and research Method is structural knowledge exchange facilitated by staff; stimulate expert networks and co-ordinated activities; exchange strategies; explore policy opportunities to speak with one voice

4 10 - 11 July 2008JISC-CNI, Belfast4 Strategic Vision To make a layer of scholarly and scientific content openly available on the Internet (October 2006, Berlin) building an integrated repository infrastructure exploring new developments in the future of publishing facilitating integrated management services within education and research institutions supporting the European digital libraries agenda

5 10 - 11 July 2008JISC-CNI, Belfast5 Achievements Collaboration makes a difference promoting Open Access via a petition to the European Commission exploring new content packages and innovative business and license models Community became involved experts working groups exchange and recommend participation from partner countries, across Europe and beyond Effective brokerage, sharing and exchange studies, networks, trends, stratregies comparing approaches, procedures, programmes

6 10 - 11 July 2008JISC-CNI, Belfast6 Examples of community activities Open Access establishing an European evidence base of economics of Open Access promoting (the principles) of the License to Publish and License to Depot workshop for OA friendly publishers to improve transition-to-OA expertise participation of SPARC Europe Access Management regular exchanges and updates about national developments establishing (con)federations – encouraging publishers to join promote use of SAML 2.0 (simpleSAMLphp) Institutional Repositories joint projects/actions on Enhanced Publications (e-theses & dissertations); CRIS-OAR interoperability; Persistent Identifiers participation of France, Sweden, Australia, Norway

7 10 - 11 July 2008JISC-CNI, Belfast7 European context Aim is to transform the 23 countries in one transparent economic entity and information society Requirements interoperable and open areas for business, education, research, information flexibility and mobility of people, goods, work and information Policy drivers Bologna Declaration (1999) Bachelor Masters, mutual accreditation, quality assurance to support student mobility and educational flexibility Lisbon Strategy (2000) Europe aims to be a competitve and dynamic Knowledge Economy Berlin Declaration (2003) all university research output should be made openly available to the public

8 10 - 11 July 2008JISC-CNI, Belfast8 European impact Positive developments Bologna Declaration national approaches are harmonising at great speed Berlin Declaration and EU projects like DRIVER a European approach to ownership of publicly funded knowledge is emerging EC significantly funds activities in Technology, Education and Research Challenge coordination national impact sustainability Realisation of a European e-infrastructure for Education and Research might benefit from being closer informed by national policy; broader consultation needed

9 10 - 11 July 2008JISC-CNI, Belfast9 European technology infrastructure? there is no blueprint for a European technology infrastructure in semi-federated Europe, research approaches, infrastructures and governance are diverse and not easily aligned diversity in available resources and expertise impacts the capacity and quality of existing national IT infrastructures existing national organisations influencing IT infrastructure policy should be involved researchers, as good pioneers, individually have less intrinsic interest to care for a generic technology infrastructure Above are drivers for establishing Knowledge Exchange

10 10 - 11 July 2008JISC-CNI, Belfast10 Knowledge Exchange with ambition Potential at similar level of IT infrastructure provision leaders in technology infrastructure development able to share and develop in thought and action growing confidence to align strategies and speak with one voice Approach 2008-2010 continued structural exchanges for mutual benefit focus on new priority areas (next slide) provide a source of expertise that can help shape policy of EU.

11 10 - 11 July 2008JISC-CNI, Belfast11 Future Priorities Virtual Research Environments understand the many layers and interaction (GRID, collaboratories, data manipulation) focus on generic approaches, researchers needs, transnational ERA structures Primary Research Data involve various stakeholders in dialogue, raise awareness for preservation and access define challenges and changing roles, develop strategic policy European Digital Library inform partner investment in and support to digital libraries in order to develop –strategies for content creation, including digitisation. –registries of digital collections and services –interoperability frameworks EC interaction frequent dialogue on relevant issues, contributing to the strategic planning cycle inform each other, so potentially strengthen European and national programmes

12 10 - 11 July 2008JISC-CNI, Belfast12 US and Europe shared objectives Improve the user experience for US and EU scholars no limits to mobility, flexibility no limits to accessibility to increase quality Better serve the economical and societal needs integrated teaching & learning and research environments better, faster research development and productive use better educated workforce Increase the return on investment in shaping the technology infrastructure build upon each others creativity, expertise and experiences effective and efficient use of resources provide options for and anticipate on interoperability

13 10 - 11 July 2008JISC-CNI, Belfast13 US and Europe common interests (1) Bachelor Master system EU harmonisation includes accreditation European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), Diploma Supplement European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) quality reference framework Towards a global standard ? Federations National federations develop in many EU countries, concerning public and private service and content providers evolvement into federations of federations registration bodies and definitions of levels of trust. Trust development between US and Europe axis is essential ?

14 10 - 11 July 2008JISC-CNI, Belfast14 International developments Open Access principles / business models) development; National and/or Institutional Repository interoperability standards development Now is the time for alignment ? International governance & quality management a transparent environment (e.g. Repositories, Open Access, Federations, IPR) for stakeholders and actors that increasingly operate globally and need to work together encouragement for inspiring innovations is still needed (User Services, Business Models, Data Control) - developments have not yet reached their full potential build stability, manage expectations, define roles for service providers, information and content providers, registration organisations; identity and security levels This can only be achieved crossing KE, EU, and US borders ? US and Europe common interests (2)

15 10 - 11 July 2008JISC-CNI, Belfast15 Questions or comments? More information on Knowledge Exchange website:

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