Today and tomorrow I am in busy Birmingham for Jisc Digifest 2015.Â As I am speaking in two sessions this year IÂ decided not to offer my tweeting services to the fabulous Jisc live coverage team, but I will be live blogging as the opportunity arises. Do keep an eye on those tweets though – all sessions will be covered on the #digifest15Â hashtag. There is also some live streaming here. For those attending the event you can find me presenting in the following slots (both in Hall 3):
- 11am on Monday 9th March:Â Finding, managing, delivering and using the right MediaHub content, in Pod 1 – talking about Jisc MediaHub but also bringing in the Jisc Digital Media guides.
- 11am on Tuesday 10th March: Social media and managing your digital footprint, in Pod 2 – bringing together ideas from the Royal Society of Edinburgh Spreading the Benefits of Digital Participation in Scotland Inquiry, the University of Edinburgh Managing your Digital Footprint campaign and research project, and lots of experience of social media engagement and ethical considerations.
When not presenting I’ll be updating this blog with notes from keynotes and break out sessions. As usual this comes with the caveats that I welcome corrections and additions since this is genuinely live updating and that can mean occasional errors etc.
And we are off! Tim Kidd, Executive Director of Jisc Technologies is introducing us to the second Jisc Digifest: This year’s theme is “connect more” so please do, with each other, on Twitter, via the event app, etc. Now to formally open the proceedings I will hand over to Martyn Harrow.
Professor Martyn Harrow, Jisc Chief Executive
Welcome all, both in the room and online, to Jisc Digifest 15. But why are we all here? Well we have serious work to do together. Unprecedented challenges face UK Higher Education, Further Education and Skills, and digital technologies are some of the best tools to enhance human efficiency. And we are here to explore the potential for digital tools for higher, further education and skills.
Jisc is funded by higher and further education, overseen by the Jisc board. We are of the sectors, by the sectors, for the sectors. Jisc is dedicated to playing our part to help you achieve your success, including better exploiting existing Jisc services and support – already saving over Â£1/4 billion per year, but also on ground breaking innnovation. You told us you wanted more chance to do this and that is part of the reason for this event, and also why we have a new “architecture” for customer engagement. We also have a new account manager systems – for the first time every higher and further education organisation will have a dedicated account manager, there to support you, ensure you get the best out of Jisc services and activities, but also to ensure you have a voice in shaping what we do, in new activities.
We have many partners, including many strategic partners. I would like to acknowledge these relationships which are so important in what we are trying to achieve. In particular I would like to thank today’s sponsors (AM, CrossRef, Talis), supporters (Epson, Rapid Education, ?) and our media partner the THES.
Connected is the theme of our conference, we have the power to do much more for our sector, for our universities and colleges… And what we want to achieve over the next few days. That’s what we want to achieve over the next few days: a new level of ambition.