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  1. UK VRE Programmes 2004 - Present Matthew J. Dovey JISC Programme Director (e-Research)

  2. UK Funding Context Funds Fund Fund

  3. JISC Mission To provide world-class leadership in the innovative use of ICT, to support education and research

  4. Primary JISC Activities Committees & Consultation e-Administration e-Learning e-Research e-Content Services Innovation Programmes e-Infrastructure Access Management Network Outreach & Embedding

  5. JISC e-Research Programmes Research Communities Engagement Virtual Research Environments Research Data Management Research Infrastructures and Services

  6. JISC VRE Programmes

  7. Original VRE definition “A VRE comprises a set of online tools and other network resources and technologies interoperating with each other to facilitate or enhance the processes of research practitioners within and across institutional boundaries.”

  8. VRE Phase 1 • Experimental • Application of VLE approaches to research • Application of Service Oriented Architectures to research

  9. VRE Phase 1 - Projects

  10. VRE Phase 1 - Geographic Span USA NZ Grenoble, France

  11. VRE Phase 1 - Domain Areas • Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities • OGHAM • BVREH • Sakai education research • CHESHIRE 3 • Political Discourse • Natural Sciences • ISME • IBVRE • Cross-Domain • CSAGE • CORE • Sakai portal demonstrator • EVIE • ELVI • IUGO • GROWL • MEMETIC

  12. VRE Phase 1 – Researcher Needs

  13. VRE Phase 1 – Researcher Needs

  14. VRE Phase 1 - Technologies Portal ELVI EVIE Portal Demo IBVRE CORE MEMETIC ISME IUGO OGHAM Edu Research Cheshire CSAGE BVREH Political Discourse Growl Domain Specific Sakai Generic

  15. VRE Phase 1 – Technical Solutions

  16. VRE Phase 1 – Technical Solutions

  17. The Evolving VRE Definition • To provide an architecture of tools and resources to allow research communities to create multidisciplinary environments which enhance inter-disciplinary research, and to facilitate collaboration within and between institutions. • A VRE can be defined as a set of online tools and other network resources and technologies interoperating with each other to support or enhance the processes of a wide range of research practitioners within and across disciplinary and institutional boundaries. VREs go beyond providing researchers with easy access to data, applications and computational resources; instead they facilitate mobile and distributed researchers, research teams and communities in conducting activities, such as shared problem-solving and shared experimentation. A key characteristic of a VRE, therefore, is that it facilitates collaboration amongst researchers and research teams providing them with more effective means of collaboratively collecting, manipulating and managing data, as well as collaborative knowledge creation.

  18. VRE Phase 2 • Developmental • User Centric & Research Focused • VRE Exemplars • “Photogenic”demonstrators

  19. VRE Phase 2 – Four Demonstrators

  20. VRE for Study of Documents and Manuscripts

  21. VRE for Study of Documents and Manuscripts

  22. CREW

  23. Overview Slides April 2009 http://www.crew-vre.net/

  24. CREW

  25. CREW

  26. “Facebook for Scientists” ...but different to Facebook! • A repository of research methods • A community social network • A Virtual Research Environment • Open source (BSD) Ruby on Rails application with HTML, REST and SPARQL interfaces • Project started March 2007 • Closed beta since July 2007 • Open beta November 2007 • myExperiment currently has 1712 registered users, 141 groups, 584 Taverna workflows plus 81 others, and 51 packs • Go to www.myexperiment.org to access publicly available content or create an account

  27. The social process of Science Virtual Learning Environment Reprints Peer-Reviewed Journal & Conference Papers Technical Reports LocalWeb Preprints & Metadata Repositories Certified Experimental Results & Analyses 2.0 Undergraduate Students Digital Libraries scientists Graduate Students experimentation Data, Metadata Provenance WorkflowsOntologies

  28. myExperimentFeatures • User Profiles • Groups • Friends • Sharing • Tags • Workflows • Developer interface • Credits and Attributions • Fine control over privacy • Packs • Federation • Enactment Distinctives

  29. myExperiment Visitors

  30. VERA

  31. VERA - Internet at the site

  32. VERA – Online presence

  33. VERA – Technology trials

  34. Latest VRE Definition

  35. Latest VRE Definition “A Virtual Research Environment can be considered as short hand for the tools and technologies that a researcher needs to use access the resources and people they need to do their research, and both the technical and social context for those tools”

  36. VRE Phase 3 • Embedding and extending take-up • “Building communities for sharing practice” • Open ended/rolling programme

  37. VRE Phase 3 - Overview Joint Information Systems Committee

  38. VRE Phase 3 – Initial Projects

  39. Further Details Programme Websites http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/vre1 http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/vre2 Matthew Dovey, Programme Director (e-Research) E-Mail: m.dovey@jisc.ac.uk Tel: +44 7876 445403 Frederique Van Till, Programme Manager (e-Research) E-Mail: f.vantill@jisc.ac.uk Tel: +44 7875 338070