New videos show how researchers use advanced technology
New videos showing how JISC is helping researchers achieve faster,
and different research through virtual research environments have
released at <http://www.youtube.com/user/JISCmedia>
The videos feature projects from JISC’s virtual research environment
programme, which is trying to find ways to connect people and speed up
research processes across disciplines. These include astronomy,
electronics, chemistry and the study of ancient documents.
Case studies from the e-infrastructure programme are also online,
how normal it is for researchers to use advanced internet technology
they work with other institutions and internationally.
Dr Mike Fraser of Oxford University, who led the e-infrastructure
said: “We have used story-telling and videos to remove the mystery from
e-infrastructure and demonstrate that its use can now be considered
within many subject areas.”
JISC's VRE programme manager Frederique van Till explained: “Virtual
research environments really speed up the whole chain, and in some
makes the work for researchers much faster because it’s easier to get
resources and the people. It also allows them to branch out into
could never have done before by using this new technology.”
Projects featured in the videos include VRE's in archaeology, the
documents and manuscripts, collaborative research events on the web
MyExperiment social networking site for scientists.
Professor Mike Fulford from Reading University, who features in two
videos, describes the impact of JISC's work in archaeology project as
“simply a revolution.”
He said: “I used to be a Luddite; the technology was all new to me.
it’s like an umbilical cord – I can’t do without it.”
The VRE programme is now entering its third phase with a more modular
approach aimed at making VRE’s work more effectively between different
universities and colleges.
Watch the videos of the VRE projects and see e-infrastructures in
Explore audio and video from all of the VRE programme phases at
Listen to Frederique van Till, JISC VRE programme manager, discussing
latest phase of the programme at