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JISC Standards Watch report

Gaynor Backhouse
Last modified 12 Jul, 2007
Published 12 Jul, 2007
JISC TechWatch has commissioned a Standards Watch report that will present an overview of JISC's work in this area. In addition, it will speculate on the key standards and specifications that are coming through and provide a list of 'standards to watch' along with insights and guidance from acknowledged experts.

JISC funds many people to attend specification and standards bodies, and between them they have a good knowledge of what is "in process" inside these organisations. This information is important for JISC's forward planning in that it needs to know what specifications and standards are in the pipeline in order to carry out support, early implementation work and interoperability testing, in effect, shortening the time between inception and effective use, and thus increasing ROI in open standards. In addition, institutions want to have some idea of what standards will be ready for use in the near to medium term. To this end, JISC TechWatch has commissioned a Standards Watch report that will present an overview of the work undertaken by the JISC-funded, standards-based activities, and will speculate on the key standards and specifications that are coming through.

The report will provide an overview of activity, a state of play report and a list of "standards to watch" along with insights and guidance from acknowledged experts. There will also be a timeline indication of, for example, when the specification will be ready for experimental (JISC) use and for mainstream (institutional) use.

The Standards Watch report is intended to complement existing JISC work in this area (see, for example, the JISC Standards Catalogue ; The JISC Standards Catalogue wiki ; and the eReSS list of standards).

Further details of the commission can be found at the JISC Technology & Standards Watch website

 

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