FAST OER (Federated Arts Search Tool for OER) a single search across multiple aggregated sources
Name of JISC Initiative: HEA/JISC OER Programme: Rapid Innovation
Unsuccessful bid: Feedback response from JISC:
For background, we received 34 bids and we are funding 13 projects (possibly 15). We have allocated more than the £200k we had initially anticipated. The field was very strong.
The reason for rejection were: Low likelihood of success and limited benefits. This was how the bid was interpreted. I hope that feedback makes sense.
We are looking into other ways of funning this or something similar:
In support of pursuing the search and find solutions here's some feedback from a recent small survey we did at UAL: http://dial.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2012/01/26/dial-survey/ (all below from same survey)
Question: Which digital skill sets are important to you?
- Knowing where to search. Because there can be all this stuff out there but if you don’t know where to look… there should be resources to teach others how to narrow things down.
- Knowing where to look and how. We should be told more about resources available, more advertising done for them.
- Knowing how to search for information.
- There should be a search engine in Blackboard to make it easier to find things.
- Searching online for the right thing.
Outline Project Description (Section 1)
This proposal is to build a federated subject based resource (a single search across multiple aggregated sources) to assist the open search process.
The FAST OER project
The FAST OER team and partner community will develop standards for addressing inclusivity, and inform and support future OER search developments and frameworks.
The Open University AVA (Access to Video Assets)
AVA was a short-term project which aimed to address the increasing demand for exploitation of OU's rich media legacy assets. http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/AVA/
SCORE is based at the Open University and funded by HEFCE as a three year project (2009-2012) http://www8.open.ac.uk/score/
British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC) join the project as advisors having recently developed federated search environment project Potnia Framework. The BUFVC have agreed to provide skilled and experienced support and advice from key members of there team.
The University of the Arts London will provide expertise and a testbed for use and reuse of OER environments. UAL’s drupal developer will work on live site integration and piloting of FAST OER. This FAST OER project will be aligned with UALs DIAL project (digital integration into arts learning - http://dial.myblog.arts.ac.uk/about-dial/ )
Use Case (Section 2)
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Proposal (Section 3)
The University of the Arts London have recently been involved in the phase 2 of the JISC UKOER (ALTO) and are currently developing (ALTO UK) as part of phase 3 a combination of these developments and previously existing initiatives for the basis for the prototype testing of FAST OER.
The DIAL project is integrating an OER resource community space later this year, the DIAL network space will be developed in drupal. By April 2012 we will have 3 locally managed instances of the OER drupal platforms.
Other drupal arts OER environments have also been identified as being developed and strengthen the case to develop a basic pilot environment at UAL with the future scope and ability to be cited as potential future members of FAST OER concept, the following may be approached and asked to consult on the project concept:
FAST OER would explore options to plug into other potential external environments, wordpress, DSpace etc (specialist subject areas other colleges).
Risk Assessment & Management: Risk exposure (i.e. significance) is expressed as the product of estimated risk probability, P (1-5): and risk severity, S (1-5) to yield a risk exposure score, E: 1-25.
Difficulty integrating new search code into existing drupal platforms (P1*S5 = E5) alternatives methods will be explored
Problems assigning to specific meta data fields in the live drupal sites and lack of inclusive options to expand into different drupal platforms (P1*S5 = E5) mock stripped out drupal scenarios will be tested, current live UAL drupal developments are open to development and change and can adapt with the ptoject.
Lack of inclusive options to expand into different web platforms, wordpress, Eprints and Dspace etc, including Integration problems regarding standards and local meta data changes (P2*S5 = E10) the primary development focus for this project is to develop a pilot environment linking multple drupal installations, other potential future platforms will be considered and explored where possible, no development in with these other platforms is guaranteed within the time and budget constraits of this project, although future scenarios in this area will be explored and documented.
University of the Arts DIAL project – the DIAL project is currently developing interest groups who are addressing issues surrounding information literacies and open education, DIAL stakeholders will be involved throughout the project and inform its development.
The OU SCORE fellows will be invited to contribute and feedback on project development.
The open college of the arts – The OCA are interested in being involved and testing FAST OER, "It would be just great to have a central point of art and design resources for the world to access” (Jane Horton OCA)
Brighton University & SCORE Fellow- are interested in being involved in the projects development and testing FAST OER and are currently involved in UK OER ALTO UK
Quicker search methods; Improved quality of content; Vast range of UK subject specific resources in one search box; Potential to adapt code and concept to support national and local installations; OER profile search (search and find leading OER practitioners and resources); Replication of code and concept to be used in other subject specific scenarios
Develop new OER subject specific communities of practice, OER producers and colleges will want to be included in the search catch all, this will ensure: quality of resource, growth in the OER interest; Align with other OER tools (existing tools); Open Attribute Plugins for drupal - http://process.arts.ac.uk/content/open-attribute-plugins-drupal; Xpert Attribution tool - http://process.arts.ac.uk/content/xpert-attribution-tool
This should include intended benefits/impact of the work, a schedule and structure for the work, risk assessment and a commitment to engaging with users and stakeholders