Our next sponsor is the Joint Information Systems Committee – or JISC for short.
JISC inspires UK colleges and universities in the innovative use of digital technologies and has initiated and funded a large number of projects in the area of software development in education.
Recently, they’ve supported a number of projects through their Rapid Innovation programme. These are community-based and work over short time spans with small teams developing solutions together with end users. There are presently over 40 of these projects in progress in many areas such as Mobile Applications (e.g. Android and iPhone), Mashups (e.g. RSS/Atom feeds, blogs and tags) and linked data (e.g. human relationships and academic communities).
They are also working closely with UKOLN on a new project called the Developer Community Supporting Innovation – DevCSI which offers support to software developers working in Higher Education. DevCSI is directly organizing and/or supporting (through sponsorship) networking and community building opportunities for developers such as face-to-face technical and non-technical events, workshops, smaller more agile events (e.g. BarCamps), training opportunities, technical prototyping events, showcasing and demonstration events to highlight the work and value that software developers bring to Higher Education. The DevCSI project team will be organising the next Developer Happiness Days due to take place next Spring. If you are interested in the DevCSI project, please contact Mahendra Mahey.
You may be interested to know that JISC have a meeting space on Waterloo Bridge (just across the river from the IBM Southbank in Brettenham House. They will gladly make this available free of charge to small open developer groups who want to put on their own mini BarCamp-style events (for upto 40 people!) – they’ll even provide the pizza! Interested parties should contact David Flanders for more info!
We are pleased to have JISC and DevCSI as sponsors of BarCamp London 7. They are directly supporting the attendance of a number of developers from UK Higher Education to the event.