March 2014

Last year Jeremy Yates from UCL co-ordinated a landmark survey of the UK's national academic "e-Infrastructure" facilities, which subsequently went on to inform funding and policy decisions. We are re-running the survey again for 2014, and a short report summarising the results will be presented to the RCUK National E-Infrastructure Group and the UK government's E-Infrastructure Leadership Council in early April. If you run an institutional, regional or national facility, we'd love to hear from you.

Following the success of GEUG12 in Portsmouth and GUUG11 in Loughborough, the University of York has been working with Google to organise the next Google Apps for Education European User Group meeting (GEUG14). This event will be held on 23rd - 24th June 2014 at the University of York, UK, and is open to both users and prospective users of Google Apps for Education. If you are interested in attending the event, please answer the questions below to help us deliver a programme that will be of interest/use to you.


Most of my regular co-conspirators will be aware by now that I will shortly be moving on from Loughborough University to a new job with Jisc, as their resident Futurist. But who are Jisc, and what does a Futurist do anyway? I'll try to answer both of these questions in this post, which goes all the way from jet packs and holidays on the moon to legal and contractual frameworks and information assurance requirements for cloud services. Buckle up - it's going to be a wild ride!