Taking forward the Publisher Interface Study

You may remember a while back we were asking for comments on the Publisher Interface Study undertaken for JISC by Cardiff University and JISC Collections.

I thought it was probably about time I updated you on what we are doing with this!

The TERENA REFEDs group has set up a small working group to take forward the recommendations from the report. This will be in three stages:

  1. The creation of a full business case aligned to the recommendations, with a particular focus on affordability and achievability for the sector (including publishers and institutions).
  2. Following on from the acceptance (or indeed rejection!) of the business case, the development of appropriate branding and style guide using design experts.
  3. Roll-out and dissemination as appropriate.

We are hoping this work will not only focus on the specific FAM implementation issues but also other problems such as user understanding and recognition of IP sessions etc.

In the meantime, lots of the other work will be going on. The SDSS group at EDINA are busily contributing to the Shibboleth codebase to improve the usability of the WAYF.

The UK federation has completed an indepth usability review of its own WAYF and is implementing the recommendations.

JISC Collections are planning some workshops to help inform the business case work. This is timely as it links in with other interface reviews such as the uBird study.

And me? Well I’m sitting on the TERENA REFEDS working group and will also be working closely with UKSG to help promote and discuss this work so keep an eye out for more on this!

  1. Andy Powell’s avatar

    Note that my JQuery demo at http://andypowe11.net/wayf/ (see http://efoundations.typepad.com/efoundations/2009/06/lets-get-usable.html) is still on the table if it helps improve the WAYF implementation.

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