What is this project about?

The Linking You project was a short study for JISC, of our use of web identifiers such as, http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/research or http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/index.htm.

The work was undertaken by Alex Bilbie and Nick Jackson in the ICT Online Services team and Joss Winn in the Centre for Educational Research and Development.

Why did we undertake the project?

Like most other HEIs, Lincoln?s web presence has grown ?organically? over the years, utilising a range of authoring and content management technologies to satisfy long-term business requirements while meeting the short-term demands of staff and students. We recognise the value of our .ac.uk domain as an integral part of our ?Learning Landscape? and, building on recent innovations in our Online Services Team, re-evaluated the overall underlying architecture of our websites with a range of stakeholders and are engaging with others in the sector around the structure, persistence and use of the open data we publish on the web.

Some preliminary work has already been undertaken in this area and we wanted to use this project to consolidate what we have learned as well as inform our own work through a series of wider consultations and engagement with the JISC community.

What did the project achieve?

We considered web identifiers in the context of our institutional Learning Landscapes project. We undertook an audit of our lincoln.ac.uk web domain as well as those of 39 other HEIs across the UK. We developed a data model of best practice and made recommendations to JISC and the university sector on the use of web identifiers. All of our work was developed into a toolkit for use by the HEI sector.

When did the project take place?

February 2011 to May 2011.

What did the project cost?

Total project cost: £23,642. Funding received: £14,185.

Where can I find more information?

Project blog

Linking You toolkit