The debate around the future of research is wide-ranging and stimulating. We’ll be using this page to post links to the places the debate is raging – on blogs, in the mainstream media, on Twitter. We also welcome your comments on any of the topics covered on this microsite. You can post comments below or tweet them to @jiscevents or email

The debate got going at the Future of Research conference where we captured and preserved the online discussion. Here are some examples from the tagged Twitter stream on the day, with more details below.

Scots model very interesting; relationship between HE, government & industry closer. National identity stronger; UK regions less
Porter mentions VAT as challenge to shared svcs. True, but shouldn’t be for ones which are tech-heavy & staff-light & low mark-up
Panel, Hall: Condemns the lack of real policy for HE, innovation, research etc (policy set by unaccountable think-tanks)…
Porter: Use collective bargaining power, good deals for the sector; implement shared infrastructure; differentiate locally
Sarah Porter observes that many things JISC provides are envy of the
world (very true in my experience)
@simonhodson99 Visser: HE sector needs to improve key competencies: project
management, putting together business cases, service provision etc.
The language issue arises again – this time between commercial & research world. Timescales also very different
Make money not by licensing and IP but by adding value to open access data, says Hall
Hall: stresses the important of network assets, interactions/collaborations between institutions
Hall: “we have people whose citations have simply gone through the roof as result of OA repository”
Academic lift thrives on giving away knowledge in return for reputational capital
”Half of researchers want to store data forever” says Takeda. Only half ?
Southampton’s lucky!
”uk universities more expensive than german companies as european research partners” – comment from audience at #jiscres10
”‘effectiveness’ (not just efficiency) and ‘communication’ are key to
maintaining research reputation” – Julia Goodfellow at #jiscres10
I wonder what the “right support mechanisms for collaborative research” are?

Capturing the conference conversation with Twitter

We will be capturing and preserving the online discussion surrounding the Future of Research conference to help involve and inform a wider audience. We’ll be using the official event Twitter account @JISCEvents to manage the process.

• All Twitter comments using the event hash tag #jiscres10 will be archived using the JISC-funded service  The archive is openly available at If you do not want your tweets to form part of this record, please send a direct message to @JISCEvents

• All links tweeted by the @JISCEvents account will be collected together at the JISC Delicious account at If you have a link that you think should be included, please send it to @JISCEvents via an @reply or a direct message.

• We will be using the service to create an event newspaper summarising the conversation you share on Twitter using the #jiscres10 hash tag. This will be available for a limited time only, whilst the event hash tag remains active. You will be able to see this resource at

• We will be highlighting a small number of audience tweets as examples of the discussions taking place and issues raised as a result of this event and these will be published at the event website.

If you have any questions about the ways in which we intend to collect and present the online discussions surrounding this conference, then please contact @JISCEvents

The views expressed in the conference conversation archives do not necessarily represent those of JISC.