digital strategy

johnson30-gek-0001-0You may be aware that the University has a Digital Strategy out for consultation.

“The University will sustain and enhance its excellence in scholarship by embracing the opportunities afforded by digital technologies. The Digital Strategy will enable us to maintain a position of leadership by providing a foundation for the transformative enhancement of research, teaching and innovation through digital technologies and communications. Effective digital communications will also ensure that this digital shift benefits society on a national and a global scale.

We will enhance the creation and discovery of knowledge and content through digital means and improve the utilisation and exploitation of digital technologies within our teaching and research. In delivering these aims, the University will support and engage with digital initiatives generated by our staff, students, alumni, and those outside the University.

A strong and coherent online presence will direct those seeking knowledge about any area of academic activity to relevant work carried out at Oxford. We will develop our globally available teaching and learning resources. Access to the University’s research outputs and data will be open to all and access to collections will be improved through programmatic digitisation. This will extend and enhance the role Oxford plays in preserving and sharing the record of human existence and cultural achievement.

Strategic Aims

1.    To facilitate the creation and discovery of knowledge:

  • Enable new modes of research especially across disciplines;
  • Promote new ways of generating, curating, and engaging with data (e.g. visualisation, data analytics, digital collections, augmented datasets, health);
  • Extend the reach and effectiveness of scholarly communications.

2.    To improve utilisation and exploitation of knowledge:

  • Enhance teaching and research through effective use of digital technologies and data;
  •  Empower staff and students through the provision of digital skills training;
  • Develop online learning, educational resources and student support.

3.    To enable knowledge exchange in a digital environment:

  • Draw in new audiences and collaborators from across the globe;
  • Provide access to expertise and know-how;
  • Establish new communities involving industry, commerce, government, civil society both locally and globally.


johnson51-msa-0001-0To meet the vision and strategic aims above we will invest in:

  • Creating an Innovative Digital Community, focussed on significant innovations, cutting-edge thinking, and sharing and implementation of best practice e.g. through the creation of a university-wide conversation on digital innovation.
  • Training and skills for staff and students to broaden and deepen the capability of all members of the University to embrace digital.
  • IT infrastructure to support the digital enhancement of teaching, research and widening engagement that includes a digitization platform, digital collections management (including research data), and digital curation.
  • Facilitating access to research outputs and data, in order to support rapid and broad dissemination and take-up of the fruits of our research.
  • Rapid as well as slow experimentation to explore new ways to enable departments, colleges and collections to support teaching and research and to identify ways of utilising digital technologies and resources to enable the University’s mission.”

Comments on the draft strategy, whether from collective bodies or from individuals, should be submitted to Charles Shaw ( no later than Tuesday 27 May 2014.

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