Spring has finally arrived, despite the unseasonal weather, and it is a time of new beginnings. JISC Advance’s fresh new daisies include:
- The launch of a new Shibboleth website giving a one-stop shop for all your queries
- The relaunch of the XChange service for the exchange of unused items in the sector
- The release of our Nexus project working to improve data connections
- A sneak peek at a new service in HE Shared Legal providing affordable legal advice.
Check back across the week and learn more about our Spring chickens and what they can do for you.
Xchange is better than a rest.
Our procurement service has revamped the Xchange website making it simpler and safer for users to ‘shop’.
The Xchange system which is managed by JISC Procureweb, allows UK HE and FE Institutions and Research Councils to buy and sell surplus equipment free of charge, helping them to save money and meet their sustainability agendas.
Users can now find what they need quickly and simply through the redesigned homepage and the advance search options allowing keyword or category searches. New buying and selling guides are available to help users make the most of Xchange.
In addition, terms and conditions have been implemented which must be agreed by users before accessing the system making for safer shopping and a smoother exchange service. Plus, a transfer of goods form is also on the site outlining the terms of trade for sale for both seller and buyer.
The Xchange website was launched in 2011 currently has active users from 43 HE institutions and 36 FE colleges and a number of research councils including MRC.
A New Site for Shibboleth
The Shibboleth Consortium launched its new website at the I2 Conference in Washington DC on the 25 April.
The new Shibboleth website marks an important step for access management. Shibboleth has been running as an open source project since 2000 and in its 12 years of operation has amassed users in over 30 different countries, with thousands of organisations using the software to support the access management requirements of millions of users.
Predominantly used in the research and education sector, Shibboleth has recently seen increased usage within the commercial sector - being taken up by small businesses, professional networks and financial organisations to support their needs.
The new website allows access to the products related to the single sign-on along with details about the service and the team involved.
Making the Right Connections
JISC Advance Nexus, a new commercial service in our
portfolio, was launched to a select group of University professionals on the 27
March. This exciting new service enables
seamless data transfer within institutions to remote services and external
With several institutions already signed up, the Nexus
experts (or nexperts) are working hard to ensure that each establishment gets
the bespoke solutions they require. They
provide the means of making administration processes better, faster and cheaper
to run - eliminating the manual elements of a process or a data exchange and
ultimately reducing administration overheads and operating costs, providing a
better student experience.
For more information about this new service or just to speak
to one of the experts about what they can offer you, visit www.nexus.ac.uk or email email@example.com
Our Legal Eagles
The last in
our fresh new resources for Spring is HE Shared Legal – an important new
project for JISC Advance. Launching formally soon, this service
will provide UK Legal guidance to the HE sector through a dedicated website,
help desk and most importantly via internal lawyers with extensive
experience in corporate and commercial law.
Serving the entire
UK, the HE Shared Legal service will offer ‘in house’ guidance and
assistance on a variety of areas of law including employment, commercial
agreements, environmental and banking. Institutions will be asked to pay
a modest membership fee to allow them access to the service,
- Consistent access
to legal guidance via website, phone and email
practical legal assistance through the ‘triage’ system
and ‘recycling’ of legal know-how to subscribers
with use of Specialist regional law firm panels
The service will be up
and ready for users in the near future headed by experienced lawyer, Neil
Further details surrounding the formal launch of HE
Shared Legal will be publicised via JISC Advance.