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A project funded under the JISC DIVLE (07/02) Programme


The University of Ulster was granted funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) to further develop a working model upon which to fully integrate its VLE and library systems. This work was be undertaken in 2002/3 to provide WebCT users with personalised contextual linkages to library resources and services along with seamless access to protected resources. The 4i Project (Interoperable, Institutional, Integrated, Implementation), builds on preliminary development work undertaken in 2001/2 and has scaled up these activities in order to assess the impact of an institution wide VLE-Library system integration on library business processes and the user experience. It also seeks to inform further development of technical integration methods to facilitate better interoperability between diverse systems and platforms. This is being conducted throught the IMS forum.


The project is part of the JISC's Linking Digital Libraries with VLE's (DiVLE) programme pedagogical and organisational issues of linking digital library systems and virtual learning environments.

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