Exploring how small grassroots software projects can thrive in academia

EGRET is the latest in a series of computing projects at the University of Cambridge named after birds! The full project title doesn’t shed much more light – “engaging responses to emerging technologies” – but it hides a fascinating area of work.

EGRET explored how small software projects, especially those using new technologies (such as user-generated content, and automatic data sharing through “feeds” of information), can thrive and grow in higher education. EGRET specifically examined the service as a case study, as it matured at Cambridge, and also investigated what user-generated content means for academic IT systems. EGRET has ties to our JISC Academic Networking project, which has identified events, such as academic seminars, as an important aspect of scholarly networking for many academics.

Learn more about here, or have a go with the service yourself here (anyone can use, but it helps if you are based in or visiting Cambridge, UK). If you are interested in the EGRET project itself, have a look at our project blog where we shared some of our activities and also most project outputs, such as reports.