CoSector Blog

The meaning of curation: data curation

Unlike the meaning of the term archive, I think curation is a 'doing' word that describes the actions of an information professional working with content or resources. The term has been applied to many sectors recently, and I sense its meaning...

Mar 29, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, Research Data

How Bloom VLE makes this long distance course a unique experience

The course was launched in 2014, and they've grown from nothing to over 150 active students within two years. 

Mar 27, 2017

Topic: Bloom VLE, Higher Education, IT and Digital

Two-factor authentication for Instagram and a clash with Google - your weekly cyber news round-up

This week it appears that security firm Symantec have done something to upset Google, and Instagram have finally adopted a more secure strategy, 

Mar 24, 2017

Topic: Cyber Security, IT and Digital

What we learned from Demystifying UX Design & Testing in HE event

Yesterday we attended the Demystifying UX Design and Testing in HE event over at Gordon Square. There were a range of speakers, from those who had undertaken projects which required UX design and testing to those who helped institutions and...

Mar 24, 2017

Themes and key points from UCISA17

This year's UCISA meeting, UCISA17, was held in Wales. Some 513 delegates from higher education attended and over 80 exhibitors. The key message around this year's event was around digital transformation and how it needs to derive value to...

Mar 22, 2017

Topic: Fairs and Events, IT and Digital

The meaning of the term archive

In this blog post I should like to disambiguate uses of the word “archive”. I have found the term is often open to misunderstandings and misinterpretation. Since I come from a traditional archivist background, I will begin with a definition whose...

Mar 20, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation

NCSC & NCA report, high profile twitter accounts hacked - weekly cyber round up

The NCSC and NCA published a report this week, The Cyber Threat to UK Business 2016/17. It outlined current trends, key incidents, future threats and how UK businesses can protect themselves. 

Mar 17, 2017

Topic: Cyber Security, IT and Digital

Essential cyber security prevention tips

As with many things in life, cyber security prevention is always a better option than taking a risk and deciding to deal with the fallout when you become the victim of an attack. And it absolutely is a case of when, not if, an attack happens. 

Mar 15, 2017

Topic: Cyber Security

Sophisticated phishing emails that beat my spam filter and are sitting in my inbox

Phishing emails are one of the biggest threats to personal data: 90% of cyber security breaches can be traced back to successful phishing campaigns. However, a lot of people assume they would be able to spot a phishing email, so we wanted to show...

Mar 13, 2017

Topic: Cyber Security

How to capture and preserve electronic newsletters in HE and beyond

This blog post is based on a real-world case study. It happens to have come from a UK Higher Education institute, but the lessons here could feasibly apply to anyone wishing to capture and preserve electronic newsletters.

Mar 10, 2017

Topic: Digital Preservation, Higher Education, IT and Digital