Gateway for Higher Education provides insight into research funding – and is open source

Today Jisc announced the beta G4HE website. The site pulls data from the BIS-funded RCUK Gateway to Research API and provides an interface to allow searching and visualising data on research in the UK.

For example, you can see at a glance the councils funding research at the University of Oxford, as well as the key collaboration partners in joint research work

There are several interesting “open” angles to this project.

First, its ‘open’ in the sense that the site is opening up access to information about research spending.

Second, the site is using crowdsourcing to clean up the available data to make it more meaningful – for example by asking visitors to help identify duplicates and naming mistakes from the original data.

And finally, its great to see that the code that runs the site has been released under the MIT license and is available from Github.