N.B. TLRP generic project work ended in September 2009. The below information is for reference only.
Partnership agreement between the TLRP and the British Education
Index (BEI) office - BEI undertakings
The publishing partnership between the TLRP and the British Education
Index (BEI) office exists to promote the wider visibility of the
work of the Programme and of individual projects. BEI office information
services are routinely used by large numbers of researchers within
and outside the UK. The BEI office has agreed to represent information
arising from the Programme and its projects within the office's
various information services, identifying the Programme verbally
and graphically, as appropriate.
Following a brief explanation of the nature and purposes of services
maintained by the British Education Index office, this paper outlines
the specific ways in which those services will support the TLRP
through the publishing partnership.
BEI information services
The British Education Index is a subscription database of information
about UK literature alerting interested parties to the existence
and availability of useful reading matter.
Education-line is a freely accessible database of the full text
of conference papers, working papers and electronic literature.
The Education Conference Listings Service presents a freely accessible
calendar for education and training related conferences as notified
by their organisers and giving information about conference locations,
content and contact details.
The Education Conference Programme Service presents freely searchable
programmes and event archives for conferences of organisations which
sponsor the service on behalf of their delegates and organisation
The British Education Internet Resource Catalogue is a freely accessible
database of information about professionally evaluated and described
BEI information services' initial support for the TLRP
The BEI office will immediately support the Programme as follows:
- The BEI will carry an appropriate comment about the Programme
or its projects within Index references to published texts that
originate from the Programme or its projects.
- Education-line texts that originate from the Programme or its
projects will carry an agreed and commonly applied comment about
the Programme within the references' note. The TLRP logo will
be displayed prominently in retrieved documents (see: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/educol/documents/00003139.htm
, for an early entry to the Education-line database).
- The Education Conference Listings Service will provide information
about all appropriate events which the Programme office or its
projects elect to notify to the service. In such cases the service's
event entry will carry an agreed and commonly applied comment
about the Programme. The BEI office will also make available to
TLRP-related sites on request a facility to view the most recent
additions to the Listings service within their Web pages (the
BEI office will supply the code to enable this facility).
- The Education Conference Programmes Service will, on receipt
of information in an agreed form, produce a searchable programme
for Programme or project related events deemed worthy of such
treatment by their organisers. The Programme logo and appropriate
comments will appear in significantly visible areas of the site.
- The British Education Internet Resource Catalogue (BEIRC) will
provide links to appropriate areas of Programme and project websites
not covered by other areas of the agreement. References will include
an agreed and commonly applied comment about the Programme or
The BEI office will provide documentation about submission
procedures for all services.
- The BEI office will ensure the presentation of appropriate
information about the Programme and its projects within the PERINE
internet resource catalogue. PERINE (Pedagogical and Educational
Research Information Network for Europe) is a European Framework
5 project coordinated by the BEI office manager. The project has
created a multilingual internet resource catalogue to promote
awareness of educational research activity within the project's
partner countries, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy,
Lithuania, Switzerland and the UK. The catalogue database is accessible
through the Database area of the project's website at http://www.perine.org.
All of the above will be initiated from the date on which the
partnership is formally agreed by the TLRP Steering Committee.
(From October 2003 http://www.leeds.ac.uk/bei/beinews.htm carries
a provisional announcement about the partnership: this is time
sensitive information which will be kept current for three months
then visibly archived in the BEI news site: updates will be
created whenever appropriate.)
BEI information services' developing support for the TLRP
During 2004 the BEI office will be devoting concerted attention
to the development of its existing services and to the initiation
of new ones, specifically in the context of the presentation
of information through an integrated internet portal. The partnership
will allow the Programme office and individual projects regular
access to the BEI office's decision-making and facilitate their
choice of new facilities. The following list reflects current
thinking within the BEI office about the medium- to longer-term
- The BEI office will map British Education Thesaurus terms to
the vocabulary that the TLRP uses to identify the interests of
users registered with its website. (The British Education Thesaurus
provides the indexing vocabulary for all databases managed by
the BEI office.) This will be done to allow for presentation of
appropriate information from BEI databases together with TLRP
information distributed to those users.
- The BEI office will offer delivery of appropriate content from
its databases through the Web pages of the Programme or projects.
In practice, and for example, this will involve the BEI in understanding
the interests of a project, creating a search to identify information
relevant to that project in, for example, the BEI, BEIRC and Education-line,
providing the html to run that search, and supplying that html
for inclusion in an appropriate area of the project website. This
facility would enable a project site to provide access to
- further reading
- about the subject area of the project, for example. (An example
of such practice can be seen by using the Search button on the
Taylor & Francis Web page for the British Educational Research
Journal at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/carfax/01411926.html.
The service to the TLRP would be a refinement of this practice,
customised to individual project interests.)
- The BEI office will allow TLRP associates to access an experimental
education portal. This portal will be in development during 2004.
It is anticipated that the portal will be an authenticating internet
environment allowing direct cross searching of databases maintained
by the BEI, possibly together with other relevant sources.
The inclusion of a representative of the TLRP Directorate in
a new BEI Advisory Group and of the BEI office manager in the
TLRP Thematic Group on ICT for Impact will ensure regular communications
between the partners to this agreement.