The British Education Index office works in partnership with a number of organisations and welcomes enquiries about support and services it can provide. The list below provides limited information about some present and past partnership and project work.
The COnnecting REpositories (CORE) project, supported by JISC, aims to facilitate the access and navigation across relevant papers stored in UK Open Access repositories. Towards the end of 2011 CORE cooperated with the BEI to add to selected BEI records the URLs for journal articles that featured in both CORE and BEI collections, i.e. URLs for openly accessible texts. It has long been a frustration to the BEI that people outside institutions that subscribe to the BEI and to the journals it covers are excluded from using the one, and reading the other. During 2012 the BEI hopes to explore the potential afforded by this collaboration with CORE.
The British Educational Research Association (BERA) contracts with the BEI for searchable programmes for its annual conferences. In any year the last conference programme is available at the current conference page; the archive of information from previous conferences cumulates in the BEI BERA Conference Archive and, together with information from other conferences that used BEI conference services, in the BEI Conference Archive.
The Strategic Forum for Research in Education explores how countries in the UK might improve the creation, mediation and application of evidence about education. The Forum presented a report in July 2010 ( Unlocking Learning? Towards Evidence-informed Policy and Practice in Education). The BEI created a demonstrator database and presentation to support the report's recommendations about an integrated information infrastructure for educational research.
The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) contracts with the BEI to take a daily feed of relevant BEI records, re-presenting them through the NCETM Research Gateway in a style consistent with the "look and feel" of the NCETM site. This is a model for the exposure of both retrospective and highly current BEI references to support the particular interests of organisations or projects.
The Economic and Social Research Council's Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) represents the UK's largest investment in education research. The first projects began work in January 2000 and publishing activity continues beyond the formal end of the generic phase in 2009. The BEI was commissioned by TLRP to reference the major journal and grey literature outputs of the Programme and of its constituent projects, and to create a searchable database of the resulting information to complement TLRP's own DSpace archive. In addition to being included in subscription versions of the BEI database, the resulting collection of records is freely searchable in the BEI TLRP collection. BEI will continue to add references to appropriate TLRP outputs to the main BEI database and to the collection accessible through this site.
The information accessible through this BEI interface is partly derived from a project that reviewed research into widening participation in higher education, conducted in 2006 for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) by the Higher Education Academy. The BEI was commissioned by HEFCE to enhance selected bibliographic records created by the project and to create a searchable database of the resulting information. Although no longer supported to do so, the BEI periodically updates the bibliography with appropriate references that have been routinely created for the BEI database.
PERINE was supported between 2001 and 2004 by the European Commission under its Access to Research Infrastructures activity. Since the cessation of funding, PERINE has continued as an informal network of organisations that provide information about educational research. The BEI coordinated the original project, providing the technical infrastructure through which the network's multilingual materials could be managed and accessed, and makes available the website on behalf of the network. The site includes the unmaintained multilingual internet resource catalogue that was at the heart of the network's activities. “The PERINE project: cooperation between European education databases” gives a history of the project.
Education-line was established by the BEI in an Electronic Libraries Programme project funded between 1996 and 2000. From the outset, the BEI worked closely with educational research associations in the UK, associating the strengths of traditional bibliographic discovery tools with automatic, online full text delivery of the documents referenced in the collection. Partnerships with the British, Scottish and European educational research associations led to Education-line's collection of papers presented at the associations' annual conferences.
During the course of its work on the Education-line project, the BEI was chosen by the Schools Curriculum and Assessment Authority to host the internet version of the 1997 Dearing report into higher education, “Higher education in the learning society”. Although no longer supported to do so, the BEI continues to make the report available through this site.
The BEI has also periodically worked with the Training and Development Agency for Schools (as was), specifically on the Teacher Training Resource Bank (now archived) and with the Department for Education, specifically on the Educational Evidence Portal.