In February 2008, Exeter University Library was awarded £34,900 by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of behalf of HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England), to carry out a survey into User Requirements for Digitised Resources in Islamic Studies.
A team led by Paul Auchterlonie and Ahmed Abu Zayed worked on the project (named DigiIslam) between March and May, using a mixture of questionnaires, focus groups, telephone interviews and bibliometric analysis. The resulting report has now been sent to JISC.
JISC will study this report and will pass on any recommendations to HEFCE, who will be announcing their wider strategy for Islamic Studies in Higher Education later this summer.
The report is available at the DigiIslam Project website.
It is a long document, and worth reading. If you are pressed for time, there is a useful executive summary.