The SPIRE project was a two year research project funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in conjunction with Pennsylvania State University in the US.

The project looked into the feasibility of using peer-to-peer systems for collaboration and file retrieval in UK higher and further education institutions. This has become the focus for research on rights issues, the use of informal technologies and the role of the educational institution in its provision of digital services.

SPIRE project website