Monthly Archives: May 2011

British Library Historic Newspapers Archive

A recent article in the Guardian notes plans of the British Library, working with the commercial firm BrightSolid, to digitise around 40m pages from their 750m pages of their historic newspaper archive. The article points out that these newspapers form something of a ‘national memory’ but also implies that this is the first time that … Read more

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Forthcoming Presentations from JISC Staff

JISC Programme Managers, Alastair Dunning and Paola Marchionni, will be giving presentations related to current and future JISC funding at various events in June. If you are interested in discussing funding bids please come along – all the events below are open to any interested delegate. 2nd June – London Digital Humanities Group, Central London … Read more

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Some quotes on digital resources

1. After using the British Library Archival Sound Recordings web site, an FE teacher commented: “The realism of it [interviews with photographers included on the site] inspired students and encouraged them to source other material beyond Google searches. It also placed the photographs in context, which you don’t get from Google.” 2. A teacher who … Read more

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Forthcoming Content Calls – Strand A Digitisation for Open Educational Resources (OER)

Two previous blog posts outlined issues relating to the next JISC Content call, Strand B Large-scale digitisation and Strand C Clustering digital content. (Note all the JISC Content Call is still to be signed off by the relevant JISC sub-committee) Here are some of the key issues relating to Strand A Digitisation for Open Educational … Read more

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Splashes and Ripples: Synthesizing the Evidence on the Impacts of Digital Resources

Last week, the Oxford Internet Institute held an event to mark the end of the JISC Impact and Embedding Programme The programme allowed seven digital resources to judge their impact so far and then began to embed changes to allow their resources to be more responsive to users. Each of these resources now has a … Read more

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Forthcoming Content Calls – Issues on the JISC radar

As noted in a previous blog post, JISC is currently writing the request for proposals for applications related to the next round of content funding. Subject to approval by the relevant JISC subcommittee, there will be three strands. Over the next few days, we’ll jot down some of the issues related to each of the … Read more

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Update on JISC funding for digital content

We’re still not in a position to give precise details on the forthcoming call for JISC digital content (and the hoped for early publication of details last month proved a little optimistic). However, we’ve been given permission to publicise the following. Subject to confirmation from the appropriate JISC subcommittee, there will be three strands within … Read more

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Digital Impacts – last few places left

There are still a few places left for the event Digital Impacts: How to Measure and Understand the Usage and Impact of Digital Content, 20 May, Oxford Digital Impacts will discuss methodologies for measuring the impact of digitised resources and embedding them in teaching and research; it will present projects from the JISC-funded Impact and … Read more

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