Digital Archival Collections survey

Jisc is supporting Higher Education (HE) institutions in developing a more strategic approach to the acquisition of Digital Archival Collections (DACs). We have been working with 12 HE libraries* on a pilot to help us identify, specify, and quantify information and data which supports a more informed decision-making process. The pilot has shown us, amongst … Read more

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Reports from the Live Lab

Jisc recently joined forces with the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine to run one of our Live Labs (see this previous post about our Cardiff lab) at the University of Manchester on 11 May. Some 20 academics, students and convenors assembled to explore the UK Medical Heritage Library (UKMHL) which sits … Read more

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GW4 Archives: exploring UK Medical Heritage Library and Historical Texts as data

In recent years hack-days have been all the rage and have proved a good vehicle for interactions between people who normally might not work together. In academia there has been a trend towards running so-called ‘labs’. The word implies experimentation; hack-day tends to imply coding (it can be experimental!), whereas ‘lab’ suggests that it can … Read more

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Jisc sets up new group-purchasing pilot with publishers to lower cost of digital archival collections

Jisc is working in collaboration with three publishers, ProQuest, Adam Matthew Digital and Brill, in order to make digital collections of primary source material more affordable for institutions to purchase, so that researchers, teachers and learners can enjoy access to an even wider range of resources. Digital collections of primary source material such as texts, … Read more

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Impact of resource discovery training on development of Museum of English Rural life (MERL)

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) and Special Collections, University of Reading participated in the development of the resource discovery training workshops as part of the 2014/2015 Digital Scholarships project. At that time they were going through a major overhaul of both the museum and their website. The resource discovery training played a prominent … Read more

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‘Digital in the Undergraduate History Curriculum’ – a ‘Spotlight on the Digital’ case study

Dr Adam Crymble, Digital History Research Centre, University of Hertfordshire, has been working with undergraduate students to develop digital technology capabilities for the study of history. The co-authored ‘Digital in the Undergraduate History Curriculum’ case study describes the methodology and outcomes of integrating digital technologies into the curriculum. Abstract The use of digital methods in … Read more

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Improving acquisition of Digital Archival Collections – call for participation

Jisc is looking to design a new service to support Higher Education (HE) institutions to develop a more strategic approach to the acquisition of digital archival collections. We are inviting up to 12 HE libraries to participate in a pilot to help us identify, specify, and quantify information and data which supports a more informed … Read more

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Reveal Digital’s Independent Voices is now available to UK Higher Education institutions

You may be interested to know that Reveal Digital’s Independent Voices is now available to UK Higher Education institutions for pledging via the Jisc Collections catalogue at https://goo.gl/YmbH7Q. The pledging period runs until 31 July 2017. Reveal Digital have developed a digital collection made up of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals from the latter … Read more

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Continued thinking about using archives for teaching, learning and research

When I was fortunate to be invited by, Anthony Mandal, Professor in Print and Digital Cultures,  to deliver the keynote at the recent GW4 Remediating the Archive workshop at the University of Cardiff, Wales, I decided to set out the current state of digitisation and its focus upon actual use of digital content by providing … Read more

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Reveal Digital webinar on library crowdfunding model for open access digital collections

Last week Jisc and Reveal Digital hosted a webinar to introduce Reveal Digital’s library crowdfunding model for open access digital collections to UK Higher Education institutions. A recording of the webinar can be found here and below are the slides from the webinar. The webinar provided an overview of Reveal Digital’s cost recovery-open access model … Read more

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Independent Voices – pledging and licencing fees

The Independent Voices collection by US-based organisation Reveal Digital follows a cost-recovery open access model. Once digitisation and related costs have been recovered through a library crowdfunding model, the collection goes on open access. This is scheduled to be in 2019. In the US, 96 libraries have already pledged their support to Independent Voices. In … Read more

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Drugs, sex and rock & roll: Independent Voices focuses on a rebellious era while changing the scholarly publishing landscape

A guest post by Peggy Glahn describing Independent Voices, Reveal Digital‘s crowdfunded collection. Jisc is interested in your views on Reveal Digital’s open access publishing model, register for the webinar on 1st December at 3.30pm. . The 1960s began an era of tumultuous social change in the Western world. In the United States, the 1960s … Read more

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Historical Texts and Journal Archives – building a strategy for support materials

Here at the Historical Texts and Journal Archives team (http://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk and https://journalarchives.jisc.ac.uk) we strive to provide our users with the kind of support that is properly relevant to their needs. As such, we explore quite a large range of support activities to try and cater for as many differing requirements as possible. We look to … Read more

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UK Medical Heritage Library launch events

Come and join us to celebrate the addition of 68,000 digitised texts from the long 19th century to Jisc’s Historical Texts platform which already contains some 350,000 texts from the 15th to 19th centuries. Jisc, Wellcome Library, and 9 UK universities and professional societies, have been working on a three-year large-scale digitisation project of more than … Read more

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Making your digital collections easier to discover. Booking is now open for our two workshops on 15 and 22 November

Jisc is offering two one-day workshops to help you increase the reach of your digital collections, optimise them for discovery and evaluate their impact. ‘Exploiting digital collections in learning, teaching and research’ will be held on Tuesday 15 November. ‘Making google work for your digital collections’ will be held on Tuesday 22 November. If your … Read more

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Impacts of digital collections

Last year Jisc in partnership with ProQuest commissioned the Oxford Internet Institute to look into the impact of digital collections on academic researchers working within the humanities. This research was focussed on two key historical primary resources, Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Houses of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP). (see a recording of the presentation … Read more

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Survey to assess the impact of two key digital collections goes live

Jisc and ProQuest recently commissioned the Oxford Internet Institute to assess the impact of two collections: Early English Books Online and the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers. These collections were purchased in perpetuity from ProQuest and are accessed through Jisc’s Historical Texts platform. The Oxford Internet Institute are experts in measuring the use, value and impact of … Read more

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Collaborating in medical history at DCDC15

Last month Paola Marchionni and Alex Thomas presented at DCDC15 at the Lowry in Salford. This now landmark conference in the area of digital culture and heritage this year included themes around digital collaboration and digital engagement. We were delighted to be able to share our work with the Wellcome Trust and RLUK on the UK … Read more

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Updates to the ‘Make your digital resources easier to discover’ online guide

The ‘Make your digital resources easier to discover’ online guide has been updated to include the written case studies from our digital scholarship participants, as well as audio presentations from experts discussing the impact of implementing key resource discovery strategies within their organisations. The audio presentations and written case studies are displayed next to key … Read more

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