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Audio-Visual Projects 2003-2007 unlockingaudio

First hand accounts of the Holocaust

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day and to mark the occasion the British Library’s JISC funded Archival Sound Recordings project has added a new tool for Holocaust research and education, available online. Here are some of the details of the collection by the project manager, Peter Findlay (more can be read on the Sound recordings blog): Jewish […]

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events Projects 2006-2009

Conference Announcement – ‘New access to past debates: 19th century pamphlets’

Below are details of a forthcoming conference being held by the 19th Century Pamphlets project.  If you are interested in attending then contact details and further information can be found below: ‘New access to past debates: 19th century pamphlets’ The 19th Century Pamphlets Online project is holding a one-day conference at the University of Liverpool on […]

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Digitisation priorities Users

What’s your priority for digitisation?

A new online discussion forum has recently launched in order to gather people’s feedback on digitisation priorities for special collections. Current debates raise issues such as what defines a special collection, how to determine digitisation priorities, user needs in research & teaching, and a provocative “Devil’s advocate” thread to provide a platform to air “contrary […]

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The Library of Congress and Flickr

A year ago the Library of Congress asked members of the public to tag and describe two sets of approximately 3000 historic photos using Flickr, the photosharing website.  The LOC reports that within the first 24 hours of the project starting Flickr recorded 1.1 million total views on the account, with 3.6 million views a […]

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Projects 2006-2009 You Tube

Digitisation on YouTube

The recently launched JISC channel on You Tube, JISCmedia, showcases short videos on the digital collections that will be going live between now and Spring 2009 funded under the JISC Digitisation Programme. Here’s an example from the Cabinet papers 1915-1978 project, which has digitised millions of pages of government debates on key events of the […]

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data mining Funding

Digging into Data Challenge – Funding Call

The Digging into Data Challenge is an international grant competition sponsored by four leading research agencies from the UK, US and Canada.  The challenge that this funding call wishes to confront is what do we do with a million books, images or articles?  How does the huge volume of digitised material effect humanities and social science […]

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Projects 2006-2009 Resource discovery

New archival collections available from JISC Collections

JISC Collections is making two new archival collections freely available to universities, colleges and research councils: The British Periodicals Collections I and II:  Traces the development and growth of the periodical press in Britain from its origins in the seventeenth century through to the Victorian “age of periodicals” and beyond.  The collections comprise six million keyword-searchable […]

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events

From motion capture to ancient manuscripts – Workshop, 30th January

This workshop, funded by JISC, is taking place on 30th January 2009, at King’s College London. There is more information on the JISC website and you can book a place there too. Researchers from all parts of the campus are long-used to collecting, structuring and presenting their data in databases, spreadsheets, webpages etc, using a […]

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Audio-Visual Resource discovery Usability

Make sure collection names are obvious

The British Library’s Sound Archive has some fascinating collections but they tend to have some quite obscure names. For example, the St Mary-le-Bow public debates have contributions from Iris Murdoch, Peter Cook and Enoch Powell. A previous version of the Sound Archive website replicated these collection names – and quite possibly put off users who […]

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Publicity and promotion Search Engine Optimisation Strategic Content Alliance

“Improving your online presence” course

“Improving your online presence” is a FREE 3-day course held in London aimed at showing how simple and inexpensive techniques can be used to boast your collection’s web visibility and consequently traffic to your website. The course is organised by the Strategic Content Alliance (SCA) and the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) and builds on […]

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Evaluation Research Users

Eighteenth-Century Resources Online – Scholarly Opinions

JISC, along with publishers ProQuest, Cengage and Adam Matthews Digital, were involved in a couple of round table sessions at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference at Oxford University. The sessions were designed to get feedback from the scholarly community on resources such as ECCOand the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera The presentation […]

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Funding

Digital images for education: Community call

JISC and JISC Collections are pleased to announce a series of three tenders to provide digital images for use by the UK education community (schools, further education and higher education) under the title The JISC Collections/JISC Images for Education Project.  More details of this call are attached, and can be found by following the links […]

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Copyright

Keeping the cost of copyright clearance down – orphan works survey

The JISC-managed Strategic Content Alliance the museum, archive and library sector Collections Trust have issued a survey on Orphan Works – http://surveys.omni-web.co.uk/start.aspx?sid=5DZ6VD The idea of the survey is to get a sense of the scale of orphans works in the cultural heritage community, which will then act as evidence for more sensible legal framework for […]

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events

Major digital conference in Belfast

The 2009 Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts conference looks like it will be a big one, drawing in delegates who are contributing to the recent developments in digital scholarship in the Republic of Ireland. The conference is taking place at Queen’s University Belfast, from the 6 to 9 September 2009, and is entitled […]