19th-Century British Pamphlets Online

Last week, the University of Liverpool, held a conference to celebrate the launch of 19th-Century Pamphlets Online project Delivered by JSTOR, managed by RLUK and digitised by the University of Southampton, the collection is bringing together many of the which played a vital part in the intellectual, economic and social landscape of the nineteenth-century Britain. […]

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e-content in the age of financial uncertainties

In a recent article, An Awfully Big Adventure: Strathclyde’s Digital Library Plan, published in Ariadne magazine, Derek Law describes the university’s plan to achieve excellence in league tables and innovation in teaching by focusing “on technology and by extension on e-content” while at the same time make savings on space, utility bills, and other Estate […]

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Making the Case for Digitisation

The philosopher, linguist and novelist Umberto Eco described libraries as a form of repository, or bank, which served to secure the written word and the treasures of the text. The essential nature of the library, even today, is therefore one of contradiction: where the traditional processes of cataloguing and classification act to hide and ‘lose’ […]

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The JISC Digital Content Conference – a date for your diary

The JISC Digital Content Conference will take place on 30th June – 1st July 2009 at the Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel. Issues In the context of the completion of Phase 2 of the JISC’s Digitisation Programme the conference will look at the issues facing the UK’s universities as they deal with creating, delivering, […]

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Classical Research in the Digital Age

 The British Library’s Archival Sound Recordings project, supported by JISC, today launches a vital new resource for the exploration of western classical music heritage. Bringing together nearly 1000 historic recordings, this freely available online collection allows researchers to easily compare various interpretations of great composers, tracing the impact of globalisation on performance style and its […]

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Museums and Immersive Environments

There was an interesting article on the BBC recently that looked at how new technologies (specifically immersive environments using avatars, such as Second Life), are changing the way we interact with cultural artifacts (such as art and music).  Furthermore, Bill Thompson, the articles author, points out that these environments are changing the very way such […]

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Funding Opportunity: Rapid Innovation Grants

The Information Environment team has just released a new call for Rapid Innovation Grants.  Further details of the call are below: JISC invites institutions to submit funding proposals for grants to fund technical rapid innovation projects addressing priority areas. Proposals are sought under the following priority areas: Mashups of open data Aggregating tags and feeds […]


Success or failure of a Digitisation Programme (NOF): some evidence

The New Opportunities Fund ran a huge £50m digitisation programme between 2001 and 2004. Opinion to the success of the programme has been somewhat divided; some have seen it as pioneering; others saw it is a poor use of money, which did not really reap the expected dividends. There has actually been little analysis as […]

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Getting Your Resource Noted: Penguins, Icebergs and Heroes

The recently launched Freeze Frame project, which has digitised over 20,000 images of historic polar expeditions, has achieved phenomenal interest in the press. The press page on the JISC website lists 32 news articles or features, including an audio slideshow on the BBC website, and articles in newspapers as diverse as the Scotsman, the Daily […]

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Learning on Screen Conference 2009

The Learning on Screen Conference 2009 will be held at The Wellcome Collection, on 7th and 8th April 2009 and will focus on: Disability and Access to Moving Image and Sound. The Learning on Screen Conference will offer an opportunity for academic service providers, web developers, lecturers, broadcasters, educationists, advisors, publishers and representatives of disability […]

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New online resources launched: polar images and theatre in the East End

Two new online collections, funded by the JISC Digitisation programme, launched yesterday giving global access to thousand of images ranging from polar expeditions to theatre and entertainment in the East End of London. Freeze Frame: Historic Polar Images features an archive of 20,000 images depicting the history of polar exploration, inlcuding the adventures of famous […]


Content Architecture: Exploiting and Managing Diverse Resources – Conference

The International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO), in cooperation with University College, London will be holding their first biennial conference entitled: Content Architecture: Exploiting and Managing Diverse Resources.  The conference will run from the 22 – 23rd June, 2009, and will take place in London. In our networked world, enabling easy access to multiple services and […]

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Commercial Images Means Better Websites

A previous article on another digi blog illustrated how the commercial arms of the British Library and British Museum seemed to produce more efficient and innovative websites for users to browse and buy their digital wares. Following on from this, Christie’s the Auctioneers have an excellent website which allowed potential customers and interested bystanders to […]