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British Library adds extra 1 million pages to online newspaper resource

The inclusion of another 1m pages on the BL Historic Newspapers website takes the total number of pages of 19th Century Newspapers available online to over 3 million 22 new titles cover a range of both regional and metropolitan publications including the Cheshire Observer, the Royal Cornwall Gazette, the Isle of Man Times and the […]

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Alice in Wonderland’s adventures digitised

I recently blogged about the launch of the University of Exeter’s Digital Collections Online. Some of the amazing images that were digitised and added to the repository demand to be highlighted in more depth. With all the hype about Tim Burton’s new Alice in Wonderland film, it seems appropriate to highlight the amazing collection of […]

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The Parrot Goes Mad and other highlights from ‘Mining a Year of Speech’

Mining a Year of Speech is one of the projects in the Digging into Data Programme. Its aim is to transcribe and then analyse a huge corpus of spoken language, using the massive quantity of the corpus to ask questions about the nature of speech and language A launch event was held last week, involving […]

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The Benefits and Impact of Digital Resources

JISC recently issues a call for studies to analyse the benefit and impact of digital resources. Simon Tanner (King’s Digital Consultancy Services, King’s College London) and Pete Dalton (Evidence Base, University of Central Birmingham) have won the call, and are now starting the four month project, sifting through a mess of extant evidence and also […]

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Centre for Digital Excellence Captures Chaucer on Camera!

 The Codex (Centre for Digital Excellence) project at the University of Manchester recently visited National Trust Petworth House in Sussex to digitise a medieval Chaucer manuscript. The project aims to establish partnerships with museums, libraries and archive repositories throughout the region, and beyond, to develop and test collaborative models for digitisation. This was the projects […]

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Search Engine Optimisation

One of the key ways of getting exposure to your website is by ensuring that search engines such as Google have successfully harvested your content, and added information on your site to their indices. Whilst some of the tasks that facilitate this can be quite tricky, it is surprising that many digital projects still fail […]

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Digital Collections Online is launched

Tuesday 16th March saw the launch of Exeter University’s Digital Collections Online. Delivering images and digital objects from Exeter’s most prestigious research collections, including over 2000 images showcasing Victorian culture, openly available for teaching and research. The website includes e-learning packages to help embed the collections use within the university’s teaching, learning and research. Highlights […]

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Digitised History: the impact of digitisation on research into 18th and 19th Century Britain

20 July 2010, 10am-4pm British Library Conference Centre, Euston Road, London • Explore the impact of the large scale digitisation of newspapers • Consider the effect that this has had on research and researchers • Question the implied changes to research methodologies Not only has the digitisation of historical newspapers made it easier to discover […]

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Tracking the Exchange of Ideas in the Enlightenment

One of the projects in the Digging into Data Challenge is entitled Digging into the Enlightenment: Mapping the Republic of Letters It traces the flow of correspondence between intellectuals in eighteenth-century Europe, thus helping giving an indication of the flow of ideas from writers such as Adam Smith, David Hume and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. This YouTube […]

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Funding for releasing your digital content

JISC has recently published its 02/10 call, entitled ‘Deposit of research outputs and Exposing digital content for education and research.’ Strand II, focussed on exposing digital content, may well be of interest to digitisation projects. Often digitisation projects develop specific interfaces so that their users can search and browse through the digitised collections. However, the […]

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European Digital Libraries Funding Opportunities

The European Community recently held a meeting in Luxembourg to inform potential applicants about their the ICT Policy Support Programme. 30 million Euros have been allocated to the digital libraries strand which aims to improve accessibility, use and preservation of Europe’s rich and diverse cultural and scientific heritage. The call is broken up into six […]

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Exporting metadata to portals

As an addition to its successful Freeze Frame digitisation project, JISC asked the University of Cambridge’s Scott Polar Research Institute to explore what was needed to export their collection of 20,000 digitised images to portals such as Europeana and Flickr, as well as to commerical image providers. The request led the Institute to a full-scale […]

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Part-time project officer job at Oxford University

Oxford University Computing Services is looking for a Project Officer (part-time, fixed-term) to work on the RunCoCo project. The work involves: * running a communication campaign and developing engaging Web content to successfully promote the RunCoCo project and support its user community * managing project events and overseeing the production of training materials * providing […]