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Digitised ephemera collection reviewed on Radio 4

A review of one of the JISC digitisation projects (the John Johnson collection of ephemera from the Bodleian Library at Oxford) made it onto Radio 4 on Saturday 12th June.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00sn68v/Saturday_Review_12_06_2010/
(from 21.27 mins to 30.30 – the recording will be available until 19th June)

It was interesting to hear the comments from an audience that is not solely academic – obviously most of the comments were about the historical material, but there are some interesting thoughts on the effectiveness of the search engine, and the confusion over who the website is for (ie universities or the general public), and also how it could be presented to make it more interesting.

Surprisingly, there was little mention of the fact that the site was not open access. Only at the end did the host mention that access (for the general public) was via local libraries.

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