Winners of JISC Rapid Digitisation Call

Five projects were selected from the 45 proposals submitted to JISC Call 16/10 Rapid Digitisation.

Three of the projects, marked below with asterisks, are conditional on clearance of various project issues.

From cemetery to clinic **, University of Bradford, Andrew Wilson, £93,199

  • Leprosy is a debilitating disease with a strong social stigma. Once common throughout the old world, it is still encountered in the developing world. This project seeks to digitise data pertaining to leprous medieval skeletons and clinical x-rays of modern sufferers to allow medical historians, palaeopathologists, clinicians and the interested public to observe and better understand the skeletal lesions of this disease, how they manifest across the skeleton and how they arise.
  • Royal Naval WWI logs, University of Oxford, Chris Lintott, £79,995

  • This project aims to digitize the National Archive’s collection of ships’ logs from the period around the First World War, thus extending the work being completed through the highly successful Old Weather citizen science project. These logs harbour information of particular interest to naval historians, but also serve a pressing need for historical weather observations in the climate science community.
  • York Cause Papers **, University of York, Stephen Town, £69,790

  • This project will digitise the York Cause Papers, 1600‐1800, a highly significant collection of manuscript material, in great demand by academics, and also increasingly requested by local and family historians. The papers record the proceedings of the church courts which had wide jurisdiction including over cases concerning marriage, sexual morality, defamation and slander.
  • Cartoon Archive Rapid Digitisation project (CARD), University of Kent, Nicholas Hiley, £85,000

  • The British Cartoon Archive will digitise a further 16,000 cartoon items, covering the two undigitised collections in greatest demand by researchers at the BCA. These are modern cuttings collection, comprising 14,500 political cartoons from British national newspapers and magazines between 2003 and 2011; and the Director of Public Prosecutions’ archive, which records the prosecution for obscenity of 1,300 cartoon seaside postcards between 1951 and 1961
  • Rapid 3D digitisation of Sheffield Metalwork collection **, Sheffield Hallam University, Marcos A Rodrigues, £79,113

  • Rapid 3D digitisation of Sheffield Metalwork collection The project will digitise contents from the Sheffield Museum Metalwork Collection using state-of-the-art fast 3D scanning technologies developed at Sheffield Hallam University. The 3D models will be made available and visualized through standard web browsers.
  • Early Music Online, Royal Holloway, Stephen Rose, £75,521

  • This is a pilot project that will digitise 300 volumes of the world’s earliest printed music from holdings at the British Library, and make them publicly accessible via the internationally-recognised RISM UK music database hosted by Royal Holloway, University of London. These volumes contain approximately 10,000 musical compositions, which will be individually indexed. The digitised content and metadata will be linked to the British Library Integrated Catalogue and COPAC, in order to maximise the exposure and discoverability of these sources of unique international importance.
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