After over four very happy years, I’m moving on from JISC to a new role in the Netherlands.
It’s been a privilege to work with colleagues in one of the most innovative educational funding bodies in the world, and also with a broader community of researchers, librarians, teachers, archivists, policy wonks and web geeks. While I’ve been here at JISC such people have been responsible for some brilliant ideas and projects in large-scale digitisation, crowdsourcing, text and data mining as well as fighting battles with a flotilla of difficult issues – copyright, business models, metadata and users, users, users.
My new job is in The Hague, working for The European Library (TEL). TEL currently acts as the joint catalogue for just under 50 national libraries in Europe. It has ambitious plans to include research libraries, to increase the quantity of digitised cotnent and to devise the tools to exploit such content. It also aims to work more closely with Europeana and eventually morph into ‘Europeana Research’, ie become part of the Europeana service that is focussed on the needs of Higher Education users.
This also means that there will be a new post opening up at JISC for a Programme Manager dealing with Content and Digitisation. Full details are not available yet, but Catherine Grout (firstname.lastname@example.org) is available for informal discussion for anyone interested in applying. I’m in the UK until the end of January should anyone want to know about my experience in the role. Or indeed buy me a drink.
Alastair Dunning, JISC Programme Manager