Collaboration e-content

Improving acquisition of Digital Archival Collections – call for participation

Jisc is looking to design a new service to support Higher Education (HE) institutions to develop a more strategic approach to the acquisition of digital archival collections. We are inviting up to 12 HE libraries to participate in a pilot to help us identify, specify, and quantify information and data which supports a more informed decision-making process. Background research has been undertaken to evaluate content services provided by other organisations and also to explore possible business models. We have established, through interviews and workshops, that it would be helpful to tackle issues in the following areas:

1.    Benchmarking/profiling data (purchased collections)
2.    Financial information on acquisition of digital collections/spend data
3.    Wish-list and marketplace
4.    Usage data

Participating institutions will be expected to provide sample library data, attend two face-2-face workshops and up to three webinars, and provide input into the design of the service.

We would like to work with a maximum of two representatives per institution with responsibility for e-resources management and acquisition, both at a senior and practitioner level. Through this work, institutions will have the chance to shape the development of new services, ensure they deliver value and meet their requirements.

The pilot will run between March and June

Jisc will award each institution a small grant of £2000 to cover staff time and standard travel expenses in relation to this project.

If your HE institution is interested in participating, please fill in the application by downloading it  and return it to by midday on Friday 24 February 2017. Please click on the following links to download the Call for Participation, the Jisc Terms and Conditions of Grant and a spreadsheet for initial collection information.

Call for Participation: DAC_PilotCall_v05_Final

Application form: DAC_application form2

Spreadsheet for collection information: DACsPilotTitlesRequest(001)

Jisc Terms and Conditions of Grant: Jisc Terms and Condtions of Grant (Project) v2.2

By Peter Findlay

Subject Matter Expert, Digital Scholarship, Content and Discovery, Jisc

Working with Jisc's Higher Education members to improve access to to their special collections in the age of data-centric arts, humanities and social science research.

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