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Opportunity for publishers of digital archival collections

Jisc would like to invite publishers of digital archives and primary source material to respond to a “Request for Information” for a potential new initiative, the Digital Archival Collections (DAC) publishers’ collaboration programme, through our E-tendering portal.

[This initiative is separate from the current Jisc Digital archival collections group purchasing scheme.]

This is an information gathering exercise at this stage, and will be used to

• inform Jisc on the potential for setting up an innovative collaboration programme with publishers aimed at developing new DAC products for the academic market
• offer publishers the opportunity to contribute to the shaping of the programme and the collaboration
• provide the basis for a formal procurement process aimed at creating a publishers’ framework to call upon to support collaborative working between Jisc and publishers

This collaborative programme is based on new business models to lower barriers to content in the UK and engage with the UK HE library, archive and academic communities on what should be digitised.

We envisage that the programme will build on/adapt the current Jisc-Wiley pilot project for the creation of a major new resource, The British Association for the Advancement of Science—Collections on the History of Science (1830s-1970s).

More information is available on the E-tendering portal and all enquiries should be directed through the portal.

The deadline for responses is 21 July 2021.

Thank you and we hope to hear from interested publishers.

By Paola Marchionni

I work as Digitisation Programme Manager at JISC and am responsible, together with my colleague Alastair Dunning, for the successful delivery of a portfolio of projects that have been funded under the JISC Phase 2 Digitisation programme spanning 2007-2009. In addition, I lead on programme evaluation and programme support activities such as workshops and events, and work closely with the Communications and Marketing team.

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