Author Archives: Alastair Dunning

JISC ITT: World War One Commemoration: Digital Content Prioritisation

JISC invites tenders to research key aspects of future World War One (WW1) digital content development in readiness for the centenary commemoration of the conflict from 2014 onwards. This research is intended to provide understanding in 3 key areas: WW1 content and collections that are available to education in analogue and digital form; Teaching, learning … Read more

Opening Up Academic Research Projects – it’s not just about researchers.

Given the dramatic events concerning the recent riots in England, I was interested to find news of an AHRC-funded project Around 1968: Activists, Networks and Trajectories, based at the Department of Modern History at the University of Oxford. According to the news item on the AHRC website, the project undertook “hundreds of interviews with former … Read more

Application numbers for recent call for JISC Content (06/11)

Application received for the recent call for JISC Content (06/11) Strand A, Digitisation for Open Educational Resources (OER): 18 applications (8-12 projects between £75,000 and £125,000 each will be funded) Strand B Mass Digitisation: 68 applications (7-9 projects between £150,000 and £750,000 each) Strand C, Clustering Digital Content: 23 applications (6-8 projects between £100,000 and … Read more

An uphill struggle

These Minyong Adi men are leading a mithun (bos frontalis) to a sacrifice, conducted to cure an illness. Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf noted that this animal resisted fiercely and finally fell down exhausted before it was successfully brought to the place for its sacrifice. From the School of Oriental and African Studies’ Fürer-Haimendorf collection (Any blog … Read more

Crowdsourcing and Variant Digital Editions – some troubles ahead

Projects like UCL’s Transcribe Bentham and New York Public Library’s What’s on the Menu? have done groundbreaking work in engaging the public to transcribe their manuscript collections. Crowdsourcing allows rapid, and it seems high-quality, creation of transcribed data from original documents. Transcribe Bentham has so far created 1,330 transcribed versions, and only a handful have … Read more

Next steps for Moving Image Archives

(This blog post coincides with the publication of the recommendations of the JISC Film and Sound Think Tank – pdf report) JISC has invested signficant amounts in two fine archives of of moving images. NewsFilm Online contains over 3,000 hours of film featuring events such as the Crystal Palace fire, an early interview with Nelson … Read more

Some quotes on digital resources

a) After using the British Library Archival Sound Recordings website, an FE teacher commented: “The realism of it [interviews with photographers included on the site] inspired students and encouraged them to source other material beyond Google searches. It also placed the photographs in context, which you don’t get from Google.” b) A teacher who incorporated … Read more

Forthcoming Presentations from JISC Staff

JISC Programme Managers, Alastair Dunning and Paola Marchionni, will be giving presentations related to current and future JISC funding at various events in June. If you are interested in discussing funding bids please come along – all the events below are open to any interested delegate. 2nd June – London Digital Humanities Group, Central London … Read more

Some quotes on digital resources

1. After using the British Library Archival Sound Recordings web site, an FE teacher commented: “The realism of it [interviews with photographers included on the site] inspired students and encouraged them to source other material beyond Google searches. It also placed the photographs in context, which you don’t get from Google.” 2. A teacher who … Read more