The National Library of Sweden embraces AI

  Why are we only talking about ChatGPT? This post is part of a series about approaches academic libraries in the UK might take in response to the emergence of AI. Their purpose is to signpost to relevant initiatives and to encourage debate about the way ahead. As ChatGPT is not the only Large Language […]


Investigating the uses of AI in libraries and for humanities research

Some tips for academic librarians wanting to make sense of AI This the first in a series of posts about Collections as Data, AI, computational approaches to Arts and Humanities, signposting to resources, networks, reports and events How should academic libraries respond to the maturing of Artificial Intelligence? Analysis of recent interviews with five librarians […]

Is AI for Me?

Outcomes of task and finish group investigations into the preparation of datasets for Artificial Intelligence (AI) Recently we established a short-form task and finish group, made up of senior academics and librarians to explore the question: Are universities sufficiently prepared to support the development of datasets and computational methods for data driven research in the […]


UKMHL on Historical Texts: a search for ‘female’ on international women’s day

I thought it might be interesting to look at some material for those out exploring during International Women’s Day. I ran some searches on the UK Medical Heritage Library collection on Historical Texts and I found three texts which are interesting for the amateur, but they could start a whole new area of research for the […]


Hunt through the Wiley Digital Archives BAAS Collection this Rare Disease Day

This post, by our colleague Dr. Hannah Woodward-Reed, forms part of a series on the Jisc-Wiley history of science digital archive. It is notable that this resource is free to Jisc members in the UK. February 28th marks Rare Disease Day, raising awareness and working towards equity of healthcare and access to diagnosis, healthcare and […]


British Association for Advancement of Science; documenting the achievements of women

This is the second of a series of posts on the Jisc-Wiley history of science digital archive by our colleague Dr. Hannah Woodward-Reed. It is notable that this resource is free to Jisc members in the UK. Ahead of this year’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we are exploring the archive of […]

Jisc-Wiley history of science digital archive nears 1 million items

This is the first of a series of posts on the Jisc-Wiley history of science digital archive by our colleague Simon Bell of Wiley. It is notable that this resource is free to Jisc members in the UK. Wiley Digital Archives Goes Radioactive As part of the development of the major Jisc-Wiley history of science […]

Collaboration Participation opportunity

Author event: computational analysis skills for humanities data

Further to my earlier post about the special Programming Historian series we have developed in partnership with the National Archives, I thought you might be interested in the author briefing event. It will take place on 23 September. Please register via this Eventbrite page. During the call, the Programming Historian team will explore the invitation […]


Boost your skills in working with digital collections!

Researchers often tell us that they have problems when they want to use digital methods to interrogate large archives, special collections, masses of catalogue records or aggregations of metadata. We are therefore pleased to announce a new partnership between Jisc, the Programming Historian and The National Archives (TNA) to publish a series of articles to […]

Update: What do digital archival collections for teaching look like?

Jisc’s Digital Archival Collections (DAC) advisory group met again recently. We discussed some interviews we have undertaken with acquisition librarians. The group thinks that DACs need to be taken as seriously as books and journals in library planning because they are increasingly purchased from budgeted allocations, not from under-spend. Purchasing them, therefore, is dependent on […]

Digitisation priorities

What are the barriers to collaborative digitisation of collections in the UK?

Some members of the HE content team have been discussing issues about the collaborative digitisation of collections. We know, from conversations with our Digital Archival Collections advisory group, that there is a thirst for institutions to work together to make their collections available. We were wondering about the barriers to making this happen. Institutions are […]


What do digital archival collections for teaching look like?

At a digital archival collections advisory (DAC) group meeting earlier this month, we discussed the increasing need for higher education libraries to purchase DACs which are more relevant to teaching, especially as most teaching has now moved online. Academics on some arts and humanities courses are increasingly using primary source archives to teach, often with […]

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Our new guide: purchasing digital archives; guidelines for librarians when negotiating with publishers

This post is part of an ongoing series about digital archival collections (DACs) and launches our new guide: purchasing digital archives; guidelines for librarians when negotiating with publishers, which provides guidance on the purchasing of these collections for librarians needing to negotiate licences with publishers. Previously our research has shown that these collections provide valuable […]

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Epidemics in the UK Medical Heritage Library

At such a time of public concern, it can be interesting to examine how our ancestors viewed and dealt with epidemic diseases. I was looking at the UK Medical Heritage Library (UKMHL) which we provide as an open collection via our Historical Texts service and came across: Annals of influenza, or epidemic catarrhal fever in […]

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Changing digital workflows with IIIF and semantic tools (report)

Here is a recording of a recent webinar (Zoom meeting) about the report and our next steps. Pamphlets have long been a popular way of getting people involved in campaigns. We have been working with teams at the London School of Economics and at UCL to digitise some pamphlets from their collections as part of […]

Commercial Digital Archival Collections and the charges for accessing them

At the end of last summer, we were not surprised to see publishers being asked, on one of our email lists, to justify the charges they make for enabling continued access to digital archival collections (DACs). The email was headed ‘enough is enough‘. The issue of platform fees has been a recurring theme for us at […]

Teaching with primary sources

Innovation in the HE classroom

UK higher education has become increasingly focused on the quality of its teaching. Since the implementation of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), we have noted that some universities are developing innovative approaches to engaging students in the use of primary sources at undergraduate level. A small number are implementing initiatives to improve engagement in the […]

e-content Libraries

Digital archival collections: platforms and service charges in Higher Education survey

Jisc would like to invite you to take part in a survey about the cost of annual platform, access and service charges that libraries have to pay for digital archival collections/static databases that they typically acquire as one-off perpetual purchases (ie not subscription content).  We would be grateful if you could follow this link to […]

Independent Voices

Independent press digitisation – new directions and lessons learned

A couple of year ago Jisc worked with Reveal Digital to provide early access to US independent press publications for UK Higher Education institutions (the US publications are now openly accessible). This led us to working with 13 UK universities to define a set of UK material which would complement the US offer. Earlier this […]

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Call for information: digitisation of 1960s, 70s and 80s UK alternative and independent press material

Help us create digital collections, for the open web, by proposing UK alternative and underground press magazine titles in two broad subject areas: The struggle for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) civil rights and equality in Britain Second wave feminism in Britain The deadline for submitting this information is: EXTENDED TO 16 APRIL 2018.  Please download […]