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Impacts of digital collections

Last year Jisc in partnership with ProQuest commissioned the Oxford Internet Institute to look into the impact of digital collections on academic researchers working within the humanities. This research was focussed on two key historical primary resources, Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Houses of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP). (see a recording of the presentation […]

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Glasgow and its 19th century medical innovations

This is the second in a series of posts about the content which is being created for the UK Medical Heritage Library. John More, Collections Manager and College Librarian, College of Science and Engineering Glasgow University Library, takes up the story or Glasgow’s long association with advances in medicine. The University of Glasgow is the […]

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Medical insights

The 20th century is the period in which advances in medicine and public health led to a much improved life span for the populations of developed nations. The 19th century, on the other hand, is seen as time when only the wealthy could benefit from medicine. This is perhaps an unfair assertion. To be able […]

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Digital Humanities Congress 2014

The conference will take place from 4 – 6 September 2014. The organisers, the HRI, are delighted to present a programme comprising 18 sessions and 54 speakers. Abstracts for all the papers being presented can now be viewed via the conference website. The papers cover a wide ranges of topics including: advances in the creation […]

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The last days of Jisc’s Wikimedian Ambassador

Over the last 10 months Martin Poulter, Jisc’s Wikimedian Ambassador, has been exploring, in some detail, how Wikimedia platforms can be employed to openly disseminate academic information, help develop students’ digital literacy and allow collaboration. To this end Martin has run a number of editathons such as the Ada Lovelace Day at the University of […]

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Jisc Content Projects and the Discovery Principles

The Content Programme 2011-13’s call for proposals strongly advocated that projects should take account of the Discovery Task Force’s Open Metadata Principles. The programme commissioned a report to evaluate to what extent projects were able to implement these principles in the context of specific strands of programme work: creating OERs with digitised materials, mass digitisation and […]

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Studies in discovery

Spotlight on the Digital is a co-design project which is exploring barriers to the discovery of digitised resources. The starting point is an assessment of a wide range of resources through a Discoverability Diagnosis but equally we need to identify the changing needs of teachers, learners and researchers in relation to their online behaviour in […]

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Not content!

As Jisc’s current content programme is reaching its conclusion, it has become increasingly apparent to me that, if we are to innovate we have to take risks, we have to experiment and test new ideas and we have to make mistakes. It is a preposterous idea that we can create a new environment for digital […]

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Jisc appoints Wikimedian Ambassador

Jisc and Wikimedia UK are collaborating on a project to bring the academic world and Wikipedia closer together. This will create opportunities for researchers, educators, and the general public to contribute to the world’s freely available knowledge. We are very pleased to be working with Dr Martin Poulter of the University of Bristol who is […]

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New digital collections from Jisc #2

Here are some more highlights of the new digital collections which have been produced as part of the Jisc Content programme 2011-13. – Old Maps Online Old Maps allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. – Manuscripts Online Manuscripts Online enables you to search […]

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Jisc seeks a Wikimedian Ambassador

For some time now it has been evident that the academic community are becoming more involved in the improvement of information on Wikipedia and see it as a means of disseminating open scholarly information. For example take a look at this oii project. Jisc has,over the last decade, worked closely with many institutions to develop […]

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Innovation, innovation, innovation

The development of image matching functionality for the Bodleian Library’s Integrated Broadside Ballad Archive is one of those innovations which arise during a Jisc Programme. Often we do not make too much of these innovations. Perhaps we think that they are par for the course; a natural consequence of being involved in innovative programmes of […]

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3D Scanning: three-dimensional artefacts from the past, for the future – part 4

Guest post from John Hindmarch, a PHD candidate at UCL’s Department of Engineering, reporting on 3D Scanning: Three-dimensional Artefacts from the Past, for the Future, held in Cambridge on 10 and 11 December 2012. Every time I attend a conference – or any meeting of those involved with cultural heritage and scanning, I’m always impressed […]

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3D Scanning: three-dimensional artefacts from the past, for the future – part 3

Guest post from Sarah Younan, a PHD candidate at Cardiff School of Art and Design, reporting on 3D Scanning: Three-dimensional Artefacts from the Past, for the Future, held in Cambridge on 10 and 11 December 2012 3D SCANNING FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE (image courtesy of Sarah Younan) This symposium brought together attendants and […]

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3D Scanning: three-dimensional artefacts from the past, for the future – part 2

Guest post, from Seana Farrington a PHD candidate at University College Cork, reporting on 3D Scanning: Three-dimensional Artefacts from the Past, for the Future, held in Cambridge on 10 adn 11 December 2012 Representing Reformation: 3D Scanning and Documentation Conference: Day 1 This two day conference convened by Phillip Lindley (University of Leicester) was primarily […]

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3D Scanning: three-dimensional artefacts from the past, for the future – part 1

This is the first in a series of  posts by PHD candidates, which describe in some detail the proceedings of this a recent conference focused on the benefits and issues of 3D scanning in its multifarious forms.  David Errickson is a first year PhD student from Teesside University who attended with support from Jisc. David’s post […]

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Some new things

We are very pleased that three projects from the Content Programme have recently launched their web resources though they are still working to complete them. They all provide fantastic material for online Science teaching. The Open Science Laboratory is an Open University initiative to provide innovative Science resources. JISC has supported the development of two […]

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Keeping it all going

On 9 November 2012, the projects within the programme gathered together in Bristol with another JISC programme, Digging into Data, to learn more about approaches to sustainability. This has been a topic close to our hearts for some time now. We are very concerned to ensure that resources are kept available over the long-term. As […]

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Endings and new beginnings

This post highlights some recent updates from individual project blogs which are authored as part of JISC’s current Content Programme. The programme is divided into strands, some of which will be completing in January 2013 and projects were asked to articulate what they perceive as their value and to describe their strategies for sustainability, topics […]

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JISC Communications and dissemination workshop

On 5 October JISC’s Content Programme 2011-13 projects will assemble in London to share knowledge about communication and dissemination. There will also be opportunity to hear about best practice approaches to marketing using traditional and new media channels. This event will be led by Rosemary Stamp of Stamp Consulting with contributions from EDiNA’s Social Media […]