Author Archives: Ben Showers

Digitisation project is ‘Underexposed’

Following recent discoveries in the John Rylands Library Special Collections, UNDEREXSPOSED is an exhibition in Collaboration with The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), celebrating the life of one of Manchester’s early photographic pioneers, J.T. Chapman. Chemist, inventor and photographer, Chapman invented some of the processes that were to become standard in early photography. However, … Read more

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Impact and Embedding of Digitised Resources – New Projects

JISC has recently funded seven new projects to explore the Impact and Embedding of Digitised Resources. The aims of the programme are to: Facilitate institutions in carrying out an analysis of the impact of their digitised resources/collections that have been live for at least one calendar year. To develop strategies and practical solutions to ensure … Read more

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Birds of Paradise

The following is an image taken from the Centre for Heritage Imaging and Collection Care project at John Rylands Library, University of Manchester. The images is one of many beautiful hand painted plates of birds, created between 1891 -98.  The image is a result of the project working with the Folio Society to create a … Read more

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Cross-searching eContent in Higher Education

The Visualising China Project is hosting a one-day workshop in Bristol on Tuesday 21st September, with presentations and discussion on the topic of cross-searching distributed, interrelated, online resources. Presentations will include: The Visualising China project which currently harvests data linking to two large, separate image collections. Connected Histories project will present their experiences in cross-searching … Read more

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Welsh Ballads website launches

The four thousand 18th and 19th century ballads that make up the Welsh Ballads Digitisation project at Cardiff University have gone live on a new website. The project has made around 15,000 pages of rare Welsh ballads available online.  The collection also includes some of the ballads sung and available digitally. The ballads give an … Read more

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JISC projects now available on Twitter

You can now follow all the JISC innovation projects as they are funded and added to our PIMS database. Still in an experimental stage, the feed allows all newly funded projects to appear on the Twitter feed: @jiscprojects Follow new JISC projects here: http://twitter.com/jiscprojects Please bear in mind this is still an experimental service, but … Read more

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New Musical Resource – Unheard and forgotten for 60 years

Over 2000 recordings by British and Irish Muscians have been digitised and made available online in a project by Kings College, London. The Musicains of Britain and Ireland 1900-1950 project is allowing listeners and researchers to rediscover leading musicians who were once household names. Most of the recordings are making their first public appearance since … Read more

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Serving Soldier Collection Launch

This week saw the launch of the Serving Soldier project at Kings College, London. The project is providing online access to unique original documents and photographs held by the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives. The project takes the multi-faceted role of the soldier as its central theme: Exposing a proportion of little known material (hidden … Read more

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New Community Collection Project looking for submissions

‘How easily can treasure buried in the ground, gold hidden however skilfully, escape from any man! Seamus Heaney (transl.) Beowulf A new exemplar community collection is now live: Project Woruldhord. The project  is trialling the processes and the community contributed collection (‘CoCoCo’) software being formed by the RunCoCo project. The project is trying to collect any … Read more

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Connecting Researchers to Digital Collections

Having recently issued our Funding Call on impact & embedding of digitised resources now seems an appropriate point at which to reflect on some of the work JISC has done to investigate and facilitate the impact and usage of digital resources. The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) recently submitted their Final Report on a workshop they … Read more

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The Economics of Copyright and Digitisation

The Strategic Advisory Board on Intellectual Property (SABIP) have published a report this week entitled “The Economics of Copyright and Digitisation: A Report on the Literature and the Need for Further Research” . The report undertakes a critical overview of the theoretical and empirical economic literature on copyright and unauthorised copying. This report highlights two … Read more

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Jane Austen Manuscripts Online

The AHRC funded project Jane Austen’s fiction manuscripts represent the first significant body of holograph evidence surviving for any British novelist. They represent every stage of her writing career and a variety of physical states: working drafts, fair copies, and handwritten publications for private circulation. Digitization enables their virtual reunification and will provides scholars with … Read more

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Funding for Impact and Embedding of Digitised Resources

JISC has just announced funding for its Grant call 7/10: e-Content and Digitisation programme: Impact and Embedding of digitised resources. Funding of up to £150,000 is available for projects addressing the impact and embedding of digitised resources.  It is anticipated that 4-6 projects will be funded and the maximum funding for any one project is … Read more

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Film and Sound in Education: New Videos

Despite the unbiquitous presence of moving image and sound in much of our daily lives, it has largely failed to make any impact in academic teaching, learning and research. In an attempt to strengthen the role of film and sound in further and higher education, the Film and Sound Think Tank has recently launched a set … Read more

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Community Content Call: Strand II Winners

The second strand of Grant 13/09: BCE, e-Content & Digitisation programmes: Developing community content aims to build new digital collections, or transform existing collections through genuine co-creation with specific external communities. Below are the five winning projects from strand II of this call (two are currently conditional awards): OurWikiBooks (Conditional Award) University of Manchester (Alexandria … Read more

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Writers Respond to the John Jonson Collection

The first of this year’s releases of the John Johnson Collection: An Archive of Printed Ephemera has just been announced. The publication is a series of fourteen specially commissioned essays that respond to a diverse selection of items from the John Johnson Collection. These concise and illuminating studies – which have been contributed by Rob … Read more

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Alice in Wonderland’s adventures digitised

I recently blogged about the launch of the University of Exeter’s Digital Collections Online. Some of the amazing images that were digitised and added to the repository demand to be highlighted in more depth. With all the hype about Tim Burton’s new Alice in Wonderland film, it seems appropriate to highlight the amazing collection of … Read more

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