Category Archives: Digitisation priorities

Selecting alternative and underground press content for open access

Peggy Glahn of Reveal Digital concluded a recent guest post on this blog by stating: As proven by the Independent Voices project, Reveal Digital is building an exciting and innovative approach to open access publishing that puts libraries in control of their own content while providing scholars with important new primary source material to support … Read more

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Continued thinking about using archives for teaching, learning and research

When I was fortunate to be invited by, Anthony Mandal, Professor in Print and Digital Cultures,  to deliver the keynote at the recent GW4 Remediating the Archive workshop at the University of Cardiff, Wales, I decided to set out the current state of digitisation and its focus upon actual use of digital content by providing … Read more

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Collaborating in medical history at DCDC15

Last month Paola Marchionni and Alex Thomas presented at DCDC15 at the Lowry in Salford. This now landmark conference in the area of digital culture and heritage this year included themes around digital collaboration and digital engagement. We were delighted to be able to share our work with the Wellcome Trust and RLUK on the UK … Read more

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Digitisation in Europe – The New Renaissance

The European Union’s Comite’ des Sages recently published The New Renaissance, a proud call-to-arms for the digitisation of Europe’s cultural heritage. There are plenty of questions it raises and some of the recommendations will be very difficult to put into practice. But as a lofty statement of intent it’s a powerful document and very welcome, … Read more

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“New Strategies for Digital Content”, 18 March 2011 – Registration open

This one-day conference focuses on some of the key strategic issues faced by content creators and publishers today and which were addressed by the JISC eContent programme 2009-2011, in particular: – the need for institutions to develop the necessary skills and strategies to embed digitisation within institutional strategies and practices as well as devise effective … Read more

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Mathematic Content in Electronic Media

A recent workshop held on the 9th September 2009 at the Open University discussed the issues that surround mathematical content in digital form. Bringing together leading mathematicians and practitioners involved in the digitisation of mathematical content, the workshop addressed areas such as: collaboration, standards, improving practice,  and reuse of software, in relation to mathematic content … Read more

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Digitisation Workshops

JISC has recently funded a number of workshops to investigate and explore the challenges and achievements in digitisation and e-content. The workshops will be looking at a broad range of areas associated with Digitisation, including: Optical Character recognition (OCR), Collaboartive editing, Large scale digitisation, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and  Digitising and Mathematics. A list of … Read more

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Special collections aren’t just curios

There’s an interesting and well-illustrated (in the print version at least) article on the variety and strength on special collections in UK universities in the 7 May version of the Times Higher. However, in focussing on the special collections as single curios, the article rather downplays the Importance that such collections can have within education. … Read more

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Digital Lives Research Conference: Personal Digital Archives for the 21st Century

Not much time is left to register for the Digital Lives Research Project  conference on 9-11 February 2009 at the British Library in St Pancras, London. It is the first Digital Lives Research Conference on Personal Digital Archives in the 21st Century.  The conference is free, although only a limited number of places are available … Read more

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Librarians, Archivists, Collection Managers: we need you! What collections would you digitise?

In a previous post (What’s your priority for digitisation? ), we mentioned the JISC-funded DiSCmap project, Digitisation in special collections: mapping, assessment, prioritisation, which aims to produce, among other things, a “top priority” list of special collections held within the UK Higher Education sector (including libraries, archives, and museums) for potential future digitisation, based primarily … Read more

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What’s your priority for digitisation?

A new online discussion forum has recently launched in order to gather people’s feedback on digitisation priorities for special collections. Current debates raise issues such as what defines a special collection, how to determine digitisation priorities, user needs in research & teaching, and a provocative “Devil’s advocate” thread to provide a platform to air “contrary … Read more

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