Libraries Projects 2003-2007 Projects 2006-2009

British Library digitised newspapers opened to public

The British Library archive of 19th-century newspapers is now available to the general public on a per per view basis. Over 2m pages of newspapers were digitised as part of the JISC’s Digitisation Programme The HE and FE version of the same content was launched in Autumn 2007 and remains freely available to the tertiary […]

Audio-Visual Projects 2003-2007 unlockingaudio

First hand accounts of the Holocaust

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day and to mark the occasion the British Library’s JISC funded Archival Sound Recordings project has added a new tool for Holocaust research and education, available online. Here are some of the details of the collection by the project manager, Peter Findlay (more can be read on the Sound recordings blog): Jewish […]

Data capture Jisc digitisation programmes Projects 2003-2007 Scanners

Book scanners: compare and contrast

For those considering large scale book digitisation, and the purchase of a book scanner, this brief report will help consider the pros and cons of some of the main book scanners currently available on the market. Julian Ball, the author of the report, attended an event at the Munich Digitisation Centre (18-10 June 2008) where […]

digital humanities Impact assessment Projects 2003-2007 Teaching with primary sources

The Impact of Digitizing Special Collections on Teaching and Scholarship

A recent report from OCLC on The Impact of Digitizing Special Collections on Teaching and Scholarship. Reflections on a Symposium about Digitization and Humanities highlights the main recommendations that emerged from the symposium held in June 2008. The symposium brought together both primary users of (digitised) primary sources as well as “custodians”, such as librarians, […]

Jisc digitisation programmes Projects 2003-2007 Projects 2006-2009 Resource discovery

Open up as many channels as possible for resource discovery

There’s a lot of digital content out there, and so the battle to get your particular project noticed and used is a tough one. One particular project that has dealt with this is the Nineteenth-Century Pamphlets project, a multi-partner project led by the University of Southampton. The resource will not just have its own website […]

Impact assessment Jisc digitisation programmes Projects 2003-2007 Users

Usage and impact of digital resources

The JISC invites tenders to conduct a study on the usage and impact of a selection of online digital resources which were produced as part of the JISC Phase One Digitisation Programme, 2003-2007. The digital collections created as part of the programme are aimed at enhancing the provision of e-content for teaching, learning and research […]

Jisc digitisation programmes Libraries Projects 2003-2007

Freeing up library space

One of the unexpected benefits of mass digitisation is that it frees up library shelf space; being able to access primary materials and journals online means that librarians no longer need to dedicate precious space to often bulky or fragile objects. Recent JISC-funded digitisation, for example, has allowed many universities around the UK to either […]

Audio-Visual e-learning Jisc digitisation programmes programme management Projects 2003-2007 Projects 2006-2009

Using Sound in Education – Sound Archives User Panel

The Archive Sound Recording Project is developing its user panel, and holding a related event on 11th March 2008. Details below The British Library’s Archival Sound Recordings ( is a JISC funded project to make selected material from the Sound Archive available online to Higher and Further Education institutions. The project will be hosting a […]

Audio-Visual Jisc digitisation programmes Projects 2003-2007

The scale of digitisation

The JISC’s Digitisation Advisory Group met at the British Film Institute (BFI) Archives in Berkhamsted, north of London. The BFI leads the JISC’s InView project, which is digitising 600 hours of unique moving image materials from their collection. However, as a tour organised by senior preservation manager Andrea Kalas demonstrated such digitisation is just scratching […]

Business models Jisc digitisation programmes Projects 2003-2007

‘Read all about it’

The JISC-funded 19th Century Newspapers digitisation project was highlighted in today’s Guardian as part of a growing number of online newspaper archives which constitute an invaluable resource for historians and researchers. Stephen Hoare commented: “The digitisation of the British Library’s 19th-century newspaper collection – the most comprehensive archive ever to go online – was launched […]

Jisc digitisation programmes programme management Projects 2003-2007

New report: an evaluation of the digitisation programme

A new report that evaluates the achievements of the first phase of the JISC digitisation is now available to download from the JISC website. The report, which was led by Evidence Base at the University of Central England in collaboration with Simon Tanner from Kings Digital Consultancy Services at Kings College, illustrates the value of […]

Jisc digitisation programmes Podcasts Projects 2003-2007

Podcast: Find out more about the 18th century Parliamentary Papers project

Listen to a podcast from the launch event at the House of Commons, in which project director Julian Ball explains more about the project, and Paul Seaward of the Historic Parliament Trust describes how the resource can be used by scholars.

Jisc digitisation programmes Projects 2003-2007

Project launch: 18th century Parliamentary Papers project

A project which has applied 21st century technology to the digitisation of rare and delicate 18th century parliamentary papers was launched on Friday 23 March at an event at the House of Commons. The 18th century Parliamentary Papers project, funded by JISC and led by the University of Southampton, makes openly available for the first […]

Jisc digitisation programmes Projects 2003-2007

Project launch: British Library Archival Sound Recordings

Launched today at the British Library, a massive digitisation programme by the British Library and JISC makes 3,900 hours of historic sound recordings available to students, researchers and academics. A major new online resource, available free to everyone in further and higher education, will provide easy access to thousands of hours of rare and historic […]