Category Archives: Projects 2003-2007

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 … Read more

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, … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

‘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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more