Category Archives: Resource discovery

Impact of resource discovery training on development of Museum of English Rural life (MERL)

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) and Special Collections, University of Reading participated in the development of the resource discovery training workshops as part of the 2014/2015 Digital Scholarships project. At that time they were going through a major overhaul of both the museum and their website. The resource discovery training played a prominent … Read more

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Updates to the ‘Make your digital resources easier to discover’ online guide

The ‘Make your digital resources easier to discover’ online guide has been updated to include the written case studies from our digital scholarship participants, as well as audio presentations from experts discussing the impact of implementing key resource discovery strategies within their organisations. The audio presentations and written case studies are displayed next to key … 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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Search Engine Optimisation

One of the key ways of getting exposure to your website is by ensuring that search engines such as Google have successfully harvested your content, and added information on your site to their indices. Whilst some of the tasks that facilitate this can be quite tricky, it is surprising that many digital projects still fail … Read more

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JorumOpen

  The recent launch of JorumOpen sees free access to a growing collection of open educational resources. JorumOpen will allow lecturers and teachers  to share materials under the Creative Commons licence framework.  This will allow for easier sharing, grants users greater rights for use and re-use of online content and is easier to understand. Jorum … Read more

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Europeana – UK Conference 26th June

        Do you have your collection on-line? Do you want it to be accessible to as wide an audience as possible? If you answer ‘Yes’ to either of  these questions then having your collection accessible through the flagship European portal is something you should seriously consider. However you might not have heard of Europeana or … Read more

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New archival collections available from JISC Collections

JISC Collections is making two new archival collections freely available to universities, colleges and research councils: The British Periodicals Collections I and II:  Traces the development and growth of the periodical press in Britain from its origins in the seventeenth century through to the Victorian “age of periodicals” and beyond.  The collections comprise six million keyword-searchable … Read more

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Make sure collection names are obvious

The British Library’s Sound Archive has some fascinating collections but they tend to have some quite obscure names. For example, the St Mary-le-Bow public debates have contributions from Iris Murdoch, Peter Cook and Enoch Powell. A previous version of the Sound Archive website replicated these collection names – and quite possibly put off users who … Read more

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Portal for European heritage available online (sort of)

The European Union’s Europeana portal project was launched yesterday, offering user access to a wealth of cultural heritage content, harvested from the continent’s museums, archives and libraries. There has been some scepticism about the long-term success of the project, especially in regards to its sustainability model and it’s ability to deflect users away from Google … Read more

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