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See you in Birmingham for DCDC 2019!

DCDC (Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities) has always been my go-to conference when it comes to digital resources. Each year, the topics are engaging and thought-provoking, providing a forum to connect with colleagues working on opening up access to collections across the UK and beyond. It also perfectly suits my work in providing advice on resource … Read more

Innovation in the HE classroom

UK higher education has become increasingly focused on the quality of its teaching. Since the implementation of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), we have noted that some universities are developing innovative approaches to engaging students in the use of primary sources at undergraduate level. A small number are implementing initiatives to improve engagement in the … Read more

Making the purchase of digital archival collections more affordable for UK Higher Education – launch of group purchasing scheme

With increasing pressures on budgets librarians must make hard choices about the content they purchase to enrich learning, teaching and research. The group purchasing scheme – which has saved members £458,000, to date – works on a very simple principle – the more products collectively purchased, the higher the discount granted to all institutions who … Read more

Digital Archival Collections survey

Jisc is supporting Higher Education (HE) institutions in developing a more strategic approach to the acquisition of Digital Archival Collections (DACs). We have been working with 12 HE libraries* on a pilot to help us identify, specify, and quantify information and data which supports a more informed decision-making process. The pilot has shown us, amongst … Read more

Reports from the Live Lab

Jisc recently joined forces with the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine to run one of our Live Labs (see this previous post about our Cardiff lab) at the University of Manchester on 11 May. Some 20 academics, students and convenors assembled to explore the UK Medical Heritage Library (UKMHL) which sits … Read more

Reveal Digital webinar on library crowdfunding model for open access digital collections

Last week Jisc and Reveal Digital hosted a webinar to introduce Reveal Digital’s library crowdfunding model for open access digital collections to UK Higher Education institutions. A recording of the webinar can be found here and below are the slides from the webinar. The webinar provided an overview of Reveal Digital’s cost recovery-open access model … Read more

UK Medical Heritage Library launch events

Come and join us to celebrate the addition of 68,000 digitised texts from the long 19th century to Jisc’s Historical Texts platform which already contains some 350,000 texts from the 15th to 19th centuries. Jisc, Wellcome Library, and 9 UK universities and professional societies, have been working on a three-year large-scale digitisation project of more than … Read more

Making your digital collections easier to discover. Booking is now open for our two workshops on 15 and 22 November

Jisc is offering two one-day workshops to help you increase the reach of your digital collections, optimise them for discovery and evaluate their impact. ‘Exploiting digital collections in learning, teaching and research’ will be held on Tuesday 15 November. ‘Making google work for your digital collections’ will be held on Tuesday 22 November. If your … Read more

Impacts of digital collections

Last year Jisc in partnership with ProQuest commissioned the Oxford Internet Institute to look into the impact of digital collections on academic researchers working within the humanities. This research was focussed on two key historical primary resources, Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Houses of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP). (see a recording of the presentation … Read more

Survey to assess the impact of two key digital collections goes live

Jisc and ProQuest recently commissioned the Oxford Internet Institute to assess the impact of two collections: Early English Books Online and the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers. These collections were purchased in perpetuity from ProQuest and are accessed through Jisc’s Historical Texts platform. The Oxford Internet Institute are experts in measuring the use, value and impact of … Read more

Curious Images – Celebrating the British Library 1 Million images collection

Yesterday British Library Labs hosted the one day workshop “Curious Images: Image Processing, Pattern Recognition, Artistic Use and a celebration of the British Library 1 Million images collection.” It was a fascinating showcase of the ways in which artists and researchers have interacted with the British Library 1 million images on Flickr. Moving from the … Read more

Digital Humanities Congress 2014

The conference will take place from 4 – 6 September 2014. The organisers, the HRI, are delighted to present a programme comprising 18 sessions and 54 speakers. Abstracts for all the papers being presented can now be viewed via the conference website. The papers cover a wide ranges of topics including: advances in the creation … Read more

Jisc Content Projects and the Discovery Principles

The Content Programme 2011-13’s call for proposals strongly advocated that projects should take account of the Discovery Task Force’s Open Metadata Principles. The programme commissioned a report to evaluate to what extent projects were able to implement these principles in the context of specific strands of programme work: creating OERs with digitised materials, mass digitisation and … Read more