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Post-digitisation challenges: a cautionary tale, some facts & figures, some good examples

This is a presentation I gave to students from the Pratt Institute NY and the University of Tennessee Knoxville as part of King’s College’s Strand Symposium on Digital Scholarship and ePublishing in June 2013. It focuses on the challenges of sustaining digitised resources including discovery, revenue generation and impact assessment. It draws on real examples … Read more

Not content!

As Jisc’s current content programme is reaching its conclusion, it has become increasingly apparent to me that, if we are to innovate we have to take risks, we have to experiment and test new ideas and we have to make mistakes. It is a preposterous idea that we can create a new environment for digital … Read more

Friends, Finance and Fire: “tales of the unexpected” from Jisc digitisation projects

The Jisc Content programme is nearing its completion. At the final programme meeting we held early in July we asked projects to reflect back on the last 18 months of work and in particular on “unexpected” events such as problems, successes, unforeseen occurrences… both positive and negative. FRIENDS By far the majority of comments revolved … Read more

Jisc appoints Wikimedian Ambassador

Jisc and Wikimedia UK are collaborating on a project to bring the academic world and Wikipedia closer together. This will create opportunities for researchers, educators, and the general public to contribute to the world’s freely available knowledge. We are very pleased to be working with Dr Martin Poulter of the University of Bristol who is … Read more

New digital collections from Jisc #2

Here are some more highlights of the new digital collections which have been produced as part of the Jisc Content programme 2011-13. – Old Maps Online Old Maps allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search. – Manuscripts Online Manuscripts Online enables you to search … Read more

New digital collections from Jisc #1

Here are highlights on some of the new digital collections which have been produced as part of the Jisc Content programme 2011-13. These collections are particularly aimed at teachers and learners as a way of engaging students with digitised archival resources which would otherwise be hard for them to access. All collections are licenced under … Read more

Jisc seeks a Wikimedian Ambassador

For some time now it has been evident that the academic community are becoming more involved in the improvement of information on Wikipedia and see it as a means of disseminating open scholarly information. For example take a look at this oii project. Jisc has,over the last decade, worked closely with many institutions to develop … Read more

Innovation, innovation, innovation

The development of image matching functionality for the Bodleian Library’s Integrated Broadside Ballad Archive is one of those innovations which arise during a Jisc Programme. Often we do not make too much of these innovations. Perhaps we think that they are par for the course; a natural consequence of being involved in innovative programmes of … Read more

“Sustaining Our Digital Future: Institutional Strategies for Digital Content”

Today Jisc and Ithaka S+R are launching “Sustaining Our Digital Future: Institutional Strategies for Digital Content”, a new report aimed at helping digital projects to thrive. This report, which provides a close look at three institutions (UCL, Imperial War Museums and the National Library of Wales) in the United Kingdom confirms: • How fragmented the … Read more

3D Scanning: three-dimensional artefacts from the past, for the future – part 4

Guest post from John Hindmarch, a PHD candidate at UCL’s Department of Engineering, reporting on 3D Scanning: Three-dimensional Artefacts from the Past, for the Future, held in Cambridge on 10 and 11 December 2012. Every time I attend a conference – or any meeting of those involved with cultural heritage and scanning, I’m always impressed … Read more

3D Scanning: three-dimensional artefacts from the past, for the future – part 2

Guest post, from Seana Farrington a PHD candidate at University College Cork, reporting on 3D Scanning: Three-dimensional Artefacts from the Past, for the Future, held in Cambridge on 10 adn 11 December 2012 Representing Reformation: 3D Scanning and Documentation Conference: Day 1 This two day conference convened by Phillip Lindley (University of Leicester) was primarily … Read more

Some new things

We are very pleased that three projects from the Content Programme have recently launched their web resources though they are still working to complete them. They all provide fantastic material for online Science teaching. The Open Science Laboratory is an Open University initiative to provide innovative Science resources. JISC has supported the development of two … Read more

Keeping it all going

On 9 November 2012, the projects within the programme gathered together in Bristol with another JISC programme, Digging into Data, to learn more about approaches to sustainability. This has been a topic close to our hearts for some time now. We are very concerned to ensure that resources are kept available over the long-term. As … Read more

Some (initial) facts and figures on impact of JISC-funded digitisation and content projects

A few months back, the JISC Content team carried out an impact survey among previously funded digitisation and content projects. The survey aimed to find out more about how digitised collections were being used and the impact such projects have had on their hosting institutions and more broadly. The content of these slides (or better, … Read more

Students thoughts on the EEBO-TCP conference 2012- #1

Last September, the Bodleian Library organised a conference entitle Revolutionising Early Modern Studies? The Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership in 2012 to mark a decade of the Text Creation Partnership (TCP)’s work producing searchable, full-text transcriptions of works in Early English Books Online (EEBO). JISC was pleased to support this conference by sponsoring … Read more

Endings and new beginnings

This post highlights some recent updates from individual project blogs which are authored as part of JISC’s current Content Programme. The programme is divided into strands, some of which will be completing in January 2013 and projects were asked to articulate what they perceive as their value and to describe their strategies for sustainability, topics … Read more