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Brazilian cultural ministry interested in JISC Community Collections programme

Last week some of the JISC Programme Managers met with representatives from the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, Digital Culture department. Our Brazilian colleagues talked us through their ambitious plans for setting up, among other things, a National System of Cultural Information and Indicators (SNIIC), a new platform that will push the open data agenda and … Read more

CERL seminar: Accessing heritage research collections through digitisation

This year the Consortium for European Research Libraries (CERL) will be holding their national seminar on Accessing heritage research collections through digitisation: models and use at the British Library on Tue 30 October 2012. The programme includes contributions on licencing models, working with commercial partners, Google Books in Spain and the JISC Historic Books platform. … Read more

Do you use digitised newspapers or other digital collections?

If you use digitised newspapers or other large-scale digital collections in your work, research or for personal interest, then please fill in the survey at This survey is part of a research project being undertaken at UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, which aims to learn more about users of large scale digitised collections, and … Read more

Virtuous and vicious circles

There is an increasing focus within JISC’s Content Programme on social media, mobile technologies and multi-channel communications. We have moved away from being merely concerned with the practices of digitisation, and with core technologies such as metadata or website development. Projects are discovering that the way people use and interact with resources is critical to … Read more

Digital Humanities Congress 2012

The Digital Humanities Congress will be held at the University of Sheffield on 6-8 September 2012. Digital humanities is intended to mean “the use of technology within arts, heritage and humanities research as both a method of inquiry and a means of dissemination.” The programme is packed with sessions covering, among other topics, digitisation of … Read more

Get Wikipedians to help boost your digital content

Despite its ubiquity as a website, Wikipedia is still underused as a mechanism for exposing digitised content. In a recent survey from the Enumerate project only 3% of digitised collections expose their content via Wikipedia. However, Wikipedia, or rather the suite of platforms under the Wikimedia Foundation, offers universities and cultural heritage institutions a complementary … Read more

Some facts and figures from British Library sounds

Archival Sound Recordings was one of the first projects to be funded under the JISC Digitisation Programme. The British Library released its initial batch of recordings online in 2007, and has continued to add new (and old !) recordings to this fascinating resource. There are now some 50,000 recordings available, including oral histories, classical music, … Read more

Update on JISC Content programme

Projects in the JISC Content programme are now about 6 months into their development. After an initial settling down stage and bringing teams and documentation together, they’ve been getting their teeth into the nitty gritty of the work. Drawing on projects’ blogs and their own reflections on recent activity, which can be accessed on the … Read more

Help improve online search for humanities resources

The University of Sheffield is undertaking research with the intention of improving search within the humanities. The AHRC-funded project called ‘Participating in Search Design: A Study of George Thomason’s English Newsbooks‘ is a collaboration between the Humanities Research Institute and the departments of History (Professor Mike Braddick, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Arts and Humanities), English (Dr … Read more