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

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BT Digital Archives: come and hear all about it

The BT Archive is held, with limited public access, in central London and is by any standard a collection of national and international importance, recognised by UNESCO. This large and remarkable collection details the history of Britain’s leading role in the development of telecommunications and the impact of this technology on society. With Jisc funding, … Read more

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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

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“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

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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

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

Guest post from Sarah Younan, a PHD candidate at Cardiff School of Art and Design, reporting on 3D Scanning: Three-dimensional Artefacts from the Past, for the Future, held in Cambridge on 10 and 11 December 2012 3D SCANNING FROM THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE (image courtesy of Sarah Younan) This symposium brought together attendants and … Read more

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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

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3D Scanning: three-dimensional artefacts from the past, for the future – part 1

This is the first in a series of  posts by PHD candidates, which describe in some detail the proceedings of this a recent conference focused on the benefits and issues of 3D scanning in its multifarious forms.  David Errickson is a first year PhD student from Teesside University who attended with support from Jisc. David’s post … Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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JISC Communications and dissemination workshop

On 5 October JISC’s Content Programme 2011-13 projects will assemble in London to share knowledge about communication and dissemination. There will also be opportunity to hear about best practice approaches to marketing using traditional and new media channels. This event will be led by Rosemary Stamp of Stamp Consulting with contributions from EDiNA’s Social Media … Read more

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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

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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

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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 https://opinio.ucl.ac.uk/s?s=15519. 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

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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

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