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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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

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Have you contributed to crowdsourcing projects?

(From Stuart Dunn, King’s College London) The increasingly networked nature of the academic world is raising important questions about how the humanities can interact with wider communities outside the academy. ‘Crowd-sourcing’ is a term that has come to encompass a range of activities involving such interaction. It has been used in the past by physical … Read more

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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

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“How many lifetimes?” The experience of the Digging into Data Challenge projects

“How many lifetimes?” was the recurrent question that the authors of the One Culture report kept on coming up against in their investigations of the work of the first round of projects that took part in the Digging into Data Challenge. The projects were all founded on a high degree of international collaborations and set … Read more

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Welsh memories of Queen’s coronation

Just in case you hadn’t heard, seen or talked enough about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, a recently launched JISC-funded website, Media and the memory in Wales, has collected people’s memories of seeing the coronation of Elizabeth II on television in 1953. The coronation of Queen Elzabeth II in 1953 was one of the key events … Read more

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Digitisation Project Manager vacancy at Tate

Tate is currently looking to recruit a Project Manager to undertake a substantial digitisation project within its archive. Here is an outline of what the job entails. Tate’s aim is to increase public awareness, understanding and enjoyment of British art from the 16th century to the present day. Successful in our Heritage Lottery Fund bid … Read more

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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

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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

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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

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Vote for the Great War Community Collections

Great War Collections (which now includes the JISC-funded Great War Archive and Europeana 1914-1918) has been entered for the EngageU Award, a European Competition for Best Innovations in University Outreach and Public Engagement. The public can vote for this project until 19 April. The Great War Collections started as a JISC-funded project, the Great War … Read more

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