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The JISC Digitisation Programme, 2004 - present

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Alastair Dunning

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JISC Digitisation Programme, 2004 to present Digitisation - Phase 1, 2004 - 2007 6 projects
£10m funding Digitisation - Phase 2, 2007 - 2009 16 projects
£12m funding Enriching Digital Resources, 2008-9 25 projects
£1.8m funding International Projects, 2008-11 2 Phases of JISC-NEH Transatlantic Grants 28 projects
c. £850k funding Digging into Data 8 projects
£450k funding E-content Programme, 2009-11 11 projects
c. £1.5m funding Community Content, 2010-11 8 projects
c. £600k funding Immense enthusiam for digitisation
Variety of formats held in organisations
Mass digitisiation necessary for critical mass

Importance of user engagement in successful projects
Different business models for sustaining content
Can be eye-catching for public
Project problems often instituional not technical

Smaller projects can be galvanising
Richness of content in UK organisations
Need to embed resources in learning and teaching
Human Resources departments are very slow Internet is global; projects need to take account of global perspective
Expertise and collections could be divided
Researchers want to analyse entire collections notjust search and browse Digital projects must be sustaininable within the institution
Content makes sense to users when clustered around their interests
Universities can provide subject expertise General public can bring expertise and knowledge to given subject
Costs can be reduced as well
Helping universities develop local and national communties Transformative Content, 2011- if you can think of a better title for this then please tell us Re-empahising the case for digital content. Why are we digitising?
JISC has identified four areas in which in wants to synthesis and build evidence

1. Meeting teaching and research needs
2. Bringing collections out of the dark
3. Stimulating the economy, underpinning competitiveness and developing skills
4. Reaching out and building communities Why are you digitising? Why do you want to digitise? What evidence do you have?
How do you persuade senior management of its effectiveness? Do you have an idea of how your collections could be used in research?
About which collections should be prioritised?

How can you embed your digitised collections in teaching and learning?
Do you have evidence of existing usage of digital collections? Can you tie in with a larger instiutional goal? What is unique
about collections (and therefore your instiutions)
Does your insituon have a research or teaching strategy to tie in with?
How will you sustain your digital collections? What business model will you use? What skills will you need? What can you share with other institutions? How else can you use these digital skils What communities can you work with? Local, regional, national.
Special interest groups. What other audiences can you engage in your collections? Questions for AIM25 group: NewsFilm Online comprises news stories and programme scripts from the ITN/Reuters archives – some 3,000 hours of footage; c. 60,000 stories.
http://www.nfo.ac.uk (HE and FE only) Explore 44,500 selected recordings of music, spoken word, and human and natural environments from the British Library's Sound Archive http://sounds.bl.uk (Some content open access; some HE and FE only) Historic Polar Images, 1845-1982 from the Scott Polar Research Institute
http://www.freezeframe.ac.uk Provides researchers, students and teachers with comprehensive access to Cabinet papers from 1915-1978, plus associated learning packages. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/cabinetpapers/ Offers online access to unique original documents and photographs held by the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives at King's College London.
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iss/archives/servingsoldier/ The photographic archive of Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf (1909-1995) at SOAS is recognised as the world’s most comprehensive visual documentation of tribal cultures in South Asia and the Himalayas. The project has turned this hidden archive into an online resource accessible to people across the world. http://www.soas.ac.uk/furer-haimendorf/ The Shakespeare Quartos Archive is a digital collection of pre-1642 editions of William Shakespeare's plays. A cross-Atlantic collaboration has also produced an interactive interface for the detailed study of these geographically distant quartos, with full functionality for all thirty-two quarto copies of Hamlet held by participating institutions. http://www.quartos.org/ The LIFE-SHARE partner libraries will each undertake a case study including a small amount of digitisation work – with the primary aim of identifying, and firmly establishing, institutional and consortial strategies and infrastructure for the creation, curation and preservation of a variety of digital content. http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/projects/lifeshare/ Connected Histories will create a federated search facility for a wide range of distributed digital resources relating to early modern and nineteenth-century British history.
http://www.history.ac.uk/connectedhistories The Great War Archive contains over 6,500 items contributed by the general public between March and June 2008. Every item originates from, or relates to, someone's experience of the First World War, either abroad or at home. Contributions were received via a special website and also through a series of open days at libraries and museums throughout the country. http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/gwa

It was funded as part of Phase 2 of the Digitisation Programme, and inspired many of the projects currently starting under the Community Content strand Some useful URLs - http://www.jisc.ac.uk/digitisation. List of all projects - http://web.me.com/xcia0069/jisc.html Alastair Dunning, JISC Digitisation Programme Manager,
April 2010, Presentation to AIM25 group, London
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