Introduction and Context – Catherine Grout


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An Introduction to the JISC Digital Content Taskforce, exploring the future position of digitisation within the UK

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Introduction and Context – Catherine Grout

  1. 1. Digital Content Task Force Meeting 27 th July 2010 Introduction and Context 12/08/10 | Supporting education and research | Slide Catherine Grout: JISC eContent Director
  2. 2. The Vision <ul><li>A coherent, sustainable and growing UK collection of digital content for lifelong learning and research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interoperable, integrated, and embedded within the social, cultural and educational activities of the citizen </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As a true foundation stone for learning and research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As a nexus for creativity, and a touch stone for investment and entrepreneurial activity </li></ul></ul>12/08/10 | Supporting education and research | Slide copyright: petitshoo:
  3. 3. The Value Proposition <ul><li>An opportunity to assert the British brand in a compelling new way and open up opportunities for physical and virtual tourism </li></ul><ul><li>To keep ahead of or at least now keep up with our competitors in other nations </li></ul><ul><li>To take advantage of the social web and the new degrees of web traffic so ensuring that our authoritative content is included and exploited </li></ul><ul><li>(We probably will not achieve that with the largely ad hoc best efforts approach we currently have.) </li></ul>12/08/10 | Supporting education and research | Slide
  4. 4. The Environment <ul><li>We are living in interesting and challenging times </li></ul><ul><li>Most organisations are having to consider afresh their core offering and how they rise to the challenge of doing more (or at least the same!) with less </li></ul><ul><li>For content rich organisations there is a particular challenge to understand what role the digital offer may play in future? </li></ul><ul><li>There is also a need to look at a range of partnerships and models afresh and what they can achieve? </li></ul>12/08/10 | Supporting education and research | Slide Copyright: Sharkbait:
  5. 5. Role of JISC <ul><li>As facilitator and catalyst… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>JISC would like to use the expertise in the room today to help better understand how we might move forward with building tomorrow’s digital collections in today’s environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>As a provider and funder of digital content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We would like to share with you what we have learnt through our own investment programmes and ask you to consider the successes, failures, strengths and weaknesses of what we and our partners have achieved </li></ul></ul>12/08/10 | Supporting education and research | Slide
  6. 6. What has the UK achieved so far? <ul><li>Some Scholarly and innovative digital collections </li></ul><ul><li>Some considerable progress in technologies, tools, techniques and understanding of our audiences </li></ul><ul><li>In terms of numbers… only the beginning of the journey </li></ul><ul><li>Achieved with a relatively low level of co-ordination nationally </li></ul>12/08/10 | Supporting education and research | Slide
  7. 7. What is in the JISC Collection? <ul><li>Digitised Archives and Collections (texts, images, time based media) : FOCUS TODAY </li></ul><ul><li>Journal Articles; eBooks; Research Data (Geospatial etc.) Open Content: Learning Resources, Research Papers etc. in Community repositories etc. </li></ul><ul><li>You can now have a look at it in one place at: </li></ul>12/08/10 | Supporting education and research | Slide
  8. 8. The Proposition Today <ul><li>WHY - Consider and discuss the arguments for why it is important to carry on growing and developing our digital collections </li></ul><ul><li>WHAT – as critical friends consider the journey so far and what has been achieved </li></ul><ul><li>HOW - Consider what kind of models might be possible to use going forward </li></ul><ul><li>IDENTIFY – Opportunities going forward and what collectively and individually we might be able to do to realise those opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Now </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medium Term </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Long term </li></ul></ul>12/08/10 | Supporting education and research | Slide