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Peter Lambert

Knowledge Portal Manager, Third Sector Research Centre

Jennie Grimshaw, Curator, Social Policy Collections, British Library

Will introduce the Third Sector Knowledge Portal which was launched in October 2011 and aims to bring together research and information on the voluntary and community sector http://www.tsrc.ac.uk/Research/KnowledgePortal/tabid/840/Default.aspx

A paper given at the 2011 ALISS open Gateways event

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  • Introduce myself
  • A common scenario
  • Define ‘Third Sector’. The Portal as solution to the need for easier access to, and long term preservation of, research on the sector.
  • The project's genesis, coming together of: - TSRC's commitment to researching the sector ( explain what TSRC is ) TSRC library of donated books, reports, conf papers; + 1000s of citations - British Library's interest in growing the world's knowledge base, cultural life of the nation, bringing useful information to those who need it most. - National Lottery ’ s UK wide Fund for Replication and Innovation Building on existing effective practice
  • Who is it for? We ask one question (for now!)
  • Vast array of services, areas, analytical approaches. The key – A unique Thesaurus
  • Who is it for? We ask one question (for now!)
  • Who is it for? We ask one question (for now!)
  • A solution to the need for easier access to, and long term preservation of, research on the sector.

Third Sector Knowledge Portal Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Introduce myself
  • 2. Quote from Peter Wanless “ There is no shortage of information, but it is often fragmented and hard to access. Organisations re-invent wheels and start from scratch because they are not aware of resources already available. ” Peter Wanless Chief Executive Big Lottery Fund
  • 3. Introduce the Portal concept Third Sector Knowledge Portal A destination site for research on the third sector www.tsrc.ac.uk
  • 4. Project Partners
  • 5. Target Audience
    • Third Sector
    • Government
    • Academics / Researchers
    Anyone interested in research into the sector Target Audience
  • 6. Types of Content
    • Reports from third sector organisations
    • Academic journal articles (£)
    • Government reports & guidance
    • Books (and their chapters)
    • Archives
    • Audio/visual
    • Any electronic/online resources
  • 7. The Key – The Thesaurus
  • 8. Preservation of ‘Knowledge at Risk’ Thesaurus The Key to the Portal
    • Standardises terminology
    • Hierarchical structure
    • Leads users to content of interest
    • Adapting – a live document
    • Built into the software
  • 9. Preservation of ‘Knowledge at Risk’ Preservation of ‘Knowledge at Risk’
    • Short term project funding
    • Staff departure
    • Political agenda shifts
    • Changing terminology
  • 10. Information whirlpool Preservation of ‘Knowledge at Risk’
  • 11. Title page Third Sector Knowledge Portal A destination site for research on the third sector www.tsrc.ac.uk