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JISC Digging into Data

  1. 1. JISC: A Word from the Sponsors With the Strange Acronym<br />Alastair Dunning<br />@alastairdunning, http://digitisation.jiscinvolve.org<br />Digitisation Programme Manager, JISC<br />
  2. 2. JISC ?<br />Joint Information Systems Committee – World’s worst acronym<br />Currently government funded, $130m core funding<br />Supports Higher Education in three key areas<br />Provides JANET – network for UK HE and beyond<br />Service infrastructure – email lists, collections licensing, data centres<br />Innovative projects – digitisation, digital infrastructure, e-learning, admin systems<br />
  3. 3. http://www.jisc-content.ac.uk is a gateway to all the content JISC has digitised or licensed. Some of the content is open access; some is gated. Around 70 projects, c.$50m<br />
  4. 4. http://www.cartoons.ac.uk presents artwork of 150,000 political cartoons from UK 20th-century newspapers.<br />
  5. 5. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/cabinetpapers/ publishes all minutes of UK government cabinet meetings from 1915 to 1980<br />
  6. 6. http://sounds.bl.ukmakes oral histories, classical music, accents and dialects available – some gated, some open access<br />
  7. 7. http://oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1digitised classic WW1 poetry, but also introduced crowdsourced digitisation of the general public’s WW1 collections<br />
  8. 8. Concern over usage<br />Log Analysis of Resources in Arts and Humanities (2006) pointed out problems with digital resources - http://www.ucl.ac.uk/infostudies/LAIRAH/<br />Splashes and Ripples (2011) demonstrated significant improvements - http://ssrn.com/abstract=1846535<br />Toolkit for the Impact of Scholarly Digitised Resources - http://microsites.oii.ox.ac.uk/tidsr<br />Concurrent focus on innovative uses of resources<br />
  9. 9. http://www.connectedhistories.org provides a search tool, with added functionality, over 11 related digital resources, with more to come.<br />
  10. 10. http://oldweather.org asks the general public to transcribe naval logs, with the resultant meteorological data used by climate scientists<br />
  11. 11. Digging into Data<br />Like other funders, looking at ways to exploit the entire corpus rather than individual items<br />Visualisation and other outputs new forms of explication and engagement<br />Enhances possibility of public engagement <br />Importance of outputs that explain research without sacrificing integrity<br />

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