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