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Digitisation: A Funder’s Perspective

Viewpoints from UK's funding body JISC on funding digitisation projects

Presentation given at British Library, 20th July 2010 at conference on 'Digitised History: newspapers and their impact on research into 18th and 19th century Britain'

(https://www.history.ac.uk/events/conferences/1157)

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  • 1. Digitisation: A Funder’s Perspective
    • Alastair Dunning
    • JISC Programme Manager
    • www.jisc.ac.uk/digitisation/
    • www.twitter.com/alastairdunning
    • Presentation given at British Library, 20th July 2010
    • Digitised History: newspapers and their impact on research into 18th and 19th century Britain
    • https://www.history.ac.uk/events/conferences/1157
  • 2. Jis, etcc network, services JISC is the UK Higher Education’s ICT body, providing Internet and email access for universities
  • 3. http:// www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2007/03/10/business/11archive.chart.ready.html How much of the National Archives in Washington is digitised? Not very much. Approximately 1,800 years worth of work to go.
  • 4. Google Books reckon there are 100m books to be digitised. Will they digitise them all?
  • 5. The AHRC has funded numerous digitiasation projects http://web.me.com/xcia0069/ahrc.html
  • 6. Philanthropic organisations include Arcadia and the Mellon Foundation, plus private donors. Publishers such as Gale-Cengage and ProQuest also have a significant role
  • 7. JISC licences all kind of material for HE, including journals and resources such as Early English Books Online
  • 8. JISC Digitisation Programme
    • Oversight of c.70 projects, c.£25m from 2004 - 2010
      • ITN’s NewsFilm Online - http:// www.nfo.ac.uk /
      • Political Cartoon Archive – http:// www.cartoons.ac.uk /
      • British Film Institute InView http:// www.bfi.org.uk/inview /
      • 20 th -century Government Cabinet Papers - http:// www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/cabinetpapers /
      • http:// www.jisc.ac.uk /digitisation
      • Digitisation in UK - http://web.me.com/xcia0069/uk-digitisation.html and further afield - http://arts-humanities. net
      • Guide to Bidding - http://www.jisc.ac.uk/fundingopportunities/bidguide.aspx
  • 9. digital resources are not free to run – they need to be sustained in the long term, both technically and intellectually the Electronic Ephemera collection has images from 18 th -20 th century. It was digitised at Oxford but is published by ProQuest, a commercial company http://johnjohnson.chadwyck.co.uk/
  • 10. build it and they will come? – Nope, users need to be actively engaged if they are to use a resource the Freeze Frame project went through every UK undergraduate course, identifying which would be interested in their collection of polar images – geology, geography, fashion, health and nutrition, history … http://www.freezeframe.ac.uk/
  • 11. Resources need to have an obvious educational impact , whether in teaching or research the Shakespeare Quartos website allows for different versions of Hamlet to be compared, http://quartos.org
  • 12. Projects need to be well managed , or they will not be completed
            • the 19th-century pamphlets resource digitised over 26,000 pamphlets from 7 UK research libraries, http://www.britishpamphlets.org.uk/
  • 13. Innovation means that you can have exciting projects that do new things the First World War Poetry Archive asked members of the public to digitise and comment on their own collections – the pool of content and expertise was hugely increased. Plus a whole trench recreated in Second Life http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/ the PreRaphaelite resource is beautifully designed and the photographs are of a quality unsurpassed http:// www.preraphaelites.org /
  • 14. What does this mean for you
    • A complex process, involving both technical and intellectual peer review , decide which physical objects get digitised
    • But is vital in creating sustainable, high-quality resources
    • At the end you have free access to high quality resources to use in classwork and research
    • Further digitisation from JISC in the short term? Depends on government agenda
  • 15. Credits
    • BL Printing Press - http://www.flickr.com/photos/takomabibelot/3984413475/
    • Philanthropist - http://www.flickr.com/photos/re_wolf/2935139956
    • Other images taken direct from relevant JISC-funded projects