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  • Here are couple of scenarios I want you to picture in your heads. Me to client: Why did you decide to start a business with your father? Client: Well you need to understand that when I was growing up my father was an alcoholic and I had to be the man of the family. Now that I have my degree and accountancy qualification and my father has been made redundant, I want to get him back on his feet again. Here is another. Me to client: So what brought you here from Ghana? Client: My father was a senior civil servant but got the wrong side of those in power and was killed. My 5 brothers and sisters all had to leave the country for our own safety. These are both situations I encountered soon after offering one to one business advice clinics the Business & IP Centre.
  • Collection is vast – around 150 million items – over 600 kilometres of shelving. It covers every written language. 3.5 million sound recordings – from the earliest wax cylinder to the latest chart topper 4.5 million maps – from 15th century to latest Ordinance Survey digital sheets. 7 million manuscripts – from the Magna Carta to Beatles lyrics on the back of an envelope 8 million stamps – including a unique Gold Coast: 1883 (May) 1d on 4d magenta 13 million books – including the earliest dated printed book, the Diamond Sutra 56 million patents 58 million newspapers and journals – dating from 1603 to the latest issue of your local paper Through Legal Deposit we receive 600,000 new items a year – an entitlement that dates back to 1662. In addition we spend some £16 million a year on new acquisitions. Some unexpected items Recent acquisitions include a box of gunpowder, allegedly left by one… Guy Fawkes
  • Private partnerships for cultural heritage online dish 2011

    1. 1. Debate: Between Public Domain and Private Funding: Private Partnerships for Cultural Heritage Online - The British Library Experience Neil Infield – Manager Business & IP Centre
    2. 2. What is the British Library for? We exist for anyone who wants to do research – for academic, personal or commercial purposes
    3. 3. Three large scale projects at the British Library in recent years <ul><li>Microsoft partnership to digitise 25 million pages of out-of-copyright books. Neil Fitzgerald, Microsoft’s digitization project manager. Although the project was well-planned and piloted, lessons were learned in the process. The BL and Microsoft were keen to share their own experiences. He stressed that “partnership” was the keyword. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Three large scale projects at the British Library in recent years <ul><li>2. November launch of the British Newspaper Archive website with brightsolid. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a. A fully searchable database of up to 4 million newspaper pages, mainly dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>b. At launch the website will feature more than 200 newspaper titles from around the UK. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>c. It can be accessed through pay-per-view or subscription via the web but can be viewed for free in the British Library’s Reading Rooms. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Three large scale projects at the British Library in recent years <ul><li>3. June 2011 - The Library and Google have entered a partnership to digitise 250,000 out-of-copyright books from the Library’s collections. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>a. This major project will digitise up to 40 million pages from 1700-1870, from the French Revolution to the end of slavery. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>b. It will include material in a variety of major European languages, and will focus on books that are not yet freely available in digital form online. Google are paying all the costs of digitisation. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Why did the BL embark on PPPs? <ul><ul><li>To enable us to digitise and give access to our content faster than our existing funding would allow. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To give wider access to our content faster. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To demonstrate our commercial approach to our government funders. </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Experiences from PPPs and lessons learned <ul><ul><li>Flexibility is key to success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires a big investment of time and effort, with no guarantees of success. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E.G. Two smaller scale bids for the Business & IP Centre took 6 months and approximately 3 weeks of staff time. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bulding suitable sponsorship packages can be very complex. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Necessary to understand funders thinking i.e. commercial. </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Experiences from PPPs and lessons learned … <ul><ul><li>Funders are looking for different things, but always a clear return on their investment (ROI) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Business leads from sponsorship </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Branding enhancement opportunities and profile raising </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Source data to enhance services (Microsoft and Google) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Income opportunities (brightsolid) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate social responsibility (very limited funds here still) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Issues and tips <ul><ul><li>Issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The volatile current economic climate results in short term decisions from corporates </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tips </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Best to have a dedicated staff member who can think the same way. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Realise that one size does not fit all funders. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Make contacts as high as possible in funding organisation. Find the decision makers with budget responsibility if possible. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t expect something for nothing. </li></ul></ul></ul>

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