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Impact, Aggregation, Partnership

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A presentation from the JISC conference New Strategies for Digital Content, 18 March 2011, London

By Alastair Dunning

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Impact, Aggregation, Partnership

  1. 1. 18th March 2011 - New Strategies for Digital Content<br />Impact, Aggregation, Partnership<br />Alastair DunningJISC Digitisation Programme Manager<br />@alastairdunning<br />
  2. 2. which are the really successful digitised resources? <br />
  3. 3. source: my personal opinion<br />headnote: there’s a whole messy argument about impact and value i’m skipping over<br />also worthy of mention: visual arts data service, british history online, archaeology data service, british cartoon archive, and many more ...<br />in higher education: eebo, tlg, old bailey online, complete works of charles darwin (and more)<br />
  4. 4. which are the really successful digital resources? <br />
  5. 5. see: http://repositories.webometrics.info/toprep.asp<br />in education: PubMed central, Research Papers in Economics, arXiV<br />
  6. 6. but also in education: wikipedia, flickr, google, google books<br />
  7. 7. what do these resources have in common?<br />
  8. 8. aggregation<br />critical mass<br />multiple sources<br />
  9. 9. thinking of the educational resources, how do we know they are successful? and more over why are they successful?<br />
  10. 10. the complete works of charles darwin online<br />thesaurus linguae graecae<br />eebo<br />old bailey online<br />
  11. 11. the complete works of charles darwin online<br />thesaurus linguae graecae<br />eebo<br />old bailey online<br />
  12. 12. the complete works of charles darwin online<br />thesaurus linguae graecae<br />eebo<br />old bailey online<br />
  13. 13. the complete works of charles darwin online<br />thesaurus linguae graecae<br />eebo<br />old bailey online<br />
  14. 14. so this should give us some clear indications of how we want to build digitised resources in the future<br />drawing on multiple sources is necessary to offer a resource with a wide impact<br />
  15. 15. now, turn to university digital / digitisation strategies<br />
  16. 16. they are full of well considered points about<br /><ul><li> seeking multiple funding sources
  17. 17. strategic engagement within the institution
  18. 18. meeting user needs
  19. 19. preservation, sustainability
  20. 20. and all the other things we go on about</li></li></ul><li>but, how many of them have given thought to creating resources with others?<br />
  21. 21. maybe a few. but it does not fit well with institutional strategies.<br />
  22. 22. and if you want senior support and buy in for your digital strategy, it needs to fit in with your university’s focus<br />
  23. 23. a tension:<br />users (that, um, use the resources)<br />vs<br />universities (that provide the digitised resources)<br />
  24. 24. How should universities proceed?<br />
  25. 25. a tension ... that partnerships will help deal with<br />commercial publishers<br />E.g. ProQuest, Gale, Adam Matthews<br />non for profit platforms<br />E.g. JSTOR, JISC Collections<br />
  26. 26. a tension ... that partnerships will help deal with<br />but also other universities, collections holdersand researchers<br />
  27. 27. a tension ... that partnerships will help deal with<br />universitiesand other collections holders will have related content that will make your content stronger<br />
  28. 28. a tension ... that partnerships will help deal with<br />but why should university senior management want to host others’ collections?<br />
  29. 29. a tension ... that partnerships will help deal with<br />because your university researchers can provide the expertise in curating and editing the website<br />but more importantly, your university staff can use the resource to advance their teaching and research and raise the university’s profile<br />
  30. 30. c.200,000 criminal trials from Old Bailey, 1674 – 1913<br />240,000 manuscripts from eight London archives and 15 datasets<br />the results: <br /><ul><li> new forms of ebook publishing
  31. 31. undergraduates undertaking research
  32. 32. altered study of 18th century london – “history from below”
  33. 33. widely used by general public
  34. 34. wiki for debate and discussion
  35. 35. kudos for universities for hertfordshire and sheffield, and the researchers involved</li></li></ul><li>but if my university’s content is constantly aggregated, will it not get lost?<br />
  36. 36. well, maybe. but there’s nothing to stop you publishing your content by itself as well<br />
  37. 37. indeed, publishing in multiple places and formats will increasing usage and impact.(just make sure your logo is visible)<br />
  38. 38. ensure that your content is discoverable and aggregatable(sp!)<br />not only by portals and gateways, but by new media companies wishing to create interfaces<br />exposing metadata, developing application programming interfaces<br />non desktop access, esp. mobiles<br />again, partnerships with others will help with this<br />
  39. 39. In Summary:<br />Medium Impact – Work well, but by yourself<br />High Impact – Identify others who can enrich your content for users, and work with them<br />

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