How JISC Projects are Funded and Sustained (2010 version)


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An introduction to how JISC projects are funded and sustained, with particular emphasis on concentration of projects funded under its Digitisation Programme

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How JISC Projects are Funded and Sustained (2010 version)

  1. 1. Joint Information Systems Committee 30 January 2015 | Slide 1 How JISC projects are funded and sustained – 2010 version Alastair Dunning Digitisation Programme Manager JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee), 0203 006 6065, @alastairdunning UCL Presentation, 19th November 2010
  2. 2. the jisc network (janet) gives all higher education internet access
  3. 3. jisc also supports sevices for the educational community such as JISCmail, MIMAS and JISC Digital Media
  4. 4. jisc also funds innovative projects to create new ideas for the use of technology in education
  5. 5. JISC Digitisation Programme  Oversight of c.70 projects, c.£25m from 2004 - 2010 – ITN’s NewsFilm Online - – Political Cartoon Archive – – British Film Institute InView – 20th -century Government Cabinet Papers - – Gateway of content - – Digitisation in UK -
  6. 6. How does funding happen?  Not just universities and libraries working by themselves – universities partly funded by taxes; although this is changing quickly (ie student fees)  Complex set of politics, government, strategy and institutions   Each step on the chain has strategic guidance about how that money can be spent  Prime Minister > Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills > Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) > JISC – Also via Research Councils or direct to universities  How are the digitisation / digital humanities projects funded?  PS – This is subject to significant change as effect of government policies are felt!
  7. 7. jisc will issue calls to the educational community, asking for proposals
  8. 8. universities and maybe other interested bodies will submit applications
  9. 9. JISC then uses a peer-review process to select the best projects, using expertise from the universities and also within JISC itself
  10. 10. Call > Bids > Review > Projects What are JISC’s ‘strategic imperatives’, i.e. what do tell our projects that have to do Bear in mind the issues from the prologue JISC wants successful projects, of high quality and of use for researchers, lecturers and students
  11. 11. 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 18th -20th century. It was digitised at Oxford but is published by ProQuest, a commercial company http://johnjohnson.chadwyck.
  12. 12. 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 …
  13. 13. without good metadata a resource will not be found nor trusted the Archival Sound Recordings has over 44,000 audio files on wildlife, oral history, the Holocaust, artist’s testimonies, lectures. Each recording is scrupulously catalogued, so the rights are clearly labelled, and the recordings findable via Google
  14. 14. 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 the PreRaphaelite resource is beautifully designed and the photographs are of a quality unsurpassed
  15. 15. innovation means that you can have exciting projects that do new things Old Weather encourages the public to transcribe naval logs with weather reports thus providing important data for climate scientists Visualising China will offer researchers the opportunity build a directory of historic photos of China
  16. 16. What does this mean for you A lot goes on of which end users at universities don’t know about 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 (at least most of the time)
  17. 17. Credits  Network -  Federer –  Lightbulb -  Committee Men 1 - (Human Space Flight Plans Committee Report (200910220001HQ),  Committee Room (Committee Room, Lloyd's),  Application (My Application at Scanline) -  Call Me -  Other images taken direct from relevant JISC-funded projects  If you think of questions later, tweet me @alastairdunning or email me a.dunning at //  More content at