Sustainability at JISC for digital projects


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A description of the sustainability processes put in place by UK funding body when supporting digitisation projects in universities and cultural heritage bodies in the UK

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Sustainability at JISC for digital projects

  1. 1. Sustainability at JISC <ul><li>Funders’ Forum, Wellcome Trust </li></ul><ul><li>7th May 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Alastair Dunning, JISC Digitisation Programme Manager </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] , </li></ul>
  2. 2. Focus on Digitised Content <ul><li>JISC funding delivers numerous outputs - digitised content, open educational resources, software, textbooks, tools and middleware </li></ul><ul><li>Different approaches for sustaining each type </li></ul><ul><li>Focus here on outputs from JISC Digitisation Programme </li></ul><ul><ul><li>And in particular Phase 2 from 2006 to 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some convergence between types but more to be done </li></ul>
  3. 3. Call for applications <ul><li>Call for applications will involve various strict stipulations and also helpful pointers </li></ul><ul><li>Some stipulations directly related to sustainibility </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-use: Content must be freely available to FE and HE for 5 years after launch (i.e not Open Access) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other stipulations will indirectly help </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standards: Preference for open standards where feasible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Licence: Based on a JISC model for educational usage </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Call for applications <ul><li>Call for applications also encouraged a culture of sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Invited new business models, international partnerships, private / public collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Other related innovations encouraged - sustained user engagement, development of critical mass, value for learning and teaching, open metadata, contextualised for teaching and research. </li></ul><ul><li>Followed by peer review process, combining subject and technical expertise with knowledge of sustainability </li></ul>
  5. 5. Programme Management <ul><li>JISC provide project management templates to help projects </li></ul><ul><li>JISC staff play an active role in projects to ensure delivery - this includes sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Initial project plan includes section on exit and sustainability plans </li></ul>
  6. 6. Examples - Nineteenth-century Pamphlets <ul><li>c.26,000 pamphlets from UK library collections, e.g. Bristol, Liverpool, London School of Economics </li></ul><ul><li>Digitised by University of Southampton on behalf of Research Libraries UK (RLUK) </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted by JSTOR; free to UK HE and FE; subscription charges for other </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 7. Examples - British Library Historic Newspapers <ul><li>c.3m pages from BL’s newspaper collection </li></ul><ul><li>Digitisation out-sourced to commercial company </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted by Gale Cengage; free to UK HE and FE; subscription charges for other institutions; pay-per-view for general public </li></ul><ul><li> (public site - HE and FE access via institutional gateway) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Examples - First World War Poetry Archive <ul><li>Manuscripts from First World War poets </li></ul><ul><li>Subsidiary project collected digitised memorabilia from general public </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Letters, diaries, objects, documents </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hosted by University of Oxford; free access; extra material hosted on Flickr </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 9. Examples - Vision of Britain <ul><li>Social, political and historic data about British places linked to historic maps </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted by University of Portsmouth; free access (but not open access) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Ads; Link to Cassini Maps; also commercial real estate interest in historic </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 10. How well does it work? <ul><li>Projects given carrots and sticks to consider sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Greater openness about the issue </li></ul><ul><li>Contractual agreement between organisation and JISC </li></ul><ul><li>All sites still running (although only a year since programme completion) </li></ul><ul><li>Full impact yet to be determined </li></ul>
  11. 11. How could it work better? <ul><li>Greater transparency about costs, both in terms of data creation, and ongoing curation </li></ul><ul><li>Models that allow for technical *and* editorial sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Construction of more thorough business case at outset </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging centres of innovation in business modelling </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding of larger eco-system of digital content </li></ul><ul><li>Better strategic alignment within organisation </li></ul>
  12. 12. How is it weak? <ul><li>Institutions see five year access conditions as maximum rather than minimum </li></ul><ul><li>Not open access </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to monitor in long term </li></ul><ul><li>Earlier comment about costs and lack of business and licencing skills within institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging with community engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Notes <ul><li>This presentation is largely based on the sustainability issues of the JISC Digitisation Programme, Phase 2 from 2007 to 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>The call for proposals is avilable at </li></ul><ul><li>Over 50 applications were received. The list of projects funded under this call is available at URL </li></ul><ul><li>A list of the larger public-sector digitisation projects in the UK is available at URL </li></ul>