JISC is changing the world of authoritative e-resources through its investment in digitising content from some of the UK’s greatest collections.

Digitisation and Content

You can now search through all collections either digitised or licenced via JISC funding.

 JISC Content: Guide to our collections for students and academics 

Aims of the Content and Digitisation programme

Digitisation Blog

Bringing collections out of the dark
  • Enabling the use of difficult to access physical collections for the benefit of teaching, learning and research.
  • Allowing for universities to exploit the full richness of their special collections, whilst easing the management of physical collections, helping preserve precious material and easing the pressures on space.
Meeting and advancing research needs
  • Building a critical mass of content, thus providing for new methodologies, uncovering previously hidden evidence and opening up new areas of research.
  • Helping meet teaching needs by using digital resources for innovative pedagogies, the gap between teaching and research, and inspiring teaching and learning in different spaces and scenarios.
Stimulating the economy, underpinning competitiveness and developing skills
  • Establishing new business models for digital content and developing the appropriate skills in creating, describing, delivering and marketing digital content for HE and beyond.
  • Working with the private sector to achieve commercial success and public good, reducing environmental impact, and opening up public sector content for re-use.
Reaching out and building communities
  • Using innovative techniques and technologies, such as crowdsourcing, to create new forms of social inclusion and help create economically sustainable digitisation.
  • Harnessing communities of users within scholarly groups and from the broader public to allow for the two-way transfer of knowledge and help address concerns over the sustainability and usability of digital content.

As well as the creation of 'transformational content', the Content and Digitisation programme works to improve digital literacy and build skills around the creation and consumption of these resources. At the same time, embedding and sustaining these resources is a challenge that the programme constantly confronts and funds a range of projects to explore these areas.

Yearly highlights

2012 Progress of projects within the Content programme 2011-13 can be followed through their blogs on the programme's netvibes page
2011 The new £3.5m Content programme 2011-13 starts in November with projects in three strands, including Strand A: Digitisation and OER creation; Strand B: Mass Digitisation; Strand C: Clustering Digital Content.
JISC publishes Clustering and Sustaining Digital Resources, bringing together final case studies from the projects in the eContent programme 2009-2011
2010 The JISC e-content programme continues on from 2009, funding projects to look at institutional skills and strategies for digitisation (such as the Life-Share project at the University of Leeds) and ways of bringing disperesed digital content together (such as the Visualising China project at the University of Bristol).
2009 Phase 2 of the JISC Digitisation Programme draws to a close, and projects such as the RLUK Nineteenth-Century Pamphlets and University of Oxford's First World War Poetry Archive prove spectacular successes
2008 With £1.8m funding, a series of 25 smaller projects are funded under the Enriching Digital Resources banner. The 25 projects bring a wealth of new material online in 2009.
2007 JISC begins a second phase of digitisation, with 16 projects at a cost of £11.6m initiated. These include Birmingham Museum's Pre-Raphaelite Resource and the University of Kent's British Political Cartoon Archive
2006 Resources resulting from the first phase published online, including the British Library's Archival Sound Recordings, and the Online Historical Population Reports from the University of Essex
2004-2006 JISC's mass digitisation programme begins, funding 6 projects at a total cost of c.£12m. NewsFilm online will digitise ITN film footage, while valuable scholarly articles will be made available via the Medical Journal Backfiles project

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Start date
1 April 2003
End date
31 July 2013
Working Groups
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