e-Content programme 2009-11
With an investment of £2.1 million JISC has funded this programme of work which will not only create more digital content, but also help sustain and deliver existing content in a more effective way. Clustering and sustaining digital resources presents the final case studies of the projects in the programme.
The JISC Digital Conference in Cardiff, 2007 Report, made it clear that there is a need to break down silos of content, and to create a connected mass of digitised content. At the same time, new business models need to be developed while also developing the skills and expertise to allow for the long term sustainability of digital content.
|With these strategic priorities in mind, JISC has funded 11 projects under 2 seperate strands: |
- Institutional Skills and Strategy
- Clustering and Enhancement
The report Clustering and sustaining digital resources
, available in multiple formats, including ePub for eBook readers, brings together the final case studies of the projects in the programme.
Projects in the first strand looked at the skills required to build and sustain digital collections, with a focus on how universities embed digitisation as a strategic activity within their core work. The Clustering and enhancement strand draws on case studies examining how digital silos can be broken down, as users demand increasingly sophisticated resources that cluster or aggregate related content from different areas of the Internet.
The case studies in the report will be particularly useful for those who wish to
a) develop digitisation strategies within their own institutions
b) create websites that cluster together digital content from disparate sources
All projects funded under the e-Content programme deliver digital collections openly accessible to all. In addition, all digitised material is licenced under particularly favourable terms to allow for its use and re-use in a number of different educational contexts. The 11 funded projects ran from September 2009 untill January 2011.