The JISC Digitisation programme is founded upon the need to build significant e-resources from some of the UK’s greatest collections in a wide variety of formats – sound, images, journals, moving pictures, newspapers and much else. Using the latest technology available, the projects provide the education community with the opportunity to engage with a critical mass of previously difficult or impossible to access resources for the first time.

Digitisation Programme 2004-09

Five centuries of unique resources for learning, teaching and research

Get the latest news on the digitisation blogThe JISC Digitisation programme is founded upon the need to build significant e-resources from some of the UK's greatest collections in a wide variety of formats – sound, images, journals, moving pictures, newspapers and much else. Using the latest technology available, the projects provide the education community with the opportunity to engage with a critical mass of previously difficult or impossible to access resources for the first time.

While all the resources will be freely available to the higher and further education sector, in order to sustain some of them in the medium to long term, they will form part of the JISC collection of online resources incurring an access charge dependent upon institutions' relevant JISC band. Search through all collections digitised or licenced via JISC funding

The projects

Phase 1 - 2004-2007

18th-Century Parliamentary Papers
Bringing all existing records of Britain's 18th-century Parliament to users across the UK



19th-Century British Newspapers at the British Library

Read all about Britain and the world from the Industrial Revolution to the Boxer Rebellion



Archival Sound Recordings at the British Library
A slice of the world's rich audio heritage at your fingertips



Medical Journals Backfiles
Free access to the best in medical publications – past, present and future



Newsfilm Online
See and hear the events that shaped the 20th and 21st centuries online



Online Historical Population Reports at Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS) History
Putting you in touch with historical population data

 

Phase 2 - 2007-2009


19th Century Pamphlets Online
Polemical voices from the past on the great debates of the 19th century
Launch date: March 2009



A Digital Library of Core e-Resources on Ireland
Visit a one stop shop for Irish studies e-resources
Launch date: December 2008



Archival Sound Recordings 2
A critical mass of rich audio material from all over the world, at your fingertips
Launch date: March 2009



British Cartoon Archive Digitisation (BCAD) project
Browse the largest online archive of cartoons in the UK
Launch date: March 2009



British Newspapers 1620-1900
Read the first three centuries of newspapers from all regions of the British Isles
Launch date: March 2009.



Cabinet Papers, 1915-1977
In its own words: the British government at peace and war
Launch date: February 2009.



Digitisation of the Independent Radio News Archive
From Callaghan to Thatcher, a contemporary audio archive from the only UK radio news archive outside the BBC
Launch date: March 2009.



East London Theatre Archive
Putting the spotlight on East End music hall heritage
Launch date: March 2009.



First World War Poetry Digital Archive
Preserving and sharing memories of the Great War through the words of its poets
Launch date: November 2008.



Freeze Frame – Historic Polar Images 1845-1960
Making historic Polar exploration resources accessible to all
Launch date: March 2009.



Historic Boundaries of Britain
Mapping the past: a digital library of Britain's borders
Launch date: March 2009.



InView: Moving Images in the Public Sphere

Watch the key social, political and economic issues of our time unfold
Launch date: March 2009.



John Johnson Collection: an Archive of Printed Ephemera
Discover hidden treasures of everyday life from the 16th century to the 20th
Launch date: March 2009.



Pre-Raphaelite Resource Site
Trace a movement that changed the face of English art
Launch date: February 2009.



UK Theses Digitisation project
Opening access to over 5,000 of the most popular British research theses
Launch date: September 2008.



Welsh Journals Online
Free online access to the best Welsh periodicals – past, present and future
Launch date: February 2009.