If your organisation holds collections of resources with potential for learning, teaching and research, digitisation can offer a competitive edge. However, digitisation projects require careful planning and consideration of business models to ensure the content is well managed and holds value for future scholarship.
What you can do
Assess the sustainability of your content
- A sustainability health check tool to assess the sustainability of your digital content and develop an action plan
- A series of short videos on making your digital resources sustainable
Check your strategy
Plan digitisation according to your wider strategic priorities as well as taking into account the material’s intrinsic value and potential uses.
Plan how you will digitise your content
Find out ways to measure use and impact by using the Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources (TIDSR).
Learn from others
- Read case studies of digitised content business models produced by the Strategic Content Alliance with Ithaka S+R. These highlight techniques to secure funding, share costs and generate revenue.
- Check the recommendations in the sustainable economics for a digital planet report, produced by the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access with Jisc support.
- See the sustainability implementation toolkit from Ithaka S+R. It focuses on the digital humanities and builds on learning from the Jisc-supported study sustaining our digital future.
- See the community resources developed by the EU-funded 4C Project led by Jisc. These include the Digital Curation Sustainability Model (DCSM), which can be used to design an organisational sustainability strategy for curating resources, and the Curation Costs Exchange (CCEx) which can help inform investment in digital curation.
- The UK Data Archive has developed a costing tool which can be used for costing data management in the social sciences.
Below are some starting points to stay up to date with work by Jisc and others in areas related to managing digital collections sustainably.
To find out about our current work on academic digital content see our digital content and digitisation blog
If you are interested in our work on research data management (RDM) you can read our blog, follow #JiscRDM on Twitter and join the RESEARCH-DATAMAN JiscMail list. Our research data shared service will collect, preserve and give access to recently-digitised materials as well as exposing records and increasing discovery of data objects that have not yet been digitised
The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) publishes the Digital Preservation Handbook for which Jisc is a sponsor. You can follow the DPC on Twitter at @dpc_chat and join the DIGITAL-PRESERVATION JiscMail list