Over the last few years, we’ve been exploring new collaborative business models to support sustainable digitisation of collections and primary source material. This is in response to members’ concerns over the cost of content, pressures on time and budgets, and the limited availability of funding sources.
Jisc and Wiley have teamed up in an innovative collaboration to test a new approach for the creation of a new history of science digital collection.
The collection will support research, teaching and learning and will be freely accessible in perpetuity to all Jisc members without any access or platform charges. Once licences to the content have expired, the collection will be made available openly and authentication/password-free globally from the Wiley platform.
What we're looking for
We are looking for UK university libraries and archives that hold collections on the history of science in Great Britain and would like to see them digitised, at no cost to institutions.
This content will complement material from the archives of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS) and contribute to the creation of a new one million pages digital collection on the history of science.
How to get involved
If you would like to get involved, please submit an expression of interest before Friday 8 November 2019.
Wiley will contact institutions to discuss the collection and, if necessary, arrange visits.
Digitisation is likely to begin in February 2020. Read more about the background of the project and the call for expression of interest (pdf).
Submissions are now closed.
For more information, contact Paola Marchionni (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Content submitted for consideration should be:
- Available for onsite review by Wiley, as needed
- Reasonably related to the British Association for the Advancement of Science (BAAS) collection, either by subject matter, persons, or events revolving around the BAAS and the areas of science, health, policy, or research with which the BAAS concerned itself, or more generally within the history of British science, falling somewhere along the same chronology as the BAAS collection (1830 to 1971)
- Unavailable in digital format from commercial or non-commercial resources (some exception may be made for digital content hosted locally by institutions, as products of earlier digitisation efforts)
- Free from copyright or other restrictions on its use
- Accompanied by some level of cataloguing, metadata or finding aid information
- Available for assessment, conservation (if needed) and off-site digitisation by 1 March 2020, at the latest