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JISC digitisation conference

Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Water Park

A few weeks ago I attended the JISC digitisation conference at the lovely cotswold water park. The conference was streamed, blogged, tweeted etc so please check out the blog posts and videos for a good summary (I would definitely recommend watching the talks by Nick Poole and Robert Miller, inspiring stuff)
It was an enjoyable conference and JISC had put together a fantastic line up of talks. It was a good mixture of people from all aspects of the digitisation world highlighting the importance of collaboration and the value it adds to the collections. While there is now lots of access to some amazing resources the volume of use, ease of integration into teaching and research, questions of copyright and IPR, ease of search and discover were all issues raised during the 2 days.
I found it hard to select which talks to attend in the 4 different streams (and was often distracted by twitter as to what was going on in the sessions I couldn’t attend) There were plenty of useful case studies and resources which I wanted to go away and look at in more detail (unfortunately still not made the time for that). I particularly enjoyed a (too brief) talk by Dave Flanders touching upon wire frames to map out potential ideas and thinking about services from the point of view of a model user, it made me appreciate how it is possible to realise some of those ideas that occasionally pop into my head.

During the conference I really enjoyed tweeting and it really helped me consider some of the sessions in more depth during the time. I am however now  wondering if perhaps blogging some of the sessions would have been more useful with regards to being able to look back and reflect.

What I hope to take away from the conference is to;

  • discover more digitisation projects
  • appreciate the amount of available resources to researchers, students and teachers
  • appreciate how enriched media resources can be used to engage students
  • gain a better understanding of the reasons behind digitising collections
  • realise the need to secure resources that maybe lost via digitisation
  • understand the importance of copyright and IPR and not to view it as a block
  • creating these resources does not guarantee use
  • appreciate the need to add value to digital collections, enhance the data with other services
  • appreciate the need to promote them further
  • investigate better search platforms to this data
  • better intergration of resources into teaching, and understand how they can be part of the workflow
  • freeing the raw data, allowing innovative and greater use
  • the importance of collaboration with partners nationally and internationally


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