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JISC awards funding for digitisation projects

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JISC has selected 25 projects at UK universities to receive £1.8m of funding in the ‘Enrich Digital Resources’ programme. The projects aim to improve existing digital content and to digitise new materials for sustainable access in the future.   

The projects range from using podcasts to improve access to Newton’s influential scientific texts to creating a digital archive to reflect the social change in East London arising from hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.     

’Enrich Digital Resources’ will run from October 2008 until 2009. After this time all the enhanced or newly digitised content will be freely available via the internet, in efforts to be as useful as possible to international research and learning communities.

'[This is] another huge step forward in making materials accessible that were previously almost impossible to get hold of,' said Alastair Dunning, digitisation programme manager at JISC. ‘These really exciting projects will add a new dimension to existing digital resources. They’ll also mark another huge step forward in making materials accessible that were previously almost impossible to get hold of, largely restricted to specialist audiences.’