JISC Content: A user friendly introduction to the JISC digital collections and archives

JISC Content website

JISC Collections has been working on a new website:
which has been set up to provide a more user friendly way of navigating the content that JISC funding has helped made available to the HE and FE communities.

The site is not aiming to give item level access to each collection, i.e. it is not a federated search or discovery service. Rather it is a gateway that provides brief descriptions of each collection, and offers users different and, hopefully, engaging ways to browse through these descriptions, and learn more about what is on offer.

The content currently includes material licensed by JISC Collections and material digitised via the two phases of the Digitisation Programme, the Enriching Digital Resources strand, and the first phase of the JISC – NEH (National Endowment for Humanities) Transatlantic work.

The plan is to update the site over time, and in particular to make some changes in response to feedback gathered over the next month or so. If you have feedback, modifications etc. then please send them to collections@jisc.ac.uk.

Visit the new JISC Content website:  http://www.jisc-content.ac.uk/

History of British Design: Design Council Images Online

4,000 images from the Design Council slide collection have been made available online with JISC support, providing a unique insight into the history of British design and its promotion by the UK government from the 1940s to the early 1990s.

The images provide valuable visual evidence of the ways in which design has been evaluated and promoted throughout this period, through the Design Council which is the UK’s national strategic body for design.

The images  show a wide variety of products including tableware, furniture, lighting, toys, domestic appliances, textiles, wallpapers, office equipment, engineering components and machinery, as well as other areas of design such as architecture, town planning, interior design, graphic design and corporate identity.

Design Council Slide Collection

An illustrated online guide to the collection is also available.  The guide aims to indicate the strengths of the collection, enabling users to exploit it more fully as a resource for learning and research.

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British 20th Century life online

Funded by JISC as part of its digitisation programme, ‘BFI InView: Moving Images in the Public Sphere‘ is a ground breaking project to give academics, teachers, students and researchers free online access to hundreds of hours of film and television.
Available through the BFI National Archive these clips tell the complex social, economic and political history of Britain in the 20th century.

The resource comprises over 600 hours of full-length films and television programmes, alongside over 8,000 pages of related documents that have been digitised and made exclusively available to colleges and universities via a dedicated website.

Accessible through federated access management, meaning users can view the materials with a single sign-on, the BFI InView site is easily searchable with materials catalogued and organised under six main categories:

• Education
• Health
• The Environment
• Immigration, Race and Equality
• Industry and Economy
• Law and Order

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