Monday, January 02, 2006

Article: UK Report: Digitization Coordination Needed

In the UK, a report published in November by Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and Consortium of Research Libraries in the British Isles (CURL) "recommends a new task force to coordinate national efforts, avoiding duplication and gaps. The report also recommends that user needs be better understood, especially in areas like science and the social sciences."

According to the report, public sector projects/programs have been unstructured, piecemeal and
fragmented and a stark contrast to programs such as the one started by Google.

The report, "Digitisation in the UK: The case for a UK framework," contains 17 recommendations including:
  • Create a single point of information on current and previous digitisation projects.
  • Funding bodies should include provision of information to digitisation registers as a condition of funding.
An article about the report gives a very brief summary. JISC and CURL also issued a press release.

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