The AHDS Visual Arts was one of five Subject Centres of the Arts and Humanities Data Service (AHDS), which was funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) until 31 March 2008. The AHDS Visual Arts maintained a searchable online archive of digital resources for use by the visual arts community for learning, teaching and research; these are now being maintained by VADS (Visual Arts Data Service). Collections currently available through the VADS service include: Diversity Art Forum - formerly known as the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive (AAVAA); Imperial War Museum Art Collection; The Design Council Archive; Documentary Photography; Jacob Riis Computer Aided Learning package; London College of Fashion (LCF) College Archive; LCF's Cordwainers Shoe Collection; LCF's Woolmark Company Archive; The Halliwell Collection and The Basic Design Collections, both based at the National Arts Education Archive, Bretton Hall; the Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles at Goldsmiths College; POSSE (Preserve Our Student Shows for Eternity) student degree shows at the Glasgow School of Art and Design, the Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College (now known as the University College for the Creative Arts) and the University of Portsmouth illustration course; the Textile Collection at University College for the Creative Arts at Farnham; the J. L. Carr Collection; the Sir Henry Dryden Collection; the John Johnson Collection of Political Prints; the John Johnson Collection of Trades & Professions; the Tim Mara Collection; and the Elaine Thomas Collection 'Adopting a stance'. The AHDS Visual Arts also promoted good practice in the creation, management and preservation of digital resources through an advisory, training and publications programme. The Web presence for AHDS Visual Arts has been archived from March 2008.
Ariadne is a quarterly Web and print magazine focusing on Internet issues, published by UKOLN. It is targeted principally at information professionals in archives, libraries and museums in all sectors of academia, and will also be of interest for general readers and other professionals and academics. Ariadne offers a platform for the description and evaluation of sources and services available on the Internet and of potential use to librarians and information professionals. Coverage is given to nationally funded projects and services such as those supported by the JISC, keeping practitioners abreast of current relevant developments. Back issues from 1996 onwards are available, as is an RSS feed.
This is the web site of the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR). The APSR Project "aims to establish a centre of excellence for the management of scholarly assets in digital format" in Australia. For example, on this website can be found details of forthcoming events as well as archived conferences such as The Open Repositories series of annual conferences, offering links to presentations from the program page and giving further information about the activities which took place during each conference. The APSR project has four programs of activity, covering Digital Continuity and Sustainability, developing International Linkages, supporting National Services and enhancing Practices and Testbeds. The APSR website provides a range of publications about repositories, open access, data management, etc., and offers news and events information and gives details of projects, such as the Repository Interoperability Framework (RIFF). The site also provides some documents and links relating to the role of digital repositories in the Australian Research Quality Framework (RQF). APSR is one of four projects funded by the Department of Education Science and Training under the Systemic Infrastructure Initiative; the others being: Meta Access Management Project (MAMS), Australian Research Repositories Online to the World (ARROW) and the Australian Digital Thesis Program Expansion and Redevelopment Project (ADT).
Automated Archiving for an Institutional Repository is the website of a JISC-funded project which examines the possibilities of automated extraction of bibliographic data from semi-structured text. The project concentrates on citation data in large text collections, and aims to produce freely-available software to automate the extraction of such data. The project, which is due to complete in March 2009, is in its relatively early stages, and so the website is currently fairly skeletal. It includes: an overview of the project; its aims and objectives; information on its anticipated outcomes, which include software to integrate with current institutional repository systems; and contact details.
The "Biblioteca de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid" website publishes full-text digital editions of ancient books held in the library; theses; and full-text journals published by the University of Madrid, Spain. All texts can be browsed or searched by keyword. The ancient books section ("Biblioteca Digital Dioscórides") contains scans of over 2,600 books on the subjects of alchemy; anatomy; architecture; art history and fine arts; astronomy; botany; law; economics; philosophy; physics; geography; history; classical and Spanish literature; mathematics; medicine; chemistry; pharmacy; veterinary; and others. Manuscripts relevant to any of these subjects are grouped separately. The theses archive ("Archivo Institucional E-Prints Complutense") contains about 400 theses on all subjects taught at the University of Madrid. Subjects include those mentioned above and archaeology; computing; dentistry; European Union studies; philology; sociology; statistics; and others. The interface of this section is in English only. and allows to perform full-text keyword searches. Section "Portal de Revistas Científicas Complutenses" contains over 20,000 full-text papers published in about 60 academic journals. This section can be browsed by subject and then journal or a full-text keyword search may be performed across the whole collection. A useful function is the possibility to subscribe to a notification service that sends the most recent table of contents of any journal; only an email address is required for the service. Among the journals are: "Cuadernos de Filología Clásica" (a collection of journals on Latin, Greek and Indoeuropean philology, ISSN 1131-9062, 02100746, 11319070); "Cuadernos de Filología Italiana" (Italian philology, ISSN 1133-9527); Complutum (archaeology, especially Phoenician and Punic studies, ISSN 1131-6993); Gerión (history of science in antiquity, ISSN 02130181); Hispania Epigraphica (epigraphy, ISSN 11326875); Anaquel de Estudios Árabes (Arabian studies, ISSN 1130-3964); Revista Complutense de Historia de América (history of Americas, ISSN 1132-8312).
The British Pathe website is described as the world's first digital news archive, and offers a database of the entire 3500 hours of the British Pathe Film Archive, comprising nearly half a million records relating to film footage from newsreels and cinemagazines produced between 1896 and 1970. The site also includes sample colour pictorials, available in RealAudio format. The material covers topics including: British news; sport; nature; entertainment; British culture; and social history. There is an online search function which produces annotated lists of available files. Those wishing to get a general idea of the scope of the archive may find the Lucky Dip function (which previews twenty items selected at random from the collection) useful. Users of the site can preview items for free, license high resolution copies, or purchase still images.
CAIRO: Complex Archive Ingest for Repository Objects is the website of a JISC-funded project which aims to produce software tools to allow the ingest of born-digital objects into preservation repositories. The tools will aim to integrate the currently fragmented variety of technologies into a single mechanism which will allow the production of METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard) files to act as archival information packages (AIPs). The project, which is due to complete in August 2008, is at the time of cataloguing still in progress, and consequently the website is limited in it contents. It does, however, contain: project documents, including: a tools survey; and user case scenarios; and details of the project plan.
This online report presents presents and analyses data gathered in a national census of Institutional Repositories in the United States, carried out as part of the first phase of the MIRACLE Project, an IMLS-funded research program based at the University of Michigan. The project is “investigating the implementation of institutional repositories in colleges and universities in order to identify models and best practices in the administration, technical infrastructure, and access to repository collections”. The report was produced by Karen Markey, Soo Young Rieh, Beth St. Jean, Jihyun Kim and Elizabeth Yakel in February 2007 and includes chapters on The Institutions and the People Involved with IRs; The Budget for an IR; Important Investigative Activities; IR Systems and Features; IR Practices and Policies; IR Benefits and Beneficiaries; Institutions That Have No Involvement with IRs and a Discussion of Census Findings.
Claremont Colleges Digital Library is an online collection of digitised materials from the libraries of the Claremont Colleges. The collections, which include video and still images, are diverse and include: over 200 prints from the Ponoma College Museum's collection of prints by Francisco Goya; oral history on the US occupation of Japan; woodblock prints by Chikanobu and Yoshitoshi; drawings by Edward Vischer; and a number of photographic collections. All items are catalogued in some detail, including controlled subject headings and descriptions, and may be accessed by: browsing by collection; or searching using any search field. This is a well-presented set of collections which is being added to on a regular basis.
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia 'advances the cause of health, and upholds the ideals and heritage of medicine'. The College's website furthers this aim with a comprehensive digitised collection and searchable online databases. Searchable copies of two 18th century Pennsylvania medical manuscripts are among the resources available to online researchers at all levels. Also available is a virtual tour of the Mütter Museum, known around the world for its collection of preserved organs in jars, deformed skeletons, and lifelike wax casts of unusual medical conditions. It has a separate online database for its collections of obstetrics and gynaecology instruments dating from the 18th century. This resource is well-presented and contains full information for arranging to visit the collection, as well as useful range of online materials.
The website for the project "Copyright and Licensing for Digital Preservation" (CLDP) provides more information on research investigating the impact of copyright legislation and licensed access to digital content on the ability of libraries to provide long-term access to materials. Questionnaires (available on the site) were circulated to publishers, authors and libraries, to guage awareness of the problem. The project also aims to investigate the provision made by publishers and providers of information to ensure perpetual access to digital material. The website provides information on the projects, its participants, and its methodology. This project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the research grants scheme.
CRUMB is an Internet resource for curators of new media art, (Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss). The website examines how new media art is being presented, commissioned, collected and critiqued. This project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with an aim to help independent and institutional curators, producers, technicians, and commissioners adapt to the changes created by the Internet, telematics, and interactive media. There is a bibliography including related Web links to practical resources, as well as transcripts of interviews with curators, documentation from CRUMB events, and a link to the New-Media-Curating email discussion list. The website is divided into the following sections: CRUMB interviews (with transcripts and images); CRUMB seminars; practical resources; and CRUMB outputs. The website is edited by Arts and Design Research Students from the University of Sunderland.
This consultancy report was produced by Dr Liz Lyon, director of UKOLN, for the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) in early 2007. It investigates the relationships between data centres and institutions which may develop data-holding repositories. "The resulting direction-setting report will be used to advance the digital repository development agenda within the JISC Capital programme (2006-2009), to assist in the co-ordination of research data repositories and to inform an emerging Vision and Roadmap". The study includes a synthesis of some of the lessons learned from the projects within the Digital Repositories programme whose focus was on aspects of dealing with scientific and/or research data. The report is available as a PDF document.
The Digital Library of Illuminated Manuscripts is a repository of digitised images of illuminated manuscripts run by Lehigh University, Pennsylvania. The site aims to host scans of manuscripts belonging to institutions and currently there are works belonging to Franklin and Marshall College, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania State University and Villanova University. Works range from the thirteenth to the early sixteenth centuries. Visitors to the site are given the option of browsing the collection or searching by institution, manuscript type, country of origin or century as well as by document features (miniatures and decorations). Images are of a high quality and it is possible to zoom into a page.
This website describes an AHRC-funded project examining the transformation of personal archives from physical objects (such as journals, photographs, letters) to digital media and the implications this has on libraries, research repositories and scholarship. The project team consists of people from the British Library (the lead partner), University College London and University of Bristol. The project runs from September 2007 until March 2009, with dissemination continuing until June 2009, and is led by Dr Jeremy Leighton John of the British Library. The website has full details of this wide-ranging project, the research team and partners. Details of publications by team members are available as a PDF document, and the project aims to place full-text papers on the website at a future date. The team has a weblog, going back to the start of the project. Information is also provided about the Digital Lives conference, which was held on 10th February 2009.
This report was produced by Rachel Heery from UKOLN at the University of Bath and Sheila Anderson from the AHDS (Arts and Humanities Data Service), to support the establishment of the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) Digital Repositories Programme in 2005. The review was originally intended to provide useful background information for participants in this funding call and "is not intended to be comprehensive" rather to identify useful areas of activity. This report remains of interest within the area of developing digital repositories and includes a selective review of activity in 2005 and a set of recommendations.
The Digital Repositories Roadmap was commissioned by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) to provide information for people wishing to bid for funds to it's Capital Programme Repositories and Preservation strand. It is available on this site as a PDF or a Word version. Written by Rachel Heery from UKOLN at the University of Bath and Andy Powell from the Eduserv Foundation, the report "presents a vision for 2010 in which a high percentage of newly published UK scholarly output is made available on an open access basis and in which there is a growing recognition of the benefits of making research data, learning resources and other academic content freely available for sharing and re-use". It considers at where repositories are in 2006, where they want to be in 2010 and what mechanisms are necessary to reach this destination. The report also looks at policy, organisation and cultural viewpoints, and at different content types - academic papers, geospatial data, learning materials and scientific data.
Created by the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) and DigitalPreservationEurope (DPE), this website allows users to register to download the Digital Repository Audit Method Based on Risk Assessment (DRAMBORA) toolkit. The toolkit is aimed at repository administrators and is intended to help with internal auditing, providing a mechanism for identifying strengths and weaknesses, and capabilities. The model is "designed to be responsive to the rapidly developing landscape" faced by digital repositories. Its scope stretches across national repositories, scientific data centres and cultural and heritage data archives and is not limited to those for whom long-term preservation is a key requirements. The toolkit draws on the OAIS reference model and existing work by RLG/NARA and others on repository audits. The toolkit is available as a 221 page PDF document accompanied by templates.
This is the website of the Edgar Allan Poe Collection held by the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland; "one of the oldest free public library systems in the US". The collection actually consists of five different collections: The Amelia F. Poe Collection, 1770s-1909; The Sara Sigourney Rice Collection, 1867-1908; The Bernard J. Rosenmyer Illustrations, ca.1900; Commemorations of Edgar Allan Poe, 1850-1949; and Reprints of Poe's works, 1845-1854. Click on "Edgar Allan Poe Collection" near the top of the page to view images of selected items from the collection such as photographs of Poe, fragments from Poe's original coffin, locks of hair, and letters written by Poe. A full container list and a short history of each collection is provided along with a brief Poe biography.
The European Library Treasures Web Exhibition website, a subsite of the European Library, which is hosted by the National Library of the Netherlands, features a virtual exhibition displaying some of the most precious artefacts in European libraries dating from the 5th century BC. The online exhibition features illuminated manuscripts, early printed material, rare and precious books, bookbinding, drawings, prints, and decorated papers from the national libraries of more than forty European countries. The exhibition can be searched or browsed by country, date, or themes such as: art and architecture; the Bible; geography; history; literature; music; politics; religion; and sciences. The exhibits are accompanied by details of their provenance and some cursory information about the object. Each entry offers a digital image, which can be viewed in small and large formats. All images open up in a new window, and the site is easy to navigate. The larger European Library host site features a cross-search function that enables users to find sources in national libraries across the continent. The site is available in English, French, and German. This is an excellent site for those interested in manuscript studies in particular.
The 'Five College Archives Digital Access Project' website provides access to a selection of material held at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. It encompasses fifty-four online collections amounting to over thirty-eight thousand items. The material included on the site relates to 19th and early 20th century women, in particular the education of women. The type of material on the site includes letters, photographs, articles, diaries and official college publications. Details of the archives which have been included from each of the colleges can be found on the site. It is possible to search the collection. The search engine will, in the majority of cases, search the text of the description of documents as most of the documents have been put on the site as images. The collections of the colleges can be searched individually or together. The site also maintains a set of links relating to the digitization of archival collections. The site is now archived.
Part of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France website, the Gallica Web pages provide access to a rich collection of texts, images, audio, and commentary, spanning the history of France from the fourth century to the end of the nineteenth. Important works in the fields of literature, philosophy, science, and politics are included, as well as other materials that have been significant in the history of French thought. Texts and images may be accessed via links from a chronological timeline, via the site's search engine, or via lists of themes or authors. As one would expect a complete bibliographic record is supplied for each available text (including information as to whether the digital edition is complete or abridged). A number of historic dictionaries and encyclopaedias are included, as are a series of special collections, which include: 'Utopia' (images and sources of the ideal with 250 works available and a virtual exhibition); Michel Proust (a virtual exhibition dedicated to the last book of 'À la recherche du temps perdu', 'Le temps retrouvé',); and an online sound archive including Les archives de la parole, 1911-1913, Le Pont Mirabeau (1913), Discours d'hommes politiques français durant la Première guerre mondiale. It is possible to register for free to access some advanced features. This is a beautifully presented site with a good deal of significant content. It should prove a useful resource for students of French literature and intellectual history.
"Jorum is a free online repository service for teaching and support staff in UK Further and Higher Education Institutions, helping to build a community for the sharing, reuse and repurposing of learning and teaching materials". Funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and managed collaboratively by the Mimas and EDINA national data centres, Jorum offers two services: Jorum Contributor and Jorum User. Jorum Contributor is for institutions and project teams who want to share their learning and teaching materials with colleagues across the UK. Jorum User provides access to this shared repository of resources, created by deposits from Jorum Contributors. Learning materials within the repository range from simple materials such as Word documents or Powerpoint presentations, to complex learning packages that combine various multimedia formats such as video, audio and animation. The Index is available by institutional subscription and requires an additional username and password to access. The repository uses the IntraLibrary software from Intrallect.
The Legacy National Tobacco Documents Library provides online access to around 8 million documents (43 million pages) relating to the research, manufacturing, marketing, advertising, and sales of tobacco products from the 1950s to the present day in the United States. The search engine is relatively sophisticated, enabling the user to specify which collections they wish to search, and allowing for complicated Boolean combinations of search terms. A section of popular documents gives an indication of the range of materials available as well as presenting some of the more interesting resources. An extensive list of links to other websites is also provided.The amount of information available from this site is very impressive and should prove valuable to anyone researching the effects of tobacco, researching cigarette marketing, or suing major tobacco companies. Despite the subject, the site manages to maintain a fairly neutral moral tone. Vintage cigarette commercials are available to view, enabling you to find out which brand 1950s doctors recommended!
The London charter aims to establish a set of standards for the use of three-dimensional visualisation in the communicating and preserving cultural heritage. The charter aims to provide 'basic objectives and principles' informing the 'intellectual integrity, reliability, transparency, documentation, standards, sustainability and accessibility' of 3D visualisation methods. This website summarises the charter, as well as offering a download of the most recent version.
This document was produced for the JISC-funded PerX project in March 2006. It provides an introductory guide for producers of online content, such as journal publishers, professional societies and database owners, wishing to make available their descriptive data (metadata) for sharing with other systems. The document is aimed at non-technical staff and decision makers and it illustrates the benefits of making metadata available more widely, using standards-based interoperable approaches such as oai-pmh. The PerX project has developed a pilot service which provides subject resource discovery across a series of repositories of interest to the engineering learning and research communities. It is funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee.
This document is made available by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the United States, created by their Cyberinfrastructure Council (CIC). It presents a vision to guide the NSF's future investment in cyberinfrastructure (CI). The CI was first created in 2005, to cover four overlapping and complementary areas: High Performance Computing, Data, Data Analysis, and Visualization, Cyber Services and Virtual Organizations, and Learning and Workforce Development. Various draft documents have been produced and reviewed. The current 'vision' document is intended to be a living document and will be updated periodically. The CI Vision document has 5 chapters: 'Call to Action' looks at drivers and opportunities, the overall vision, strategies and planning. Chapter 2, 'High Performance Computing (2006-2010)', looks at what high performance computing offers science and engineering and offers a vision for the next five years. Chapter 3,' Data, Data Analysis, and Visualization (2006-2010)', presents a vision towards a national digital data framework. Chapter 4, 'Virtual Organizations for Distributed Communities (2006-2010), envisions how to establish a flexible, open framework for virtual organisations. Finally, Chapter 5, 'Learning and Workforce Development (2006-2010)', provides the final vision, for embedding CI into learning. The document is available either as a single PDF or as a set of smaller PDF files corresponding to each chapter, plus front matter and appendices.
This is the website of the Nu.M.E project. Nu.M.E stands for NUovo Museo Elettronico (the New Electronic Museum). The project aims to use virtual reality applications to create a virtual museum of the Italian city of Bologna which would be represented at present and in different historical periods, the scheme also intends to apply the methodology developed for the realisation of Bologna's virtual museum to others urban realities. This resource, which is made available in Italian and in English, provides details of the project's aims; historiographical context; methodology; state of the Art; organisation and related links. The Nu.M.E project is part of the Fifth Frame Work Programme E-CultureNet project.
The Depot is part of JISC RepositoryNet, a JISC supported online service to assist the UK research community to make their published papers available under Open Access, and thereby helping to maximise readership of their work. Two main services are offered: a re-direct service whereby the Depot acts as a gateway to UK institutional repositories, pointing depositors to the appropriate repository or repositories in which they are able to deposit their research outputs; also offered is a deposit service for scholarly works, or eprints, where the Depot acts as a national repository for researchers who do not yet have a an institutional, or other, repository in which to deposit their research papers, articles and book chapters. The service is aimed at UK researchers from universities, colleges or other research institutions. Visitors to the depot can access the contents of the repository via a browse interface.
OpenDOAR is a directory of academic open access repositories. Each repository listed in OpenDOAR has been visited, virtually, by project staff to check the information that information is accurate and quality-controlled. The directory can be searched or browsed by a range of criteria, such as subject area, country, content type or software type. Institutional and subject-based repositories make up the majority, but the directory also encompasses archives set up by funding agencies like the National Institutes for Health in the USA or the Wellcome Trust in the UK and Europe. In addition, several tools are available for use by repository administrators and service providers. These include the policy tool for creating repository policies, a machine-to-machine interface (api) to enable repositories to retrieve data automatically from OpenDOAR. In addition, OpenDOAR Search uses the Google Custom Search Engine to offer a full-text search of repositories listed in OpenDOAR. It is also possible to suggest new repositories for inclusion in the directory.
SHERPA is a project "investigating issues in the future of scholarly communication" and "developing open-access institutional repositories in a number of research universities to facilitate the rapid and efficient worldwide dissemination of research". SHERPA was originally funded between 2002 and 2006 by JISC (the Joint Information Systems Committee), under their FAIR Programme. Since then SHERPA has continued to expand it's remit of activities in the area of institutional repositories and scholarly communication and the original SHERPA partnership now extends to 26 institutions including the British Library and the AHDS. The SHERPA site contains general information about the project and details of its partners. In addition, the SHERPA web site offers a range of guidance materials for authors and repository managers, on issues around open access, copyright, deposit, submission, preservation and policy. SHERPA partner repositories are listed and can be searched from the site and there are also links to other services falling under the SHERPA umbrella: RoMEO, Juliet and OpenDOAR.
The SHERPA JULIET service is maintained as part of the SHERPA project. It offers a growing listing of research funders' open access policies. Each funder is accompanied by a description with details of whether the funding body requires or encourages deposit into a particular repositories. Funders are main from the UK, but International funding bodies are being added to the listing.
The SHERPA RoMEO service is maintained as part of the SHERPA project. It builds on work done by the RoMEO Project at Loughborough University and offers a listing of journal publishers default policies on copyright and copyright transfer agreements. Its aim is to offer repositories and depositors a resource for identifying whether preprints or postprints from a particular journal or publisher can be deposited into an open access repository. Publishers are branded using a colour scheme to identify different policies, with green publishers allowing depositors to archive pre-print and post-print. Journal information comes from the British Library's Zetoc service hosted by MIMAS. SHERPA RoMEO can be searched by journal title, publisher name or ISSN. A prototype api is available to enable machine to machine access to the data.
The Slavistics Portal is a virtual library of information and weblinks designed for teachers, researchers and academics of Slavonic studies, languages, politics, history and culture which is maintained by the Berlin State Library. Key features of this excellent website include: a subject gateway of recommended Internet sites (including electronic journals and e-books); new acquisitions lists and alerting services from the Berlin State Library and a metasearch engine which enables users to quickly cross search a number of key Library catalogues and journal indexing services to find references and abstracts of materials. The site includes links to many German, Slavonic and Russian language resources. Topics covered include: communism, post -communist transitions and political and economic developments in Eastern and Central Europe.
The Thomas Jefferson website is an online resource based at the University of Virginia and gives access to over 1,700 items by or addressed to the former US President Thomas Jefferson. Users can view text versions and digitised copies of Jefferson’s letters and manuscripts that are indexed by date and are keyword searchable. There is a detailed online biography called Life of Thomas Jefferson by B.L. Rayner to supplement the primary source documents. Furthermore, researchers and students have access to a documentary edition of the papers relating to the construction of the Academical Village at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and a searchable database of Jefferson quotations and viewpoints on issues such as politics, government, and economics. Contained here is also a detailed annotated bibliography of writings about Jefferson from 1826 to 1997, information about the collection of Jefferson papers held at Virginia, and a large number of links provided to Jefferson organisations and websites. This website is a wonderful resource for students and scholars looking for detailed information and primary source documents on Thomas Jefferson.
The UK Data Archive (UKDA) holds over 4,000 datasets, which it makes available for research and teaching. Data are acquired from many different sources including: central government; academic researchers; the National Census; opinion poll organisations; and other data archives worldwide. Core data uses are in the economic and social sciences (including history and education). The Archive also hosts the History Data Service. The entire holdings are described in a detailed online catalogue. Users are required to register in order to acquire data from the Archive. Commercial users may be charged for access to certain datasets, although these are generally provided free for academic customers. The UK Data Archive receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). Since 2003, the UKDA has been encompassed by a broader parent organisation, the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS). This description is based upon that provided by the JISC Resource Guide for the Arts and Humanities.
The "UK Government Web Archive" is a project undertaken by The National Archives that aims to preserve government websites, with the intention of illustrating the changing nature of interaction between the citizens of the UK and its government. This website collects and makes available an archive of snapshots of selected government websites. Full background information on the project is also available. The project commenced in 2003. The chosen websites fall into the broad categories of: Business, industry, economics and finance; Culture and leisure; Environment; ; Government, politics and public administration; Health, well-being and care; International affairs and defence; People, community and housing; Public order, justice and rights; Transport, communication and technology; and Work, education and skills. The individual websites include: those of major government departments such as DEFRA and the Prime Minister's Office; those of regulatory bodies such as the Strategic Rail Authority; and that of the Hutton Inquiry. The archive of these websites is likely to be of interest to many people, whether they are looking for information about a specific subject or for a general overview of how the UK government has presented information to the public. The snapshots are taken at intervals of either one week or six months, and are made available through the Internet Archive. The search function allows users to search for websites by web address. The collection may also be browsed by category. It is easy to navigate, although once the user is viewing a snapshot it is necessary to use the browser button to return to the snapshot index. The snapshot itself consists of the whole website as it was on the date when the record was taken, with all internal links intact. However, some external links and images may be broken.
UKOLN is a national centre for networked information management, providing policy, awareness, research, and networked information to the UK library, information, and cultural heritage communities. The website includes links to the various projects organised by UKOLN, which include the electronc journal 'Ariadne', and several advisory and research activities. The site also hosts several blogs and provides information on upcoming conferences and workshops. A particular focus of the site when last checked was UKOLN's remote worker support and the cultural and technological challenges of remote working. UKOLN receives funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Council for Museums, Archives & Libraries.
The Undergraduate Victorian Studies Online Teaching Anthology is a digital project of the Electronic Text Research Center, part of the University of Minnesota Libraries, that brings together a significant collection of primary texts, short biographies of the featured authors, a selected bibliography of Victorian Studies, a directory of online image repositories, a detailed list of bibliographic tools, and several links to other Victorian Text Projects and Victorian Studies sites. The primary texts in the anthology come mainly from Victorian periodicals such as 'The Fortnightly Review', 'The Edinburgh Review', 'The English Woman's Journal', and 'Cornhill Magazine'. They will be of interest to both the researcher and the academic looking for classroom material organised around their three main themes: The Condition of Women; Empire; and Science, Evolution, Eugenics.