The value and benefits of digitised resources for learning, teaching, research and enjoyment
This research is the product of a JISC funded project to investigate the values, benefits and impacts of digitised resources.
This document draws evidence from a wide number of sources and seeks to provide a compelling account of the advantages of digitised content. The aim is to provide key information and strong exemplars for the following primary stakeholders:
- Memory institutions and cultural heritage organisations such as libraries, museums and archives.
- Holders and custodians of special collections.
- Managers, project managers and fundraisers who are seeking to justify further investment in digitised resources.
- Academics looking to establish digital projects and digital scholarship collaborations with collection owners.
- Publishing, media and business sectors which may be considering the best means to collaborate and align with collection owners, with academia or memory institutions.
There is a high level, shorter, visually rich version of this document aimed at strategic, political, policy making stakeholders. It is available here (PDF). And here as a very cool PageFlip.
This report performs the task of synthesising information relating to the benefits of digitisation and helps to provide a compelling argument for future digitisation work. Thus, you will find in this document information on:
- Where the value and impact can be found in digitised resources,
- What modes of value and impact are achievable, and
- Who are the beneficiaries gaining from the impact and value?
Special attention is worth paying to the section upon 5 modes of value for digitised resources in Creating Digital Britain. The basic value modes suggested here may act as a guide for future digitisation impact assessment. If these value models to society as a whole are satisfied then many other benefits identified in this report will also accrue.
This document therefore provides strong information to support:
- Fundraising and revenue development plans,
- Audience development,
- Designing evaluation and impact assessment,
- Project planning, and
- Planning educational activities to augment digitised resources.
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