The JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) and the US’s National Endowment for the Humanities are providing matched funding for digitisation projects.
According to the JISC website:
A call for proposals was issued today by JISC and the US’s National Endowment for the Humanities to support collaborative digitisation projects by UK and US scholars. The aim of the £360,000 ($730,000) programme is to unite scholarly collections split between the two countries, explore innovative approaches to digitisation and match expertise in one country with collections to be digitised in the other.
The programme is funding Transatlantic Digitisation Collaboration Grants which will be awarded to one-to-one partnerships in the US and England with the possibility that these grants will provide the foundation for larger-scale partnerships in the future.
The JISC guidelines are already online. The NEH’s are due to follow shortly.
JISC is publishing the podcast interviews with guest speakers at its JISC Digitisation Conference, held in the summer this year.
Joyce Ray, of the US’ Institute of Museum and Library Services, which funds various digitisation projects , gave a perspective on some of the challenges facing funders in the digitisation of high-quality content for education and other sectors.
Meanwhile, Kevin Guthrie of Ithika, speaks about why international collaboration is important to the digitisation of scholarly resources and what the US and the UK can learn from each other.