The value and benefit of digitised resources for learning, teaching, resource and enjoyment

This research is the product of a JISC funded project to investigate the values, benefits and impacts of digitised resources.

The full report is available here.

Who is this document for?

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 is a PageFlip of the same.

What can you do with this document?

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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