A community-owned content service
Our advisory boards JISC eCollections is a community-owned service. To ensure that the service develops in line with the needs of the education community, we have set up three advisory boards â€“ one for JISC Historic Books, one for JISC Journal Archives and one for JISC MediaHub. Members of the boards will work with JISC Collections, Mimas and EDINA to identify and agree new content to be licensed for each platform.They will also recommend enhancements to the platformsâ€™ functionality and interface, in order that they integrate with and support use in education and research. The board members will be instrumental in discussing and devising future strategies to help us preserve and sustain the platforms, and in developing the overall JISC eCollections strategy. Our current advisors include teaching staff, researchers and librarians from higher and further education institutions. We welcome additions to the boards; please contact us (help@ jisc-collections.ac.uk) if you are interested, or would like to suggest someone.
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A better deal for long-term access JISC and JISC Collections have invested in national licences for journal, historic book and multimedia archives on behalf of all UK higher and further education institutions. Currently, member institutions access this content on a range of different platforms, many of which are managed by commercial providers. Some of these providers charge institutions annual fees to access the content; JISC Collections has limited control over these fees and is also reliant on the commercial providers to continue to host the content. Furthermore, accessing content across a multitude of publishers’ platforms can be confusing for users, and presents additional administrative effort for librarians. The JISC eCollections service has been developed by the community, for the community, to protect and preserve existing investments. It consolidates and hosts content purchased on behalf of JISC Collections members, enabling them to offer a world-class collection that ensures users’ broadest information needs are well met. The service provides a sustainable, value for money alternative to accessing licensed content on publisher platforms. The JISC eCollections service currently comprises three platforms: • JISC Journal Archives More than 3.75 million articles from major publishers and societies • JISC Historic Books The full text of over 350,000 books published in Great Britain from 1475–1900, including over 65,000 19th century books • JISC MediaHub Over 500,000 multimedia items, including film, images and sound collections
JISC Collections has licensed a range of multimedia archives that, in the past, had to be separately searched, browsed and accessed, making it harder for users to take full advantage of the depth and breadth of the available content.
One platform, over 500,000 multimedia items JISC MediaHub provides a single point of access to three major multimedia archives purchased on behalf of members. It enables cross-searching and exploration of TV news, documentary films, still images and classical music from the following archives: • Digital Images for Education The result of a significant procurement during 2009-10, this archive comprises over 56,000 images and 600 hours of film selected by the education community to capture world, UK and local events during the last 25 years. Sources include the AP Archive, Getty Images, ITN, Design Council Archives, Imperial War Museum, Royal Geographical Society, and PYMCA.
• NewsFilm Online Over 3,000 hours of digitised news stories from the ITN/Reuters archives, comprising some 60,000 stories. The sources include the complete Gaumont and Paramount newsreels, from 1910 and 1934 respectively. Previously unbroadcast and unseen material, such as rushes and programme scripts, are also included. • Film & Sound Online Over 2,000 items, comprising 17 separate collections of digitised film and sound, including Imperial War Museum film footage, and scientific content from the Wellcome Library and the Biochemical Society. The archive also includes over 50 hours of classical music recording from the Culverhouse collection. JISC MediaHub also enables users to search and view external collections such as the Open Video Project, Wellcome Images, ADS, ARKive and the First World War Poetry Digital Archive. A full list of media collections is available at jiscmediahub.ac.uk/about
Search box includes auto-complete function
Explore allows you to browse all the collections in a number of different ways Most popular indicates searches and items that are of most interest MyMediaHub stores personal records including search history and marked items Useful links to other multimedia collections and resources
The collection type icons tell you whether the collection is hosted inside JISC MediaHub or outside, in another collection
Items can be shared via social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter and others
Download options for video, image and sound files
Quick play allows instant viewing or listening to multimedia files Each result can be marked for future reference
The collection name is a link that allows the user to browse the rest of the collection
Items can be marked for future reference
JISC Collections has purchased a range of historic book archives for perpetual access by member institutions. Currently, these archives must be separately accessed, searched and browsed on a range of platforms, and are subject to an annual access fee.
One platform, over 350,000 historic books JISC Historic Books contains the full text or page images of over 350,000 books published in Britain from 1475 to 1900. The service draws together content from two of the best-known and longestestablished early book collections: • EEBO (Early English Books Online) The scanned images and (increasingly) full-text digital versions of over 125,000 books published in English up to 1700, from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.
• ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online) A digital collection of all the books published in Great Britain and its colonies during the eighteenth century, comprising some 33 million pages from more than 180,000 titles. The collection includes books in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Latin, Spanish and Welsh. Uniquely and never before available online, JISC Historic Books also includes: • Nineteenth Century books from the British Library collection A digital collection of more than 65,000 first editions from the long 19th century, covering philosophy, history, poetry and literature. The collection of over 25 million pages of previously rare and inaccessible content is searchable for the first time, and includes the original typeface and illustrations for each book. JISC Collections, with the JISC Historic Books advisory board, is exploring how the community can work together to improve the machine-created text that sits alongside the digitised images, and how we can best provide libraries with MARC records for all the titles on the platform – no small task! Stay up to date on progress by visiting the JISC eCollections website www.jiscecollections. ac.uk.
JISC Historic Books consists of titles published 1475 -1900 The single search box searches the full text of over 270,000 books and recognises Authors or Titles, delivering relevant results
The single search box remains at the top of the screen so new searches can be run quickly and easily
Results can be refined using the unique Autonomy concept cloud
Help is available, providing guidance on how to search and use the platform Advanced Search is also available
Searches can be saved for future reference
Results are ranked in order of relevance. Just click on a book title to read a digital facsimile
The page can be zoomed for a larger view The book can be searched for a new search term
Instances of your search term can be quickly reviewed or accessed from a side panel list
Pages can be truned using the arrows at the top or side of the page
JISC Collections has licensed a selection of journal archives for perpetual access by member institutions. Currently, these archives must be separately accessed, searched, and browsed on each publisher’s platform, and some are subject to an annual access fee.
One platform, archives of over 600 journals JISC Journal Archives, part of the JISC eCollections service, consolidates the journal archives purchased on behalf of members, to provide a single platform for simple and fast cross-searching and full-text access across more than 600 journals from these publishers: • Brill Over 735,000 pages from more than 100 journals published by Brill, Martinus Nijhoff and VSP before 2000. Subjects covered include humanities, human rights, law, science and the social sciences. • Cambridge University Press (coming soon) Over 350,000 articles from more than 171 journals, covering scientific, technical, medical, social science and humanities content published by the Press between 1827 and 1996. • Institution of Civil Engineers Over 200,000 pages of all the institution’s papers published in 11 journals between 1836 and 2001, and covering every major civil and structural engineering discipline.
• Institute of Physics Over 1.5 million pages from 50 journals, published 1874 – 1998, covering topics as varied as astronomy, mathematics, biosciences and physics. • ProQuest Over 288,000 articles from over 100 arts, humanities and social science journals in the Periodicals Archive Online. • Oxford University Press Over 3 million pages from 144 journals published 1849 – 1995, in subjects including humanities, social sciences, science, medicine and law. • Royal Society of Chemistry Over 1.4 million pages from 55 journals, published 1841 – 2004. Subjects include biology, biophysics, energy and environment, engineering, materials, medicine, physics and chemical sciences. • Taylor & Francis (coming soon) Over 20,000 articles published 1884 – 1996 from the 28 journals in the T&F Planning, Urban and Environment Online Archive. Subjects covered include geography, planning studies, urban studies, architecture and environmental studies. Holdings information for JISC Journal Archives can be viewed at ecollections.mimas.ac.uk/ journals/about.html. Users can browse the journal titles by publisher as well as searching or exploring the journals through an A-Z list. DEVELOPED BY
Quick Search searches over 3 million full text journal articles
Online help and support is available
Advanced search is also available
The original search can be refined by adding related search terms
Search results are shown in the middle pane
You can also refine by adding Author information or information about the article required
A search can be run to find related documents
A PDF of the article can be downloaded Bibliographic information can be exported into Reference Management Tools
Frequently asked questions What is JISC eCollections? JISC eCollections is a new service that consolidates and hosts the more than £15m worth of journals, books and multimedia archives that JISC and JISC Collections have licensed on behalf of members. What does the service comprise? The JISC eCollections service comprises three separate platforms: JISC Journal Archives, JISC Historic Books, and JISC MediaHub. Each platform then contains a number of resources, such as Early English Books Online, ITN News sources, or an individual publisher’s journal archive. Why was this service developed? The service has been developed to maximise usage of this content, by increasing its visibility to users and simplifying the user journey. The vision is to support further and higher education by: • ensuring widest access to a world-class collection of essential resources • protecting the investment in these resources • working in partnership with the community to improve and develop the services around evolving student and researcher needs. Why was it necessary to build the JISC eCollections platforms? JISC Collections has invested significantly in content on behalf of the UK education community. Currently, member institutions access this content on a range of different platforms, many of which are managed by commercial providers. Accessing these archives on multiple platforms can be confusing for users, and presents additional administrative effort for librarians. Some of the archive owners charge annual access fees, over which JISC Collections has limited control, and future delivery depends on the ongoing sustainability of a number of different publishers and platform providers. By consolidating and hosting this content in a single service, JISC eCollections increases its visibility and simplifies the user experience, thereby maximising usage and value for member institutions. Why were three platforms developed rather than one? The resources in each platform are very different and are likely to be used in different ways. Separate platforms have been created to give the best user experience for each type of resource. How do I join the JISC eCollections Service? You need to place an order for the service via your institutional account on the JISC Collections website. If you need any assistance with this please contact the JISC Collections Helpdesk: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I request a trial? Go to the JISC Collections website, click on ‘Catalogue’, find ‘JISC eCollections’ in the list of resources and select it. Click on the green button that says ‘Apply for a free trial’. Why are institutions being charged a service fee to access the content? The service fee supports the cost of hosting all the collections, and enables us to provide continuity and development in the evolving academic content environment. In this way, the service fee protects the considerable investment that has already been made in purchasing or licensing the content on behalf of educational institutions. As a non-profit, community-led organisation, we are keeping service fees as low as possible. Fees are transparent – they are not subject to commercial inflation, and profits are ringfenced for reinvestment in the long-term maintenance and development of the service. What are the Service Fees? A table of fees is set out on the back page of this brochure. Can institutions join a single platform or collection separately? No. The service fee supports all three platforms. My institution currently subscribes to one of the collections separately. How does JISC eCollections affect me? •C urrent subscribers to EEBO (via ProQuest) or ECCO (via Cengage) are eligible for a discounted access fee for JISC eCollections in its first year. •C urrent subscribers to the Education Image Gallery and Film & Sound Online can no longer access these services via EDINA, and need to join JISC eCollections to maintain access. •C urrent and new subscribers to NewsFilm Online will continue to have access via www.nfo.ac.uk for a transitional period, and will also be able to access the NewsFilm Online collections via JISC MediaHub until the end of July 2012 (but will not be able to access other resources within that platform, or other JISC eCollections platforms, without joining the full service). From August 2012, NewsFilm Online subscribers will need to join the full JISC eCollections service to maintain access.
Can my institution continue to access the journal archives on the publishers’ platforms? Yes, for the duration of your existing agreement with each publisher.
Can I join an advisory board? Yes, we welcome new members when there is space – please contact our Helpdesk (email@example.com) for more information, and to register your interest.
Will the publishers start charging / increase their access fees to access the content on their platforms? We have no control over – or advanced knowledge of – publishers’ pricing plans. This is one of the reasons that we have developed JISC eCollections.
For FAQ specific to each platform, please see: • http://www.jiscmediahub.ac.uk/faq • ecollections.mimas.ac.uk/books/faq.html • ecollections.mimas.ac.uk/journals/faq.html
Who manages the service? The service is managed by JISC Collections, a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the provision of digital materials for education and research in the UK. It procures collections of e-resources for academic libraries, and its vision is to provide perpetual access for the best possible price. The individual platforms have been developed in partnership with The British Library and the UK national academic data centres, EDINA and Mimas.
How do I stay up to date with developments to JISC eCollections? We have developed a website where news and updates on each of the platforms will be posted. In addition, the website will provide access to materials which can be downloaded and customised to promote the service to users. Visit the JISC eCollections service website at: www.jiscecollections.ac.uk
What are the advisory boards? The advisory boards will manage the three platforms. There is one advisory board per platform. Members of the advisory board are representatives of users in UK academia. They comprise lecturers, information specialists, media advisors (for JISC MediaHub), and technical experts, across HE and FE, and across a wide range of subject disciplines. The advisory boards will ensure that the service and each platform is managed by the community, for the good of the community. Each board will have some 15-20 members.
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