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Why universities need a digital content strategy - JDCC 2009

Tue 30th Jun, 2009

A major conference to discuss the future of online content will be taking place this week (June 30 - July 1) to examine why UK universities need a sustainable, digital content strategy to successfully deliver accessible learning and research materials for the future.

The Digital Content Conference (JDCC), hosted by JISC, takes place in the Cotswolds with more than 200 delegates in attendance.


With the Digital Britain report focusing on the Government's desire to move towards a fully digitally literate society, JISC will be highlighting and debating what is needed to ensure rich accessible content for education and research to be developed and sustained.


The conference will hear from keynote speakers Catherine Grout, programme director e-Content at JISC, Robert Miller, Director of Books, Internet Archive, Nick Poole, Chief Executive the Collections Trust and Sarah Porter, head of innovation at JISC. All will be bringing their own perspectives on the current challenges facing education as well as sharing JISC's considerable contribution to the UK's national e-infrastructure.


It will also show how JISC is working with universities and colleges in ensuing digital content reaches its full potential for teaching, learning and research.


JISC's digitisation programme, one of many JISC content programmes, has seen over 6.5 million items become available online and JISC Collections will be launching the world's largest digital library of 18th century printed books online at the event.


Sarah Porter, head of innovation at JISC says, "The aim of the conference is to explore with colleges and universities the next steps that need to be taken to integrate digital content in to research and education in a sustainable way.


"Digital content is key to their future and we are not just talking about journals but unlocking our rich digital heritage and making content far more accessible to a wider community."


Although the physical conference is fully booked - the conference website will be showing the keynote speeches live streamed and tweeted from 11.30am at


The conference will also be live blogged at and all delegates are encouraged to blog and tweet their posts under the conference tag #jdcc09 


Find out more about JISC's Digital Content Conference at and view videos highlighting all of JISC's funded projects to put teaching, learning and research materials online at JISC's YouTube channel