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Image Digitisation Management Models: An Assessment of the JIDI Programme

By Seamus Ross


This report reviews JIDI and the image digitisation management model on which it was based. It takes a brief look at the digital imaging project and funding landscape to see whether there are other models, which JISC might adopt for future work. So far we have not found any adequate model that provides the building blocks necessary to manage distributed digital imaging projects. While the JIDI model is not complete, it does have many of the key elements that a digital imaging model would require and it has shown itself to be extensible. The recommendations of this review should inform the development of the JISC Distributed Image Service (JDIS) and may contribute to the efforts of funding bodies to structure their funding initiatives. The provision by JDIS of more effective co-ordination of JISC imaging services and resources will be part of the core of the Distributed National Electronic Resource (DNER). It is essential to bear in mind that here we are only dealing with one type of digitisation, specifically digital imaging. However, the findings and learning points are clearly relevant to a much broader spectrum of concerns for those funding or managing digitisation programmes, including the JISC.

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