A hackfest to open up encoded texts

Freely available, yet difficult to access In January 2015, over 25,000 texts from the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP) were made freely available as open data under a Creative Commons (CC 0) licence. This unique corpus represents … Continue reading

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Bodleian in Numbers: learning about Oxford’s libraries through engaging visualisations

Shedding new light on the complexities of the University libraries In March 2015, the Weston Library (previously the New Bodleian Library) opened to the general public. This exciting initiative was intended to open up rare works to greater access, in … Continue reading

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‘Digital Sketchbooks’: using iPads to support school visits to the Ashmolean Museum

A messy problem for Art and Design students Art and Design remains an integral part of the secondary curriculum, and many schools visit local galleries and museums to provide their students with inspiration. Indeed, the Education Department at the Ashmolean Museum … Continue reading

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The Library Assistant: using technology to support library inductions

Oxford’s library system: a labyrinth? Oxford’s complex library system can be confusing for new students. Undergraduates and postgraduates often need to get to grips with up to five libraries covering their subject area, including their college library and several of … Continue reading

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The eReadings Service from the Social Sciences Library

Origins of the eReadings Service A need was identified to provide a collection of online readings in one easy-to-access place for staff and students in the Social Sciences division, covering as much content as possible across prescribed curricula. The requirements … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding then and now: saving Shakespeare’s First Folio ‘for the nation’ and sharing it with the world

Two public fund-raising campaigns around the Bodleian Library’s copy of the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays, separated by a century, provide more than an intriguing historical parallel. They show how digital technologies have made it possible for people all over … Continue reading

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A Digital Dodo? Building a Social Media Presence for the Museum of Natural History

Introduction The University’s Museum of Natural History houses entomological, geological, and zoological collections that are of major significance to research. They also provide the basis for a lively programme of public engagement, education, and outreach activities. The Museum has recently joined the … Continue reading

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Teaching Web 2.0 Skills: 23 Things Oxford

Introduction See the video case study on Oxford Podcasts or the LTG YouTube Channel. Inspired by the 23 Things Oxford team, IT Services will be running a 23 Things for Research course as part of the forthcoming “Engage: Social Media Michaelmas” programme. Sign up here, or follow the programme … Continue reading

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