The first one is based in The Netherlands:
Two days ago SURFfoundation made a call for short projects on Enhanced Publications. Basically this is about the development of new techniques that make it possible to enhance publications with extra materials such as illustrations, videos, metadatasets and post-publication data (including commentary or ranking). Say an article in a journal or a dissertation you can enrich by adding audio files or research data. As this short film of the foundation (includes English subtitles) explain, enhanced publications are very interesting for researchers:
Taken from the website:
“Working with Enhanced Publications led the researchers to discover that adding background materials to publications allowed other researchers to review and repeat the research more easily. Enhanced Publications also proved to be useful in teaching. Students, for example, can repeat the research described in a publication and learn to analyse using the research data underlying the conclusions given in the publication. Enhanced Publications can also be a valuable tool for the general public. By linking policy documents to publications and the research data on which they are based, for example, the relevance of the research to society is made clear.”
In this tender projects should enable institutions to work with Enhanced Publications. Ten to twelve projects can receive max. €12.000. The institutions need to match this donation by 8.000 euro. Projects may take five months.
Surf is the collaborative organisation for higher education institutions and research institutes aimed at breakthrough innovations in ICT. The organization is split in three parts: SURFfoundation, SURFnet and SURFdiensten (SURFservices).
The second one – the Rapid Digitisation Call – is located in the UK:
(the following text is taken from the website)
Starting 08-10-2010 Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) invites institutions to submit funding proposals for projects to be funded as part of its e-content programme for 2011. Funding of up to £400,000 is available for rapid digitisation. It is anticipated that 5-7 projects will be funded and the maximum funding available for any one project is £100,000.
Within the call, JISC will be funding a mixture of the following types of projects:
a. Addition of new digitised content to existing digital resources; the value and potential impact of adding any new content should be demonstrated.
b. Digitisation of small collections; as with above, the value, and the relationship to existing digital collections, should be articulated.
c. Pilot digitisation work to test the viability and value of digitising a larger collection.
d. Undertaking digitisation with new technologies (e.g. 3D scanning).
The deadline for receipt of proposals in response to this call is 12:00 noon UK time on Friday 10 December 2010. Projects should start by 1 March 2011 and may run for up to 5 months. All projects must be complete by 31 July 2011
JISC support United Kingdom post-16 and higher education and research by providing leadership in the use of ICT. It has defined the following strategic themes:
e-Learning — improves the quality of learning
e-Research — technologies used in research
e-Resources — digital information and e-content
e-Administration — improves administrative processes
Access management — secure authentication and authorisation
Network — UK research and education network
Information environment — convenient access to resources
Business and community engagement — knowledge transfer
More information at the digitisation blog
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