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Early European Books in the research data landscape

Ayris, P; (2014) Early European Books in the research data landscape. Presented at: JISC and ProQuest symposium: Improving research outcomes with Early European Books, Senate House, University of London. Green open access


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This paper looks at Early European Books from ProQuest, a project to produce high quality digital versions of Europe’s early printed books published between 1475 and 1700. The paper begins by looking at the academic advantages of using early printed and archival materials in digital form. Letters from Archbishop Thomas Cranmer to King Henry VIII are examined and deductions drawn from the use of digitised texts. The paper then looks at the issues around Science 2.0 (Open Scholarship), a debate which is global in its extent. Open Scholarship has at its heart the management and sharing of research data – sonnets to statistics, genes to geodata – that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed. The paper examines this phenomenon in the context of the LERU Roadmap for Research Data, which is a Report from the League of European Research Universities which examines the demands of Science 2.0 on universities and their researchers. The final part of the paper then places Early European Books into the Science 2.0 landscape, concluding that EEB is a major contribution to this global discussion in two ways – the opening up of a vast corpus of primary research materials (research data) to the world of scholarship, and an innovative business model which permits open access to the corpus of materials from publicly-funded libraries and archives after 10 years.

Type: Conference item (Presentation)
Title: Early European Books in the research data landscape
Event: JISC and ProQuest symposium: Improving research outcomes with Early European Books
Location: Senate House, University of London
Dates: 13 October, 2014
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/events/jisc-and-proquest-sym...
Language: English
Additional information: Presented by Ben Meunier, UCL Library Services
UCL classification: UCL > Professional Services
UCL > Professional Services > Library Services
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1451313
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