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York St John University launches its digital archive

York St John University launches its digital archive

York St John University Library and Information Services has today launched its digital archive, showcasing the work of students and staff of the university, and making it available to the wider community.

The project, currently named YSJ Digirep, has been supported by funding from the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). It has used for its pilot phase the products of the C4C (Collaborating for Creativity) Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning established at the university in 2005. C4C showcases the work of students, staff and external partners resulting from creative collaborations.The university will also use the archive to host its forthcoming EnquireOnline online publication, being produced as part of the Higher Education Funding Council-funded Research Informed Teaching/Enquiry Based Learning project currently underway. The publication will provide a platform for both YSJ staff and students to share ideas and activities informed and enriched by their research and enquiry. The archive will also be used as a research publications database, with the aim of making all the university’s research material available to the general public where possible.

Other uses for the archive are as a repository for digitising other collections held at the university, such as the Rees-Williams Victorian Children’s Book Collection and the Theatre Royal Archive, for which funding is being sought. The archive runs on PTFS ArchivalWare software which is a web-based, full-text search and retrieval system for digital libraries used to store, access, and manage digital archive collections. Source formats include digital documents, books, news clippings, photographs, video and audio collections and other electronically published material. For further information on the archive and the project, please contact

Helen Westmancoat, Deputy University Librarian, h.westmancoat@yorksj.ac.uk) or
Lauren Shipley, Digital Archive Development Coordinator l.shipley@yorksj.ac.uk)

About York St John University

York St John University can trace its roots back 167 years when it started life as a Church of England Teacher Training College in 1841. The university offers a wide range of programmes, and has particular strengths in Education and Theology, Sports Science and Psychology, Health and the Creative Arts. The University has approx. 6,000 students, 65% of whom are following full-time programmes of study: 86% study at undergraduate level and 14% at postgraduate.

York St John also has a Business Development Centre and the York St John Business School that can help develop businesses through improving performance, competitiveness and productivity Further information on C4C can be found at http://www.c4ccetl.ac.uk

About PTFS Europe

PTFS Europe is a company formed to distribute and support the software products of PTFS, Inc., the leading provider of digital archiving solutions in North America. PTFS Europe is able to provide the full range of services needed to implement a digital archival solution, ranging from initial help defining the scope of the opportunity through to project management, installation, configuration, data conversion, scanning and digitisation, training and ongoing customer support.

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