Posted By:Paul Gooding
Subject:Survey: Users of large-scale digitised collections
Post Date:August 23, 2012 at 08:36:20
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This is a request for participants to complete a survey into how large-scale digitised collections (LSDIs) are being used:

This survey is part of a PhD research project being undertaken at University College London, which aims to learn more about the experience of users of LSDIs, and in particular digitised newspaper collections. For the purposes of this project, LSDIs are considered to be large collections of digitised print and other media that can be viewed using a computer; the most famous example is Google Book Search, and other projects include the British Library's digital collections. This project is looking in particular at the British Library's 19th Century Newspaper Collection. If you are a user of this resource, then your opinions will be extremely valuable in helping us to discover how people are using the British Library's collections of digitised newspapers, but we are also eager to hear opinions from users of other large-scale digital collections, whether they contain newspapers or other media.

I know that genealogists are one group that have really made great use of online digitised content in their research, and I'd love to hear your opinions of the impact that they have had on your work. If you use LSDIs for genealogical research, or any other purpose, whether work, research or personal interest, then please fill in the survey and share with anybody that you think may be interested in contributing.

The survey can be found at the following link, along with further information. The closing date is Friday 14th September. Participation is, of course, entirely voluntary and anonymous:

Many thanks for your time,
Paul Gooding
PhD Student
UCL Centre for Digital Humanities
Department of Information Studies
University College London