Consortial Models for Shared Digitisation Services

One of the final pieces of work has been to draw on all other aspects of the project in order to explore shared digitisation services. Following consultation with the WR Library Directors, the project team created models for 3 collaborative digitisation services:

The Collaboration Continuum (Diane M. Zorich, Gunter Waibel, Ricky Erway www.oclc.org/research/publications/library/2008/2008-05.pdf) was used as a framework to establish the types of collaborative work involved in the models for these services.

OCLC Collaboration Continuum illustrating five levels of collaboration with increased risk, investment and benefits as you move along the continuum.

The Continuum outlines the different activities involved at each level of collaboration. We were able to apply these to the three services and so provide details of the staff, infrastructure, communication methods, funding model and governance required. Further details of these models are available, see the separate Consortial Models document (.PDF). As a result of these models, the White Rose Directors have agreed to a collaborative approach to digitisation, with the establishment of an Electronic Key Texts working group and a new governance model for shared content creation.

As the shared service models were developed, it became clear there was a significant amount of crossover in the types of tasks required to deliver these services. These tasks also had similarities with those involved in existing shared White Rose services such as White Rose Research Online and White Rose ETheses Online. The project team proposed a model for offering a new service, White Rose Digital, which would combine the existing repositories with Electronic Key Texts, digitisation and training.

Service Structure for White Rose Digital

Establishing White Rose Digital would require the kind of commitment and radical rethinking of service delivery that the highest level of the Collaboration Continuum, convergence, demands. It would offer the opportunity to develop a truly innovative service. This could also open up the possibilities of collaborating with local, national and international partners as White Rose Libraries would be competitive on a scale with other existing large consortia. However, it would need to be part of a much longer term strategy to make the partners' services more closely aligned. This type of service illustrates the key strength of collaboration, that it can provide something more than the sum of its parts.

Recommendations to achieve deeper collaboration