Oxford University's collections, based in its Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM), are of universal significance, representing the history, science, culture and knowledge of all major global civilisations. They are essential resources of cultural, intellectual and scientific materials for research, scholarship and education in the broadest sense - in Oxford, nationally and internationally.
The Digital Strategy provides a high-level vision of how GLAM can harness technology to support research and teaching in the 21st century; as well as engaging the public nationally and internationally. In addition, it outlines how digital techniques can be used to enhance the management and preservation of the collections held by the University.
To embrace the opportunities offered by digital to democratise access to the collections, eliminating geographic, cultural and economic boundaries.
To create full machine-readable metadata and digital surrogates of our unique collections and make them available and discoverable online, and to preserve and safeguard them for future generations.
To fulfil this ambition, we will deliver the following:
- Ensure that all collections are discoverable online through the provision of high-quality metadata.
- Create digital surrogates of all unique collections.
- Acquire and create born-digital material and digitise existing material.
- Optimise access to the collections for digital teaching and research.
- Utilise the collections to enhance public participation and engage new audiences - locally, nationally and internationally.
- Create an efficient and sustainable model for preserving and managing the collections.
- Develop commercial strategies and partnerships, where appropriate, to grow income streams and ensure the financial sustainability of our operations.
Fulfilling the ambitions set out in the Digital Strategy will enable GLAM to facilitate further research, teaching, lifelong learning and public engagement, and encourage new collaborations and experimentation.
Download the full GLAM Digital Strategy