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> From: Alice Grant[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
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> Sent: 01 September 1999 16:19
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> Subject: NOF Digitise Programme
> Are we in the money? Time will tell...good luck, everyone.
> >Date: Wed, 1 Sep 1999 15:24:48 +0100 (BST)
> >From: Prof Bruce Royan <[log in to unmask]>
> >To: [log in to unmask]
> > Tuesday 31st August, 1999
> > New Opportunities Fund launches #50m
> > nof-digitise Programme
> > The New Opportunities Fund today launched its #50
> > million UK-wide nof-digitise.org programme. The Fund will
> > award National Lottery grants to projects which put
> > information on the internet, making learning material
> > accessible to many more people. The Fund initiatives are now
> >up and running.
> > The Chair of the New Opportunities Fund, Baroness
> > Pitkeathley said "Whether people are inclined to use
> > information communication and technology depends in
> > part on what information they are able to have access to,
> > which is why we are so pleased to be launching a
> > programme aimed at developing content to support
> > lifelong learning. In this way, as people cross the IT
> > threshold there will be even more relevant and beneficial
> > resources for them to explore. This new material will be
> > freely available to internet users, wherever they are, at
> > home, in public libraries or ICT learning centres."
> > "We are looking for new and exciting ways of using
> > technology to enable people to access and learn to use
> > information," added Baroness Pitkeathley. "This is an
> > opportunity for libraries, archives, museums, galleries,
> > education sectors and many other organisations to make
> > their resources and information available to a much wider
> > audience including many people who may previously have
> > felt excluded from the learning process."
> > The New Opportunities Fund intends to support the
> > digitisation of material in three areas:
> > Citizenship in a modern state: This covers
> > information that helps people to access services,
> > including information on rights and obligations
> > and how to be effective in dealing with different
> > organisations.
> > Cultural enrichment: Material that reflects the
> > heritage of a community, region or a country, or
> > embodies an aspect of identity. It will also include
> > different forms of art such as fine or performing
> > arts, design or media.
> > Reskilling the nation: Including helping people to
> > enhance basic literacy skills to improving
> > understanding of other forms of information such
> > as science, health and IT.
> > The home page for this grant programme is at
> > www.nof-digitise.org . It contains application material for
> > the programme and will become an access point to the
> > digitisation projects which the New Opportunities Fund
> > supports.
> >Prof Bruce Royan, CEO, SCRAN (Scottish Cultural Resources Access
> >http://www.scran.ac.uk/ tel (+44) 131 662 1211 fax(+44) 131 662