New Jisc Historical Texts service is live

Following eight months of intensive development, June 2014 saw the release of the new Historical Texts service for Jisc Collections. The new search and discovery service replaces the previously titled Jisc Historic Books system, bringing together historically significant collections of digitised texts for the research and education sectors.

Jisc Historical Texts homepage

Subscribers to the service are able to search and view over 350,000 texts incorporating over 60 million zoomable images and full text pages from Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and British Library 19th Century collections.

The Historical Texts service uses leading edge open source technologies and cloud hosting to replace an Autonomy-based system and builds on Knowledge Integration's existing products and technical expertise.

Working in partnership with Mimas, Gooii and Sero Consulting (with K-Int as lead partner) we engaged with system users and stakeholder in a highly consultative design process. This approach ensured that user-reported problems with the old system were identified and rectified. It also provided opportunities for innovative ideas to be explored with experts before being incorporated into the build. The new service has been very well received by the user community.

Phase 2 development continues and new features are being released iteratively. For more information about the service, including a free 30 day trial for eligible institutions, please visit the Historical Texts website.