1 Sept 2014 updated roadmap

Current developments

  • MediaHub Mobile App (iOS – for iPhone/iPad).
  • More detailed usage statistics, including a COUNTER Multimedia report.
  • HTML User guides.
  • Enhanced tool to upload images.

Under Consideration

  • Users can create and share their own Media Trails.
  • Embedding video and audio content from MediaHub in web pages.
  • Interoperability with reading list software.
  • Plugins for VLEs including Moodle.
  • MediaHub Mobile App for Android.
  • Linking to related material in other online services, such as the Jorum Learning Objects Repository.
  • Simplifying the login process and adding institutional login URLs (“targeted URLsâ€�) that direct users via the preferred log in mechanism, direct to media items.
  • Users can contribute moving images and sound through an embedded YouTube.
  • Refine Content-Development Strategy.
  • Bulk uploading as well as existing uploading of individual images.


September 2014
  • Filtering of Collections by ‘attribute’ e.g. exploring only Jisc-licensed content or only content that requires no login.
  • Suggested formats for citing video, audio and images.
  • Improved service resilience.
  • Higher quality video.
January 2014
  • Advanced Search: Updated interface, including sort by proximity.
  • Users can contribute content.
  • Crowd-sourcing metadata.
  • Zoom tool for images.
April  2013
  • Simpler classification of collection types.
  • Advanced Search: time/date, people.
  • My MediaHub: bookmarking, commenting, tagging.
September 2012
  • Explore by Place.
  • Embedding of MediaHub search into your website.
August 2012
  • Explore Newsfilm.
December 2011
  • Explore by Learning Materials: now including Reviews.
  •  Interactive Guided Tour accessible via the Help page.
  • New metadata and better display of data on Full Record Page.
  • Improved Display of Brief Records Page.
October 2011
  • Personal preferences in My MediaHub.
  • Combining and re-running previous searches in My MediaHub.
  • “Show allâ€� similar and recently viewed items.
  • Searches that match any one or more words.
  • Help guides.
August 2011
  • Advanced Search: title/description, subject, media type, collection and collection type indexes.
  • Most Popular: Items, searches.
  • My MediaHub: search history, recently viewed items, marked items.
  • Sharing and social networking via external services such as Twitter.
  • Machine-to-machine interface: SRU and OAI-PMH.
June 2011
  • Explore by Subject.
  • Explore by Collection.
  • Explore by Time.

Interface upgrade: Jan 2014 release

EDINA is pleased to announce a new release of Jisc MediaHub, which includes:

  • Open search of the Fitzwilliam Museum Open Data Services collection of over 80,000 images – http://jiscmediahub.ac.uk/explore/collection?cid=67

  • A feature for commenting on the Location field in the metadata of a
    full record (where the Location field is present)
  • More films from the Wellcome Moving Image & Sound Collection

Fantasy Speakers’ Corner

Inspired by the recent anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech, this was intended to be a blog-post featuring world-famous speeches but it soon became clear that archive footage of such speeches is very rare indeed. Fortunately, however, Jisc MediaHub features many world-famous speakers from the 20th and 21st centuries, so I have assembled a selection of some of them, imagining them at a “Fantasy Speakers’ Corner. We start early in the 20th century, when many events were filmed without sound.

Here is Trotsky speaking at the Kremlin, when he was still in favour with the regime.


Large Communist Demonstration in Moscow. Leon Trotsky speaks at Kremlin, 1922 (Gaumont Graphic)

The ETV collection is a fascinating historical resource from an Eastern perspective. Footage from the Soviet archives shows Lenin in a number of films, such as Leading the People: Together with the People – a “documentary tracing the history of the Russian Revolution and the role of the people in the USSR and other socialist countries in working to achieve a Communist society during the 20th century”.


Leading the People: Together with the People ( Educational and Television Films Ltd)

Between the two world wars, there are numerous British clips of Lloyd George in action, this one showing him in rousing form , speaking to 40,000 electors in Rochdale Town Hall Square in 1923.


Rousing Speech in Lancashire (Gaumont Graphic)

And Ramsay MacDonald, the Labour premier, is seen making a speech in Wolverhampton in 1924 from a car, surrounded by crowds.


Prime Minister in the Midlands (Gaumont Graphic)

Jennie Lee, the youngest MP in the House of Commons in 1929, opposed MacDonald, but continued in politics, becoming arts minister in the 1964 Labour government and helping to establish the Open University.


Arts White Paper. Jennie Lee interviewed about plans to develop the Arts in England. (ITV News)

In the Second World War, Frank Capra’s propaganda film, Why We Fight: The Nazis Strike, designed to persuade the US to join the Allies, brilliantly demonstrates Adolf Hitler’s terrifying oratory.


Why We Fight: The Nazis Strike. (Imperial War Museum)

Winston Churchill’s leadership inspired Britain to resist the Nazi menace and some of his most famous speeches are represented in this moving tribute to him.


Tribute to Sir Winston Churchill. (Gaumont British News)

After the war, the first hint of a potential thaw in relations between East and West was the death of Stalin, whose moustachioed figure embodied the Eastern threat in the Cold War but whose Georgian accent denied him universal appeal in the USSR.


Death of Stalin. (Gaumont British News)

The hopes of the West in the 1960s were embodied by two US figures, JF Kennedy and Martin Luther King, seen here promoting racial equality at an event in London in 1964.


Negro Equality. An address from Martin Luther King, on the subject of black and white equality, to an audience of mainly white people. (ITV News)

Some of King’s dreams were realised across the Atlantic in South Africa, where apartheid was abolished and Nelson Mandela became the first black president of the republic.


Nelson Mandela Visits UK. (ITN)

Lenin’s image still loomed large in the USSR, even as Mikhail Gorbachev instituted his perestroika reforms, as can be seen in this photo of Gorbachev addressing the 27th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) in Moscow, 1986.


General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev addresses the 27th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. (Getty Images)

20 years after the astonishing election that brought him to power in Poland, Lech Walesa reflected on the optimism and disappointments of the latter years of the 20th century in an interview with AP.

And no-one could deny that one of the defining political figures of that era was Margaret Thatcher, who led reform of the Western economies and staunchly supported leaders such as Gorbachev and Walesa in the East.


USSR: Thatcher/Gorbachev talks. (Channel 4 News)

Britain again played a major political and military role in the world in the early years of the 21st century, led by the charismatic Tony Blair, who often employed an understated, almost conversational rhetorical style, as when he called on the US and Europe to bury their differences over Iraq in 2004.


Blair calls on US and Europe to bury differences on Iraq. (AP Archive)

Who would be in your Fantasy Speakers Corner? Take a browse around Jisc MediaHub and share your favourites here in the Comments.

Your Contribution to Jisc MediaHub’s Quality Improvements

Last winter some of you took the time to be part of the 2012/13 EDINA user satisfaction survey for Jisc MediaHub. We really appreciate your time and feedback and therefore wanted to share with you some of the highlights from these surveys.

In total 74 of you completed the Jisc MediaHub survey, mostly information professionals. We were really pleased to hear that most respondents found Jisc MediaHub easy-to-use, that it saves them time and that they would recommend Jisc MediaHub to others.

The survey showed that Jisc MediaHub is used by undergraduates, postgraduates and staff, including information professionals. Respondents came from a wide range of subject areas but were particularly concentrated in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences:

Graph showing survey respondents by subject area

We were also pleased to see that survey respondents are using Jisc MediaHub in a variety of ways including finding teaching materials (32%), in their research (28%) and for supporting staff and students (16%).

You can find a report on this year and last year’s user satisfaction survey results on the EDINA Benefits of Services page. We did, however want to share one last area of those surveys – some of your comments about Jisc MediaHub:

“Copyright-cleared content. Very varied range of content and I like the links out to other collections” -Information Professional (various subjects)

“The generous selection of outstanding materials� - Lecturer

“Range of material and mixture of archive and contemporary resources.â€� – Information professional, (various subjects).

As part of our continuing interesting in ensuring that Jisc MediaHub meets your needs and expectations we have also examined suggestions made by you to improve our services. These suggestions are summarised in our Quality Improvement report for 2013.   For instance, you told us that you would like us to:

Improve browsing and searching options

And we are responding by developing an Advanced Search by Place.

You can access the full Quality Improvement report for 2013 along with our responses and actions from the Benefits of Service page. Please contact us at edina@ed.ac.uk if you have any comments on these tables.

We will be asking for your help again when our next user satisfaction survey goes live later this year and we would really appreciate your participation and feedback there.

We love to hear from you at any time of the year – whether through comments here on the blog, via email, on Twitter or Facebook. Do get in touch and let us know what we are doing well, what we could be doing better or any other views on Jisc MediaHub that you’d like to share.

Jisc MediaHub Headlines

Jisc MediaHub has featured prominently recently over on the Jisc website: emphasising the free offer to FE and highlighting the new IET.tv collection for engineering and technology.

New subscribers can explore the richness of Jisc MediaHub’s content through our blog posts here which highlight key collections and some our most interesting and enjoyable images, videos and audio on particular themes or timely topics.

Some of our favourite recent posts include Exploring Media and Memory in Wales and Legacy of the Genetic Codebreakers and our most popular remains our War Horse post from January 2012.

Performance Shakespeare withdrawn

JISC Collections writes:

The Performance Shakespeare collection of films has been removed from JISC MediaHub.

The licence term ended on 20 June 2013 and, to extend it, Espresso Education requested further payment. The usage of the collection does not justify the costs requested by Espresso to renew this collection for a further year.

Under the terms of the current licence, any authorised users at subscribing institutions who have downloaded films from the collection may continue to use them for teaching, learning and research as long as no further copies are created. In addition, if any teaching or learning materials have been created using parts of the collection, they can be deposited into Jorum in perpetuity or into your VLE.

If you have any questions about this, please do contact us:
JISC Collections helpdesk: help@jisc-collections.ac.uk or tel, +44 (0)20 3006 6088
EDINA helpdesk: edina@ed.ac.uk or tel, +44 (0)131 650 3302