We all know that the future is digital but only recently we started to create digital tools for scholars, especially in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities disciplines. I have attended many conferences in the last years and I am very happy to see how colleagues from other institutions recognise the BL as a key institution to promote DS especially by (show slides…) PRESENT JGN BOOK While preparing this presentation I looked back the time I started my PhD research some 10 years ago. I was struck by finding on my shelves one of the books used in my research and discover this very peculiar way of annotating, selecting content and classifying ideas in the hundreds of text used in my research. Here is one example. Page
SLIDE 3: e-Manuscripts This is another example of how the British Library is supporting scholarship and research based on digital material. Writers and scholars are recording their works and ideas in a variety of analogue and digital devices and it is important for us to have a colelction and preservation policy to capture and provide access to the information contained in these different devices. By using forensic software we can now assemble and have access to the digital content produced by scholars no matter in what deveice, operating system or file format this content was created. Forensic software is also a powerful tool for providing information regarding the integrity of digital files showing when and by whom a document has been modified or deleted, patters of usage, email traffic, etc. these two graphics show interesting information about the use of a computer by a specific scholar. On the top we have the period of activity showing the times when the scholar was using his computer. It is important to bear in mind that this is a family computer that could have been used by other family members. Below we have the email traffic for the scholar ’ s personal account. When comparing the two graphics we can see that there is an intense activity of received and sent emails in the late morning and early afternoon, leading us to believe that this was indeed the period of the day when the scholar in question was indeed using his computer.
Codex Sinaiticus: reunification of Manuscripts http://www.codexsinaiticus.org/en/
Endangerd Archives Programme (EAP) Sponsor: Arcadia http://www.arcadiafund.org.uk/content/ Mission: contribute to the preservation of archival material that is in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration world-wide. Chile: Identification of the potential corpus for a Map Bolivia: Scope: The specific focus of this programme is upon archives Digitisation of Bolivian indigenous communities records on ayllu structure, tax and land tenure relating to the pre-industrial stages of a societys development, whether in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, or even Europe. Recuperation/digitisation of archives in Latin America: £ 505.000,00 Projects in Latin America and Peru: Locating audiovisual ethnographic collections ofBrazil: Caribbean: http://www.bl.uk/about/policies/endangeredarch/americas.htmlPilot project to seek, identify, contact and report on collections of the endangered archives of the states of Maranhão and Pará in the Amazon region of Brazil 8
EAP: Objectives and proposal1. Enhance local capabilities.2. The original archival material will not leave the country of origin except in exceptional cases when it is required to do so temporarily for specific conservation or copying purposes.3. Equipment funded by the Programme will remain in the country of the project at the end of the grant for future use.4. The grants are normally administered by host institutions.5. Both microfilming and digitisation are accepted as modes of copying under the Programme.6. Copyright in the material will remain with the copyright holder. http://eap.bl.uk/ 9
Newspapers19th Century British Newspapers project (in partership with JISC and Gale Cengage): http://newspapers11.bl.uk/blcs/
Re-use of digitised 19th century books (Microsoft Books)JISC Historic Books:360.000 open access titlesReunification of different colelctionshttp://www.jiscecollections.ac.uk/jisc-historicbooks/Future project: 250,000 new digitised titles to be added to Google Books 11
British Library 19th Century Historical Collectionhttp://bit.ly/lI2BfQ
E-Manuscripts: archiving digital content from personal devicesData analysis beyond documentsUse of computer forensicstechniquesAssist with capture, management,description, and preservation ofpersonal digital collections tofacilitate access and contentanalysis http://www.bl.uk/digital-lives/ 15
UK Web ArchiveWe are living in a “digital dark age” or “an epoch of forgetting” The “memory” of the web is approximately 2 months There are 7 million web domain names registered in the uk – 1/3 of these will not be renewed. Many new ways of communicating are entirely web-based: Blogs Wikis MySpace YouTube
How many sites are there? Over 7 million sites in .uk domain Growing at 17% per year But 30% of registrations are not renewed (potentially, the websites disappear) Over 2 million sites in .com, .net domain, estimated 20% are uk-based sites. Average size of a website in 2011 was 20MB Therefore the size of the .uk domain is approximately 100TB 17
UK Web Archive http://www.webarchive.org.uk/ukwa/
Digital Curator team: our aims• Offer greater provision of remote access to BL digital resources• Provide wider access to advanced search and reference management tools and develop a more comprehensive training role to facilitate their effective use.• Move away from viewing ourselves simply as content providers and acknowledge key role in facilitating the full digital research process from content to publication.