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Finnish Cultural Institute Workshop at British Library


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A presentation to visitors from the Finnish Cultural Institute at the British Library May 2014.

A presentation to visitors from the Finnish Cultural Institute at the British Library May 2014.

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  • 1. #BLdigital Nora McGregor, Curator Digital Research Team @ndalyrose, #bldigital and @BL_Labs
  • 2. 2 The British Library is the national library of the UK. We receive a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland.
  • 3. 3 Well over 150 Million items are currently stored in London and in York. If you saw 5 items a day it would take you 80,000 years to see the whole collection. Digitisation is crucial for opening up access to this content and collections.
  • 4. 4 • The Library has spent the last two decades creating digital assets through digitisation and preserving born-digital objects and will do far into the future. • We can now do much more than use technology to simply discover these digital objects and must embrace the opportunities afforded by analysing these digital collections at scale. • If scholars view our archives as an infinite pool of multiple layers of loosely held data from which new research questions can be wrung then so must we. • The Digital Research Team and BL Labs aim to provide services beyond simple resource discovery then, that is, beyond helping to point a single user to a single items or objects via a catalogue The Digital Research View
  • 5. 5 The Library is becoming a place full of data as much as it is a place full of physical stuff, and that there is a growing community of users who see it that way. Big Data + Old History
  • 6. 6 Digital Research Team • The Digital Research Team is a cross-disciplinary mix of curators, librarians and programmers supporting the innovative use of our digital collections. • We explore how digital technologies are re/shaping research and how this informs how the library does its business. • We encourage and support colleagues & scholars of all disciplines to work innovatively with and across the library’s diverse digital content
  • 7. 7 The Digital Scholarship Training Programme is an ongoing internal training initiative created by the Digital Research team that launched in November 2012. We’ve designed a catalogue of bespoke one-day courses for staff covering the basics of Digital Scholarship which we deliver on a rolling basis. The programme evolve as necessary overtime. Our Digital Scholarship Training Programme
  • 8. 8 Some courses • 101 What is Digital Scholarship? • 102 Digital Collections at British Library • 103 Digitisation at British Library • 104 Communicating our collections online • 105 Crowdsourcing in Libraries, Museums and Cultural Heritage Institutions • 106 Text Encoding Initiative • 107 Data Visualisation for Analysis in Scholarly Research • 108 Geo-referencing and Digital Mapping • 109 Information Integration: Mash-ups, API’s and The Semantic Web • 110 Managing digital research information • 114 Foundations in working with Digital Objects: From Images to A/V • 115 Metadata for Electronic Resources: Dublin Core, METS, MODS, RDF, XML • 118 Cleaning up Data • 119 The Programming Curator
  • 9. 9 So far so good! “Great to have something often referred to demystified” “I’ve never done anything like this before!” “Well done to you and your DC team, I have attended some of the other courses myself and am recommending my staff attend them too.” “[I valued] the time to explore our ideas and see how to develop current projects into a more useful resource” “…I was very grateful to attend this and learned a great deal…Look forward to more. Renewed thanks for organising this.” November 2012-March 2013 saw: 50 course days delivered 245 individual members of staff attended one or more 653 seats filled 3 courses attended pp on average
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  • 11. 11 Microsoft Live Search early foray into mass digitisation for the Library. Digitised 65,000 out of copyright books from the 19th Century from 2006 until project abandoned in 2008.
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  • 15. 15 See: • steps.html • • • 150 million image views since launch December 13th, 82,000 unique tags added. Top tagger a story of Machine (15K) vs. Man (30K)! In numbers 150 million image views since launch December 13th, 82,000 unique tags added. Top tagger a story of Machine (15K) vs. Man (30K)!
  • 16. 16 Creative Uses David Normal installation at Burning Man Festival:!crossroads-of-curiosity/ccw3
  • 17. 17 Research and Technology Mario Klingemann: britishlibrary/ Collaborative PhD: scholarship/2014/02/bldigital-british-library-collaborative-phd-studentship.html
  • 18. 18 Apps
  • 19. 19 Instruction
  • 20. 20 Commerce
  • 21. Thank you #bldigital