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  • Such as TTP and Mss items, like the Lindisfarne Gospels
  • Top Priority - digitisation of newspapers 20 million pages of 19 th Century literature 1 million pages of historic newspapers in addition to the 3m already digitised; 4,000 hours of Archival Sound Recordings in addition to the 4,000 hours already digitised; 100,000 pages of Greek manuscripts
  • projects in partnership with publishers, external funding bodies and other sponsors and donors, technology providers, user communities and other content holders. Full costs of the project cost of access, delivery and sustainability. Assess each proposal in terms of: Our drivers for digitisation; Business models, IP and copyright issues, and access to content (through the Library’s Digitisation and Web Monitoring Group); Operational viability, technical standards, outputs and preservation issues
  • 163,992 images in IDP Database (Dec 2008) X books available in reading rooms for Microsoft Books
  • Microsoft Digitisation – 25 million pages in TIFF format = 1.2 PB Standards for Master files in large scale digitisation projects OCR Accuracy - Burney Newspapers 40% to 50% word
  • Burney: 1,100 volumes of the earliest known newspapers 1,000,000 pages Purchased in 1818 for £13,500 Digitised from the microfilm This is a common scenario for many Libraries and means that the long-term management of the surrogates takes on a more important aspect. Both of these surrogates have their own problems in terms of deterioration and risk and lend themselves to further analysis.
  • 20 million pages, or roughly 80,000 books
  • Risk Analysis Build an accurate view of digital assets, provide evidence to prioritise activities Cover physical media, software environments, disk- and file-formats Highlight: 3% of optical media have unreadable files DLP Digital Preservation Project Ensure that DLP exploits new methods and technology Provide expertise DP Change Manager Ensure that Library processes support long-term access to digital content Review and adjust content handling processes Content Stabilisation Project Stabliise legacy content on handheld media; make it ready for DLP Address media failure; damaged items, poor or inconsistent packaging Technology watch Keep up-to-date on file formats, preservation tools and technology E.g. Disk imaging, checksum
  • Digital Lives AHRC funded project, focusing on the preservation of e-manuscripts PRESERV2 JISC funded project developing demonstrator preservation services, primarily to UK HE. BL involved in an advisory role Partners include TNA, Oxford and Southampton Universities ROAR Demonstrator: (see Preserv profile options) INSPECT Developing methodology to identify and categorise the significant properties of digital objects JISC funded BL involved in an advisory role Workshop at BL PLANETS: € 15m budget, 16 partners, 4 years
  • The UK Web Archiving Consortium The British Library The National Archives National Library of Wales National Library of Scotland JISC The Wellcome Trust
  • Digital Activities at the British Library (11-12-08)

    1. 1. Richard Davies Digital Approvals Manager The British Library Digital Activities at the British Library 11 December 2008 ABES _ BL Visit
    2. 2. Overview of BL Activities <ul><ul><li>Digitisation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Policy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Approvals Process </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Preservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web Archiving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Library Programme (DLP) </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Digitisation at the British Library 1.
    4. 4. Boutique Digitisation <ul><li>Self-selecting, i.e. treasures </li></ul><ul><li>Drivers: cultural restitution, wider public access </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes private sponsorship, especially for iconic items </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural reunification projects e.g. International Dunhuang Project and Codex Sinaiticus </li></ul>
    5. 6. The 10 Year Vision <ul><li>We aim to help researchers advance knowledge by becoming a leading player in digitisation. </li></ul><ul><li>We will produce a critical mass of digitised content, reflecting the breadth and depth of our collection. </li></ul><ul><li>We will provide a compelling user experience that facilitates innovative methods of research and meets 21st century requirements for interacting with content. </li></ul> 
    6. 7. The Next 3 Years <ul><ul><li>20 million pages of 19 th Century literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 million pages of historic newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4,000 hours of Archival Sound Recordings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100,000 pages of Greek manuscripts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Top Priority – digitisation of newspapers </li></ul></ul>
    7. 8. Prioritisation <ul><ul><li>Unique to the British Library collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevance to the UK cultural heritage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual reunification of collections </li></ul></ul>
    8. 9. Digital Approvals Process
    9. 10. Digitisation - Partnerships Publishers Funding bodies Donors Technology providers User communities Other content holders
    10. 11. Key Challenges <ul><li>OCR Accuracy - Burney Newspapers 40% to 50% word </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability - Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Only ~0.1% of Collection Digitised So Far </li></ul><ul><li>Metadata </li></ul>
    11. 12. Newspaper Digitisation <ul><ul><li> Burney Collection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 1m pages of the earliest known newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JISC1 Newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 1m pages of 19 th Century British Newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JISC2 Newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> A further 1m pages of British Newspapers </li></ul></ul>
    12. 13. Microsoft Digitisation <ul><li>20 million pages </li></ul><ul><li>19th century out-of-copyright books </li></ul><ul><li>Production rate of 75,000 pages per day </li></ul><ul><li>Reading Room access </li></ul>
    13. 14. Foldout Example
    14. 15. PDF Example 1
    15. 16. PDF Example 2
    16. 17. CCS Video
    17. 18. Digital Preservation at the British Library 2.
    18. 19. Digital Preservation Team - Internal <ul><ul><li> Digital Preservation Strategy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Risk Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preservation & the Digitisation Programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Preservation Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> Technology Watch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content Stabilisation Project </li></ul></ul>
    19. 20. Digital Preservation Projects <ul><ul><li>Digital Lives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>INSPECT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LIFE > LIFE 2 > LIFE 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PRESERV2 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>External to internal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Change Manage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DLP Digital Preservation Integration Project </li></ul></ul>
    20. 21. Web Archiving at the British Library 3.
    21. 22. Web Archiving <ul><ul><li> UK Web Archiving Consortium (UKWAC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Now… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sites are selected by curators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permission-based archive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Future... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal deposit legislation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access via reading rooms </li></ul></ul>
    22. 23. Digital Library Programme at the British Library 4.
    23. 24. Digital Library Programme (DLP) <ul><ul><li>Strategic infrastructure for the BL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital library for the UK </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full replication of data across 3 sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Currently: 405,000 items or 19.5 Tb </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voluntary Deposit materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sound Archive field recordings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft Digitised Books </li></ul></ul>
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