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  • 1. Supporting Digital Scholarship Adam Farquhar, PhD Head of Digital Scholarship
  • 2. Digital Scholarship Department …become a leading centre of digital scholarship … internationally recognised for innovation and collaboration in support of research and learning… • Researchers use the Library’s digital content - an indispensable resource • Our collections are well cared for and developed in line with our content strategy • Our communities actively engage with content and curators • Every Library curator can competently engage with digital content, tools, and services in their area of expertise 2
  • 3. Digital Scholarship Department - Based around core collection and curatorial areas with advanced digital practices • Sound & Moving Image     Audio Moving image Music News and news media • Cartography and Topography     Maps Prints, views and drawings Photographs Philatelic • IDP   International initiative Curation of central Asian materials • Digital research team     Digitisation Digital curation Digital archives Endangered archives programme
  • 4. 2006-03 2006-08 2007-01 2007-06 2007-11 2008-04 2008-09 2009-02 2009-07 2009-12 2010-05 2010-10 2011-03 2011-08 2012-01 2012-06 Growing content 250 200 150 100 50 0
  • 5. Transformations in research and scholarship Digital Scholarship Changes The production, use and integration of digital content, services and tools to facilitate scholarship and research 1. Digital content Allows research questions to be investigated in new ways Using new tools and methods Leading to new discoveries Generating new understanding Across many disciplines 2. Tools and services 3. Methods 4. Engagement 5. Capacity
  • 6. Audio Video Preservation Challenge A 1950 lacquer disc from the Peter Newbrook collection of unique jazz recordings (BL collection C1126), now unplayable and irreparable
  • 7. Music – extensive collections of early, classical, jazz, pop, world & traditional
  • 8. Sounds and Moving Image
  • 9. Newspaper 9
  • 10. Maps, prints, views, photographs, philately
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  • 12. International Dunhuang Programme • A major digital scholarship effort that has matured and grown over twenty years • Brings together fragile inaccessible items in digital form • 400,000 images and 120,000 items available on-line • A major international collaboration with partners from China, Russia, Japan, Germany, France, Korea … • Resources, descriptions, metadata available in many languages •
  • 13. Digital research and curation team – digitisation, digital curation, digital archives
  • 14. Endangered Archives Programme • EAP funds projects to rescue, digitise, and make available endangered archives • Supported by Arcadia • Over 150 projects world-wide since 2005  Iranian photographs c. 1900 Audiovisual material on Andean culture Telegu paintings in India State papers from Liberia as well as Tuvalu and Yap Monastery library in Bhutan… “Documentary heritage reflects the  diversity of languages, peoples and  cultures. It is the mirror of the world  and its memory. But this memory is fragile. Every day, irreplaceable parts • BL provides infrastructure, of this memory disappear for ever.” – long-term digital preservation, UNESCO Memory of the World guidance Programme  •
  • 15. British Library Labs • Encouraging scholars to do research and development with and across existing British Library digital collections and data (born digital and digitised). • Data driven approach through competitions, hack days, data events • Creates an environment for scholars to work intensively with British Library digital collections / data. • Library learns to support digital scholars, builds on existing or creates new processes, tools (e.g. APIs etc.) and services. • Case studies for to inspire others • 2 Year Andrew Mellon funded project.
  • 16. Datasets, Books / Text, Images / Music, Maps, Sounds, Multimedia Resonance FM 10 year Community Arts Radio Show Book ordering and anonymised reader data Text-mining of electronic journals UK Web Archive Data 19th Century Books Environmental Sounds British National Bibliography
  • 17. Digital Scholarship – BL Labs • Annual competitions showcase our digital content • Deep engagement with researchers • Two 2013 winners   Dan Norton - Mixing the Library: The Disc Jockey and the Digital Collection Pieter Francois - Sample Generator for Digitised Texts “brings together my interests in data, statistics, and nineteenth century travel” m/archive
  • 18. Improving methodology with representative samples • Pieter Francois - postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford • Focus on European travel in the 19th Century • Uses statistical methods to support text analysis • Tool produces representative samples of texts based on search criteria
  • 19. Mixing the Library: The Disc Jockey and the Digital Collection Annotation Preview ‘item’ ‘Play back’ of ‘items’ (Blue) and annotations (Yellow) Selected ‘left’ channel ‘item’ Collection ‘stalks’ made of ‘items’. Each ‘item’ is a URL. The order of the ‘items’ can be ‘shuffled’ and sent to the ‘left’ or ‘right’ channels Prototype design Selected ‘right’ channel ‘item’
  • 20. Off the Map Competition A challenge for videogame design students to turn historic maps and engravings from the British Library collections into a 3D environment using Crytek's CRYENGINE software. Pudding Lane Productions, a team of six second-year students from De Montfort University, Leicester, won first prize. Their work was showcased at GameCity, an annual festival of videogame culture. (Flythrough starts at 0:50)
  • 21. Building our capacity • Foundations in working with Digital Objects: From Images to A/V • Behind the Screen: Basics of the Web • What is Digital Scholarship? • Digital Collections at British Library • Digitisation at British Library • Crowdsourcing in Libraries, Museums and Cultural Heritage Institutions • Text Encoding Initiative & Annotation • Data Visualisation for Analysis in Scholarly Research • Geo-referencing and Digital Mapping • Information Integration: Mash-ups, API’s and The Semantic Web
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