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BL Labs presentation given to the Digital Scholarship Team

  1. 1. 1British Library Labs Scholarship Meeting – British Library LabsWednesday 17thApril 2013, 11:30 -11:45Meeting Room H, St PancrasMr Mahendra MaheyBL Labs Project ManagerScholarship and Collections,Digital Scholarship
  2. 2. 2 labs@bl.ukWho am I?Mahendra MaheyWorked for 20 years in Further and Higher Education andLibraries• Over 10 years as a Social Science and Computing Lecturer• Project Manager• Researcher• Working with Developer and Research Communities2
  3. 3. 3 labs@bl.ukThe Project• Digital Scholarship• 2 Year Mellon Foundation funded project• Managed by Mahendra Mahey• Line management >Aly Conteh>Adam Farquhar• Encouraging scholars to do research across BL collections3
  4. 4. 4 labs@bl.ukProject Details…1• Use BL collections e.g. access and download• Analyse the content especially entire collections (i.e.cross collection research)• Do research, publish, make things…• Transforming services and tools for scholars using BLcollections4
  5. 5. 5 labs@bl.ukProject Details…2• One part is organising competitions, events and variousactivities• Creating an environment where scholars can workintensively with Library’s digital collections (winners willbe resident), but not only…• We want to encourage research across collections soideas can be pursued by talking to BL staff and scholarswho are interested in conducting research, e.g.meetings, events etc5
  6. 6. 6 labs@bl.ukBL Labs Competition• 2 Competitions• Winners will work at the BL ‘in residence’• Competitions highlight materials• Focus particularly on cross collection research if possible6
  7. 7. 7 labs@bl.ukBL Labs Content• Work with curators to identify those collections that aresuitable for BL labs• Engage researchers with these materials through meetings,road- shows, hackathons, promotions (including competitionsand events)• Some content…7
  8. 8. 8 labs@bl.ukBritish National• 2.6 Million individual records detailing Title, Author, Subject,Descriptions and more of books and journals published ordistributed in the United Kingdom and Ireland since 19508
  9. 9. 9 labs@bl.ukUK Web Archive• An example dataset is the JISC UK Web Domain Dataset(1996-2010) which is a 32TB subset of the Internet Archive’sweb collection relating to the UK.9
  10. 10. 10 labs@bl.uk19thCentury Digitised Books• 68,000 digitised volumes and their accompanying JP2, PDF,metadata and OCR text files from our Historical 19th CenturyBooks collection10
  11. 11. 11 labs@bl.ukEnvironment and NatureSounds• thousands of recordings from the Sound Archives unrivallednatural sounds collection is available for free download asMP3’s to staff and students UK higher and further educationinstitutions•
  12. 12. 12 labs@bl.ukBook ordering andborrower data…• Millions of records!!12
  13. 13. 13 labs@bl.ukBL Labs Services• Identify appropriate services to be developed for scholarswanting to use collections for research• Lead by Technical lead (in recruitment)13
  14. 14. 14 labs@bl.ukBL Labs Hackathons..• Bringing researchers, developers, curators and collectionstogether at events• Brainstorming ideas• Scoping research and prototypes14
  15. 15. 15 labs@bl.ukCase studies generated forothers to learn..• Case studies of the research generated from the competitionsand general activity of BL Labs• Inform the Library and other libraries around the world aboutthe issues involved in opening up collections for research15
  16. 16. 16 labs@bl.ukOur ‘brand’16
  17. 17. 17 labs@bl.ukTwitter and Hash Tag@BL_Labs17#BL_Labs
  18. 18. 18 labs@bl.ukWebsite based…we want people interested in theproject to be involved and add content)
  19. 19. 19 labs@bl.ukLaunch Event• 25 March 2013• Getting researchers doing the kindof research BL Labs is interested in19
  20. 20. 20 labs@bl.ukExample Methodologies ofcross collection research20• Corpus Analysis tools• Visualisations• Location based searching• Geotagging• Annotation• APIs for datasets e.g. Metadata• Crowdsourcing / Human Computation• Natural Language Processing• Transcribing
  21. 21. 21 labs@bl.ukHow we want you toengage with the project?• Are you responsible for a collection?• Are you engaged with researchers?• How would researchers get access to the collection?• Do you know what the access issues are?• Do you have any ideas of how the collection could be used forresearch purposes?• Useful contacts of potential researchers who BL labs couldwork with21
  22. 22. 22 labs@bl.ukWhat next?Speak to me: 0207 412 7324Email me: mahendra.mahey@bl.ukBL Labs Website: @BL_LabsHash Tag:#bl_labsBlog: