British Library Labs and Competition Presentation at the Open University
British Library Labshttp://labs.bl.ukBritish Library Labs and competitionFriday 7th June 2013, 12:00 – 14:00CMR01, Digital Humanities, Faculty of Arts,The Open University.Mr Mahendra MaheyBritish Library Labs Project ManagerScholarship and Collections, Digital Scholarship
http://labs.bl.uk 2#bl_labsOverview• Background• Content used with Labs• Research methods• The competition and engaging with Labs• Your ideas
http://labs.bl.uk 3#bl_labs“Every book tells a story, butwhat can 68,000 books tellyou?”The project in a nutshell…Encouraging scholars and developers to doresearch and development with and across BritishLibrary collections and data (+other)
http://labs.bl.uk 7#bl_labs• Michelle Burton• Maja Maricevic• Richard Boulderstone• Kristian Jensen• Professor Tim Hitchcock (Digital Humanities)– University of Hertfordshire• Professor Andrew Prescott (Digital Humanities)– King’s College London• Bill Thompson (Technology writer)- BBC• Professor Claire Warwick (Digital Humanities)- University College London• David De Roure – Professor of e-research- Oxford e-research centreProject Board Advisory BoardPeople…Boards
http://labs.bl.uk 8#bl_labs• Stella Wisdom• Nora McGregor• Aquiles Alencar Brayner• James Baker• Rossitza AtanassovaDigital Curators Digital Scholarship• Aly Conteh• Adam FarquharPeople…Digital Scholarship Team
http://labs.bl.uk 9#bl_labs• Meet regularly (monthly) to decide on licensing of contentthat has been submitted for considerations• Provide policy framework in terms of how to approvematerials for re-usePeople…Access / Reuse Working Group
http://labs.bl.uk 10#bl_labsPeople - Library curators• Around 200 curators at the Library• Find the digital collections / data and engage with thecurators and where appropriate promote on Labs website• Curators sometimes suggest ideas for usage, research,development• Participate in events, meetings etc.
http://labs.bl.uk 11#bl_labsLabs people• Labs Manager• Recruiting a Technical Lead at the moment (shortlisting)• Ioannis Lagamtzis (Work placement Masters student atUniversity College London)
http://labs.bl.uk 12#bl_labsLabs details (1)• No digitisation involved, just digitized and born digital Library content• Some content online• Other in digital form but not online yet– e.g. too big, needs work, technical challenges, license restrictions(e.g. onsite access etc.)• Examine and analyse the content, especially entire collections (i.e.cross collection research)• Do research, publish• Make things, e.g. tools, services, apps etc…• Transforming processes, services and tools for scholars / developersusing Library digital collections
http://labs.bl.uk 13#bl_labsLab details (2)• Competitions, events and various activities• Creating environment where scholars / developers canwork intensively with Library’s digital collections (winners willbe resident), but not only…• Encourage research / developers generally to dointeresting things with BL digital content (+other) with andacross collections• Labs is more than the competition just speak to us!• Ideas can be pursued by talking to Library staff , scholars /developers interested in conducting research / makingthings, e.g. meetings, events etc, business opportunities
http://labs.bl.uk 15#bl_labsThe plan in time…• Launch Event – 25thMarch 2013 – draft details of competition and feedback• Competition details launched end of April, June 26thdeadline• Virtual 17 May (Video of Hangout Available), more virtual event?• Hack Event 28/29 May London• Winners announced at 6 July 2013, York (Digital Heritage Conference)• Best two ideas will win a residency and one will be awarded £3000 prize and theother £1000 prize in November• Other ideas, look at supporting in other ways e.g. through Labs, other Librarydepartments, Business opportunities etc.• Case studies produced around Nov/Dec, repeat for 2014
http://labs.bl.uk 16#bl_labsLabs Competition• At least 2 Competitions• Review and feedback to examine approach• Winners will work ‘in residence’ where possible• Focus particularly on cross collection research, research atscale• Other research and development encouraged too!• Help develop tools and services to support digitalscholarship
http://labs.bl.uk 17#bl_labsBL Labs Services• Developed for scholars / developers wanting to use digitalLibrary collections for research and development• Application Programming Interface (APIs) for data /collections• Powerful interface for researchers and developers forconducting innovative and transformative projects• Lead by Technical lead
http://labs.bl.uk 18#bl_labsLabs Hack Days…• Bringing researchers, developers, curators and anyoneinterested with collections together at events• Virtual Hacks?• Brainstorming ideas – ideas lab (can try)• Scoping research, ideas, solving problems and developingprototypes• 28/29 May – book!Brainstorm ideas and groupConsider and chooseWork into the night and showwhat has been done
http://labs.bl.uk 19#bl_labsCase studies…• Research generated from the competitions and generalactivity of Labs• Inform the Library / Other libraries around the world aboutthe issues, challenges, solutions and benefits generatedwhen using a Labs approach
http://labs.bl.uk 20#bl_labsLabs Content• Work with curators to identify those digital collections thatare suitable for Labs• Focus on those that are copyright cleared at the moment• Others considered in light of challenges, i.e. in scope forLabs work• Engage researchers/developers with these materialsthrough meetings, road-shows, hack days, promotions(including competitions and events)
http://labs.bl.uk 21#bl_labsBritish Library Digital Collections• Most content unique!• Copyright cleared for researchand non-commercial use?• Curated?• Collection LevelMetadata available?Availableonly inReadingRoomsAvailableon siteDigital butnot online –various storagedevicesAvailable only onsite at the momentHack Events, In residenceDigital andonline
http://labs.bl.uk 24#bl_labsBritish National Bibliographic Data• bnb.data.bl.uk• 2.6 Million individual records• Title, Author, Subject, Descriptions andmore of books and journals published ordistributed in the UK and Ireland since1950.• Available as Linked Open Data, BasicRDF/XML and Marc21.• An excellent resource for uncoveringpublishing trends across the decades,and augmenting records!
http://labs.bl.uk 25#bl_labsUK Web Archive Data• data.webarchive.org.uk/opendata• An example dataset isthe JISC UK WebDomain Dataset (1996-2010) which is a 32TBsubset of the InternetArchive’s web collectionrelating to the UK.• Comparing events acrossmedia types?
http://labs.bl.uk 26#bl_labs19thCentury Digitised Books• 68,000 digitised volumes and theiraccompanying JP2, PDF, metadataand OCR text files• Many rare or inaccessible bookspublished between 1789 and 1914and covers a wide range of subjectareas including philosophy, history,poetry and literature, travel• Representative materials here:britishlibrary19c.tumblr.com• Text mining?
http://labs.bl.uk 27#bl_labsInternational Dunhuang Project• IDP international collaboration• images of all manuscripts,paintings, textiles and artefactsfrom Dunhuang andarchaeological sites of the EasternSilk Road freely available on theInternet and to encourage theiruse through educational andresearch programmes• http://idp.bl.uk/• Time-lining the silk road?
http://labs.bl.uk 28#bl_labsEnvironment and Nature Sounds• 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• http://sounds.bl.uk/Environment/• Adding sounds to poetry?
http://labs.bl.uk 29#bl_labsBook ordering data…• Every day thousands of items are ordered up from thelibrary stacks and delivered to researchers in our readingrooms. We can provide daily anonymised reports of thesetitles including shelfmark information and reading roomlocation• Visualising what readers are reading?Anonymised reader data…• Anonymised information about our readers• Big buckets• Social trends?
http://labs.bl.uk 30#bl_labsResonance FM• London Community Arts Radio Show• http://resonancefm.com/• 10 year sound archive!• Speech to text?
http://labs.bl.uk 31#bl_labsBringing Text Mining to the LibraryMany electronic journals we have negotiated text miningrights for (50%) journalsA project to get the tools to readers?
http://labs.bl.uk 32#bl_labsCompetition 2013• Join our website and mailing list• Express your interest or tell others• Virtual event 17 May 2013 (1500 GMT)• Hack event 28/29 May 2013, London• Deadline for Submission is 26 June midnight 2013• Winners announced 6 July 2013• Working on entry July to November (curatorial and financial support given)– Ideas need to fit into this time frame, a 4 month time frame• Other ideas can be worked on too!, Competition is one way to engage• Showcase in November 2013 and winners get up to £3000!
http://labs.bl.uk 33#bl_labsExample Research Methods• Corpus Analysis tools• Visualisations• Topic Models• Location based searching• Geotagging• Annotation• APIs for datasets e.g. Metadata, Images• Crowdsourcing / Human Computation• Natural Language Processing• Transcribing
http://labs.bl.uk 34#bl_labsIdeas for current competition• OCR algorithm for Tangut Manuscripts• Linking BNB data with Author Claim service• Timelining collections• Improving access by putting on Wikimedia• Using item request data• 3D visulisations of manuscripts• Text mining in the reading rooms• Music app• Repurposing content using Drupal• Lyme disease a social historyIdeas fromLaunchEventhttp://labs.bl.uk/Launch+Event
http://labs.bl.uk 35#bl_labsTips and tricks• Express your interest, ENGAGE with us!• Submit your name, contact details and lets speak!• Make sure you understand the competition details• Think ‘4 months’ and what is realistic to create– Avoid things that will delay, e.g. long rights clearance• Use the text version of the form to draft entry• Deadline 26 June!
http://labs.bl.uk 36#bl_labsIdeas Lab…Your ideas…driven by…• Method 1: Your research area / interest…– Introductions, scribble on post it note (4 keywords), methods– ‘Marry up’ with a digital Collection(s) you are interested in, see cards,website, ask?• Method 2: Lucky dip?– Choose a card and then brainstorm, top trumps, whatever works…– Work with a partner and each choose cards and then brainstorm together• Method 3: Choose a theme– Choose a theme and then see which collections fit, then think of an idea to bringthem together• Method 4: Improving access– An idea to improve access to the collections• Method X – Anything that works?