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British Library Labs - Open University Presentation - 3 April 2014, 1100-1200

British Library Labs - Open University Presentation - 3 April 2014, 1100-1200



Presentation given by Mahendra Mahey about BL Labs, Digital Research Team and Digital Scholarship at the British Library

Presentation given by Mahendra Mahey about BL Labs, Digital Research Team and Digital Scholarship at the British Library



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    British Library Labs - Open University Presentation - 3 April 2014, 1100-1200 British Library Labs - Open University Presentation - 3 April 2014, 1100-1200 Presentation Transcript

    • The Digital Scholar: Experiences from the British Library Labs Mahendra Mahey Arts Music Studio, The Open University Walton Hall, Milton Keynes Thursday 3rd April, 2014, 1100 – 1200 Manager of British Library Labs
    • http://labs.bl.uk 2 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Overview • Structure of talk • The British Library and a typical scholar • The Nature of Digital and the Digital Scholar • The British Library supporting Digital Scholarship • Experiences of the Digital Research Team and British Library Labs project in supporting digital scholarship • Conclusions and questions
    • http://labs.bl.uk 3 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk The British Library St Pancras, London, UK Many books are stored 5 stories below the building Inside the British Library Space for 1200 readers, around 400,000 visitors per year Uses low oxygen and robots Storage at Boston Spa
    • http://labs.bl.uk 4 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk British Library Collections > 150million items > 0.8 m serial titles > 8 m stamps > 14 m books > 3 m sound recordings > 4 m maps > 1.6 m musical scores > 0.3 m manuscripts > 60 m patents King’s Library
    • http://labs.bl.uk 5 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Our Scholar in Humanities from Oxford… • Travel routes in the 19th Century Pieter Francois Post doctoral researcher at University of Oxford
    • http://labs.bl.uk 6 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk The Nature of Digital Data broken down recombined and duplicated Image: Tower of Babble, Book Sculpture by Brian Dettmer
    • http://labs.bl.uk 7 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk The Digital Scholar not necessarily be a recognised academic or someone who posts online, just a specialist Digital NetworkedOpen From Digital Scholar : How technology is transforming scholarly practice, Martin Weller, Bloomsbury Academic, 2011, page 4 It is someone who employs digital, networked and open approaches to demonstrate their specialism.
    • http://labs.bl.uk 8 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk “Reading individual works is as irrelevant as describing the architecture of a building from a single brick, or the layout of a city from a single church.” -Franco Moretti
    • http://labs.bl.uk 9 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Example Digital research methods http://labs.bl.uk/Launch+Event (presentations from researchers using digital research methods) Corpus analysis tools/ Text Mining Visualisations Location based searching Geotagging Annotation Natural Language Processing Using Application Programming Interfaces for datasets e.g. Metadata, Images Transcribing Crowdsourcing / Human Computation
    • http://labs.bl.uk 10 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Digitisation - Transforming access Spreading the value of collections, content and expertise Connecting as much as collecting, e.g. social media Encouraging others to integrate our materials into their services – and vice versa
    • http://labs.bl.uk 11 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk only in Reading Rooms due to © only on site due to © not online – various storage devices online and open British Library online behind paywall Challenges of Digital access
    • http://labs.bl.uk 12 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk British National Bibliography UK Web Archive Data Text-mining of electronic journals Book ordering and anonymised reader data Sample Labs Digital Collections http://labs.bl.uk/Digital+Collections • Copyright cleared for research use • Curated (Is there someone who knows the ‘story’ about the collection?) • Collection / Item Level Metadata available? (What state is and does it need cleaning?) • Where is it?
    • http://labs.bl.uk 13 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Digital Scholarship Department …become a leading centre of digital scholarship … internationally recognised for innovation and collaboration in support of research and learning… •The Digital Research Team – Digital Curators •Labs 13
    • http://labs.bl.uk 14 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk What is a Digital Curator? • Explore how digital technologies are re/shaping research and how this informs how the library does its business. • Support staff across the library to identify the opportunities that digital tools and collections afford in modern scholarship and to gain the skills to engage confidently in this area. • Partner with libraries and institutions to enable innovation in digital scholarship. • No specific collection but rather expertise in digital scholarship, broadly defined. James Baker Nora McGregor Stella Wisdom Aquiles Alencar-Brayner
    • http://labs.bl.uk 15 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Training Library Staff • Foundations in working with Digital Objects: From Images to A/V • Data Visualisation for Analysis in Scholarly Research • Information Integration: Mash-ups, API’s and The Semantic Web Digital Scholarship Training Programme • Behind the Screen: Basics of the Web • What is Digital Scholarship? • Digital Collections at British Library • Digitisation at British Library • Text Encoding Initiative & Annotation • Geo-referencing and Digital Mapping • Crowdsourcing in Libraries, Museums and Cultural Heritage Institutions
    • http://labs.bl.uk 16 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Opening up Digital content • Picturing Canada: Mapping a Collection: http://bit.ly/13GhLIe http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:British_Library/Picturing_Canada
    • http://labs.bl.uk 17 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Crowdsourcing Digitised Maps http://www.bl.uk/maps/georeferencingmap.html
    • http://labs.bl.uk 18 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Creative with Wildlife Sounds http://goo.gl/s7siv0 Sound Edit Wildlife Films Competition 2013 http://vimeo.com/60401313 'Dave's Wild Life' by Samuel de Ceccatty, won first prize! http://sounds.bl.uk/Environment
    • http://labs.bl.uk 19 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Computer Games Off the Map Competition 2013 Pudding Lane Productions, 6 second-year students, De Montfort University, Leicester, won first prize. Off the Map Gothic 2014 ! http://goo.gl/gVuVnw http://youtu.be/SPY-hr-8-M0
    • http://labs.bl.uk 20 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation
    • http://labs.bl.uk 21 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Digital Scholarship Digital Research Access & Reuse Group © Developers/ Technical Staff British Library Universities & wider e.g. companies, start-ups, independent scholars etc. Stakeholders involved in Labs United Kingdom The World Researchers Developers BL Labs Curators / Researchers Digital Content
    • http://labs.bl.uk 22 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk What is Labs… BL Labs Open Software Publications Tools & services to support Digital Scholarship Case Studies Audience Research question / idea idea idea Competition Contact Events Meetings and visits Experimenting with our digital collections Outputs from engagementData Other Digital Collection / Data BL Digital Collection / Data Researchers Developers Data Driven
    • http://labs.bl.uk 23 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Engaging with Labs Brainstorm ideas & group Reflect, consider, and choose Work late and show what has been done 1 2 3 Labs Data Cards Ideas Labs Hack and Data days Projects
    • http://labs.bl.uk 24 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk The winners of the Labs 2013 competition Pieter Francois (left) and Dan Norton (right) and each received a cheque for £2000 in November 2013 as winners of the first British Library Lab Competition 2013 Two entries chosen in June 2013 They both worked in residence from July to October 2013 with Labs to complete their projects
    • http://labs.bl.uk 25 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Pieter Francois – made in the British Library http://youtu.be/xK80Jy0ijkA
    • http://labs.bl.uk 26 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Sample Generator: representative samples • Pieter Francois • 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 http://goo.gl/YFnZmu
    • http://labs.bl.uk 27 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Mixing the Library: The Disc Jockey & the Digital Collection http://www.tompro.co.uk http://www.ablab.org/shetland http://www.ablab.org/pd/di/ Prototype design Annotation Preview ‘item’ Selected ‘right’ channel ‘item’ 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 ‘Play back’ of ‘items’ (Blue) and annotations (Yellow) Living Lab: Library of the Future, see: http://alturl.com/284zw Basic functioning prototype:
    • http://labs.bl.uk 28 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Curatorial for Library metadata Geo location http://datatales.artefacto.org.uk/ TimelineSlide show India Office Select materials
    • http://labs.bl.uk 29 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Story of one digital collection What can 68,000 books tell us? Image: Artwork by Alicia Martin
    • http://labs.bl.uk 30 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk The Mechanical Curator http://mechanicalcurator.tumblr.com • #similar_to_77576796197_published_date • #similar_to_77576796197_slantyness • #similar_to_77576796197_bubblyness_x • #similar_to_77576796197_bubblyness_y • #new_train_of_thought Image from ‘A Lost Estate, by Mary E.Mann,Volume: 02, Page: 91, 1889, London, Bentley & Son
    • http://labs.bl.uk 31 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk 1,020,418 images! http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/ Each image has a URL Some metadata, but you can add tags! Flickr has an API so researchers and developers can build apps And query the data Flickr Commons – 1,020,418 images!
    • http://labs.bl.uk 32 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Risks of releasing the images Funny Books for Boys and Girls. Struwelpeter. Good-for-nothing Boys and Girls. Troublesome Children. King Nutcracker and Poor Reinhold.
    • http://labs.bl.uk 33 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Flickr coverage in the media!
    • http://labs.bl.uk 34 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Creative Uses http://goo.gl/qPPgxX http://goo.gl/OH6FSn Jura’s Sound Skateboard
    • http://labs.bl.uk 35 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Tagging a million images - Metadata games and other projects http://www.metadatagames.org/ Games will probably be developed using Flickr sets http://goo.gl/j6fxac Cardiff University’s - Lost Visions Project
    • http://labs.bl.uk 36 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Other Labs stories…. • Augmenting news metadata • Digital Music Lab, analysing music performances • Opening up over 100,000 Playbills • 3D printed objects representing statistical data • data.bl.uk, place for all our open data and digital collections • Content next to parallel compute power, analysis at scale • Seeking future funding!!
    • http://labs.bl.uk 37 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Competition 2014 • Open!! • Deadline - 22 April 2014 – tell your friends! • Residency between late May and end of October 2014
    • http://labs.bl.uk 38 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Conclusions • Huge appetite for openly available digital content • There needs to be a continuous dynamic interaction with data and the researchers to formulate and reformulate research questions • Working with Digital Scholars creates new opportunities • Content and service providers, researchers and technical people need to talk to each other to create the new tools, services and data needed to facilitate new discoveries
    • http://labs.bl.uk 39 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Acknowledgements Ben O’Steen - Labs Technical Lead Digital Curator Team Digital Scholarship Heads Stella Wisdom - Digital Curator Nora McGregor - Digital Curator James Baker - Digital Curator Adam Farquhar - Head of Digital Scholarship (Wrote Labs proposal) Aly Conteh - Head of Digital Research and Curator Team
    • http://labs.bl.uk 40 #bl_labs labs@bl.uk Email Labs • Let us know your ideas for engaging with Labs! • Questions? After coffee break. labs@bl.uk