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Cpd25 Presentation March 2013


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Cpd25 Presentation March 2013

  1. 1. Digital Research & Curator TeamInnovative ways of engaging researchers with digitalcontentAquiles Alencar-Brayner
  2. 2. Digital Research & Curator Team Formed in 2010 as part of the new Digital Scholarship department Team composed of 1 Head of DRCT; 5 Digital Curators, 1 eMSS Curator, 1 Curator Library & Information Studies; 1 Web & Intranet Coordinator 2
  3. 3. Our Mission• Support the BL to adopt clear strategies and operating models for Digital Scholarship• Develop innovative models for Digital Scholarship exploiting digital content and new technologies• Offer training and support to BL staff on Digital Scholarship practices and resources• Involvement with various digital programmes (internal and external) involving digitisation, born-digital materials, publication on the Web, etc.• Engage with new and existing user communities• Strengthen the BL capabilities 3
  4. 4. Main Activities• Staff training• Promotion of Digital Scholarship within BL• Curation of digital research data• Project management• Engagement with users• Create and share online content with other libraries and research centres• Communication channels 4
  5. 5. Staff training: Increasing skills and awarenessObjectives: Wider engagement from staff in implementing the 2020 Vision and Digital Scholarship Strategy Increased ability to work with digital content and services Increased ability to shape digital services Increased engagement with researchers Increased confidence in establishing collaborations with partners in digital scholarship Improved fluency around data management 5
  6. 6. Digital Scholarship Training Programme: 15 courses (offered 3 times a year) launched in October 20121. Social Media: Introduction to Yammer, Twitter, and Blogging2. Working collaboratively: Using the BL Wiki3. Presentation skills: From PowerPoint to Prezi4. Foundations in working with Digital Objects: From Images to A/V5. Behind the Screen: Basics of the Web6. Metadata for Electronic Resources: Dublin Core, METS, MODS, RDF, XML7. What is Digital Scholarship?8. Digital Collections at British Library9. Digitisation at British Library10. Communicating our collections online: Access & Reuse Policy11. Crowdsourcing in Libraries, Museums and Cultural Heritage Institutions12. Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)13. Data Visualisation for Analysis in Scholarly Research14. Geo-referencing and Digital Mapping15. Information Integration: Mash-ups, API’s and The Semantic Web 6
  7. 7. Digital ConversationsSeries of talks organised by DRCT on specific themes around ideas, tools andprojects around Digital Scholarship. Contributors have included entrepreneurs,technologists, librarians, academics and analysts.Events held:1. Search and Discovery2. Sharing and Annotation3. Profiling and Privacy4. Open for Re-use5. Future of Text6. Digital Narratives7. Using the CloudEvents are recorded on video and made publicly available on BL Youtubeaccount: 7
  8. 8. Curation e-ManuscriptsExtracting and archiving digital contentfrom personal devicesAssist with capture, management,description, and preservation ofpersonal digital collections to facilitateaccess and content analysisData analysis beyond documents 8
  9. 9. Support for digital collections and servicesInvolvement with BL digital programmes andservices run by other departmentsWeb Archive team:Collection development: Video games for data analysis: JISC 1996-2010 (Digital Image Presentation System) 9
  10. 10. Engagement with users I:Growing Knowledge exhibition (2010 – 2011)Physical space where public could walk in andstart exploring a wide number of digital toolsused by researchers from text mining to onlinecollaboration. 10
  11. 11. Engagement with users II: Crowdsourcing projects• Pin-a-Tale:Online crowdsourcing initiative as part of the WritingBritain exhibition, that sought to connect our individualexperiences of writing and place, and pin them to asearchable map. We welcomed contributions from Irelandand the Channel Islands in celebration of the close culturaland literary relationship between all these islands.• Europeana 1914 – 1918 RoadshowsPublic was invited to bring WW1 photographs, letters,diaries, film or audio recordings, together with the storiesof who they belonged to and why they are important totheir families to the Europeana 1914-1918 while staff frommuseums and BL digitised the objects and uploaded themto the dedicated website on thespot. 11
  12. 12. Engagement with users III:BL Labs (Launch 25th March 2013)The BL Labs project, sponsored by A. Mellon Foundation, designed tosupport the BL to provide access to its digital resources and enable scholarsto research entire collections rather than just individual items by:1. Reviewing the BL’s approach to licensing: moving towards a coherentlicence framework and setting the standard for access to cataloguemetadata and out-of-copyright materials in digital form.2. Enabling scholars to use and implement novel services; to access,download, and analyse digital content; and to link data to other data anddigital collections in order to allow research that analyses entire collections.This will be achieved by providing access to catalogue and digital materialsthrough simple open protocols and semantic linking.3. Creating BL Labs so that scholars can work intensively with the Library’sdigital collections to collaboratively define and implement the services thatthey need in the digital age. 12
  13. 13. Creating and Sharing Digital ContentEuropeana 1914 – 1918:The BL is digitising 10,000 items (up to 250,000 digital images) of awide range of material related to the First World War. Digitisedcontent will be retrievable via the Europeana portal, as well as via theBL website, and this will form the Library’s contribution to theEuropeana Collections 1914-1918. Image Interoperability Framework(iiif)The BL and Stanford University, with a half dozen of the world’sleading research libraries and funding from the Andrew W. MellonFoundation, are working collaboratively to produce an interoperableframework for image delivery. With shared technology, commonapplication programming interfaces (APIs), and rich user interfaces,this framework will surpass the current crop of image viewers, page-turners, and navigation systems, giving scholars an unprecedentedlevel of uniform and rich access to image-based resources. 13
  14. 14. Network & partnerships 14
  15. 15. Digital Curatorship Provide wider Enable users access to our to create and collections manipulateSupport of Digital Scholarship: data New tools applied to digital collections: annotation, citation, comparison, analysis, etc.  Awareness of emerging research trends within DS Strong collaboration between researchers, IT and information professionals Digital Scholarship Staff training and supportDistinctive through: Comprehensive digital collections Core infra-structure to store, preserve, discover and accessDelivered through: Enhance Joint projects Transform research and scholarly E-platforms learning production & Connecting data sets to research communication tools 15
  16. 16. Communication Channels• BL Digital Scholarship Blog:• Connect - DRCT Newsletter (internal)• Twitter (Digital Curators personal accounts)• Youtube:• Webpage: 16