Digital engagement, innovation     & The British Library     Presentation by Chris Clark to     Digital Berkshire, April 1...
You can know the name of abird in all the languages of the world,but when youre finished, youll knowabsolutely nothing wha...
It exists for anyone who wants to do research –for academic, personal or commercial purposes                     i.e. You!...
What kind of library is it? National library Collections cover all known subject  areas; arts & humanities, social  scie...
150 million items625 km of shelvingGrowing at 12 km per year
Mailroom                                           Access Web Page                                                        ...
Science Technology & Medicine   Links to external data and collections   TalkScience@BL -            quarterly event ser...
@BL_FranTaylor     supporting creatives     Lesser known items ranging      from soundscapes & comics      to Japanese w...
1: Guarantee access for future generations.2: Enable access to everyone who wantsto do research.3: Support research commun...
   Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC)   Subject portals   Digital scholarship and digital curation   Fro...
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A selection of BIPC information sources
British Library Entrepreneur and SME Network has over 1,800    members.    BIPCTV YouTube channel showcases Inspiring Entr...
Get inspiration
Get inspiration   Protect your ideas
Get inspiration   Protect your ideas   Develop your business                                                         16
   BIPC supports entrepreneurs and small        businesses from that first spark of inspiration        to successfully la...
   http://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20110209162050/http://www.growingknowledge.bl.uk/To
Definition                             Demand   The production, use and                                          Compreh...
TREND                         DEMAND   More digital content         Mass and focused digitisation   More cross-discipli...
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  • National library of the UK, legal deposit library (we receive copy of all published material in UK). One of 5 largest research reference libraries in world Two main functions: the role of the BL is to provide access to these collections to whoever has a need to use them. Also to preserve for future generations (including material in printed and electronic format) Who uses the BL? Diverse audiences from students and academics from around the world - Currently over 60% of users of our collections and services are from UK higher education - includes university libraries, academic staff, postgraduate students, etc. Also the general public for exhibitions and events, to visit the building. Also run large engagement programme with schools which includes online resources and workshops. We also run one of the largest document supply services in the world, and we supply university libraries with information. This involves sending actual books or documents, photocopies or electronic pdfs of journals, etc, to university and also private sector companies. Includes a wide range of formats of material, not just books & journals, but sound, maps, photographs, illustrations, electronic databases. For example our Sound Archive is a national resource of audio history, recordings, music, including a large collection of wildlife sounds, oral histories and regional dialects. One of the world’s largest stamp collections The world’s oldest book – St Cuthbert Gospel ca. 690
  • Hard to imagine size and scope of the collections. Some 150 million items: over 13 million books; nearly 60,000 newspaper titles; 1.5 million sound discs and tapes 625 km of shelves; increasing at 12 km pa Newspaper and periodical collection from 1700s – huge range of regional and national papers; history of newspaper industry one of failure rather than success if think of number of titles that appear and disappear…. Also got magazines…. And comics…. And football fanzines…. And prizes and games attached to comics….
  • DLS established about four years ago – several nodes – copied at Nat Libs Scotland and Wales. Numbers will grow exponentially. But we have to avoid the sense that this stuff avoids getting locked up i n digital systems and ensure that digital preservation becomes part of mainstream activity. While it remains the specialised concern of metadata wizards it will remain under-funded, undervalued and misunderstood by people who make investment decisions. Sustainability – a word often uttered around public sector endeavour – has to do with being useful and being done well; affordable too. So here are a couple of out digital offerings, among the earliest and latest; IDP PROMOTEs THE STUDY AND PRESERVATION OF THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL LEGACY OF THE EASTERN SILK ROAD THROUGH INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION . BL Sounds offers a different kind of listening experience to iTunes or Spotify – unpublished field recordings, testimony, accents, wildlife, soundscapes,PD music, sound maps – including the UK SoundMap.
  • And none of this activity evolves willy-nilly. Everything is strategically aligned to BL published strategy, the 2020 Vision and in the shorter term a 5 year plan to take us to 2015 which has 5 key themes.
  • That was by way of introduction. I’ll now talk about 4 activities that demonstrate how the Library has been and will be progressing its digital agenda.
  • Slide BUILDS Busy, quite noisy, has been having an impact both ways.
  • Information The heart of our offering Free business and intellectual property information on UK & Overseas companies, products and markets Thousands of printed reports, directories & journals and access to over 40 online databases worth £500,000 Impartial information experts guiding you to the information you need – in the Centre elsewhere in the British Library and beyond . Business & IP Information Advice Clinics You can book a 1 hour Information Advice Clinic with one of our experts, who can guide you to the relevant information and discuss your ideas in a confidential setting. Example – You have invented a revolutionary new toothbrush 100507
  • We learnt from our customers that providing access to information was not enough. So we had to develop a range of new services. The more we added the more were wanted. Currently moving from the BIPC team giving regular workshops to become accredited business advisors.
  • We learnt from our customers that providing access to information was not enough. So we had to develop a range of new services. The more we added the more were wanted. Currently moving from my team giving regular workshops to become accredited business advisors.
  • We learnt from our customers that providing access to information was not enough. So we had to develop a range of new services. The more we added the more were wanted. Currently moving from my team giving regular workshops to become accredited business advisors.
  • Successfully reached out to diverse audiences 50% Women, 37% BAME (black Asian minority ethnic) and 4% disabled. Of the 829 businesses 89% of their founders say this success would not have been achieved without the help of the BIPC
  • It has two key strengths: 1. It is firmly based on user needs: it was suggested by users, a representative group of users are involved in its development and testing, and it’s supported by the two key professional bodies for this audience (the British Academy of Management and the Chartered Management Institute) - who are going to promote it to their members. 2. Generic elements developed by the project can be re-used by other subjects or themes across the Library to build similar portals. Several proposals are being developed, including the Environmental Studies portal, Social Care portal, and BIPC Online. Target audience (segments) Management academics  - c.12,000 people in the UK. The British Academy of Management will promote it to their members.  Practicing managers - the Chartered Management Institute is incorporating it into their membership offering to their 90,000 UK members.  Secondary audiences include management consultants, researchers working in independent research institutes and thinktanks, and policymakers working in central and local government. 
  • A different kind of portal – or was it an exhibition – or was it a pilot reading room – Growing Knowledge was installed from October 2010 through to July last year to: Showcase the Library’s digital vision Engage with key stakeholders in government, research and education, including primary user groups. . Inform the development of future service propositions to support research, and increase the relevance of the British Library to a new generation of researchers Increase the value of the Library through partnerships – MSC, Sony, HP, Brown Uni Demonstrate the Library’s role in public sector innovation A lot of press interest Contribute to public debate about digital research and libraries of the future (BBC survey etc)
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  • Digital Berkshire, April 2012: Chris Clark, British Library PT#1

    1. 1. Digital engagement, innovation & The British Library Presentation by Chris Clark to Digital Berkshire, April 19th 2012www.bl.uk
    2. 2. You can know the name of abird in all the languages of the world,but when youre finished, youll knowabsolutely nothing whatever about thebird... So lets look at the bird andsee what its doing — thats what counts.I learned very early the difference betweenknowing the name of something andknowing something. Richard Feynman The “Petabyte Age” is different. … with enough data, mathematics can do things like evaluate the relative value of a hyperlink, translate languages, win lawsuits, predict the spread of epidemics and perform other tasks that used to be related to the domains of theory and modeling. Chris Anderson The end of theory
    3. 3. It exists for anyone who wants to do research –for academic, personal or commercial purposes i.e. You! 3
    4. 4. What kind of library is it? National library Collections cover all known subject areas; arts & humanities, social sciences, STM… Copy of every print item published in the UK Collections in all formats; sound, images, video, newspapers, maps, manuscripts, databases, books and journals, stamps, photographs, etc.
    5. 5. 150 million items625 km of shelvingGrowing at 12 km per year
    6. 6. Mailroom Access Web Page Access Web Service Access DB Mailroom DB Client Delivery Of Objects Object Put Get Gateway Access Store ROT Cache Manager Upload Store 6,500,000 objects ROT Q Ingest Site Q Access Site VPN Controller Controller Temporary Store 205 Terabytes Site DB Storage Node Q Q Control Data Ingest Access Recovery Object Integrity Checker Dark Archive Preservation Store Overnight Incremental Backup
    7. 7. Science Technology & Medicine Links to external data and collections TalkScience@BL - quarterly event series that provides a forum for discussion on topical scientific issues, including a range of perspectives from academia, industry, government and the third sector. Geoengineering our Climate: Fixing Earth’s Future? A discussion with Prof. Tim Lenton Health in the Headlines: Making Sense of the Science? A Discussion with Tracey Brown
    8. 8. @BL_FranTaylor  supporting creatives  Lesser known items ranging from soundscapes & comics to Japanese woodcuts & knitting patterns  Award winning Sian Zeng, used the Library collections to research her dissertation on Little Red Riding Hood and fairy-tales. inspired by the stories she found, Sian launched a print company that produces interior products, including magnetic animal wallpaper.
    9. 9. 1: Guarantee access for future generations.2: Enable access to everyone who wantsto do research.3: Support research communities in keyareas for social and economic benefit.4: Enrich the cultural life of the nation.5: Lead and collaborate in growingthe world’s knowledge base.
    10. 10.  Business and Intellectual Property Centre (BIPC) Subject portals Digital scholarship and digital curation From digital projects to Business As Usual
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    12. 12. A selection of BIPC information sources
    13. 13. British Library Entrepreneur and SME Network has over 1,800 members. BIPCTV YouTube channel showcases Inspiring Entrepreneurs events and success stories. 280,000 views @Business & IP Centre 3,900 followers, Klout 45 Over 5,000 members Steve Van Dulken – The Patent Blog Neil Infield – In from the Outfield 
    14. 14. Get inspiration
    15. 15. Get inspiration Protect your ideas
    16. 16. Get inspiration Protect your ideas Develop your business 16
    17. 17.  BIPC supports entrepreneurs and small businesses from that first spark of inspiration to successfully launching and developing a business. Holds workshops and 1:1 advice session along with Inspiring entrepreneurs series of events with role model entrepreneurs. Between April 2007 and March 2009 the BIPC helped to create 829 new businesses for London, combined turnover of which was £32 Million.
    18. 18.  http://www.webarchive.org.uk/wayback/archive/20110209162050/http://www.growingknowledge.bl.uk/To
    19. 19. Definition Demand The production, use and  Comprehensive digital collections integration of digital content,  Applying tools of scholarship services and tools to facilitate to digital collections: scholarship and research annotation, citation, comparison Allow research areas to be  Infrastructure to store, investigated in new ways, preserve, discover, access using new tools, leading to  Ability to apply new tools for analysis, visualisation, and new discoveries and analysis experimentation to generate new  Collaboration through social understanding networking tools, social bookmarking, wikis, sharing drafts with commentary  Non-traditional forms of outreach to draw attention to research
    20. 20. TREND DEMAND More digital content  Mass and focused digitisation More cross-disciplinary  Improved discovery  Interfaces for sharing and More collaborative building services, annotation More analysis  Visualisation tools More data-driven  Conversion to data and analysis tools More repurposing of  Open licenses & APIs, content documented formats

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