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Europeana Network Association AGM 2016 - 9 November - Mia Ridge - Closing keynote speaker

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Closing Keynote: Mia Ridge, British Library, 'Why do we digitise?

Europeana Network Association AGM 2016 - 9 November - Mia Ridge - Closing keynote speaker

  1. 1. Why do we digitise? 20 reasons in 20 pictures Dr. Mia Ridge, @mia_out Digital Curator, British Library digitalresearch@bl.uk @BL_DigiSchol Europeana Network Association AGM 2016 Riga, November 2016
  2. 2. Why do we digitise? TL;DR: access to our shared heritages matters Digitisation supports education, engagement, research at huge scale and with computational power.
  3. 3. A splendid assortment of Gceloag and West of England. Tweed ; also Black Doeakin Woollen Cloths alwaya on hand. Snit made to order in six hoars' notice, on most reaainable terms. Mr. M'Mohon, Cutter. Mysteries of Melbourne life by Cameron, Donald, 1848?-1888. Published 1873 Usage Public Domain Mark 1.0 Topics Australia -- Fiction
  4. 4. Preservation
  5. 5. Discoverability
  6. 6. Access Items consulted in Reading Rooms: 1,694,000 BL website items consulted: 3,249,000 Source: Annual Report 2015/16
  7. 7. Access If collections are international in scope, they should be internationally accessible
  8. 8. Delight http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2014/10/how-to-be-a-hedgehog.html
  9. 9. Cool things happen Video clip for a Malaysian band with images from 19th century books shared on Flickr Commons
  10. 10. 'Traditional' outcomes https://www.flickr.com/photos/nationallibrarynz_commons/5353172318
  11. 11. Crowdsourcing and engagement
  12. 12. Becoming part of the web Pelagios: Enabling Linked Ancient Geodata
  13. 13. Partnerships without paperwork
  14. 14. Mario Klingemann Detail from '556 Minerals'
  15. 15. 'available only because the resources that contained their stories are now available digitally' Finding sources is easier
  16. 16. Full text search is transformative
  17. 17. Scale is transformative
  18. 18. Digitised sources + computational methods = digital scholarship Dr. Katrina Navickas and @BL_Labs, Political Meetings Mapper
  19. 19. Efficiency is under-rated "I was able to do in minutes with Python code what I'd spent the last ten years trying to do by hand!" -Dr. Katrina Navickas, BL Labs Winner 2015
  20. 20. It's easier to follow curiosity
  21. 21. It's easier to see patterns 'Distant reading has utterly transformed my view of literary history. ...as we slice libraries in new ways we keep stumbling over long, century-spanning trends that have little relationship to the stories of movements and periods we used to tell. We can see genres differentiating from each other gradually. We can see assumptions about gender gradually shifting. We've learned that the literary standards defining a prestigious style change very slowly. It doesn't happen in a generation; it takes centuries. ...it is clear now that these methods can turn up important patterns that we couldn't see before, and that's what I'm loving about this.' - The Digital in the Humanities: An Interview with Ted Underwood
  22. 22. It helps scientists
  23. 23. It helps students http://bit.ly/sherlocknet
  24. 24. Computer Vision and the History of Printing, Joon Son Chung We learn more about collections
  25. 25. Thank you! Questions? Mia Ridge @mia_out Digital Curator, British Library digitalresearch@bl.uk @BL_DigiSchol

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