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A million first steps: 
Information management in practice 
Dr James Baker 
Curator, Digital Research 
@j_w_baker 
#cityli...
More than resource discovery… 
“The emergence of the new 
digital humanities isn’t an 
isolated academic 
phenomenon. The ...
Pieter Francois: Winner of British Library Labs 2013 Bob Nicholson: Winner of British Library Labs 2014 
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“Literary scholars and historians have in the past been limited in their 
analyses of print culture by the constraints of ...
discipline 
camp and 
camps sentence 
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‘Early users of medieval books of 
hours and prayer books left signs 
of their reading in the form of 
fingerprints in the...
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You are free to: 
–Copy, share, adapt, or re-mix 
–Photograph, film, or broadcast 
–Blog, live-blog, or post video of; 
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Michael Hancher: blog, exercise 
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© Nicola 
Demonte 
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© David 
Normal 
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A million first steps: Information management in practice

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Slides from a lecture given at Information Management and Policy module for the MSc programme in Library and Information Science at City University, 31 October 2014

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A million first steps: Information management in practice

  1. 1. A million first steps: Information management in practice Dr James Baker Curator, Digital Research @j_w_baker #citylis, 31 October 2014
  2. 2. More than resource discovery… “The emergence of the new digital humanities isn’t an isolated academic phenomenon. The institutional and disciplinary changes are part of a larger cultural shift, inside and outside the academy, a rapid cycle of emergence and convergence in technology and culture” Steven E Jones, Emergence of the Digital Humanities (2014) www.bl.uk 2
  3. 3. Pieter Francois: Winner of British Library Labs 2013 Bob Nicholson: Winner of British Library Labs 2014 www.bl.uk 3
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  9. 9. “Literary scholars and historians have in the past been limited in their analyses of print culture by the constraints of physical archives and human capacity. A lone scholar cannot read, much less make sense of, millions of newspaper pages. With the aid of computational linguistics tools and digitized corpora, however, we are working toward a large-scale, systemic understanding of how texts were valued and transmitted during this period” David A. Smith, Ryan Cordell, and Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, ‘Infectious Texts: Modeling Text Reuse in Nineteenth-Century Newspapers’ (2013) http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/dasmith/infect-bighum-2013.pdf www.bl.uk 9
  10. 10. discipline camp and camps sentence www.bl.uk 10
  11. 11. ‘Early users of medieval books of hours and prayer books left signs of their reading in the form of fingerprints in the margins. The darkness of their fingerprints correlates to the intensity of their use and handling. A densitometer -- a machine that measures the darkness of a reflecting surface -- can reveal which texts a reader favored.’ Kathryn M. Rudy, ‘Dirty Books: Quantifying Patterns of Use in Medieval Manuscripts Using a Densitometer’, Journal of Historians of Nederlandish Art (2010) www.bl.uk 11
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  15. 15. You are free to: –Copy, share, adapt, or re-mix –Photograph, film, or broadcast –Blog, live-blog, or post video of; this presentation provided that: –You attribute the work to its author and respect the rights and licences associated with its components –You distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one Text attribution Greg Wilson, Two Solitudes, SPLASH 2013 (29 October 2013) http://www.slideshare.net/gvwilson/splash-2013 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution- ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License unless stated otherwise. www.bl.uk 15
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  19. 19. Michael Hancher: blog, exercise www.bl.uk 19
  20. 20. © Nicola Demonte www.bl.uk 20
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  22. 22. © David Normal www.bl.uk 22
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  35. 35. Thank you! @j_w_baker james.baker@bl.uk http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digital-scholarship/ Slides: slideshare.net/drjwbaker www.bl.uk 35

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