British Library Labs Presentation Given to British Library Staff


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British Library Labs Presentation Given to British Library Staff

  1. 1. 1British Library Labs Curatorship staff talk – British Library LabsFriday 22ndMarch 2013, 1100 -1200Meeting Room H, St PancrasStella WisdomDigital CuratorMr Mahendra MaheyBL Labs Project ManagerScholarship and Collections, Digital Scholarship
  2. 2. 2 labs@bl.ukTimings• Background to Project – Stella Wisdom• The Project Plan – Mahendra Mahey• How the project will engage with British Library Staff2
  3. 3. 3 labs@bl.ukOverview• Background to the Project - Stella• Introduction - Mahendra• BL Labs in more detail - Mahendra• Research Methods and Content that could be used with BL Labs -Stella• For a competition• For work with BL labs• How we want to engage with British Library Staff3
  4. 4. 4 labs@bl.ukThe project in a nutshell…“Every book tells astory, but what can68,000 books tell you?”4
  5. 5. 5 labs@bl.ukBackground the project• Adam Farquhar and Chris Clarke wrote the proposal• Money from a grant from Andrew Mellon Foundation• 2 year initial project5
  6. 6. 6 labs@bl.ukProject Board• Aly Conteh• Adam Farquhar (SRO)• Michelle Burton• Maja Maricevic• Richard Boulderstone• Kristian Jensen6
  7. 7. 7 labs@bl.ukAdvisory Board• Tim Hitchcock• Andrew Prescott• Bill Thompson• Claire Warwick7
  8. 8. 8 labs@bl.ukOur ‘brand’8…hot off the press – e-flyer (draft)
  9. 9. 9 labs@bl.ukPost Card for researchers…9
  10. 10. 10 labs@bl.ukWebsite and email based…we want people interested in theproject to be involved and add content)labs@bl.ukAll enquiries to be sent here
  11. 11. 11 labs@bl.ukIdeas and website• Website is wiki based• Register and start creating pages soon!• Log ideas, incubate, grow and build interactions with thoseinterested• Resources11
  12. 12. 12 labs@bl.ukBlog and other• We will be using the Digital Scholarship Blog•• Mailing / Discussion list…•
  13. 13. 13 labs@bl.ukLaunch Event• 25 March 2013• Getting researchers doing the kind of research BL Labs isinterested in• BL content available• First competition announcement13
  14. 14. 14 labs@bl.ukWho am I?Mahendra MaheyWorked for 20 years in Further and Higher Education andLibrariesWorked for over 7 years at UKOLN at University of Bath• DevCSI project – Developer Community Support Innovationinitiative• CERIF• Repositories Research Team14
  15. 15. 15 labs@bl.ukBefore University ofBath…JISC Regional Support Centres• Five years (West Midlands and Scotland)• ILT adviser for Electronic Resources• Further and Higher Education Colleges• Working with librarians, lecturers and researchersOver 10 years teaching in the UK and Poland• Warsaw, Poland• Colleges in the West Midlands15
  16. 16. 16 labs@bl.ukThe Project• Digital Scholarship• 2 Year Mellon Foundation funded project• Managed by Mahendra Mahey• Line management >Aly Conteh>Adam Farquhar• Stella Wisdom setting up infrastructure for project before Istarted (Jan – Mar)• Nora McGregor – working through BL content available for BLLabs• Encouraging scholars to do research across BL collections 16
  17. 17. 17 labs@bl.ukMore detail about BL Labs…1• Use BL collections e.g. access and download• Analyse the content especially entire collections (i.e.cross collection research)• Do research, publish, make things…• Transforming services and tools for scholars using BLcollections17
  18. 18. 18 labs@bl.ukMore detail about BL Labs…2• One part is organising competitions, events and variousactivities• Creating an environment where scholars can workintensively with Library’s digital collections (winners willbe resident), but not only…• We want to encourage research across collections soideas can be pursued by talking to BL staff and scholarswho are interested in conducting research, e.g.meetings, events etc18
  19. 19. 19 labs@bl.ukThe Plan• Launch Event – 25thMarch 2013• Announce draft details of first competition atLaunch event• Hack event for interested parties – end of May2013• End of June - close competition and decidewinners at event in York• July – Oct– Winner works on winning entry withBL team• Case studies produced around Nov/Dec• Do it all again for 201419•Continue to workwith BLstaff/Researchersto identify thosecollections• that people wantto engage withthe project andopen theircollections forresearch
  20. 20. 20 labs@bl.ukElements to the plan…• Policy Framework• BL Labs Competitions• Content to be used with BL Labs• BL Labs Services• BL Labs Hackathons• Disseminating findings20
  21. 21. 21 labs@bl.ukPolicy FrameworkCollecting scholars’ feedback to inform the access and reusepolicy21
  22. 22. 22 labs@bl.ukBL Labs CompetitionAt least 2 CompetitionsWinners will work at the BL ‘in residence’Competitions highlight materialsFocus particularly on cross collection research22
  23. 23. 23 labs@bl.ukBL Labs Content• Work with curators to identify those collections that aresuitable for BL labs• Engage researchers with these materials through meetings,road- shows, hackathons, promotions (including competitionsand events)23
  24. 24. 24 labs@bl.ukBL Labs Services• Identify appropriate services to be developed for scholarswanting to use collections for research• Lead by Technical lead (in recruitment)24
  25. 25. 25 labs@bl.ukBL Labs Hackathons..• Bringing researchers, developers, curators and collectionstogether at events• Brainstorming ideas• Scoping research and prototypes25
  26. 26. 26 labs@bl.ukDisseminating Findings…• Website• Email to lists• Blog• Interviews• Case Studies• Reports26
  27. 27. 27 labs@bl.ukCase studies generated forothers to learn..• Case studies of the research generated from the competitionsand general activity of BL Labs• Inform the Library and other libraries around the world aboutthe issues involved in opening up collections for research27
  28. 28. 28 labs@bl.ukExample Methodologies ofcross collection research28• Corpus Analysis tools• Visualisations• Location based searching• Geotagging• Annotation• APIs for datasets e.g. Metadata• Crowdsourcing / Human Computation• Natural Language Processing• Transcribing
  29. 29. 29 labs@bl.ukMaps, Music, Audio,Philatelic29
  30. 30. 30 labs@bl.ukDigitisation, International Dunhuang Programme,Endangered Archives Programme30
  31. 31. 31 labs@bl.ukMassive Digitised collectionsthrough partnership31
  32. 32. 32 labs@bl.ukImproving Access by convertingto text32
  33. 33. 33 labs@bl.ukVisualising personal digitalarchives and web archives33
  34. 34. 34 labs@bl.ukLinked Open data34
  35. 35. 35 labs@bl.ukBritish National• 2.6 Million individual records detailing Title, Author, Subject,Descriptions and more of books and journals published ordistributed in the United Kingdom and Ireland since 1950. It iscurrently available as Linked Open Data, Basic RDF/XML andMarc21. An excellent resource for uncovering publishingtrends across the decades!35
  36. 36. 36 labs@bl.ukUK Web Archive• An example dataset is the JISC UK Web Domain Dataset(1996-2010) which is a 32TB subset of the Internet Archive’sweb collection relating to the UK.36
  37. 37. 37 labs@bl.uk19thCentury Digitised Books• 68,000 digitised volumes and their accompanying JP2, PDF,metadata and OCR text files from our Historical 19th CenturyBooks collection available under Creative Commons PublicDomain Mark.• This unique selection includes many rare or inaccessiblebooks published between 1789 and 1914 and covers a widerange of subject areas including philosophy, history, poetryand literature.• representative materials here: britishlibrary19c.tumblr.com37
  38. 38. 38 labs@bl.ukInternational DunhuangProject• IDP is a ground-breaking international collaboration to makeinformation and images of all manuscripts, paintings, textilesand artefacts from Dunhuang and archaeological sites of theEastern Silk Road freely available on the Internet and toencourage their use through educational and researchprogrammes•
  39. 39. 39 labs@bl.ukEnvironment and NatureSounds• thousands of recordings from the Sound Archives unrivallednatural sounds collection is available for free download asMP3’s to staff and students UK higher and further educationinstitutions•
  40. 40. 40 labs@bl.ukBook ordering data…• Every day thousands of items are ordered up from the librarystacks and delivered to researchers in our reading rooms. Wecan provide daily anonymised reports of these titles includingshelfmark information and reading room location40
  41. 41. 41 labs@bl.ukThe story of working with BLLabs…Four days in…Wildlife and Environmental sounds…• Who looks after this collection?• Meet up have a discussion about the collection• Important questions?• Access, who and how can they be used?• How much is there?• Can collections be gathered for cross collection research? Issues and how can itbe accessed? Easy, difficult, how long?• Can they be used for a competition? Can they be used for BL labs?41
  42. 42. 42 labs@bl.ukHow we want you toengage with the project?• Are you responsible for a collection?• How would researchers get access to the collection?• Do you know what the access issues are?• Do you have any ideas of how the collection could be used forresearch purposes?• Useful contacts of potential researchers who BL labs couldwork with42
  43. 43. 43 labs@bl.ukWhat next?Speak to me: 0207 412 7324Email me: mahendra.mahey@bl.ukBL Labs Website: @BL_LabsHash Tag:#bl_labsBlog:
  44. 44. 44 labs@bl.ukQuestions…44