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British Library Labs Virtual Event - 17 May 2013, 1500GMT


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British Library Labs presentation given as part of a Google Hangout on the 17 May, 2013 at 1500GMT. The presentation gave some background information to the project and detailed information about the competition.

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British Library Labs Virtual Event - 17 May 2013, 1500GMT

  1. 1. British Library Labs Library Labs and competition informationFriday 17thMay 2013, 15:00 – 15:20Mr Mahendra MaheyBritish Library Labs Project ManagerScholarship and Collections, Digital Scholarship
  2. 2. 2Hangout Etiquette• Mute your microphones during the presentation• Remember that Hangout is voice activated– When you speak the camera goes to you!• I will act as chair and intervene, if it’s getting a bit chaotic• Be nice!
  3. 3. 3Overview• Background to the project• Labs in more detail and how to engage• Research methods and content used with Labs• The competition
  4. 4. 4“Every book tells a story, butwhat can 68,000 books tellyou?”The project in a nutshell…Encouraging scholars to do research anddevelopment with and across British Librarycollections and data (+other)
  5. 5. 5Our Brand…
  6. 6. 6Background• Grant from The Andrew Mellon Foundation• 2 year initial project
  7. 7. 7• Michelle Burton• Maja Maricevic• Richard Boulderstone• Kristian Jensen• Professor Tim Hitchcock (Digital Humanities)– University of Hertfordshire• Professor Andrew Prescott (Digital Humanities)– King’s College London• Bill Thompson (Technology writer)- BBC• Professor Claire Warwick (Digital Humanities)- University College London• David De Roure – Professor of e-research- Oxford e-research centreProject Board Advisory BoardPeople…Boards
  8. 8. 8• Stella Wisdom• Nora McGregor• Aquiles Alencar Brayner• James Baker• Rossitza AtanassovaDigital Curators Digital Scholarship• Aly Conteh• Adam FarquharPeople…Digital scholarship team
  9. 9. 9• Meet regularly (monthly) to decide on licensing of contentthat has been submitted for considerationPeople…Access / Reuse Working Group
  10. 10. 10People - Library curators• There are around 200 curators at the Library• Labs works directly with the curators responsible for it’sdigital collections• Find the collections and engage with the curators• Curators sometimes suggest ideas for usage• Participate in events, meetings etc.
  11. 11. 11Labs people• Labs Manager• Recruiting a Technical Lead (closes 22 May 2013)• Ioannis Lagamtzis (Work placement Masters student atUniversity College London)
  12. 12. 12Details (1)• No digitisation involved, just digitized and born digitalLibrary content• Existing content on line and other content in digital form butnot online yet…e.g. too big, needs work, technicalchallenges, license restrictions (e.g. onsite access etc)• Examine and analyse the content, especially entirecollections (i.e. cross collection research)• Do research, publish, make things…• Transforming services and tools for scholars / developersusing Library digital collections
  13. 13. 13Details (2)• Competitions, events and various activities• Creating environment where scholars / developers canwork intensively with Library’s digital collections (winnerswill be resident), but not only…• Encourage research / developers generally with andacross collections (Labs is more than the competition justspeak to us!)• Ideas can be pursued by talking to Library staff , withscholars / developers who are interested in conductingresearch / making things, e.g. meetings, events etc. evenbusiness opportunities where relevant and appropriate
  14. 14. 14The plan in time…• Launch Event – 25thMarch 2013 – draft details of competition and feedback• Competition details launched end of April• Virtual 17 May and Hack Event 28/29 May London• Road-show – I can come to you!, more virtual events• June 26thdeadline• Winners announced at 6 July 2013, York (Digital Heritage Conference)• Best two ideas will win a residency and one will be awarded £3000 prize and the other£1000 prize in November• Other ideas, look at supporting in other ways e.g. through Labs, other Librarydepartments, Business opportunities etc• Case studies produced around Nov/Dec, repeat for 2014
  15. 15. 15Components to the plan…• Policy Framework• Labs Competitions• Labs Services• Labs Hackdays• Disseminating findings• Content to be used with BL Labs
  16. 16. 16BL Labs Competition• At least 2 Competitions• Review and feedback to examine approach• Winners will work ‘in residence’ where possible• Focus particularly on cross collection research, research atscale but other research and development encouraged too!• Help develop tools and services to support digitalscholarship
  17. 17. 17BL Labs Services• Identify appropriate services to be developed for scholars /developers wanting to use digital Library collections forresearch and development• Particularly interested in developing ApplicationProgramming Interface (APIs) for data / collections• Powerful interface for researchers and developers forconducting innovative and transformative projects• Lead by Technical lead
  18. 18. 18Labs Hack Days…• Bringing researchers, developers, curators and anyoneinterested with collections together at events• Virtual Hacks?• Brainstorming ideas – ideas lab• Scoping research, ideas, solving problems and developingprototypes• 28/29 May – book!
  19. 19. 19Case studies…• Research generated from the competitions and generalactivity of Labs• Inform the Library and other libraries around the world aboutthe issues, challenges, solutions and benefits generatedwhen using a Labs approach
  20. 20. 20Labs Content• Work with curators to identify those digital collections thatare suitable for Labs• Focus on those that are copyright cleared at the moment• Others considered in light of challenges, i.e. in scope forLabs work• Engage researchers/developers with these materialsthrough meetings, road-shows, hack days, promotions(including competitions and events)
  21. 21. 21British Library Digital Collections• Copyright cleared for researchand non-commercial use?• Curated?• Collection LevelMetadata available?Availableonly inReadingRoomsAvailableon siteDigital butnot online –various storagedevicesAvailable only onsite at the momentHack Events, In residenceDigital andonline
  22. 22. 22
  23. 23. 23British National Bibliographic Data•• 2.6 Million individual records• Title, Author, Subject, Descriptions andmore of books and journals published ordistributed in the UK and Ireland since1950.• Available as Linked Open Data, BasicRDF/XML and Marc21. An excellentresource for uncovering publishing trendsacross the decades, and augmentingrecords!
  24. 24. 24UK Web Archive Data•• An example dataset isthe JISC UK WebDomain Dataset (1996-2010) which is a 32TBsubset of the InternetArchive’s web collectionrelating to the UK.
  25. 25. 2519thCentury Digitised Books• 68,000 digitised volumes and theiraccompanying JP2, PDF, metadataand OCR text files• Many rare or inaccessible bookspublished between 1789 and 1914and covers a wide range of subjectareas including philosophy, history,poetry and literature.• Representative materials here:britishlibrary19c.tumblr.com25
  26. 26. 26International Dunhuang Project• IDP international collaboration• images of all manuscripts,paintings, textiles and artefactsfrom Dunhuang andarchaeological sites of the EasternSilk Road freely available on theInternet and to encourage theiruse through educational andresearch programmes•
  27. 27. 27Environment and Nature Sounds• 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•
  28. 28. 28Book ordering data…• Every day thousands of items are ordered up from thelibrary stacks and delivered to researchers in our readingrooms. We can provide daily anonymised reports of thesetitles including shelfmark information and reading roomlocationAnonymised reader data…• Anonymised information about our readers• Big buckets
  29. 29. 29Resonance FM• London Community Arts Radio Show•• 10 year sound archive!• Speech to text?
  30. 30. 30Example Research Methods• Corpus Analysis tools• Visualisations• Topic Models• Location based searching• Geotagging• Annotation• APIs for datasets e.g. Metadata, Images• Crowdsourcing / Human Computation• Natural Language Processing• Transcribing
  31. 31. 31Example Ideas (give us more!)
  32. 32. 32Competition 2013• Join our website and mailing list• Express your interest or tell others• Virtual event 17 May 2013 (1500 GMT)• Hack event 28/29 May 2013, London• Deadline for Submission is 26 June midnight 2013• Winners announced 6 July 2013• Working on entry July to November (curatorial and financial support given)– Ideas need to fit into this time frame!• Other ideas can be worked on too!• Showcase in November 2013 and winners get up to £3000!
  33. 33. 33Competition 2013
  34. 34. 34Speak to me: 0207 412 7324Email me: or labs@bl.ukLabs Website: our competition!Twitter: @BL_LabsHash Tag: #bl_labsJiscmail: next?