Developments in digital
scholarship: at the British Library
and at kitchen tables everywhere
Dr. Mia Ridge, @mia_out
Digit...
Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
http://acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=442696
The Digital Research Team is a
cross-disciplinary mix of
curators, researchers, librarians
and programmers supporting
the ...
Supporting digital scholarship @ BL
We support new ways of exploring and
accessing our collections through:
• Getting digi...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/11092384623/
Imagetakenfrompage384of'Man,embracinghisorigin,...civilization,....
CUSTODIANSHIP RESEARCH BUSINESS
CULTURE LEARNING INTERNATIONAL
Living Knowledge: The British Library 2015 – 2023
'We make our intellectual heritage accessible to
everyone, for research, inspiration and enjoyment'
'We make our intellectual heritage accessible to
everyone, for research, inspiration and enjoyment'
Ok, but how?
Internal digital scholarship training
• Staff across all collection areas are familiar and
conversant with the foundational concepts,
methods and tools of digit...
• Hands-on, practical
exercises
• Time to explore
innovative digital projects
• Trying new tools,
particularly with BL or
...
• Case studies / real world
examples help
• Articulate learning outcomes,
expected results for exercises
• Provide clear, ...
Inspired... Big Data History of Music
How can vast amounts of bibliographic data held by research libraries be
unlocked fo...
• Applying new skills within
the Library - more guidance
and support within current
Library policy and
infrastructure
• Re...
• Software tools break/change - some
courses need to be completely checked
before they're run
• Digital Curators need to m...
Transkribus for handwritten text recognition
Datasets and digital collections
Datasets about our collections
Bibliographic datasets relating to our
published and archi...
http://www.bl.uk/bibliographic/download.html
http://data.webarchive.org.uk/
Ask me for a
demo!
BL Labs Competition
BL Labs Competition finalists for 2016
• Black Abolitionist Performances and their Presence in
Britain...
"I was able to do in minutes with a
python code what I'd spent the last ten
years trying to do by hand!"
-Dr. Katrina Navi...
Political Meetings Mapper
Video: https://youtu.be/XabsuyNkD5s
Spatial Humanities
‘Being able to link the map
and the underlying text
allows us to understand
how patterns vary from
plac...
BL Labs Bi-Annual Competition & Awards
The 2016 British Library Labs Awards deadline is 5 September.
'A million images' on Flickr Commons
Mario Klingemann
'556 Minerals'
'Grassroots' projects
Participatory history as learning
• Constructive environments for learning and
mastering skills
– Palaeography
– Tagging /...
@marinelivesorg http://digitalpopuplab.org/
Conclusion
Kiitos / Thank you!
Mia Ridge @mia_out
Digital Curator, British Library
digitalresearch@bl.uk @BL_DigiSchol
Developments in digital scholarship: at the British Library and at kitchen tables everywhere
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  • Research Question:

    Brought together for the first time the world's biggest datasets about published sheet music, music manuscripts and classical concerts (in excess of 5 million records) for statistical analysis, manipulation and visualisation. Aim was to unlock musical-bibliographical data held by libraries in order to create new research opportunities. The project cleaned and enhanced aspects of the British Library catalogues of printed and manuscript music, which are now available as open data from www.bl.uk/bibliographic/download.html and piloted big data research techniques on these and five other datasets.

    Source Collections:

    Data from seven existing databases and catalogues were used as the basis of this project: the British Library's catalogues of printed and manuscript music; the bibliographies created by Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM) that list European music printed 1500-1800 and music manuscripts in European libraries; and the RISM UK Music Manuscripts Database and the Concert Programmes Project database.

    Digital/Computational Techniques:
    Data wrangling using Open Refine and MARCedit. Data visualisation using: Google Fusion Tables and Palladio Project slides: http://www.slideshare.net/historyspot/ihr-big-data-history-of-music-9-june15

    Outcome: Analyses and visualisations of these datasets exposed previously uncharted patterns in the history of music, for instance involving the rise and fall of music printing in 16th- and 17th-century Europe (huge dips in output in Venice were down to plague and war!), or the rise of nationalist colourings in music of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The detection of these long-term trends permits new ways of linking music history to wider histories of culture, economics, society and politics
  • Beneficial ‘combination of the computer’s ability to summarise patterns in large volumes of data, with the more traditional humanities skills of understanding subtly and nuance in documents written by humans’
  • His web site is: http://mario-klingemann.tumblr.com/
    And http://incubator.quasimondo.com/
  • There is a long tradition of avocational historians, sometimes working on collaborative projects - local historians in the UK sometimes undertake long-term, complex projects. FreeBMD began in 1998 to 'provide free Internet access to the Civil Registration index information from England and Wales'. It has over 250 million records.

    The projects show the importance of community and a shared mission in motivating activity.
  • Developments in digital scholarship: at the British Library and at kitchen tables everywhere

    1. 1. Developments in digital scholarship: at the British Library and at kitchen tables everywhere Dr. Mia Ridge, @mia_out Digital Curator, British Library digitalresearch@bl.uk @BL_DigiSchol LIBER 2016, Helsinki
    2. 2. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales http://acmssearch.sl.nsw.gov.au/search/itemDetailPaged.cgi?itemID=442696
    3. 3. The Digital Research Team is a cross-disciplinary mix of curators, researchers, librarians and programmers supporting the creation and innovative use of British Library's digital collections. @AquilesBrayner @ndalyrose @mia_out @miss_wisdom @benosteen @mahendra_mahey With thanks to... teamwork
    4. 4. Supporting digital scholarship @ BL We support new ways of exploring and accessing our collections through: • Getting digital and digitised content available online • Collaborative projects • Digital scholarship support and guidance • Events, publications and training • Competitions, and awards (BL Labs)
    5. 5. https://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/11092384623/ Imagetakenfrompage384of'Man,embracinghisorigin,...civilization,...mentalandmoralfaculties.... Illustrated' BritishLibraryHMNTS10007.g.36
    6. 6. CUSTODIANSHIP RESEARCH BUSINESS CULTURE LEARNING INTERNATIONAL Living Knowledge: The British Library 2015 – 2023
    7. 7. 'We make our intellectual heritage accessible to everyone, for research, inspiration and enjoyment'
    8. 8. 'We make our intellectual heritage accessible to everyone, for research, inspiration and enjoyment' Ok, but how?
    9. 9. Internal digital scholarship training
    10. 10. • Staff across all collection areas are familiar and conversant with the foundational concepts, methods and tools of digital scholarship. • Staff are empowered to innovate. • Collaborative digital initiatives flourish across subject areas within the Library as well as externally. • Our internal capacity for training and skill-sharing in digital scholarship are a shared responsibility across the Library. Evaluating the training programme: goals
    11. 11. • Hands-on, practical exercises • Time to explore innovative digital projects • Trying new tools, particularly with BL or similar collections • The expertise and enthusiasm of instructors • Meeting colleagues and learning about BL projects Participants appreciated...
    12. 12. • Case studies / real world examples help • Articulate learning outcomes, expected results for exercises • Provide clear, printable instructions • No more than 15 people in hands-on courses • Allow time for all to complete exercises • Build in optional activities for advanced participants Practical digital training tips
    13. 13. Inspired... Big Data History of Music How can vast amounts of bibliographic data held by research libraries be unlocked for music researchers to analyse? Analyses and visualisations of these datasets exposed previously uncharted patterns in the history of music.
    14. 14. • Applying new skills within the Library - more guidance and support within current Library policy and infrastructure • Reaching staff who work on rosters and cannot attend for a whole day • Digital tools for non- Western materials; working with non-textual digital collections such as the UK Web and Sound Archives On-going challenges
    15. 15. • Software tools break/change - some courses need to be completely checked before they're run • Digital Curators need to maintain our skills and knowledge too – Digital Scholarship Reading Group - 1 hour, once a month – Hack and Yack - 2 hours, once a month – Both are open to all Challenge: the pace of change
    16. 16. Transkribus for handwritten text recognition
    17. 17. Datasets and digital collections Datasets about our collections Bibliographic datasets relating to our published and archival holdings Datasets for content mining Content suitable for use in text and data mining research Datasets for image analysis Image collections suitable for large-scale image-analysis-based research Datasets from UK Web Archive Data and API services available for accessing UK Web Archive collections Digital mapping Geospatial data, cartographic applications, digital aerial photography and scanned-in historic map materials http://bl.uk/digital
    18. 18. http://www.bl.uk/bibliographic/download.html
    19. 19. http://data.webarchive.org.uk/
    20. 20. Ask me for a demo!
    21. 21. BL Labs Competition BL Labs Competition finalists for 2016 • Black Abolitionist Performances and their Presence in Britain • Hannah-Rose Murray, PhD student at the University of Nottingham • SherlockNet: Using Convolutional Neural Networks to automatically tag and caption the British Library Flickr collection • Luda Zhao, Brian Do and Karen Wang, students from Stanford University, California
    22. 22. "I was able to do in minutes with a python code what I'd spent the last ten years trying to do by hand!" -Dr. Katrina Navickas, BL Labs Winner 2015 Political Meetings Mapper
    23. 23. Political Meetings Mapper Video: https://youtu.be/XabsuyNkD5s
    24. 24. Spatial Humanities ‘Being able to link the map and the underlying text allows us to understand how patterns vary from place to place.’ Combining Text Analysis and Geographic Information Systems to investigate the representation of disease in nineteenth-century newspapers, Lancaster Places associated with a range of common nineteenth century diseases.
    25. 25. BL Labs Bi-Annual Competition & Awards The 2016 British Library Labs Awards deadline is 5 September.
    26. 26. 'A million images' on Flickr Commons
    27. 27. Mario Klingemann '556 Minerals'
    28. 28. 'Grassroots' projects
    29. 29. Participatory history as learning • Constructive environments for learning and mastering skills – Palaeography – Tagging / classification – Source familiarity – Biographical research – Database and web design – Data collation, analysis, interpretation – Extended research projects
    30. 30. @marinelivesorg http://digitalpopuplab.org/
    31. 31. Conclusion
    32. 32. Kiitos / Thank you! Mia Ridge @mia_out Digital Curator, British Library digitalresearch@bl.uk @BL_DigiSchol

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