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The British Library Digital Research Centre


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Delivered by Richard Boulderstone of the British Library at the Annual Conference of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in Scotland (CILIPS), which took place 1-3 June 2009.

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The British Library Digital Research Centre

  1. 1. CILIPS Conference 2009 Project Gateway: D igital Research Centre Richard Boulderstone, Director eStrategy 3 June 2009
  2. 2. The British Library: ‘This is the life blood of research and innovation’ <ul><ul><li>GIA Funding 08/09: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>£94.8m operational, £12m capital Other funding secured 07/08: c.£33m </li></ul></ul>Helping people advance knowledge to enrich lives National library of the UK. Serves researchers, business, libraries, education & the general public Collection includes over 2m sound recordings, 5m reports, theses and conference papers, the world’s largest patents collection (c.50m) The largest document supply service in the world. Secure e-delivery and ‘just in time’ digitisation enables desktop delivery within 2 hours 3 main sites in London and Yorkshire. Circa 2,000 staff Business and IP Centre: Providing inspiration, and enabling protection of creative capital and business development <ul><ul><li>Generates value to the UK economy each year of 4.4 times public funding </li></ul></ul>Collection fills over 600km of shelving and grows at 11km per year 16 Tb of digital material through voluntary deposit
  3. 3. Digital Research Centre <ul><li>A world class digital research environment, offering unrivalled depth and breath of content, expertise and technology </li></ul><ul><li>Led by the British Library but developed with a range of strategic partners in the content, technology, research & education, commercial sectors. </li></ul><ul><li>To reach and consult with researchers, entrepreneurs, learners … anyone who wants to do research </li></ul><ul><li>To test and evaluate tools and services in a location of major European significance </li></ul><ul><li>To transform the way people find, interact with, analyse, synthesize and create information </li></ul>
  4. 4. The rationale Global changes affecting the research environment New Technologies New research methods Growth of UK knowledge economy Changes to researcher expectations Proliferation of information 1 2 3 <ul><li>Web 2.0/3.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile & interoperability </li></ul><ul><li>Display technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Born digital </li></ul><ul><li>Mass digitisation </li></ul><ul><li>Rights management </li></ul><ul><li>Information & media literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Want contact anytime, anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Store, personalise, manipulate, repurpose, share info with peers </li></ul><ul><li>New ways of relating to each other and information </li></ul><ul><li>Different attitude to Intellectual Property </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurialism & innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Industries </li></ul><ul><li>Science, Media & Technology </li></ul><ul><li>New subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Greater collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple formats, mash-up </li></ul><ul><li>Creative theory & creative practice </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of ephemera </li></ul><ul><li>Students want to learn in different ways to their teachers </li></ul>Text Video Sound Images Cross-disciplinary Cross-borde r Multi-authoring Non-linear Ephemera Dynamic
  5. 5. British Library’s response to change & opportunity Capture & store UK digital publications Support UK research with innovative services Develop skills & expertise to meet needs of digital era <ul><li>Web archiving </li></ul><ul><li>Build physical and digital infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Agree legal framework for e-legal deposit </li></ul><ul><li>Grow unique multimedia collections </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a critical mass of digital content </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate rights information in metadata to authorise users and protect content </li></ul><ul><li>Plans to 2011 include: </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced access to collections through advanced online resource discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Greater digital access to material held both within and beyond the Library </li></ul><ul><li>New knowledge transfer and commercialisation services </li></ul><ul><li>Roll out Research Information Centre virtual research environment </li></ul><ul><li>Review of roles and integration of curators </li></ul><ul><li>Develop skills in collaboration with research community </li></ul><ul><li>Build greater organisational flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Initiatives to support innovation & creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Talent and leadership development programmes </li></ul>
  6. 6. Digital Research Centre Core proposition is unique combination of content, services & spaces to enhance & accelerate research <ul><li>Depth and breadth </li></ul><ul><li>Large scale digitisation across all media </li></ul><ul><li>Partner content including film, radio, TV and all news media </li></ul><ul><li>The British Library Sound Archive </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Images, photographs </li></ul><ul><li>Websites, blogs, ephemera </li></ul><ul><li>Datasets </li></ul><ul><li>Business information </li></ul>New Services <ul><li>Advanced search and retrieval, including non-text based discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Navigation and information literacy expertise & support </li></ul><ul><li>Visualise & mash up </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright clearance </li></ul><ul><li>Access on demand </li></ul><ul><li>Researchers from all disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Creative industry practitioners, producers, writers & designers </li></ul><ul><li>Personal researchers & family historians </li></ul><ul><li>Schools, students & teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurs & businesspeople </li></ul><ul><li>The Citizen Scholar </li></ul><ul><li>Up to 10,000 sq m </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Range of environments: Research, Skills, Support, Social </li></ul><ul><li>Expanded accessibility via technology </li></ul>Enabled by New Technologies and Strategic Partners Primary Users New Building Content
  7. 7. British Library: London’s best connected location <ul><li>250,000 people visit area each day </li></ul><ul><li>Four rail stations with services to all major UK cities </li></ul><ul><li>Eurostar rail to Paris, Brussels & Lille </li></ul><ul><li>Direct train and Underground links to Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports </li></ul><ul><li>Seven London Underground lines </li></ul><ul><li>Primary bus routes </li></ul><ul><li>Primary highway through London </li></ul>Euston Road British Library Euston St Pancras Int’l Kings Cross
  8. 8. British Library and its Future Environs St. Pancras International British Library Kings Cross Digital Research Centre UKCMRI
  9. 9. Why the British Library? Our brand & reputation attract major stakeholders and partners <ul><li>Research Councils </li></ul><ul><li>Government Departments </li></ul><ul><li>HE Institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Funding Councils </li></ul><ul><li>Broadcasters </li></ul><ul><li>Radio, film & TV producers </li></ul><ul><li>Publishers </li></ul><ul><li>Archivists </li></ul><ul><li>Technology specialists </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial developers </li></ul><ul><li>Reach </li></ul><ul><li>Influence </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Advisors </li></ul><ul><li>SABIP </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Britain </li></ul><ul><li>UK & EU </li></ul>
  10. 10. Next Steps
  11. 11. Next steps Timeline Design & Development Build & Delivery Evaluation Digital Research Centre Proof of Concept 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
  12. 12. Next steps Highly visible space for showcasing & observation
  13. 13. Next steps Prototyping & evaluation will validate concepts
  14. 14. Next steps Demonstrating the vision & possibilities <ul><li>How will researchers work? </li></ul><ul><li>What tools will they need? </li></ul><ul><li>What content will they need? </li></ul><ul><li>How much will they interact with the material… </li></ul><ul><li>… each other? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we support creativity? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Strategic partnerships are fundamental to success <ul><li>Commercial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Property developers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joint tenants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Catering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retail </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile & network specialists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Display manufacturers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital asset managers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data storage & access specialists </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research & Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research councils </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UK HE institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International universities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching associations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Film, TV & radio producers, broadcasters & networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dataset owners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National & regional archivists </li></ul></ul>