Experimenting with British Library’s Digital Content and Data for your research (Open University)
A workshop organised by British Library Labs and Digital Humanities at The Open University as part of the British Library Labs Roadshow (2016).
The workshop will showcase some of the British Library’s digital content and data, addressing some of the challenges and issues of working with it and how interesting and exciting projects from researchers, artists, and entrepreneurs have been developed via the annual British Library Labs Competition and Awards. This will be followed by presentations about research at the Open University. Finally, the session will end with an ‘Ideas Lab’ encouraging participants to explore, experiment and think of ideas of what they might do with the British Library’s digital content and data. A panel will give feedback on the ideas and there will be a British Library goody bag for the best one!
Hundreds of thousands of digital items and objects are being created and collected for researchers to use such as digitised manuscripts, sheet music, newspapers, maps, archived websites, radio, performances, TV news broadcasts, and artworks, as well as the more expected items like scanned versions of books.
This wonderful cacophony of content is having a significant effect on how institutions like the British Library support the research needs of their users. Will people discover new information when they are no longer restricted to viewing a single page from a single book at a time? How can the BL build systems that provide a coherent route across its content, regardless of whether it is a televised news report or a unique signature drawn in the margins of a map? How can BL use crowd-sourced information, computer vision and machine-learning techniques to provide people with better tools to better judge and interpret the context of illustration or work? How can BL exploit animations and interactive infographics to better convey the information found in our holdings?
This is the research space that British Library Labs team explores and this workshop is an opportunity for researchers at the Open University to meet them and share research questions and innovative ideas around this space.
Date and Time:
Monday 29th February 2016, 1200-1500
Library Presentation Room, The Open University Library, Milton Keynes
Please register for the seminar through this Eventbrite page by 22 February.