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Digital Research

Digital Research at the British Library is a cross-disciplinary team supporting the creation and innovative use of British Library's digital collections. 

We work with those operating at the intersection of academic research, cultural heritage and technology to support new ways of exploring and accessing our collections through:

  • Getting content in digital form and online
  • Collaborative projects
  • Offering digital research support and guidance
  • Events, competitions, and awards

For enquiries please contact digitalresearch@bl.uk

Twitter: #bldigital

Blog posts

Michael Takeo Magruder @ Gazelli Art House

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Posted by Mahendra Mahey (Manager of BL Labs) on behalf of Michael Takeo Magruder (BL Labs Artist/Researcher in Residence). Michael Takeo Marguder's Gazell.io works Earlier this year I was invited by Gazelli Art House to be a digital artist-in-residence on...

How can a turtle and the BBC connect learners with literature?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Image from 'When Life is Young: a collection of verse for boys and girls'. This turtle is ace but we used a different kind of turtle for our project. Digital Curator Mia Ridge explains how and why we used linked...

New technologies challenging author and reader roles

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

This a guest post is by Carol Butler introducing her PhD topic, you can follow her on twitter as @fantomascarol. New technologies are challenging the traditional view of what it is to be an author or a reader. A range...

Off the Page; Playing and Reading in the City

Monday, April 10, 2017

I just want to express a huge thanks to all the speakers and attendees who came along on Saturday to the British Library's London Games Festival fringe event, Off the Page: Literature and Games, exploring how the fictional worlds of...

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Projects

British Library Labs

Competitions, events and collaborative projects that support and inspire the use of our digital collections

THOR: Technical and Human Infrastructure for Open Research

An EC Funded project to establish seamless integration between articles, data, and researchers across the research lifecycle

Off the map

An annual videogame design competition for UK higher education students

Georeferencing

Crowdsourcing location data to make a selection of its vast collections of maps fully searchable and viewable using popular online geotechnologies.

All projects

Case studies

…We found 5519 meetings. It's not quite Big Data but for a historian it's a lot. I couldn't have done that by hand.…

Where did the Chartists hold their meetings? Dr Katrina Navickas used digitised 19th-century newspapers to find out.

…I wanted to find Victorian jokes and bring them back to life…

Dr Bob Nicholson used digitised 19th-century books and newspapers to bring Victorian jokes back to life.

…It was beyond my wildest dreams, really unbelievable…

Artist David Normal used British Library images as source material for his arresting artworks.

Library experts

Dr Adam Farquhar

Head of Digital Scholarship

Dr Rossitza Atanassova

Digital Curator, Digitisation

Dr Mia Ridge

Digital Curator, Western Heritage Collections

Mr Neil Fitzgerald

Head of Digital Research

Nora McGregor

Digital Curator, Asian & African Collections

Stella Wisdom

Digital Curator, Contemporary British Collections

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External links

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DataCite

Methods to locate, identify and cite data

IMPACT Centre of Competence

Making digitisation of historical printed text better, faster, cheaper

International Image Interoperability Framework

A protocol for standardized image retrieval

International Internet Preservation Coalition

Improving the best practices of web archiving

Open Preservation Foundation

Long-term management of digital cultural heritage