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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

Odyssey Jam Games

Monday, June 12, 2017

This post is by Digital Curator Stella Wisdom, on twitter as @miss_wisdom & BL Labs collaborator Gary Green from Surrey Libraries, on twitter as @ggnewed. Gary and Stella are interested in many things including games and interactive fiction. Earlier this...

Digital Conversations @BL - Web Archives: truth, lies and politics

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Next week we are spoiled for choice here at the British Library with two topical and fascinating evening events about data and digital technology. On Monday 12 June there is the first public Data Debate delivered in collaboration with the...

Series of public Data Debates delivered in collaboration with the Alan Turing Institute

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Data has become part of our everyday lives and we are increasingly getting used to dealing with consequences of our personal data being accessible to a myriad of different services, from banking to social media. Some uses of data, however,...

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...

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Projects

British Library Labs

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

Digital Scholarship Staff Training Programme

Developing staff skills to support digital researchers.

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

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

Neil Fitzgerald

Head of Digital Research

Dr Rossitza Atanassova

Digital Curator, Digitisation

Dr Mia Ridge

Digital Curator, Western Heritage Collections

Nora McGregor

Digital Curator, Asian & African Collections

Stella Wisdom

Digital Curator, Contemporary British Collections

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External links

The British Library is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

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