Undertake innovative research with our digital collections and data with the help of our Digital Research experts.

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Digital Research

The Digital Scholarship Department works to enable innovative research based on the British Library's digital collections through:

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

Our team of cross disciplinary experts in the areas of digitisation, librarianship, digital history & humanities, computer and data science, are here to help you with your digital research. 

Contact us at digitalresearch@bl.uk

Twitter: @BL_DigiSchol

Case studies

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…“I have gone from not being able to print 'hello' in Python to writing some relatively complex programs and having a much greater understanding of data science and how it is applicable to my work."…

A selection of student projects undertaken as part of a one-year part-time postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), Computing for Cultural Heritage, 2019-2021 trial co-developed by British Library, National Archives and Birkbeck University and funded by the Institute of Coding as part of a £4.8 million University skills drive.

…I have particularly enjoyed developing new knowledge of the Library’s web archiving work.…

Exploring the challenges and opportunities of collecting interactive web-based works.

…Data visualisation tools allowed me to present a new perspective on the EAP projects in Africa…

Data visualisation tools allowed me to present a new perspective on the EAP projects in Africa.

…Working with the British Library has enabled me to get my research out there beyond academia.…

How smartphones are changing storytelling: Alastair Horne, PhD student.

Blog posts

Learn more about Living with Machines at events this autumn

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Digital Curator, and Living with Machines Co-Investigator Dr Mia Ridge writes… The Living with Machines research project is a collaboration between the British Library, The Alan Turing Institute and various partner universities. Our free exhibition at Leeds City Museum, Living...

#WikiLibCon22: An International Experience

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

It was with a little bit of apprehension that I made my way to Ireland, in late July. After two years of limited travel, and international restrictions, it felt strange to be standing in line at an airport, passport in...

Burmese Script Conversion using Aksharamukha

Friday, August 5, 2022

This blog post is by Dr Adi Keinan-Schoonbaert, Digital Curator for Asian and African Collections, British Library. She's on Twitter as @BL_AdiKS. Curious about Myanmar (Burma)? Did you know that the British Library has a large collection of Burmese materials,...

UK Digital Comics: More of the same but different? [1]

Monday, July 18, 2022

This is a guest post by Linda Berube, an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership student based at the British Library and City, University of London. If you would like to know more about Linda's research, please do email her at Linda.Berube@city.ac.uk....

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Projects

Digital Scholarship Staff Training Programme

Developing staff skills to support digital researchers.

Living with Machines

Major inter-disciplinary research project using data science and artificial intelligence to analyse the human impact of the industrial revolution

Crowdsourcing at the British Library

Learn more about crowdsourcing projects and initiatives at the British Library.

Computing for Cultural Heritage

Trialing a new postgraduate certificate, Computing for Cultural Heritage, with The National Archives and Birkbeck University

Two Centuries of Indian Print

An international collaboration to digitise South Asian printed books

British Library Labs

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

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Library experts

Neil Fitzgerald

Head of Digital Research

Dr Rossitza Atanassova

Digital Curator, Digitisation

Dr Adi Keinan-Schoonbaert

Digital Curator, Asian and African Collections

Nora McGregor

Digital Curator, European and Americas Collections

Dr Mia Ridge

Digital Curator, Western Heritage 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.

AI4LAM: Artificial Intelligence for Libraries, Archives and Museums

AI4LAM is an international, participatory community focused on advancing the use of artificial intelligence in, for and by libraries, archives and museums.

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