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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

Blog posts

Building Library Labs around the world - the event and complete our survey!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Posted by Mahendra Mahey, BL Labs Manager. Building Library Labs Around the world, leading national, state, university and public libraries are creating 'digital lab type environments' so that their digitised and born digital collections / data can be opened up...

Visualising the Endangered Archives Programme project data on Africa, Part 3. Finishing up

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sarah FitzGerald is a linguistics PhD researcher at the University of Sussex investigating the origins and development of Cameroon Pidgin English. She is currently a research placement student in the British Library’s Digital Scholarship Team, using data from the Endangered...

Student project report: Scribal Handwriting: An automated manuscript analysis tool

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

In 2017-18, Dr Mia Ridge worked with three groups of second year students on UCL's Computer Science course to apply their skills to collections and digital scholarship-based projects. In this post, Francesco Benintende (francescobenintende@icloud.com), Kamil Zajac (kamil.zajac.16@ucl.ac.uk) and Andrei Maxim...

BL Labs Symposium (2018): Book your place for Mon 12-Nov-2018

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Image taken from page 203 of '[Griffith's new historical description of Cheltenham and its vicinity ... with ... engravings. L.P.]' Posted by Mahendra Mahey and Eleanor Cooper (BL Labs Team) The BL Labs team are pleased to announce that the...

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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.

Off the Map: Videogame & Interactive Fiction Design Competition

A videogame and interactive fiction design competition for UK higher education students

Automatic Transcription of Historical Handwritten Arabic Texts

Helping advance the state-of-the-art in handwritten text recognition technologies for Arabic.

Two Centuries of Indian Print

An international collaboration to digitise South Asian printed books

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.

…A collaborative PhD with the British Library gives me the means to access a public audience…

Ruth uses the digitised newspaper collection to explore attitudes towards immigration in nineteenth century Britain.

…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 really collaborative work...…

Library experts helped Peter develop a new digital research tool

…It was beyond my wildest dreams, really unbelievable…

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

…My thesis is not just one entry in an online repository, it's part of my life which I need to keep going…

Non-text doctoral theses: Rob Sherman, digital writer, artist and game designer

Library experts

Dr Adam Farquhar

Head of Digital Scholarship

Neil Fitzgerald

Head of Digital Research

Dr Rossitza Atanassova

Digital Curator, Digitisation

Nora McGregor

Digital Curator, European and Americas Collections

Dr Mia Ridge

Digital Curator, Western Heritage Collections

Dr Adi Keinan-Schoonbaert

Digital Curator, Asian and African Collections

More staff members

External links

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DataCite

Methods to locate, identify and cite data

FutureTDM

Project to improve uptake of text and data mining (TDM) in the EU.

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