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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…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.

…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.

…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.

…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.

Blog posts

Readings at the intersection of digital scholarship and anti-racism

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Digital Curator Mia Ridge writes, 'It seems a good moment to share some of the articles we've discussed as a primer on how and why technologies and working practices in libraries and digital scholarship are not neutral'. 'Do the best...

Archivists, Stop Wasting Your Ref-ing Time!

Monday, July 6, 2020

“I didn’t get where I am today by manually creating individual catalogue references for thousands of archival records!” One of the most laborious yet necessary tasks of an archivist is the generation of catalogue references. This was once the bane...

Marginal Voices in UK Digital Comics

Monday, June 15, 2020

I am an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership student based at the British Library and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (UAL). The studentship is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Programme. Supervised jointly...

Making Watermarks Visible: A Collaborative Project between Conservation and Imaging

Friday, June 12, 2020

Some of the earliest documents being digitised by the British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership are a series of ship’s journals dating from 1605 - 1705, relating to the East India Company’s voyages. Whilst working with these documents, conservators Heather Murphy...

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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.

Living with Machines

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

Computing for Cultural Heritage

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

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

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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