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

Blog posts

On the Road (Again)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Image from the British Library’s Million Images on Flickr, found on p 198 of 'The Cruise of the Land Yacht “Wanderer”; or, thirteen hundred miles in my caravan, etc' by William Gordon Stables, 1886. Now that British Summer Time has...

Gaming the Gothic on Friday the 13th

Friday, April 13, 2018

“The bats have left the bell tower, the victims have been bled” - Happy Friday the 13th to those of you with gothic sensibilities! I’ve been enjoying singing along to the wonderful CHVRCHES cover of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” originally by...

British Library Labs application for Digital Research support

Thursday, April 12, 2018

BL Labs supports researchers, artists, entrepreneurs and educators who want to use the British Library's digital collections and data. We are proud to announce the launch of a new service where we will able to provide up to 5 days...

The 2018 BL Labs Awards: enter before midnight Thursday 11th October!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

With six months to go before the submission deadline, we would like to announce the 2018 British Library Labs Awards! The BL Labs Awards are a way of formally recognising outstanding and innovative work that has been created using the...

More blog posts

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

A 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

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