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

Digital transformations and the pandemic: the Digital Scholarship view

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Many things have happened in the past couple of years. Following the closure of physical spaces with the first lockdown, and with reduced access to library systems, British Library staff had to swiftly transition to new ways of working. In...

Open and Engaged 2021: Review

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Engagement with cultural heritage collections and the research impact beyond mainstream metrics in arts and humanities Open and Engaged, the British Library’s annual event in Open Access Week, took place virtually on 25 October. The theme of the conference was...

BL Labs Online Symposium 2021, Special Climate Change Edition: Speakers Announced!

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

BL Labs 9th Symposium – Special Climate Change Edition is taking place on Tuesday 7 December 2021. This special event is devoted to looking at computational research and climate change. British Library digitised image from page 303 of "A Voyage...

The British Library Adopts a New Persistent Identifier Policy

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Since 29 September, to support and guide the management of its collection, the Library has adopted a new persistent identifier policy. A persistent identifier or PID is a long lasting digital reference to an entity whether it is physical or...

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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

Trialing 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

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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