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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

BL Labs 2018 Commercial Award Runner Up: 'The Seder Oneg Shabbos Bentsher'

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

This guest blog is by the 2018 BL Labs Commercial Award runner up, David Zvi Kalman. The bentsher is a strange book, both invisible and highly visible. It is not among the more well known Jewish books, like the prayerbook,...

The British Library / Qatar National Library Partnership Imaging Hack Day – International Women’s Day

Friday, March 8, 2019

On 7th February 2019, the Imaging Team from the British Library Qatar National Library Partnership drew up the blinds in the studio and turned it into an artist’s workshop once again for our second Hack Day. The team produced their...

The World Wide Lab: Building Library Labs - Part II

Thursday, February 28, 2019

We're setting sail for Denmark! Along with colleagues from the UK, Austria, Belgium, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Qatar, Spain, Sweden and the USA, we will be mooring at Copenhagen's Black Diamond, waterfront home to Denmark's Royal...

Competition to automate text recognition for printed Bangla books

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

You may have seen the exciting news last week that the British Library has launched a competition on recognition of historical Arabic scientific manuscripts that will run as part of ICDAR2019. We thought it only fair to cover printed material...

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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

Living with Machines is a major five year inter-disciplinary research project using data science and artificial intelligence to analyse the human impact of the industrial revolution.

Computing for Cultural Heritage

Drawing together experts from British Library, The National Archives and Birkbeck University, this project will co-develop a new one year part-time PGCert in 'Computing for Cultural Heritage'. This course will provide cultural heritage professionals with a grounding in computational approaches to navigate the sector's data-driven landscape confidently.

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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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.

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

Stella Wisdom

Digital Curator, Contemporary British Collections

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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