The Symposium showcases innovative projects which use the British Library's digital content and provides a platform for development, networking and debate in the Digital Scholarship field.
Dr Adam Farquhar will launch the 4th annual British Library Labs Symposium, followed by a keynote from Professor Melissa Terras, Director of UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library, will present awards to the British Library Labs Competition (2016) finalists, who will also give presentations on their winning projects. After lunch, the winners of Shakespeare Off the Map will be announced. This will be followed by presentations from the winners of the British Library Labs Awards. The Awards recognise projects that have actively used the British Library's digital content in four key areas: Research, Commercial, Artistic and Teaching / Learning. A British Library Labs Staff Award will also be presented this year, in recognition of an individual or team who have played a key role in innovative work with the British Library’s digital collections. The Symposium's endnote will be followed by a networking reception which will conclude the event.
Date and Time
Monday 7th November 2016, 09:30 - 17:30*
*Registration is at 09:30, the event starts at 10:00 prompt. The closing reception will begin at 16:15.
The British Library, Conference Centre, Auditorium, London NW1 2DB, United Kingdom.
(Please collect your badge and head upstairs to the first floor and follow the signs to the Auditorium)
Please refer to the following map detailing how to get to the event.
Final programme of the event available as a pdf
09:30 - 10:00
Registration and coffee in the foyer, Conference Centre
The event will start at 10:00 sharp in the main Auditorium.
10:00 - 10:05
Welcome and introduction
Dr Adam Farquhar, Head of Digital Scholarship, British Library
10:05 - 11:00
Keynote 'Unexpected repurposing: the British Library's Digital Collections and UCL teaching, research and infrastructure'
Melissa Terras, Director of UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, Professor of Digital Humanities in UCL's Department of Information Studies and Vice Dean of Research in UCL's Faculty of Arts and Humanities
When generous licenses are applied to digitised cultural heritage content, they can be taken, used, repurposed, and applied in unforeseen ways. This talk will focus on the British Library's digitised book collection - 60,000 volumes which are now in the public domain - and how those texts and images have been used with both students and researchers at UCL. Integrating a large scale digital collection from a Library into our undergraduate and masters' level Computing Science student projects has changed our views on teaching transferable skills. Mounting the digitised books on our High Performance Computing facilities has led to changes in our computational architecture, helping to design systems that can cope with heterogeneous datasets. This talk shows how library data sets, in all their complexity, can aid data science in both teaching and research.
11:00 - 11:10
Presentation to the British Library Labs Competition (2016) finalists
Roly Keating, Chief Executive of the British Library
Roly will present awards to the finalists of the British Library Labs Competition (2016), who will follow with special presentations on their projects.
11:10 - 11:40
British Library Labs Competition (2016) - 'Black Abolitionist Performances and their Presence in Britain'
Hannah-Rose Murray, PhD student at University of Nottingham
This project has created an original and exciting window into Victorian society by analysing the African American presence in Britain and how their performances and lectures reached nearly every corner of the country. It asks, how can we uncover hidden black voices in the archive?
11:40 - 12:10
British Library Labs Competition (2016) - 'SherlockNet: Using Convolutional Neural Networks to Automatically Tag and Caption the British Library Collection'
Karen Wang and Luda Zhao, Masters students at Stanford University, and Brian Do, Harvard Medical School and PhD student
This project has harnessed machine learning to extract information and data from the British Library's Flickr Commons 1 million images. CNN algorithms have been developed and optimised in order to classify, tag and caption the Flickr collection. The natural-language captions have expanded the richness of the Flickr images and provided intuitive ways for researchers to use the collection.
12:10 – 12:15 Announcing two new British Library Labs Projects
Mahendra Mahey, Manager for the British Library Labs
Mahendra will introduce the first and second runner’s up of the Labs 2016 competition, Michael Takeo Magruder and Jennifer Batt who will give a brief overview of the projects they are going to be working on with the Labs team between mid-November 2016 and late March 2017.
Michael Takeo Magruder, Visual Artist and Researcher, Imaginary Cities
Jennifer Batt, Lecturer in English at the University of Bristol, Datamining verse in 18th Century newspapers
12:15 - 13:15
Lunch in the foyer
13:15 - 13:30
Shakespeare Off the Map
Stella will talk about this year's entries and announce the winners of the Off the Map 2016 competition, which challenged budding designers to use digital collections from the British Library as inspiration to create exciting interactive digital media.
13:30 - 13:35
Rachel Foss, Head of Contemporary Archival and MSS Collections at the British Library
Rachel will be announcing the availability of the Hanif Kureshi born digital literary manuscript collection in the British Library's Manuscripts reading room.
13:35 - 15:00
British Library Labs Awards (2016): winners' presentations
British Library Labs has been working with researchers, artists and entrepreneurs from around the world to enable them to make use of the British Library's digital content and data. This session celebrates projects entered in the BL Labs Awards (2016). It will be followed by special presentations from the winners of each category:
- Research Award
- Commercial Award
- Artistic Award
- Teaching / Learning Award
- British Library Labs Staff Award
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break in the foyer
Please note that the next session will start at 15:30 prompt.
15:30 – 16:15 Closing keynote by Alan Turing Institute and guest speakers Introduction
Andrew Blake, Director of the Alan Turing Institute
The Alan Turing Institute is the national institute for data science, headquartered at the British Library. Its mission is to make great leaps in data science research in order to change the world for the better. Andrew will give a brief introduction to the Turing Institute and introduce three researchers who have been carrying out research and working with the British Library's digital collections and data, particularly the Library's Web Archive.
Working with the archived web, 1996-2013
Jane Winters, Professor of Digital Humanities, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Jane will be discussing working with the archive of UK web space from 1996 to 2013, highlighting both the enormous potential of this unique dataset and the challenges it poses for humanities researchers.
Microsoft Research Infrastructure, the British Library and the Turing Institute
Kenji Takeda, Visiting Industry fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, senior lecturer at the University of Southampton and Director of the Microsoft Azure for Research Programme
Kenji will discuss the work he and his colleagues have done with British Library Labs and the Mechanical Curator as well as his current appointment as an industry fellow at the Turing Institute.
Data Science at the Alan Turing Institute and British Library Web Archiving
Scott Hale, Faculty Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute and Senior Data Scientist at the Oxford Internet Institute
Scott will give an overview of the work he has done on the archive of UK web space from 1996 to 2013 from a social science perspective and talk a little about the work he is currently doing with the Turing Institute.
16:15 - 16:20
Dr Adam Farquhar, Head of Digital Scholarship, British Library
16:20 - 17:30
Final reception in the foyer
Please join us for a drink, mingle and network with the delegates, Library staff and speak to the Labs team.
19:00 - 21:00 'We Are Amused! A Night of Victorian Humour'
Following the BL Labs Symposium is the evening event 'We Are Amused! A Night of Victorian Humour', taking place in the British Library Conference Centre from 19:00 - 21:00.
Join Dr Bob Nicholson (Edge Hill University) and comedians Zoe Lyons, Bob Mills and Iszi Lawrence as they unearth thousands of old puns, sketches, one-liners and saucy songs from the 19th century.
Cost: £12 (concessions available), buy your Victorian Humour tickets here.