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British Library Labs Symposium (2017)

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The Symposium is an annual networking event and awards ceremony showcasing innovative projects which have used the British Library's digital collections and data over the past year. Awards are given out recognising outstanding use of British Library's digital content in the categories of Research, Commercial, Artistic, or Teaching & Learning.

Dr Adam Farquhar, Head of Digital Scholarship at the British Library will launch the 5th annual British Library Labs Symposium.

Josie FraserJosie Fraser, Senior Technology Adviser on the National Technology Team, based in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in the UK Government.

Josie will deliver her keynote entitled 'Open, Digital, Inclusive: Unleashing Knowledge'.

Michael Takeo MagruderMichael Takeo Magruder, Visual Artist and Researcher.

This will be followed by presentations from the runners-up from the British Library Labs Competition 2016; Michael Takeo Magruder, Visual Artist and Researcher and his work 'Imaginary Cities' which has taken digitised historic urban city maps and transformed them into 2D and 3D artworks.

Jennifer BattJennifer Batt, Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Bristol.

Jennifer Batt with her project 'Datamining verse in 18th Century newspapers' which has been attempting to discover poetry in 18th Century newspapers using text and data mining techniques.

After lunch, the winners of the British Library Labs Awards will be announced. 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.

Joanne Armitage - Alograve V&AJoanne Armitage performing an Algorave at the Victoria and Albert Musuem.

The Symposium will end with a presentation from Coral Manton and Joanne Armitage about Algoraves, events where people dance to music generated from algorithms and data. This will be followed by a networking reception where Coral and Joanne will perform a live ‘Mini-Algorave’ using sounds, images and data from the British Library's digital collections to conclude the event.

Date and Time

Monday 30th October 2017, 09:30 - 17:00*
*Registration is at 09:30, the event starts at 10:00 prompt. The closing reception will begin at 16:15.

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Free

Location
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)

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Please refer to the following map detailing how to get to the event.

Programme
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 Open, Digital, Inclusive: Unleashing Knowledge
Josie Fraser, Senior Technology Adviser on the National Technology Team, based in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in the UK Government.

Josie Fraser will discuss the impact the open knowledge movement has had on education and learning. Looking at the powerful role that Wikimedia UK and Wikimedians have played in bringing UK cultural institutions and their digital collections to new and wider audiences, the talk will also explore how open knowledge partnerships are driving diversity and better representation for all online. She will invite the audience to join her in exploring ideas and opportunities for the future.

Josie Fraser has worked across education sectors, with governments, commercial service providers and not for profit organisations, developing innovative and effective practice in the use of technology. The significance of her work was recognised earlier this year by the Association for Learning Technology who awarded her Honorary Life Membership.

She is Chair of Wikimedia UK, a charity dedicated to supporting access to knowledge for all, promoting engagement with Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia, Wiki Data, and the Wikimedia Commons.

Between 2010-2016, she lead the technology strand of Leicester City Council’s £340million Building Schools for the Future Programme - setting, promoting and delivering an agenda for educational transformation in relation to the use of technology within schools. Her work developing school workforce digital literacy, and introducing open education licences and practices to the compulsory education sector has been recognised internationally.

She has worked on behalf of Childnet International to produce national cyberbullying guidance for both Labour and Conservative UK governments.

She blogs at Social Tech and you can follow her on Twitter as @josiefraser

11:00 - 11:05 Presentation to the British Library Labs Competition

11:05 - 11:35 Imaginary Cities
Michael Takeo Magruder, Visual Artist and Researcher
Imaginary Cities
is an arts-humanities research project that considers how large digital repositories of historic cultural materials can be used to create new born-digital artworks and real-time experiences which are relevant and exciting to 21st century audiences. The project will take images and associated metadata of pre-20th century urban maps drawn from the British Library’s online “1 Million Images from Scanned Books” digital collection on Flickr Commons and transform this material into provocative fictional cityscapes for the Information Age.

11:35 - 12:05 Datamining verse in 18th Century newspapers
Jennifer Batt, Lecturer in English at the University of Bristol
This project is designed to interrogate the digitised eighteenth-century newspapers in the British Library’s Burney Collection and British Newspaper Archive databases in order to recover a complex, expansive, ephemeral poetic culture that has been lost to us for well over 250 years.

12:05 – 12:15 The Digital Research Suite at the British Library - The next step for BL Labs
Dr Adam Farquhar, Head of Digital Scholarship, British Library

12:15 - 13:15 Lunch in the foyer

13:15 - 13:30 Digital Projects at the British Library
Stella Wisdom, Digital Curator at the British Library

13:30 - 15:00 British Library Labs Awards (2017): 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 (2017). It will be followed by special presentations from the winners of each category:

  • Artistic Award
  • Commercial Award
  • Teaching / Learning Award
  • Research 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 – 15:50 Algoraves
Carol Manton and Joanne Armitage
Special Guests Coral Manton and Joanne Armitage will close the event with a presentation on Algoraves, events where people dance to music generated from algorithms and data. This will be followed by a networking reception where Coral and Joanne will perform a live ‘Mini-Algorave’ using sounds, images and data from the British Library's digital collections.

15:50 - 16:00 Closing remarks

Dr Adam Farquhar, Head of Digital Scholarship, British Library

16:00 - 17:00 Final reception in the foyer and mini 'Algorave'
Please join us for a drink, mingle and network with the delegates, Library staff and speak to the Labs team and enjoy a live performance of a 'Mini Algorave' using sounds, images and data from the British Library's digital collections from the British Library's digital collections.

17:00 Finish

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