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British Library Labs Symposium (online) (2020)

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The BL Labs Symposium is an annual networking event showcasing innovative projects that have used the British Library's digital collections.

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The British Library Labs (BL Labs) Symposium is an annual networking event and awards ceremony showcasing innovative projects that use the British Library's digital collections and data. It provides a platform for discussion and debate in the use of the Library’s digital collections for research, inspiration and enjoyment. The awards this year will recognise outstanding use of British Library's digital content in the categories of Research, Artistic, Educational, Community and British Library staff contributions. This is our eighth annual symposium.

Date and Time: Tuesday 15 December 2020, 10:00* - 16:00

Informal online networking is from 09:00. The event starts at 10:00 prompt.

Cost: Free

Location: Online.

Delegate list: A delegate list of the people registered for the event will be available as a google sheet and a pdf. 

Digital projects archive and case studies: Information about over 175 projects including previous entrants to the BL Labs Competitions, BL Labs Awards and other work using the British Library's digital collections is available in our Digital Projects Archive. We also recommend you browse our digital scholarship case studies.

Social Media: For live tweeting please use @BL_Labs, @BL_DigiSchol, @GLAM_labs & hashtag #bldigital

PROGRAMME

09:00 - 09:55  INFORMAL ONLINE NETWORKING

MORNING SESSION

Introduced and chaired by Mahendra Mahey, Manager of BL Labs, British Library

10:00 - 10:05  Welcome and introductio

Maja Maricevic, Head of Higher Education and Science, British Library

10:05 - 11:05  Keynote: Keynote, Job title, Institution

This year's keynote is yet to be announced.

Our keynote will follow in the footsteps of previous prestigious BL Labs keynote speakers: Armand Leroi (2019);  Dan Pett (2018); Josie Fraser (2017); Melissa Terras (2016); David De Roure and George Oates (2015); Tim Hitchcock (2014); Bill Thompson and Andrew Prescott in 2013.

11:05- 11:15  BL Labs update

Mahendra Mahey, BL Labs Manager, British Library

An update on the activities of BL Labs over the last year and a look forward to new projects.

11:15 - 11:30  GLAM Labs around the world

A report on the work of global community of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) Labs community.

11:30 - 11:50  The Research Award

Torsten Reimer, Head of Research Services, British Library

This Award recognises a project or activity which demonstrates the development of new knowledge, research methods, or tools using the Library’s digital content.

Previous winners include: Combining Text Analysis and Geographic Information Systems to investigate the representation of disease in nineteenth-century newspapers, by Ian Gregory et al (2015), Scissors and Paste by Melodee Beals (2016), A large-scale comparison of world music corpora with computational tools by Maria Panteli et al (2017), The Delius Catalogue of Works by Joanna Bullivant and Daniel M. Grimley of the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford; and David Lewis and Kevin Page of the University of Oxford e-Research Centre (2018) and F-Tempo (2019) by Tim Crawford, Goldsmith's University.

11:50 - 12:00  Update from British Library Technical Lead

Filipe Bento, BL Labs Technical Lead, British Library

12:00 - 13:25  LUNCH and online networking

Take this opportunity to network with new and familiar colleagues as well British Library staff.

AFTERNOON SESSION

Introduced and chaired by Filipe Bento, BL Labs Technical Lead, British Library

13:30 - 13:45  The Teaching & Learning Award

Mahendra Mahey, BL Labs Manager, British Library

This Award celebrates quality learning experiences created for learners of any age and ability that use the Library's digital content.

Previous winners include: 'Library Carpentry' by James Baker et al (2016),  'Vittoria's World of Stories' by Vittoria Primary School (2017), Pocket Miscellanies by Jonah Coman, Glasgow School of Art (2018) and The Other Voice by Royal College of Art (2019).

13:45 - 14:00  An update on the Living with machines project

Mia Ridge, Digital Curator and Co-Investigator for Living with machines, British Library

The 'Living with machines' project is a collaboration between the British Library and the Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

14:00 - 14:10  Community Award

Mahendra Mahey, BL Labs Manager, British Library

This Award celebrates individual / personal projects that have used Library's digital content.

14:10 - 14:25  British Library Staff Award

Maja Maricevic, Head of Higher Education and Science, British Library

This Award recognises a current member of staff, or team, who has played a key role in an innovative project using the Library’s digital content or data.

Previous winners include: 'Libcrowds' by Alex Mendes (2016), 'Two Centuries of Indian Print' (2017) by the Two Centuries of Indian Print team, the Polonsky Foundation England and France Project: Manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700–1200 (2018) and Image Hackdays, Qatar Digital Library Imaging Team (2019)

14:25 – 14:45  The Artistic Award

Mahendra Mahey, BL Labs Manager, British Library

This Award recognises an artistic or creative endeavour that has used the Library’s digital content to inspire, amaze and provoke.

Previous winners include: 'The Order of Things' by Mario Klingemann (2015), 'Hey there Young Sailor' written and directed by Ling Low with visual art by Lyn Ong (2016), 'Imaginary Cities' by Michael Takeo Magruder (2017), Another Intelligence Sings by Robert Walker, Rose Leahy and Amanda Baum (2018) and Emerging Formats: Discovering and Collecting Contemporary British Interactive Fiction by Lynda Clark (2019) 

14:45 - 15:20  COFFEE BREAK

15:20 - 15:50  Digital research projects update

Neil Fitzgerald, Head of Digital Research, British Library

Highlights of some innovative recent and current projects in the Digital Research team at the British Library.

15:50 - 16:00  Closing comments

Mahendra Mahey, BL Labs Manager, British Library

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