British Library’s Digital Content and Open Data

South West Data
South West Data
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Mahendra Mahey from the British Library Labs. ( will talk about their work and the hundreds of thousands of digital items and objects being created and collected by the British Library ( and made openly available online. This continuously expanding public resource includes digitised manuscripts, sheet music, newspapers, periodicals, maps, archived websites, radio, performances, TV news broadcasts, and artworks, as well as the more expected items like scanned versions of books.

British Library Labs is an initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ( which supports and inspires the public use of the British Library’s digital collections and data ( in exciting and innovative ways. We actively encourage scholars and innovators to work with us, thereby supporting the British Library’s mission to guarantee that the wealth and diversity of the Library’s intellectual digital heritage is available for the research, creativity and fulfilment of everyone.

Excitingly for our newly formed ODI Bristol community and the wider South West Data membership, Mahendra will also be talking about the British Library Labs Competition which is looking for transformative project ideas which use the British Library’s digital collections and data ( in new and exciting ways. Two Labs Competition finalists will be selected to work 'in residence' with the BL Labs team between May and early November 2016, where they will get expert help, access to the Library’s resources and financial support to realise their projects.

Winners will receive a first prize of £3000 and runners up £1000 courtesy of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation ( at the Labs Symposium on 7th November 2016 at the British Library in London where they will showcase their work.