British Library: Introducing an experimental format for learning about content mining for digital scholarship. “This post by the British Library’s Digital Curator for Western Heritage Collections, Dr Mia Ridge, reports on an experimental format designed to provide more flexible and timely training on fast-moving topics like text and data mining.”
Mentioned this back in 2016 when it was announced, so happy to mention its launch. British Library: Launch of The Polonsky Foundation Pre-1200 Project. “Today we are celebrating with our esteemed colleagues from the Bibliothèque nationale de France. Together we have digitised and re-catalogued 800 medieval manuscripts from England and France. We have also created two bilingual web resources making these manuscripts available freely and interpreting their significance.”
British Library: The Judeo-Persian manuscript collection in the British Library. “The newly launched Judeo-Persian collection guide is an important and valuable addition to the British Library’s repertoire of Middle Eastern on-line resources, that have been made accessible to increasing numbers of researchers and users worldwide. Additionally, as part of our on-going Hebrew Manuscripts Digitisation Project, we have already digitised 34 Judeo-Persian manuscripts and will continue to do more in the months ahead.”
The National: British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme sheds new light on the history of Africa and Islam . “At the beginning of December, a modest ceremony will be held at the National Archives of Mali in Bamako to celebrate a momentous achievement. The culmination of a nine-year project, the event will witness the handover of the final batches of about 8,000 digitised Islamic manuscripts collated from libraries and private collections located throughout Djenne, Mali one of the oldest continually inhabited towns in sub-Saharan Africa.”
British Library: 15,000 images of Javanese Manuscripts from Yogyakarta now online. “The Javanese Manuscripts from Yogyakarta Digitisation Project, generously supported by Mr S P Lohia, aims to digitise 75 manuscripts from Yogyakarta now held in the British Library, and provide free online access through the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts website. Full sets of the digital images will also be presented to the Archives and Libraries Board of Yogyakarta (Badan Arsip dan Perpustakaan DIY) and to the National Library of Indonesia (Perpusnas) in Jakarta. Six months after the official launch of the project at the British Library on 20 March 2018 by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, over 15,000 images from 35 manuscripts are now accessible digitally, with all 75 manuscripts scheduled for full online publication by March 2019.” I mentioned this project back in March.
British Library: Student project report: Scribal Handwriting: An automated manuscript analysis tool. “The team was challenged to create a tool for palaeographers (researchers who analyse handwriting) that can determine the date of a manuscript and sometimes even its scribe and place of production. To help with this task, we designed a tool to quickly find occurrences of similar handwritten characters across a collection of documents. This would be a lengthy and repetitive task if done manually by researchers. Typically, researchers compare characters’ features such as script, size and ink of different manuscripts to establish possible similarities between manuscripts and scribes. Our mission was to create a faster and reliable tool that could be used by palaeographers. Our aim was to speed up their research process by automating the comparisons between characters.”
British Library: Seeking researchers to work on an ambitious data science and digital humanities project. “In its early stages of development, the project, called Living with Machines, brings together national-scale digital collections and data, advanced data science techniques, and fundamental humanities questions. It will look at the social and cultural impact of mechanisation across the long nineteenth century, using data science methods both to track the application of technology to our social and economic lives and the human response to their introduction. The project will initially work with digitised newspaper collections, but will look to include a variety of sources and formats held by the British Library and other institutions.”