British Library Labs

BL Labs

British Library Labs is an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded project which supports and inspires the use of the British Library’s digital collections and data in exciting and innovative ways, through competitions, events and collaborative projects.

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About

Since 2013, British Library Labs has been inviting researchers, developers and artists in from around the world to work with us to address an important research question or creative endeavour using the Library’s digital content and data. 

Through our annual competitions, events and collaborative projects we provide the necessary support to make innovative ideas happen, and in turn gain first-hand knowledge of how to shape our digital services and collections to ensure they are fit for purpose in the digital age.

If you’d like to get in touch please email us at labs@bl.uk or follow us on twitter @BL_Labs

Annual competition

Each year we invite researchers, developers and artists to submit their important research question or creative idea leveraging the Library’s digital content and data to our annual competition. 

The 2016 competition is now closed. 

Winners of the 2015 BL Labs Competition were announced 16 June 2015.

Annual awards

The annual British Library Labs Awards recognises outstanding work using the Library’s digital collections and data in four categories: Research, Artistic and Commercial and Teaching/Learning.

Find out more about the 2016 Awards. The deadline is 5 September 2016.

Winners of the 2015 BL Labs Awards were announced at the third annual BL Labs Symposium held on Monday 2nd November 2015, at the British Library.

Events

Throughout the year we host a variety of events, presentations and workshops engaging researchers with the Library’s digital content and data. 

For the latest information on upcoming events, follow @BL_Labs. 


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Digital scholarship

Undertake innovative research with our digital collections and data