UPDATE: Digital Humanities Seminar, 3 April

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The Digital Humanities Thematic Research Network is pleased to present an update to the next event in the Digital Humanities in Practice series.

The British Library Labs

Presenter: Mahendra Mahey (BL Labs Project Manager)

Date: 3 April 2014

Time: 11.00am-12.00pm

Location:  Arts Music Studio, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes (directions)

Hundreds of thousands of digital items and objects are being created and collected by the British Library for researchers to use: digitised manuscripts, sheet music, newspapers, maps, archived websites, radio, performances, TV news broadcasts, and artworks, as well as the more expected items like scanned versions of books.

This wonderful cacophony of content is having a significant effect on how the British Library supports the research needs of its users. Will people discover new information when they are no longer restricted to viewing a single page from a single book at a time? How can the Library build systems that provide a coherent route across its content, regardless to whether it is a televised news report or a unique signatures drawn in the margins of a map? How can we use crowd-sourced information, computer vision and machine-learning techniques to provide people with better tools to better judge and interpret the context of illustration or work? How can we exploit animations and interactive infographics to better convey the information bound in our holdings? This is the research space that British Library Labs explores. The seminar will also present the current BL Labs competition, which closes on the 22 April 2014.

The Listening Experience Database

Presenters: Professor David Rowland and Dr Helen Barlow (The Open University) and Simon Brown (The Royal College of Music)

Date: 3 April 2014

Time: 12.30-2.00pm

Location:  Arts Music Studio, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes (directions)

The Listening Experience Database (LED) project is an AHRC-funded collaboration between the Open University and the Royal College of Music, the main purpose of which is to design and develop a database which will bring together a mass of data about people’s experiences of listening to music of all kinds, in any historical period and any culture. The database is freely searchable by the general public and uses crowdsourcing as one of the ways in which data is collected. This session will give an overview of the project, focusing in particular on the architecture and development of the database, and some of the challenges of developing an effective crowdsourcing strategy.

This part of the event will be recorded and made available on OU Podcasts.

A sandwich lunch will be provided. To book a place, please email Heather Scott (heather.scott@open.ac.uk) by 31 March 2014.

For more information on Digital Humanities at The Open University, please go to the Digital Humanities website http://www.open.ac.uk/arts/research/digital-humanities/