Programme for BL Labs Seminar, 13 April 2015, Open University Library

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Here is the exciting programme for the BL Labs seminar that will take place on Monday 13 April 2015 in the Library Presentation Room at The Open University, Milton Keynes (map and travel advice).

You can also download a detailed programme, including speaker biographies and abstracts for each presentation: BL Labs Talk 13 April 2015.

The event is open to all. Please register with Matthew Pemberton ( if you wish to attend this seminar. A sandwich lunch will be served from 12.15 to registered participants only.


The session organised specifically for Digital Humanities at The Open University will cover a talk about the British Library Labs project which gets scholars to use the British Library’s incredible digital collections for their research and a session on the current Labs’ competition which closes on the 30 April 2015. Bob Nicholson, one of the winners of the 2014 Labs competition will give a first-hand account of what it is like to work with the British Library and its digital content and give an overview of the project he worked on, ‘The Victorian Meme Machine’. Ben O’Steen will give an overview of the ‘Mechanical Curator’ and other interesting experiments with British Library digital content and data. The team will also be providing access to terabytes of data on the day which you will be able to explore to get an idea of the kinds of digital content they have on offer and begin to understand the challenges researchers face when using it for your research / work and ideas. The event will end with a question / answer and discussion session.



1300 – 1330 The British Library Labs Project

Mahendra Mahey, Manager of the British Library Labs

1330 – 1400 The Victorian Meme Machine

Bob Nicholson, Lecturer at Edge Hill University and one of the winners of the 2014 British Library Labs Project competition

1400 – 1430 Mechanical Curator

Ben O’Steen, Technical Lead for British Library Labs

1430 – 1500 Questions, Answers and Discussion

The speakers will be available for questions and a discussion after the talks