Developing a Digital Scholarship Service at the National Library of Scotland: the first year

18 Mar 2020
13:45 - 14:15
Henry Wellcome Auditorium

Developing a Digital Scholarship Service at the National Library of Scotland: the first year

Digital scholarship, and the Collections as Data movement, has gained increasing traction in recent years, and with libraries now undertaking in-house mass digitisation, we are able to provide collections and support for computational research activity.

In March 2019 the National Library of Scotland recruited its first Digital Scholarship Librarian to design and establish a new Digital Scholarship Service; in September 2019 the Service published its data-delivery platform, the Data Foundry, with a commitment to releasing one dataset every month for the next year.

This presentation will trace the first year of the Library’s Digital Scholarship Service (March 2019 to March 2020), highlighting work including the practical effort required to present digitised collections as data and the challenges of doing so; internal culture change and external engagement activity; licensing considerations; and what collections as data means for digitisation selection processes and workflows.