DatasetAbstract: A set of catalogue records for photographs (created 1850-1950) that are held at the British Library. Export from the Integrated Archives and Manuscripts System of only CC0 published records. Personal or sensitive information has been removed. This dataset was created specifically for the Legacies of Catalogue Descriptions and Curatorial Voice: Opportunities for Digital Scholarship project to demonstrate computational analysis of catalogue data using corpus linguistic methods and tools.
British Library; Moretto, Nicolas
WorkAbstract: Creative and cultural organisations require repositories that look good, are attractive to users and support a wide range of non-text research outputs. Join us to learn more about our shared repository for UK cultural heritage organisations.
Basford, Jenny; Glancy, Mark; Gould, Sara
Cross-disciplinary Collaborations to Enrich Access to Non-Western Language Material in the Cultural Heritage SectorAbstract: The British Library is home to millions of items representing every age of written civilisation, including books, manuscripts and newspapers in all written languages. Large digitisation programmes currently underway are opening up access to this rich and unique historical content on an ever increasing scale. However, particularly for historical material written in non-Latin scripts, enabling enriched full-text discovery and analysis across the digitised output, something which would truly transform access and scholarship, is still out of reach. This is due in part to commercial text recognition solutions currently on the market today having largely been optimised for modern documents and Latin scripts. This paper will report on a series of initiatives undertaken by the British Library to investigate, evaluate and support new research into enhancing text recognition capabilities for two major digitised collections of non-Western language collections: printed Bangla and handwritten Arabic. It seeks to present lessons learned and opportunities gained from cross-disciplinary collaboration between the cultural heritage sector and researchers working at the cutting edge of text recognition, with a view towards informing and encouraging future such partnerships.
Derrick, Tom; McGregor, Nora