EVENT: British Library’s Digital Content, Data and Services

downloadWorking with the British Library’s Digital Content, Data and Services in your Research and Teaching (University of Lincoln)

Organised by British Library Labs, History UK, and the School of History and Heritage at the University of Lincoln as part of the British Library Labs Roadshow (2018).

Hundreds of thousands of digital items and objects are being created and collected for researchers to use such as digitised manuscripts, sheet music, newspapers, maps, archived websites, radio programmes, 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 institutions like the British Library support the research and teaching needs of their users. Will people discover new information when they no longer have the restriction of viewing a single page from a single book at a time? How can the British Library build systems that provide a coherent route across its content, regardless of whether it is a televised news report or a unique signature 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 evaluate and interpret the context of the item? How can we exploit animations and interactive infographics to better convey the information found in our holdings? This is the research space that British Library Labs explores and we want to encourage researchers to work with us and share their research questions and innovative ideas around this.

This event will include a series of presentations exploring the digital collections – at the British Library and elsewhere. Presenters will examine how they have been used in various subject areas such as the Humanities, Computer Science and Social Sciences and the lessons we have learned by working with researchers who want to use them. This will be followed by discussions and feedback around potential ideas of working with the British Library’s data. The Roadshow will showcase examples of the British Library’s digital content and data, addressing some of the challenges and issues of working with it, and how interesting and exciting projects from researchers, artists, educators and entrepreneurs have been developed via the annual British Library Labs Competition and Awards.

The BL Labs team is keen to learn about the services researchers, teachers and others would like to see developed at the British Library to support Digital Scholarship and there will be a presentation around some ideas that we have been developing. Delegates will be invited to discuss and give feedback, suggest improvements and present their own ideas.

Date and Time: Wednesday 16 May 2018, 12:00-17:00

Cost: Free

Location: Room AAD2W18, Art, Architecture and Design Building, University of Lincoln, 

Programme:

12.00: Lunch

12:30: Kate Hill (Lincoln) – Introduction and Welcome

12:40: Mahendra Mahey (Manager, British Library Labs) – What is British Library Labs? How have we engaged researchers, artists, entrepreneurs and educators in using our digital collections –

13:00: Bob Nicholson (Edge Hill) – Remixing Digital Archives

13:30: Eleni Kotoula (Lincoln) – Digital Heritage at the Crossroads: Visualization, Virtualization & Fabrication

14:00: Sharon Webb (Sussex) – The Sussex Humanities Lab and Extending DH into the Classroom

14:30: Break

14:45: M. H. Beals (Loughborough) – Oceanic Exchanges: Building a Transnational Understanding of Digitised Newspapers

15:15: Hazel Sadler (Lincoln) – Digital technology in museums and the communication of research and exhibitions to the public

15:45: Jennifer Batt (Bristol) – When what you’re looking for isn’t there: working with digitized collections of historic newspapers

16:15: Discussion – developing Services for BL Labs at the British Library

16.45: Conclusion and wrap up

17:00: Finish and wine reception sponsored by History UK

Speaker Biographies

  • Jennifer Batt is Lecturer in Eighteenth Century English Literature at the University of Bristol; her current research focuses on the poetic cultures of periodicals.
  • M. H. Beals is a lecturer in Digital History at Loughborough University, specialising in the interaction between migration and media. Her research concentrates on the practice of scissors-and-paste journalism, an unofficial process of viral news dissemination in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and her website, ScissorsAndPaste.net, allows users to track textual reuse across an expanding number of online databases. Her current project is Oceanic Exchanges, which explores how newspapers transformed the international into the local by linking digital newspaper collections from around the world and exploring the role of digital curation in historical research.
  • Eleni Kotoula specialises in digital heritage, mainly in advanced computer visualization, digital imaging, 3D recording and modelling, virtual reconstruction and 3D fabrication, with an emphasis on the development of novel computational approaches for restoration, preventive conservation, investigation, analysis and display of artefacts. Eleni holds a BSC in Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art from the Athens University of Applied Sciences, MSc and PhD in Archaeological Computing from the University of Southampton.  Prior to her current research fellowship at the School of History and Heritage, University of Lincoln, Eleni completed postdoctoral research at the University of Central Lancashire and Yale University.
  • Bob Nicholson is a historian of Victorian popular culture and a Senior Lecturer at Edge Hill University. He works on the history of jokes, journalism, and transatlantic relations. He tweets @Digivictorian and @VictorianHumour.
  • Hazel Sadler is an MA student at the University of Lincoln, studying for the MA in Historical Studies. She has been designing an app that aims to encourage further on-site and off-site engagement the Imperial War Museums’ research and collections.
  • Sharon Webb is a Lecturer in Digital Humanities Lecturer in the Sussex Humanities Lab and the School of History, Art History and Philosophy. She is a historian of Irish associational culture and nationalism (eighteenth and nineteenth century) but has also studied computer science at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Sharon has practical experience with digital archiving and digital preservation, and has contributed to the successful development of a major national digital infrastructure. Sharon’s current research interests include community archives and identity, social network analysis (method and theory), and research data management.

 

2018 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey -Your Voice Matters

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The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is a survey run via the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Launched in 2007, PRES is a sector wide survey to gather insight from postgraduate research students about their learning, provision, and supervision experience.

The survey is the opportunity for Postgraduate Research students to tell us of their experiences as a researcher at the University of Lincoln, whether they are new or have nearly completed, are studying part- or full-time, for a Masters by Research, a PhD, or a professional doctorate.

Your views matter to us and are crucial in ensuring that the University provides the experience postgraduate research students need, and to improve provision for current and future PGRs.

All students will receive an email invitation to complete the survey which contains a password. You can then log on to lncn.eu/qtuvy to complete the survey.

For further information or queries please contact doctoralschool@lincoln.ac.uk

Closing Date: Friday 27th April 2018

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2018 Cumberland Lodge Conference – Life Beyond the PhD

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PhD Research Conference – Funding available

The Doctoral School is pleased to announce, two funded places to attend the 11th Cumberland Lodge Doctoral Conference – Life Beyond the PhD, taking place on the 13th to 17th August 2018. The ‘Life Beyond the PhD’ conference is a unique celebration of the postgraduate research culture in the UK. Now in its eleventh year, the conference invites PhD students and early career researchers to share their experiences, take part in training, and explore the value of doctoral research in an inclusive and supportive environment.

What you can expect
Delegates participate in sessions on:

  • Presentation and writing skills
  • public engagement
  • self-leadership for researchers
  • interdisciplinary research proposals
  • mental health for doctoral students
  • sharing their research with a non-specialist audience

The conference offers opportunities to share research and aspirations, to explore collaborative and interdisciplinary ways of working, and to meet other doctoral students from a range of
backgrounds and disciplines. Cumberland Lodge provides the perfect setting, whether you want to step away from your research to clear your head, or enjoy a quiet place to get some writing done.

How to apply

  • Funding is only available to PhD students who are looking to submit their thesis within the next 12 months.
  • Funding covers, Conference registration, accommodation for the conference dates, meals provided by Cumberland Lodge, travel expenses.
  • Must be available to attend on the dates 13th August – 17th August 2018

Application forms can be obtained by emailing doctoralschool@lincoln.ac.uk  and should be submitted to the Doctoral School no later than Thursday 31st May 2018

Visit the website here for more information.

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Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice for Doctoral Students

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We would like to invite you to participate in an exciting new venture which is being developed by a team from the College of Social Science in partnership with the Doctoral School.

Studying for a PhD is an amazing opportunity, but it can also be a difficult and stressful time. PhD students often report feeling isolated, and uncertain about the quality of their work and the progress they are making. In recent years, we have seen a growing number of mental health problems in PhD students (Levecque et al, 2017) and this is starting to attract attention both in the UK and around the world.

In response to this, at Lincoln we have decided to take positive action by offering a programme to our students that will help them to identify and focus on their strengths, become more self-aware and therefore better equipped to deal with the challenges that the PhD brings.

What are you planning to do?

We are planning to run a trial to examine the effects of a Mindfulness-Based Strengths Practice programme among Doctoral students.

Mindfulness-Based Skills Practice (MBSP) is an established eight week programme that brings together the practice of mindfulness and the practice of character strengths. It includes discussions, meditations, strengths practices, lecture input and homework exercises. The programme was devised and developed by Ryan Niemiec (2014) and has been used in a variety of populations and settings showing positive effects. It has never previously been used with Doctoral students.

We are incredibly fortunate at Lincoln to have Dr Roger Bretherton, a Clinical Psychologist and qualified practitioner in mindfulness interventions, including MBSP. Roger has been working with Ryan Niemiec and the MBSP programme for a number of years and has now trained Rebecca Park (PhD student) in the delivery of MBSP.

Rebecca will take the lead on delivering the MBSP programme to doctoral students at the University of Lincoln under the supervision of Dr Bretherton. At the beginning, end and six weeks after the programme has been completed, all participants will be asked to complete a series of validated questionnaires to assess the effectiveness of the programme for those involved.

How do I find out more?

If you are interested in taking part in the study, we would like to invite you to an information event where we will tell you more about the programme and give you an opportunity to try out some of the activities that you would be participating in.

The next information event is;

11th April, 11.30 am until 1.30 pm  BOOK HERE

If you would like to come along to the information event, please click the links above, if you cannot make the event but would still like to find out more about the project, contact doctoralschool@lincoln.ac.uk

Levecque, K., Anseel, F., De Beuckelaer, A. D., Van der Heyden, J. & Gisle, L. (2017) Work organisation and mental health problems in PhD students. Research Policy. 46, 868-879

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2018 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey

PRES

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) is a survey run via the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Launched in 2007, PRES is a sector wide survey to gather insight from postgraduate research students about their learning, provision, and supervision experience.

The survey is the opportunity for Postgraduate Research students to tell us of their experiences as a researcher at the University of Lincoln, whether they are new or have nearly completed, are studying part- or full-time, for a Masters by Research, a PhD, or a professional doctorate.

Your views matter to us and are crucial in ensuring that the University provides the experience postgraduate research students need, and to improve provision for current and future PGRs.

All students will receive an email invitation to complete the survey which contains a password. You can then log on to lncn.eu/qtuvy to complete the survey.

For further information or queries please contact doctoralschool@lincoln.ac.uk

Closing Date: Friday 27th April 2018

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