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30 October 2014

British Library Digital Scholarship Training Programme: a round-up of resources you can use

The British Library Digital Scholarship Training Programme provides hands-on practical training for British Library staff delivered as one-day on-site workshops covering topics from communicating collections and cleaning up data to command line programming and geo-referencing. Since launching in November 2012 over 250 individual members of staff have attended one or more session with over 60 course days delivered.

We've blogged about the programme before (see '50th Anniversary!'), and the more we go around talking about it (most recently at Digital Humanities 2014 and Data Driven: DH in the Library) the more we hear from librarians, curators, academics, and other professionals in the cultural sector looking to build similar programmes and looking to learn from our model.

Although the British Library Digital Scholarship Training Programme is an internal programme, we've made efforts over the last year to release bits of the programme externally. In lieu of having a central home for these outputs, this post collates all those bits of the programme that have floated out onto the open web, usually under generous licences.

Crowdsourcing in Libraries, Museums and Cultural Heritage Institutions

Mia Ridge leads this course for us. Notes, links, and references relating to the course are on her blog.

 Data visualisation for analysis in scholarly research

Again, Mia Ridge leads this course for us. Notes, links, and references relating to the course are on her blog.

Information Integration: Mash-ups, APIs and the Semantic Web

Owen Stephens leads this course for us. Both his slides and the hands-on exercise he developed for the course are available on his blog and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Programming in Libraries

There is a great deal of cross-over between this course and two lessons I wrote for the Programming Historian with Ian Milligan: Introduction to the Bash Command Line and Counting and mining research data with Unix. Both lessons are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

Managing Personal Digital Research Information

This course is led by Sharon Howard, the bulk of which covers Zotero. A wiki resource was developed by Sharon for the course attendees to work through and this was subsequently released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License as A Zotero Guide.

[update 21/11/14] Cleaning up Data

This course is led by Owen Stephens. Both his slides and the hands-on exercise he developed for the course are available on his blog and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

[update 11/03/15] Mapping your Data

I led this course in June 2014. Intro, exercises, hand out, and data are available on Figshare (DOI: 10.6084/m9.figshare.1332408).

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James Baker

Curator, Digital Research

@j_w_baker

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