(6 June 2014) This week The British Library Big Data Experiment began, a collaboration between the British Library Digital Research team, UCL Computer Science, and UCL Centre for Digital Humanities that will experiment with approaches to opening up the digital collections at the British Library, particularly to benefit those undertaking research in the arts and humanities.
The experiment itself will see a team of UCL Computer Science and Software Systems Engineering students work between now and September on an MSc project that seeks to develop experimental platforms for access to and interrogation of British Library public domain digital collections using the Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure. Their brief is to design a research-oriented front end with adaptors and facades and to construct implementations of Azure APIs that are functionally scalable to the datasets provided. Features of this public front end might include recommender and similarity engines, machine learning interfaces and statistics integration.
Read the detailed illustrated announcement here.