British Library Labs application for Digital Research support (2020)
BL Labs supports researchers wanting to carry out research using the British Library's digital collections and data, providing technical, curatorial, legal and other kinds of expertise / practical help.

We are able to provide up to 5 days support to help you develop a project idea that uses our digital collections and data. In that time we will help you understand the collection(s) you want to work with and provide technical, curatorial and legal advice about your project. We can also help you with scope, costs, time, risks and any other relevant issues.

We review and select applications at the beginning of each month. If your application is selected, we will work with you to provide targeted support to help examine and develop the project.

We recommend that before you submit your idea using this form, you have already explored the data you are interested in and contacted us at for some initial guidance.

The BL Labs Team
Personal Information
Name(s) *
Enter your name (first name surname). Please separate multiple names of entrants with commas.
Please provide your personal ORCID if you have it:
Affiliation(s) (if relevant)
Email address(es) *
Contact Number(s)
We will only contact you if we need to speak to you about your submission. Your number will not be shared.
Job Title(s) *
Separate with a comma if there are job titles for each team member.
Project details
Title of project *
If the title includes an acroynm, please spell this out.
The research question / problem you are trying to answer / solve *
Summary *
Try not to use more than 400 words. If you have already explored the data, please include a description of what you have learned about it.
Webpage detailing more information about your project idea (if appropriate).
Collections and methodologies
What British Library digital collections are needed / relevant? *
Please give details of British Library digital collections you wish to work with (you may use several collections). A sample can be found at This is not intended to be comprehensive, but will help guide the next steps.
Have you explored the data you are proposing to use? *
If the answer to the above is 'Yes' please provide more information below
What approach(es) / method(s) do you plan to use? *
Indicate any specific research methods / processes / techniques or approaches you plan to use, e.g. text mining, 3D/D3.js visualisations, statistical analysis using R, elasticsearch indexing etc.
Which of these techniques, if any, would you need support or training for?
Are there any similar examples that show that your idea may be achievable on a technical, curatorial and/or legal basis?
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