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Bringing Digital Humanities to the wider public: libraries as incubator for DH research results


Keynote presented at Language Technologies & Digital Humanities Conferences 2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia. 
Digital Humanities researchers rely on large digital datasets. Since the National Library of the Netherlands (KB) has been digitizing its collection for about ten years, their datasets are popular amongst DH scholars that focus on historical newspapers, periodicals and books. By not only supporting researchers by giving them access to datasets, but also by collaborating with them, the KB aims to incorporate DH research results in their services and products. We do this by sharing our prototype tools and code on our online Lab , invite academics to come and work as researcher-in-residence and are full partner in research projects. In this talk I will describe the challenges and opportunities for libraries and academics when they collaborate. What can researchers gain from collaborating with libraries? And how can libraries bring the affordances of DH research to the wider public?

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