The K.Top: 18,000 digitised maps and views released – Maps and views blog

“Today we release 18,000 digital images of historic maps, views and texts from the Topographical Collection of King George III into the public domain.

The collection has been digitised as part of a seven-year project to catalogue, conserve and digitise the collection which was presented to the Nation in 1823 by King George IV. This is the first of two planned image releases.

The images are made available on the image sharing site Flickr, which links to fully searchable catalogue records on Explore the British Library….”

Repositories Community and Engagement Lead

“The British Library is recruiting a Project Lead to take forward its work and commitments for the Arcadia-funded Advancing Hyku project. Samvera Hyku is the Open Source platform that the British Library has chosen for its research repository. A year into development of the repository, the Library is working with the University of Virginia and Ubiquity Press to push forward developments in the software to allow wider uptake of Hyku as a repository solution.




The Repositories Community and Engagement Lead will be responsible for the Library’s commitments to the project and working in close collaboration with the project partners. They will work with colleagues across the British Library to ensure timely delivery of project outcomes. They will also lead substantial engagement activities with the Samvera Hyku community and the wider Open Science community to ensure their priorities are reflected in the project deliverables. As part of this engagement, some travel will be required.




Successful applicants are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the repository landscape and experience in managing repository technologies. They will have proven project management experience and show an ability to push forward work within their own area of expertise. They should also be able to call on excellent oral and written communication skills to support their community engagement and relationship management experience, especially when working with senior stakeholders.




Full details of the responsibilities of the post, and essential requirements can be found in the Job Profile….”

British Library Shared Research Repository launched in beta – Living Knowledge blog

“The Shared Repository, currently a beta service, brings together the openly available research outputs produced by staff and research associates of six cultural and heritage organisations: the British Library; the British Museum; MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology); National Museums Scotland; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; and Tate. Each partner has their own repository and is responsible for their own content, but users can also explore the combined content using the shared search from the homepage. Articles, book chapters, datasets, exhibition texts, conference presentations, blogs and many more types of our research are now discoverable and downloadable by researchers worldwide. The repository currently holds just a selection of outputs to give a flavour of our research activities, with many more to be added in the coming months….”

Happy anniversary to the Polonsky Project – Medieval manuscripts blog

“Today is the one-year anniversary of the launch of our collaborative interpretative and digitisation project with the Bibliothèque nationale de France, The Polonsky Foundation England and France Project: Manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France, 700-1200.  A year ago we met in Paris as part of a three-day international conference to celebrate two new bilingual websites that provide unprecedented access to some of the riches of our two national collections.  Thanks to generous funding from The Polonsky Foundation, each Library digitised 400 manuscripts made in either England or France before the year 1200.  You can view all 800 of them on a website hosted by the BnF, and if you wish, select two or more to examine side by side (view the digitised manuscripts on the BnF website).  …”

Open and Engaged 2019

“Forging links between higher education and cultural heritage to foster open scholarship.

Open and Engaged returns for its second year in celebration of International Open Access Week. This one day event looks to explore how higher education and cultural heritage institutions can better work together to improve the transition to open access and practices supporting open scholarship more broadly.

The event will run from 11:00 to 16:00 and will feature two keynotes, three parallel sessions and a panel. The parallel sessions will look at open collections and their impact, accessibility and inclusive design, and the cost of images in research publications.

Open and Engaged will be held in the British Library’s Knowledge Centre….”

Hyku Open Source Institutional Repository Development partnership awarded $1M Arcadia grant to improve open scholarship infrastructure | UVA Library News and Announcements

“The University of Virginia is pleased to announce a two-year award in the amount of $1,000,000 from Arcadia—a charitable fund of philanthropists Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin—in support of the “Advancing Hyku: Open Source Institutional Repository Platform Development” project.

Through this project, the University of Virginia and its partner institutions—Ubiquity Press and the British Library—will support the growth of open access through institutional repositories. Working with the global open infrastructure community, the partners will introduce significant structural improvements and new features to the Samvera Community’s Hyku Institutional Repository platform….”

Get the research

“Our plan: provide access to both content and context, for free, in one place. To do that, we’re going to bring together an open a database of OA papers with a suite AI-powered support tools we’re calling an Explanation Engine. We’ve already finished the database of OA papers. So that’s good. With the free Unpaywall database, we’ve now got 20 million OA articles from 50k sources, built on open source, available as open data, and with a working nonprofit sustainability model….”

Open Access Shared Repository for the British Library

“The British Library intends to establish a research repository infrastructure to support a number of services, including a new institutional repository for our own research outputs, a new solution for two or more research-supporting digital collections managed by the Library, and as a shared service for the research outputs of other similarly placed organisations.

This Invitation to Tender is for a Pilot Project to build, configure and host a shared repository to allow us to test the concept and workflows in co-operation with a small number of partner external organisations. We expect the Pilot Project to last for 12 months from date of award, followed by a further 3 months of system support….”