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The UK Medical Heritage Library is making 68,000 19th century texts relating to the history of medicine freely available to all. In association with Wellcome Library, we invite you to join us for the UK Medical Heritage Library live lab, organised to celebrate the release of this content on our Historical Texts platform which already contains some 350,000 texts from the 15th to 19th centuries.
We're working together with the Wellcome Library on this three-year project along with nine other UK universities who are all contributing content to this collection. The texts are available via Wellcome Digital Library and Internet Archive and will be released on Historical Texts as an open collection on 27 October 2016, when this event will take place.
The lab is a precursor to the UK Medical Heritage Library Symposium on 27 October also held at the Wellcome Collection in London.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Travel bursaries may be made available on request to those registered as students.
Who should attend
The lab has been organised to encourage students, academics and researchers from any discipline to explore and develop ideas around the use of the rich text and image assets which the collection provides.
The focus is on medical humanities but anyone with an interest in digital approaches to teaching, learning and research is welcome to come along to work on ideas.
You don't have to be an expert digital humanist to attend this event. In fact, we are really looking for subject specialists with an eye for the unusual. It's about exploring patterns, thinking about texts in terms of where they sit in a corpus, how they relate to data elsewhere and about extracting and creating information that can tell new stories about the content. Some of your ideas may well result in new tools for the Historical Texts platform, and it is envisage that there will be a series of the live labs to continue the explorations of this first event.
For more information contact Peter Findlay, our digital portfolio manager.