Data Labs: Datalab.kb.se – A Report For the National Library of Sweden
Introductory blog post by Professor Pelle Snickars, Author of the Report
From the Introduction:
The primary function of library labs are to deliver digital collections as data (or datasets) to researchers and other interested users, as well as to enable research or tinkering with the same data. Library labs are sometimes devoted to experimentation with provided datasets, but they can also be envisioned as a core service that more and more national libraries provide with the lab (and its services) becoming an integrated part of a developed digital infrastructure. The foundation of a library lab at the National Library of Sweden would hence strengthened and support a commitment to cutting edge data driven research, and also expand the library research infrastructure substantially. This report suggest that the National Library should launch a library lab. The main purpose of the library lab datalab.kb.se is to support all forms of research on digitised heritage.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.