Experimenting with the British Library’s Data Content

University of Bristol, Monday 21st March

On 21st March, the University of Bristol hosted the British Library Labs in a day-long event that explored the British Library’s Digital Collections. Armed only with a free GW4 (GW4 is the alliance between Cardiff, Exeter, Bristol and Bath Universities) notebook and pen, and a dream of creating a sentient life-form that would combine Shakespeare’s way with words with the suave elegance of Cary Grant (an AI fantasy that I like to call Eamon Holmes-bot), I settled down for a day of terrific presentations, insights, and thought-provoking discussion.

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Meeting with the National Library of Wales

Cymru Digidol

On the 15th March, Anthony Mandal and I met with Glen Robson, the Head of Systems at the National Library of Wales, and Owain Roberts, the Acting Head of Research at the National Library of Wales, to learn about the superb digital projects that they are working on over in Aberystwyth. With a focus on projects that have at their core a strong crowd-sourcing element, the following datasets can be defined as being research-led and innovative whilst at the same time allowing for significant public engagement. One of the characteristics of the NLW’s digital work is its user-friendliness and cleanness of design. The work that Glen and Owain are contributing to – both intellectually and practically – has the potential to not only revolutionise how we understand Welsh history but it also has an in-built capacity to engage the general public with how research is conducted (and produced) academically.

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CorCenCC Launch

CorCenCC Launch
17th March, John Percival Building, 5.00pm

Last week, Cardiff Digital Cultures Network attended the launch of CorCenCC (Corpws Cenedlaethol Cymraeg Cyfoes, The National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh), a brand new interdisciplinary project led by Dr Dawn Knight from Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy. Funded by £1.8m from the ESRC and AHRC, the project combines expertise from Computer Science, Applied Linguistics and Education, with the aim being the creation of the first large scale open access word corpus of contemporary Welsh language use.

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New Project Documents Contemporary Use of the Welsh Language

Reblogged from Cardiff University

As Welsh people around the world celebrated St David’s Day, a new project which aims to document contemporary use of the Welsh language got underway.

Led by Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy, in collaboration with Swansea, Bangor and Lancaster Universities, the £1.8m National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh, or Corpws Cenedlaethol Cymraeg Cyfoes (CorCenCC), project commenced on 1st March 2016. CorCenCC is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

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