Award Season

Mid-June saw BDLSS recognized with several awards.


On the 16th, many of the great and the good gathered for the annual OxTALENT awards which recognize members of the University who have made innovative use of digital technology in order to foster learning and academic practice, develop links between teaching and research, and improve impact through outreach and public engagement.

Bodleian in Numbers

Matt Kimberley of BDLSS joined Bodleian colleagues Frankie Wilson and Jennifer Townshend, along with their video production team (Tom Wilkinson and Tom Fuller), to collect the runners-up prize in the Data Visualization category for their work on the ‘Bodleian Library in Numbers’ display in the Weston Library.

EEBO-TCP Hackfest

David Tomkins and Liz McCarthy then collected the runners-up prize in the Open Practices category on behalf of the whole team, which also included Michael Popham, Judith Siefring, Pip Willcox, and Kathryn Eccles (TORCH Digital Humanities Champion) for their work on the EEBO-TCP Hackfest and Ideas Hack Competition.

Green Impact

A day later, Jason Partridge accepted two awards on behalf of the Osney One Green Impact Team (also including Kim Wicks, Angela Arnold and Richard Ferguson).


The first award was Bronze, for completing the criteria required in the Green Impact workbooks, covering the areas of energy, communication, procurement, travel, waste & recycling, water and biodiversity & community.

Special Award for Innovation

Jason also picked up a Special Award in the area of Innovation, for which the team listed the accolades of the building and staff, naming specifically the engagement with regular Bike Doctor visits, bird-feeder use, and outside seating and walks around the area.

—David Tomkins

Seminar— Trunk to tail: linking ElEPHãTs through the Semantic Web

This term’s seminar series concludes with an introduction to the Oxford e-Research Centre and Bodleian Libraries joint Elephant project—Early English Print in HathiTrust.

What: Trunk to tail: linking ElEPHãTs through the Semantic Web

Who: Kevin Page and Pip Willcox

When: 13.00—13.50, Thursday 18 June 2015

Where: Centre for Digital Scholarship, Weston Library (map)

The HathiTrust Digital Library offers a broad collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership contains a smaller but well-defined collection of English printed texts between 1473 and 1700. The Early English Print in HathiTrust (ElEPHãT) project bridges the two collections using Linked Data, providing a foundation for exploratory research utilizing the respective strengths—breadth and detail—of the two corpora.

This seminar introduces the principles and technologies behind Linked Data, ontologies, and the Resource Description Framework (RDF), and describes how these technologies are applied to early English print.


Kevin Page works on web architecture and the semantic annotation and distribution of data across a wide variety of domains including sensor networks, music information retrieval, clinical healthcare, and remote collaboration for space exploration. He is principal investigator of the ElEPHãT and Semantic Linking of BBC Radio projects, and leads Linked Data research within the AHRC Transforming Musicology project.

As Curator of Digital Special Collections, Pip Willcox advocates for engaging new audiences for multidisciplinary scholarship and library collections through digital media. With a background in scholarly editing and book history, she is co-investigator of the ElEPHãT project, and ran the Sprint for Shakespeare public campaign and the Bodleian First Folio project. She co-directs the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School.

This seminar is open to all. No booking is necessary. You can download a flyer for it.

Please meet inside the Parks Road entrance of the Weston Library (opposite the King’s Arms). If you are already in the Library, you can find the Centre for Digital Scholarship on the first floor of the Weston Library, through the Mackerras Reading Room and around the glass walkway.