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UCL Qatar, British Library and QU Library join forces to develop int’l guide on Cultural Heritage Innovation Labs

UCL Qatar, British Library and QU Library join forces to
develop int’l guide on Cultural Heritage Innovation Labs

Tribune News Network
Doha
UCL Qatar, Qatar University Library and the British Library jointly brought out the first international guide on setting up Cultural Heritage Innovation Labs following an intense Book Sprint workshop.
The week-long race to create the guide brought together authors, academics and experts from across the world to share their experiences in setting up, using and running Cultural Heritage Innovation Labs.
An Innovation Lab is a semi-autonomous organisation that engages diverse participants in open collaboration for the purpose of creating and sampling radical solutions to pre-identified challenges. Over the past few years, the creation of Innovation Labs inside cultural heritage institutions has enabled new audiences to access these institutions’ data and digital collections for research, experimentation, inspiration and enjoyment.
Considered as one of the pioneers of Cultural Heritage Innovation Labs, British Library Labs (BL Labs) has helped grow the network of cultural professionals from across the globe who are interested in launching and running such labs. To that end, workshops in London and Copenhagen identified a need for guidance on running innovation labs.
Commenting on the event, Dr Milena Dobreva, associate professor of Library and Information Studies at UCL Qatar, said, “There is currently a lack of coherent written guidance on how to set up and maintain a Cultural Innovation Lab in Qatar. Hence, we wanted to address this gap by bringing together experts from around the world to create a publication in an intensive five-day Book Sprint session.”
Event participants included Abigail Potter, senior innovation specialist at the Library of Congress Digital Innovation Lab; Caleb Derven, head of Technical and Digital Services at the University of Limerick; Ditte Laursen, head of the Digital Cultural Heritage department at the Royal Library of Denmark; Mahendra Mahey, manager of British Library Labs; Kristy Kokegei, head of Engagement at Heritage Trust, New South Wales, Australia; and Aisha Hassan al Abdulla, section head of Digital Repository and Archives at Qatar University Library.

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