Digital Humanities Laboratory

The Digital Humanities Laboratory is a service at the National Library of Norway that assists scholars, students, and library users in their engagement with digital tools and methods in the pursuit of humanistic questions.

Our library is deeply committed to facilitate research infrastructure that draws on the massive body of digital content made available as a result of our digitization efforts. This research infrastructure comprises access to digital collections of all material types (books, newspapers, journals, manuscripts, pictures, sound, videos, films), metadata, and a pool of tools and methods developed for research purposes.

Digital collections and services

 
Bokhylla
 
Newspaper Service
 
Radio
 
Språkbanken

Metadata

The National Library of Norway is responsible for developing and maintaining bibliographic standards and an online national bibliography. Recent developments in bibliography data science have demonstrated that a national bibliography is not merely a site for information retrieval but rather an invaluable source of knowledge about a nation’s cultural heritage. Producing bibliographic metadata is a core activity and forms the backbone of the National Library’s research infrastructure. Held by the BIBSYS Library System (Alma), bibliographic data produced for the national bibliography are available in MARC 21 format and Dublin Core via the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) which means that they are easily accessible for research purposes.

Tools

 
Application Programming Interface (API)
 
IIIF

Projects

Digitization and Diversity: Potentials and Challenges for Diversity in the Culture and Media Sector. A collaboration between the Norwegian Business School (BI), the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the National Library of Norway, and the University of Copenhagen. Financed by the Research Council of Norway (KULMEDIA). Project website

Data-Mining the Digital Bookshelf. A collaboration between the University of Oslo (Centre for Ibsen Studies) and the National Library of Norway. Funded by the Research Council of Norway. Project website

Digital Corpus and Dictionary of Norwegian Medieval Latin Texts. A collaboration between the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Kunnskapsforlaget, and the National Library of Norway. Funded by the Research Council of Norway. Project website

MIRAGE: A Comprehensive AI-Based System for Advanced Music Analysis. A collaboration between the University of Oslo (Department of Musicology) and the National Library of Norway and funded by the Research Council of Norway (IKTPLUSS)

Health Communication Regimes (HeCoRe). A collaboration between the University of Oslo, the Institute for Social Research, Oslo Metropolitan University and the National Library of Norway and funded by the Research Council of Norway.

Partners

CLARINO

The National Library of Norway participates in the Norwegian research infrastructure project CLARINO. CLARINO, a consortium of Norwegian universities and research institutions, is funded by the Research Council of Norway. The goal of CLARINO is to realise the Norwegian part of the European CLARIN project. The ultimate goal is to make existing and future language resources readily accessible to researchers and to bring e-science to the humanities. Examples of such resources are text corpora (large collections of digital text), collections of collected speech, digital dictionaries and databases of various types.

CLARIN is all about conservation, reuse, disclosure and sharing of research data within the humanities. The idea is that researchers at European research institutions simple possible will gain access to research resources in their own and other European countries via a joint search system; the institutions in the CLARIN network will set up services for searching their own resources, and based on the restrictions imposed on the individual resource (copyright, privacy etc.), the individual researcher will be given access to the resource by authenticating themselves via their home institution.

The primary task of The National Library in CLARINO is to act as the national coordinator for the harvesting and exchange of metadata between the Norwegian CLARINO institutions and to make these available to the total of institutions in the CLARIN network. The National Library also functions as a content provider of language resources, to the CLARIN network and others.