Judging the British Library Labs Awards Competition 2015

Each entry will be assessed by an independent panel of experienced researchers, experts and British Library staff following the process detailed below:
  1. The judging panel will use the 'Assessment criteria' below to assess each entry.
  2. If the entry has been shortlisted, entrants will be notified by midnight GMT on Monday 12th October 2015.
  3. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to the British Library Labs symposium (“Symposium”) on Monday 2 November 2015 to learn if they have won.
  4. One winner will be chosen for each category (Research, Creative/Artistic and Entrepreneurial) by the judging panel an announced at the Symposium.
  5. A prize of £500 will be awarded to the winner of each category.
  6. It is possible that the same entrant can win in more than one category.
  7. The winners’ work will be highlighted at the Symposium.

Assessment criteria

The panel will assess your entry using the following criteria:
  1. The value and clarity of the research question, problem, challenge posed.
  2. The extent to which the work showcases British Library digital content and its potential for wider use.
  3. The quality of the research approach and methods proposed.
  4. The challenges the work faced and how these were overcome.
  5. The appropriateness of the entry to the category under which it was entered.
  6. Whether the legal terms of use for the digital collections identified have been checked and compliance demonstrated in the work.
  7. Whether the work contains information that ensures that it does not in any way infringe intellectual property rights or any other rights of any third party.


This category is for work that has been carried out in the context of a research project or activity. It should show the development of new knowledge about the British Library's digital content, research methods, or tools.


This category is for work that uses the British Library's digital content in the context of artistic or creative endeavours. It should inspire, stimulate, amaze and provoke.


This category is for work that delivers or develops commercial value. It could be in the context of new products, tools, or services that build on, incorporate, or enhance the British Library's digital content to produce commercial value.