British Library Labs Awards 2017 - FAQs

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What types of entries is the Awards acknowledging?

Please see past examples of the BL Labs Awards winners and runners up, attend one of our events, or email labs@bl.ukfor further information.

What digital collections can I reference in my Awards entry/s?

The Awards require that you have used at least one British Library digital collection or item in your entry(s), although you can include as many as you like. Please see our digital collections.

Can I include digital collections that aren’t from the British Library in my entry(s)?

You are welcome to reference other digital collections that aren't from the British Library in your entry(s). However, please remember that the purpose of the Awards is to highlight use of British Library digital content and data, and therefore you must include at least one item from a BL digital collection per Awards entry.

Can I submit more than one Awards entry?

Yes, you are allowed to submit as many different entries as you like.

Can I submit my entry/s in more than one Awards category?

You are entitled to submit your entry(s) in as many of the Awards categories as you like, if you consider the entry(s) suitable.

Can previous winners or runners up of the Labs Competition and / or Awards submit an entry?

Yes as long as their entry is not the same as the one they used to win.

Can teams apply for the Awards?


What is the prize for the Awards competition?

The winner of each category will receive £500 and runner up £100.

Is it possible to win in more than one Awards category?


When is the deadline for submission in the BL Labs Awards (2017)?

All entries must be submitted by midnight BST on Tuesday 11th October 2017.

Any tips on submitting my Awards entry(s)?

We recommend you work on a draft submission using the text version of the online submission form before you submit your entry(s). For entry ideas, please see past examples of BL Labs Awards winners and runners up.
You must tick to indicate that you accept the terms and conditions before submitting your entry.

What if I want to resubmit my Awards entry(s)?

If you make a mistake or want to add something to your entry(s), you can resubmit as many times as you want before the submission deadline date of midnight BST on Tuesday 11th October 2017. After this date you cannot submit any further entries for the BL Labs Awards (2017).

How will my Awards entry(s) be assessed?

Your entry(s) will be assessed through the procedures outlined in Awards judging process. The judging panel will use the assessment criteria listed to decide on the winning entries.

Do I need to discuss my Awards entry(s) with anyone?

It is up to you if you want to discuss your entry(s) with anyone, but we encourage you to email BL Labs anytime at with your enquiries and ideas.
@BL_Labs and #bldigital hash tag should be used for open discussion of any Awards entry, including your own.

What if I have plagiarised the entry(s) I submit for the Awards?

You are responsible for the authenticity and originality of your entry(s). If we discover your entry has been plagiarised, you will be disqualified from the Awards.

How old do I have to be to enter the Awards?

You need to be 18 years of age or older to enter the Awards.

I am not from the UK, can I enter the Awards?