British Library Labs Competition 2016 - Judging process

Each Competition entry will be assessed by an independent panel of experienced researchers, experts and British Library staff following this process:
  1. The judging panel will use the 'Assessment criteria' below to evaluate each entry at the Competition judging meeting.
  2. All entries must be received by midnight BST on Monday 11th April 2016 in order to qualify for the Competition.
  3. If an entry has been shortlisted, entrants will be notified via email by midnight BST on Wednesday 27th April 2016.
  4. Shortlisted candidates may be required to answer further questions by email and/or telephone about their entry/s between 12:00 to 14:00 BST on 25th May 2016.
  5. The two finalists will be announced by midnight BST on Wednesday 25th May 2016, on the BL Labs website , the British Library’s Digital Scholarship website and blog.
  6. The two finalists will present their progress to the judging panel between 12:00–14:00 BST on Wednesday 14th September 2016.
  7. The judging panel will choose an overall winner and runner up by 09:00 BST on Monday 7th November 2016.

Assessment criteria

The judging panel will assess all entries using the following criteria:
  1. The value and clarity of the research question posed.
  2. The extent to which the entry showcases British Library digital content and its potential for wider use.
  3. The quality of the research approach and methods proposed.
  4. The entrant(s) can demonstrate the skills, knowledge and expertise to successfully carry out the project by working with the BL Labs team at the British Library.
  5. The project entry is realistic.
  6. The project idea is achievable in terms of technical, curatorial and legal factors (see below):

Technical factors

  • Whether the project is technically feasible.
  • Whether the technical skills required to complete the project and who will be required to implement them have been clearly identified.

Legal factors

  • Whether the legal terms of use for the digital collections identified have been checked and compliance demonstrated in the proposal.
  • Whether the entry contains information that ensures the project does not in any way infringe intellectual property rights or any other rights of any third party.

Curatorial factors

  • Whether the entrant(s) can demonstrate that the digital content is available.
  • Whether the entrant(s) has/have identified the curator(s)/person(s) responsible for the digital content.
  • Whether the digital content is easily accessible.
  • Whether the digital content can be realistically used for the project.
  • Whether any extra worked required to make the digital content usable for the project has been clearly identified (where appropriate).