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Growing Knowledge at the British Library

Research is often a scary word for people, but this exhibit is trying to make research and technology interactive and accessible. This sounds like a really interesting approach; anyone for a quick trip across the pond?

Technology has helped to push research in new directions and change how researchers find and use the vast body of data and information available to them.

Massive collections of content are now available online, as well as new types of content. This brings new challenges for libraries to make this information available, searchable and usable for researchers now and in the future.

multimedia research stations and collaborative zone allow visitors to try out innovative and cutting edge tools and technologies designed to enhance research.

Find out more about the exhibit. You can also visit the exhibit online.

We will be giving you the same access to many of these tools and content over the web so you will be able to experience the exhibition online – or continue your guided journey here if you have already visited in the building. 

Growing Knowledge will explore whether social media tools and online networking support researchers in their work. Are other people’s blogs a help or a hindrance to your research? Is time spent engaged in social media online more beneficial than time spent at a conference?Contribute to the debate and help us gather advanced data to be presented within Growing Knowledge, by responding to a few short questions in this survey.

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Author:

Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.