Peeter Tinits (Tartu University/National Library of Estonia)

Virtual Lab at the National Library of Estonia

Cultural heritage institutions have amassed large digital collections that are starting to be explored in new ways – as datasets to analyze and explore. Following the role models in the GLAM labs initiative, the National Library of Estonia is building a Virtual Lab to facilitate data-based access and use for its local collections. I will introduce the journey there, a survey made during the design process, and some examples of the datasets included and the possibilities opened up there. I will discuss some good practices used by existing labs and the ways we try to build on them.