Edinburgh International Book Festival


The Edinburgh International Book Festival began in 1983 and is now a key event in the August Festival season, celebrated annually in Scotland’s capital city. Biennial at first, the Book Festival became a yearly celebration in 1997.
Throughout its history, the Book Festival has grown rapidly in size and scope to become the largest and most dynamic festival of its kind in the world. In its first year the Book Festival played host to just 30 ‘Meet the Author’ events. Today, the Festival programmes over 700 events, which are enjoyed by people of all ages.

This is the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s archive of event audio and video recordings. Not all media files have been linked to specific events, authors or books by the Book Festival team but where they have been you’ll find related metadata for the event, any linked authors and their participation in Book Festival events and bibliography.
There is more nested metadata available. If you want particular information on top of what’s here, this can be provided over the weekend (see During the weekend below).
It’s worth noting that where metadata is currently missing, it could be provided easily enough for a real-world rollout – the Book Festival’s internal event and author database goes right back to 1983.
There are audio recordings in digital format of all Book Festival events since 2008 and recordings in a selection of formats for a reasonable proportion of events right back to 1983. They’re not currently published because of lack of resources to check and tidy up the recordings and request author permissions, but could be made available for the right project.

VERY IMPORTANT: the Book Festival do not have permission to share this data and content outwith the Culture Hack Scotland environment. If you choose to work with this dataset, please do not make it available on your servers or showcase it anywhere other than at #CHScot.

Some things to consider:
Much of this content is already online, but the Book Festival are keen to see more interesting/wider use of the material. What would make people more likely to interact with and consume some of this material?
This is an indicative problem the whole arts sector faces. Arts organisations have started to digitise and catalogue their often vast archives, and are now wanting to establish interesting, inventive ways of opening them up to existing and new audiences.

During the weekend:
Andrew Coulton, Founder of inGenerator Ltd, used to be the Administrative Dirctor of the EIBF. He still works closely with the team there, and knows this dataset inside out. He’s with us over the whole weekend, so find him if you’d like to find out more. Andrew has kindly offered to dig out more archive material during the weekend if required, so there’s potentially more content available if you think you need it.

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