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DBC Thesis Award

The DBC Thesis Award of DKK 25,000 is awarded to the best master's thesis with relevance to DBC and Danish library infrastructure.

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The DBC Thesis Award of DKK 25,000 is awarded to the best master's thesis with relevance to DBC and Danish library infrastructure.

DBC Thesis Award

Deadline for nomination for the DBC Thesis Award 2018 was 12 November 2018. After consideration of the nominated theses’ relevance, DBC has decided to not award the prize in 2018.

      The DBC Thesis Award is not for specific programmes/fields of study. All we emphasise is that the master’s thesis must be relevant to the DBC and our work to develop and operate infrastructure for libraries.

      In this context, infrastructure may refer to both IT infrastructure (data repositories, metadata search, recommenders, UX/dissemination interfaces) and data infrastructure (cultural  heritage/national bibliography, dissemination metadata, linked data, crowdsourcing).

      Of relevance may be e.g. IT theses and theses in information science as well as anthropological, sociological or psychological theses.

      Nominated theses must be completed no earlier than August 2017.

      Do you have any questions?

      If you are unsure whether a thesis would be relevant to nominate, please contact Communications Officer Camilla Bødker Thomsen

      About The DBC (Danish Bibliographic Centre)

      The DBC operates and develops the bibliographic and system infrastructure for the libraries in Denmark. Among other things, this infrastructure forms the basis for public libraries’ citizen-orientated interfaces and the common library system that supports the public libraries’ handling of equipment, registered readers and administrative processes:

      • National data repository: Contains bibliographic data from the Danish libraries and metadata from e-resources, so that library users may search at once in both the library's own collection of materials and the digital resources for which the library holds a license. A large number of Web services are connected to the data repository. The library professionals’ joint base and infrastructure, Danbib, that contains the Danish national bibliography and all public research and public libraries’ inventory of materials has recently become part of the data repository.
      • base of the data repository and user-facing interface where citizens can search for and order materials from all the country's libraries.
      • Filmstriben: Film service with access to feature films, short films and documentaries.
      • FaktaLink and Forfatterweb: Article collections for use in e.g. school contexts
      • Metadata production: registration of books, articles, films, music, etc. published in Denmark for the Danish National Bibliography and selection of materials of particular relevance to municipal libraries and registration of these with additional data, targeted at use in libraries (library cataloguing).

      The DBC is a publicly-owned limited company with 155 employees, comprising primarily librarians, information specialists and IT professionals (computer scientists, etc.). We develop agilely in open source and service-orientated architecture.

      We are looking at a future that is increasingly based on artificial intelligence. In recent years, we have developed recommender systems (content-based and collaborative filtering), and are experimenting with data science in connection with metadata creation for full texts (including keywords, content analysis, sentiment analysis, clustering, indexing for searches).

      On the interface front, we are working on enabling libraries to offer inspiration to the user, in addition to targeted searches. See e.g. the prototype læ

      Since 2016, we have been working with user-driven innovation based on user surveys, user interviews, etc., and generally want to develop our products in collaboration with libraries and library users.

      In the metadata field, we are preparing for the international cataloguing rules, RDA, that are based on a linked data approach. We also work on developing new types of metadata that describe the experiences and sentiments of fiction, as well as processes for how these metadata can be produced in interaction with, and as a supplement for, the existing subject heading practice.

      Previous winners

      The DBC Thesis Award has existed since 2015.

      Winner of The DBC Thesis Award 2017Lasse Drustrup Christensen and Lukas Nic Dalgaard for the thesis 'Beyond Individual Recommendation - Aggregation Methods for Group Based Recommender Systems.

      Vinderne af DBC Specialeprisen 2017 Lasse Drustrup Christensen og Lukas Nic Dalgaard

      Lasse Drupstrup Christensen and Lukas Nic Dalgaard - DBC Thesis Award 2017 winners. Photo: Lone Rasmussen, DBC.

      DBC Thesis Award 2016 winnerJakob Rindum Danelund, MSc. in Psychology from the University of Copenhagen for the thesis 'Towards an IT psychology'.

      DBC Thesis Award 2015 winner: Oline Møller Thomsen from the IT University for the thesis 'From access to availability'.

      Until 2017, the DBC also awarded a thesis which achieved the maximum mark of ‘12’ from what is now called the Department of Information Studies (University of Copenhagen). Graduates from here are now encouraged to be nominated for the DBC Thesis Award instead.

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