Library researchers have discovered a significant amount of new YouTube videos have been uploaded to the library’s online video repository over the past few weeks.
The researchers used YouTube analytics software to uncover more than 200,000 video files that had been uploaded from mid-continental libraries.
They identified roughly 1.2 million of the videos were uploaded from libraries in the U.K. and France.
Researchers also found that roughly 500,000 videos were tagged with keywords mid continent, meaning they were created in the region.
They were added to the Library’s YouTube library in mid-January.
The research is part of a broader effort to improve YouTube analytics by collecting and analyzing videos from around the world.
Researchers from the Library of England’s Institute of Digital Libraries (IDL) say that the research could help library staff understand which videos might be of interest to researchers and users, as well as identify videos that could be viewed by other users and their children.
They said the discovery of the library videos was important as it may shed light on the nature of online video consumption and the kinds of videos people upload.
The research was funded by the British Library and the UCL Institute of Computer Science.