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Digital Humanities Seminar: Enabling Digital Scholarship through staff training: The British Library's experience

A Digital Humanities seminar
Date20 February 2019
Time16:00 to 17:30
PlaceDigital Humanities Laboratory

Digital Humanities Lab seminar series. Dr Mia Ridge (British Library)."Enabling Digital Scholarship through staff training: The British Library's experience". Join us for drinks and nibbles following the paper!

Dr Mia Ridge is the British Library’s Digital Curator for Western Heritage Collections. As part of the Library’s Digital Scholarship team, she helps enable innovative research based on the British Library’s digital collections, offering support, training and guidance on applying computational research methods to historical collections. Current projects involve crowdsourcing the transcription of historical playbills, and experimenting with machine learning-based methods with library collections. She is a Co-Investigator on the Living with Machines project.            

She is a member of several project advisory boards in the fields of digital humanities and digital cultural heritage, and has undertaken peer review for a range of journals and conference programmes. Mia has supervised undergraduate and postgraduate research projects applying digital scholarship methods to the Library’s collections.

Mia has published, taught and presented widely on her key areas of interest including: user experience design and human-computer interaction, open cultural data, digital history, and audience engagement and participation in the cultural heritage sector. Her edited volume, ‘Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage’ (Ashgate) was published in October 2014.

Her PhD in digital humanities (Department of History, Open University) was titled ‘Making digital history: The impact of digitality on public participation and scholarly practices in historical research’. Mia has post-graduate qualifications in software development and an MSc in Human-Centred Systems (Human Computer Interaction). She was Chair of the Museums Computer Group (MCG) from 2011 to 2017, and a member of the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) from 2013-2017.

Formerly Lead Web Developer at the Science Museum Group, Mia has also worked for the Museum of London, Melbourne Museum (Australia) and Vicnet at the State Library of Victoria. She has worked internationally as a business analyst, usability consultant and web programmer in the cultural heritage and commercial sectors. Mia has held international fellowships at Trinity College Dublin/CENDARI, Ireland (2014), the Polis Center Institute on ‘Spatial Narrative and Deep Maps’ (2012) and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media One Week One Tool program (2013), and had short Residencies at the Powerhouse Museum (2012) and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum (2012).


The British Library's Digital Scholarship Training Programme provides colleagues with the space and support to
develop the necessary skills and knowledge to support emerging areas of modern scholarship. Their familiarity with the foundational concepts, methods and tools of digital scholarship in turn helps promote a spirit of innovation and creativity, encouraging digital initiatives within the Library and with external partners. Finally, the programme of events helps nourish and sustain an internal digital scholarship community of interest/practice.

In this talk, Digital Curator Dr Mia Ridge will share some of the lessons the team have learnt about delivering Digital Scholarship training in a library environment since it began several years ago, and some of the challenges they still face.

OrganizerUniversity of Exeter Digital Humanities Lab

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