About me

Here’s a link to my most recent and upcoming talks and a generic conference bio:

Dr Mia Ridge joined the British Library’s Digital Scholarship team as Digital Curator for Western Heritage Collections in October 2015. 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. She is also a convenor of the Institute of Historical Research’s Digital History seminar.

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 (RMIT University, Melbourne, 2001) and an MSc in Human-Centred Systems (City University, London, 2011). She was Chair of the Museums Computer Group (MCG) from 2011 to 2017 (having served as a committee member from 2007), 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, where she helped create the award-winning Serendip-o-matic), and had short Residencies at the Powerhouse Museum (2012) and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum (2012). Mia is also known for her work on crowdsourcing metadata games for museums.

While at the Science Museum, Mia held the first ever museum mashup competition, helped the Science Museum’s Centenary Icons poll hit the front page of the BBC News, and organised the release of over 200,000 collections records as open data. Mia has also worked for Culture24’s Let’s Get Real projects and a range of freelance clients. She has maintained a wiki listing museum, gallery, library and archive APIs and machine-readable data sources for open cultural data and cool things made with them since 2009 and runs the Scholarly Data Visualisations tumblr.

She tweets at http://twitter.com/mia_out and blogs at http://www.openobjects.org.uk/

If I’m presenting at your event, please feel free to edit a version of the bio above to fit your space requirements. A high-res headshot is downloadable here, or there’s a photo from the GLAM-Wiki conference here.

My PhD investigated the impact of digitality on scholarly practice and ‘making history’.

Some publications are listed or accessible at my ORCID page, my Open University repository page, Humanities Commons page and my Zotero page.

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, I now live in London (via Amsterdam and Oxfordm and work or fellowships in the US, Ireland and Turkey). I started as a Arts student, played around in multimedia, and eventually graduated as a software engineer. After working as a museum technologist for over a decade, I did a PhD in digital history and I’m now in digital scholarship at a library.

I’m a member of various conference Programme Committees (Museums and the Web, Museum Computer Network) and academic project Steering Groups (Commodity Histories, Social Interpretation). I was also a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Thinktank ‘UK Museums and the Semantic Web‘ in 2006/7 and of JISC’s ‘Developer Focus’ group that works with their DevCSI project to improve the developer community in higher education.