About me

I hate writing these things, so here’s a link to my most recent and upcoming talks and here’s a relatively recent conference bio:

Mia is currently researching a PhD in digital humanities (Department of History, Open University), focusing on historians and scholarly crowdsourcing. Mia has published and presented widely on her key areas of interest including: user experience design, human-computer interaction, open cultural data, audience engagement and crowdsourcing in the cultural heritage sector.

Mia has had residencies at the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney) and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum (New York) and two short Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the Polis Center Institute on ‘Spatial Narrative and Deep Maps: Explorations in the Spatial Humanities’ (Indianapolis) and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media’s One Week | One Tool institute (Fairfax, Virginia), where she helped create Serendip-o-matic. Formerly Lead Web Developer at the Science Museum Group, Mia has worked internationally as a business analyst, digital consultant and web programmer in the cultural heritage and commercial sectors. Mia has post-graduate qualifications in software development (RMIT University, Melbourne, 2001) and an MSc in Human-Centred Systems (City University, London, 2011). She is Chair of the Museums Computer Group (MCG) and a member of the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH). Editor of the forthcoming volume ‘Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage’ (Ashgate, forthcoming 2014), she tweets at http://twitter.com/mia_out and blogs at http://openobjects.blogspot.com/

If I’m presenting at your event, please feel free to use a version of this bio. An photo of me suitable for programmes is here or there’s a photo from the GLAM-Wiki conference here.

For my PhD, I’m interested in the impact of digitality on scholarly practice, and am investigating this through historical and location-based resources co-created by online participants.

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, I now live in Oxford (via Amsterdam and London). 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’m back in a Faculty of Arts.

In 2011 I was elected as Chair of the Museums Computer Group, having served as a Committee Member since 2007.  In January 2013 I was elected to serve on the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) for the 2013-2016 term. 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.