Interview: issues in museums and technology

Jude Habib from sounddelivery interviewed me at the Museum Computer Group’s UK Museums and the Web 2011 about current issues in museums and technology (link, in case the embed doesn’t work). Oh, and I was elected Chair of the Museums Computer Group – a big responsibility, but I have a great committee of smart, talented people so I’m excited about the challenge.

Mia Ridge Museum Technologist (new Chair MCG) (mp3)

Interview: ‘Games at the museum’

I was interviewed for the Microtask crowdsourcing blog.  Their abstract:

Culture heritage technologist Mia Ridge is a champion of crowdsourced museum gaming. Mia has worked as a developer for several world-class museums and is now writing her PhD on crowdsourcing digital heritage. She describes games as the “participation engine” of crowdsourcing.

Taking time out from her busy speaking schedule, Mia told us how and why museums should be raising their game…

Games at the museum: Mia Ridge interview‘.

Interview for BBC Outriders

I was interviewed by Jamillah Knowles for BBC Outriders: Digital relaxation. I think the podcast should be downloadable from their archive.

From the episode blurb:

If you are interested in history anywhere, then you might be interested in LODLAM too. LODLAM is Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Museums. Imagine the world of history all linked up? Amazing!

I spoke to Mia Ridge who is currently a Phd student in Digital Humanities in the Department of History at the Open University and she explained more about LODLAM, what it can do and how we might be able to help us understand and work with global archives and more.

Upcoming talks and travel

Trinity lecture poster
Trinity lecture poster

My edited volume on ‘Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage’ for Ashgate, featuring chapters from some of the most amazing people working in the field was published in October 2014 and is now out in paperback. You can read my introduction on the OU repository: Crowdsourcing Our Cultural Heritage: Introduction.

By day, I’m usually at work at the British Library, so drop me a line if you’d like to meet for coffee and a chat. My availability for events is limited, but you can drop me a line if you’d like to book me for an event.

Some upcoming trips: I’m presenting on ‘Crowdsourcing at the British Library: lessons learnt and future directions‘ at the Digital Humanities Congress | University of Sheffield, 6th – 8th September 2018. I’ll be Bonn in November to keynote the 2018 SWIB (Semantic Web in Libraries) conference. I’m also speaking at the BL Labs 2018 Symposium.

In June 2019 I’ll be at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis to teach on the HILT digital humanities summer school.

Some recent papers

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

This page is rarely up-to-date or complete, but…

In 2018 I spoke at EuropeanaTech 2018; keynoted at the Academic Art Museum and Library Summit, June 13-15, Oberlin; wrote an article on ‘Breathing life into digital collections at the British Library’ (for ACCESS, the Australian School Library Association’s professional e-journal). 2017-18 was a bit of an odd year and I’ve subsequently reduced the number of invitations I accept each year.

In February 2017 I did a workshop in Edinburgh for Dr Anouk Lang’s Beyond the Black Box: Building Algorithmic and Statistical Literacy through Digital Humanities Tools and Resources and in Santa Barbara for Always Already Computational: Library Collections as Data. I keynoted at DIGIKULT 2017 in Sweden in March, and in June I was in Sydney for the Future Library Congress at EduTECH. I was in Taiwan in August and in October I spoke at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC and gave a keynote in Angers, France.

In November 2016 I was in Riga, Latvia to give the closing keynote at the Europeana Network Association AGM 2016. In October I spoke at ‘What should be in your digital toolbox‘, gave a keynote, ‘Digital history: evolution or transformation?’ at The Science of Evolution and the Evolution of the Sciences conference in Leuven, Belgium around October 12th and 13th, 2016 and at Internet Librarian International then chaired the Museums Computer Group’s Museums+Tech conference. In August I was in York for ‘Negotiating Expertise’ and in Helsinki for Museum Theme Days 2016 in September.

In June 2016 I was in Luxembourg for a workshop on Network Visualisation in the Cultural Heritage Sector. My talk notes for Network visualisations and the ‘so what?’ problem are online. I also keynoted at LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries) in Helsinki. My slides are online but may not make much sense without notes.

In March 2016 I was at Rice University in Houston then Austin (at the iSchool in UT Austin then St Edwards), then I was on a panel on ‘Build the Crowdsourcing Community of Your Dreams’ at SXSWi 2016 with Ben Brumfield, Meghan Ferriter and Siobhan Leachman.

In January 2016 I was back in Oxford for a workshop on ‘DIY Digitisation’ at the Bodleian Libraries.

Here’s a summary of talks, fellowships, writing, etc in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011. You can also follow me on twitter (@mia_out) for updates.

Previous papers are generally listed at miaridge.com or on my blog, Open Objects.

‘Cosmic Collections’ in the tech press

The ‘Cosmic Collections‘ crowdsourced web mashup competition I ran was picked up by two very cool web developer sites, the Yahoo Developer Network and the Programmable Web.

Yahoo Developer Network: A new API and hack competition – this time not from a tech company but by a museum!

Programmable Web: Science Museum Opens API and Challenges Developers to Mashup the Cosmos

Two favourite quotes: a “crusade to bring museums out into the open as places of innovation rather than preservation” (Yahoo) and, “with the rollout of a new API to provide access to information about some of its exhibits, the museum itself has become an example of technological innovation” (Programmable Web).