About me

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

Dr Mia Ridge is the British Library’s Digital Curator for Western Heritage Collections. A core member of the Library’s Digital Scholarship team, she enables innovative research based on digital collections. She leads large- and small-scale projects, providing guidance and training on computational methods for historical collections.

Currently a Co-Investigator on Living with Machines, an AHRC and UKRI-funded project integrating data science, historical research and digitised collections, she was a key contributor to the original project proposal, ensuring a lasting legacy for the heritage sector. She leads the project’s ‘Communities’ Lab, integrating crowdsourcing and public engagement with academic practices and AI, looking ahead to the emerging field of ‘human computation’.

Her research on aspects of human-computer interaction and digital cultural heritage, particularly on crowdsourcing in galleries, libraries, archives and museums, has an international reputation. Her work in digital scholarship is informed by her PhD in digital humanities (Department of History, Open University), titled ‘Making digital history: The impact of digitality on public participation and scholarly practices in historical research’. Her edited volume, ‘Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage’ (Ashgate) was published in October 2014 and subsequently issued in paperback.

As Chair of the Museums Computer Group for 8 years, she has an excellent awareness of the museum sector. Mia was an elected member of the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) from 2013-2017. She is currently a member of several project advisory boards in digital humanities and digital cultural heritage, and has undertaken peer review for a range of journals and conference programmes. She has led several computer science and digital humanities student projects applying digital scholarship, data mining and visualisation methods to collections within the British Library. 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.

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. Her career began in Australia with roles at Melbourne Museum 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 been awarded 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 Oxford, 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 now work 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.