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Jess Ogden - UK Web Archive, British Libary

Jess has a broad range of interdisciplinary scholarly and professional experience that spans the areas of Web Science, Digital Humanities,  Archaeology and the intersection of data politics, web archiving and digital data scholarship. Her PhD in Web Science is a socio-technical study of the  institutional and community efforts to ‘archive the Web’, and the critical ways this is changing the nature of the Web architecture, as well as our  understanding of how web archives are becoming central to the study and politics of information circulation online.

During her PhD she undertook a three-month placement fellowship at the British Library, examining what social science researchers require from the  UK Web Archive to enable effective scholarly research. As part of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods-funded placement, she was  embedded within the British Library’s UK Web Archive team that has been regularly archiving and curating the UK web domain since 2004.

She said: “By being able to directly observe the web archiving practices of the British Library, I was able to research, consult and make  recommendations about the direct connections between collection activities and researcher use. This work has directly informed the direction of my PhD research and getting the opportunity to work with the British Library has been invaluable.”

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