I’m a Digital Humanities scholar, and a Researcher at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in Berlin. I’m also the Director of Collections at the Pelagios Project, where I work with museums and scholars to understand how creating linked data connections between historical sources can be used to help ask new questions of old materials. This work has awakened a deep love of big, old maps that I didn’t know I had.
Overall, my work focusses on how historical and cultural heritage materials (like as museum and archival collections) undergo changes in their meaning when they are digitised. I do this by tracing digitality, or the markers of digitisation in museum collections and records, in digital corpora and across scholarly communication platforms.
I am part of the 2018/2019 cohort of Freies Wissen Fellows, a fellowship funded by Wikimedia Deutschland, the Stifterverband and the Volkswagen Stiftung (link in German). During my fellowship, I’ll be working on a project which investigates the use of Wikidata as a source for connecting historical materials.
I completed my PhD in 2016 in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College, London. My research focussed on the ways in which digitisation changes how identity is represented in national museums.
Previously, I was a researcher at the African Commons Project, where I worked on questions of open access, scholarly communication and access to knowledge in the global south. I was also part of the Constitution of Public Intellectual Life project at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.