Research

In addition to my work on archival displacement, open government data and archival thinking, I have been involved in the following research projects.

Records and ICT at the Boundaries of the State: Refugee Needs, Rights and Uses

Co-PI with Prof. Anne Gilliland, University of California, Los Angeles

This project aims to identify and make visible ways in which official records (including bio-records), bureaucratic practices and other more “irregular” forms and uses of records play crucial roles in the lives of displaced people as they travel across state boundaries, interact with governments and aid agencies in camps, asylum hearings, immigration vetting, claims for social services and so forth, and eventually resettle into new countries and interface with their bureaucratic systems or return/are returned to their places of origin. It aims to identify ways in which professionals and agencies involved in record-keeping in affected countries might contribute and collaborate through digital systems design to identifying and locating, protecting, validating, securing and certifying such records.   

Sudan Memory

2017 – 2019, Co-PI with Prof. Marilyn Deegan, Kings College London

Funded by the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund

Value: £817,221

In this project, a register of cultural institutions and artefacts will be compiled, and a priority schedule for conservation and digitisation will be drawn up. A professional cataloguing and digitisation service will be set up in Khartoum, with roving facilities available for other regions. This service will continue once the project ends, being offered at an affordable cost to institutions within Sudan. A large volume of at-risk content will be captured, including 100,000 maps, fragile photographs (in excess of 10 million) and AV materials documenting disappearing cultures and customs.  Staff and volunteers in local cultural institutions will also be provided training with the view to building digitisation and conservation capacity in Sudan in the future.

International Council on Archives Digital Records Curation Programme (DRCP)

2017 – 2020, Co-PI with Dr Basma Makhlouf-Shabou, Haute école de gestion de Genève

Funded by the International Council on Archives’ Africa Programme

Value: TBD

In response to training needs articulated by archives and records professionals across Africa, this project is analysing available open source digital curation training materials and packaging them for use by archival educators and trainers in a structured programme. Separate Anglophone and Francophone work streams are being run to ensure that needs across the continent are being met. The project will culminate in four intensive ‘train the trainer’ week-long workshops for archival educators, with a focus on how the material can be incorporated into existing professional education programmes.

Ibadan/Liverpool Digital Curation Curriculum Review Project

2016 – 2017, Co-PI with Dr Abiola Abioye, University of Ibadan

Funded by the Fund for the International Development of Archives (FIDA)

Value: €5070

This project benchmarked the digital curation curricula of the University of Ibadan and the University of Liverpool using a tool based on the DigCurV Curriculum Framework. The benchmarking exercise identified subjects where teaching resources could usefully be shared between the universities, and where new teaching resources should be developed. This project was a finalist for the Digital Preservation Awards in 2018, in the category of Award for Teaching and Communications.

Aligning Records Management with ICT, e-Government and Freedom of Information in East Africa

2010 – 2011, PI and Project Manager

Funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Value: £356,803

The project, conducted by national teams in each of the five East African Community countries (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda), found that records management issues are not being addressed in relation to the ICT/ e-Government and Freedom of Information initiatives that are being planned and implemented within the region, and that this situation placed these initiatives at risk.  The research consisted of a high level exploration of the extent of integration between national ICT/ e-Government and Freedom of Information initiatives and records management. An in-depth study of digital court case management systems was undertaken to assess the practical effects of integration or lack of integration on records, systems and citizens.