Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Meet the team

Donna Baillie recently joined the Institute of Historical Research as Project Officer for ReScript. With an interdisciplinary background encompassing qualitative and quantitative research methods in the social sciences as well as experience in media production, Donna is involved in incorporating feedback from user groups and key stakeholders into the design and functionality of ReScript, creating usability tests for the iterative designs, and producing instructional screencasts for the website. She is also responsible for reading through the approximately 1.4 million words of the Parish Clerks' Memoranda from St Botolph’s Church in Aldgate, and key tagging the content for inclusion on the ReScript website.

Jonathan Blaney joined the Institute of Historical Research in 2007 as Project Editor for an AHRC-funded project to complete the digitisation of the National Archives’ Calendars of State Papers via British History Online (BHO). He now continues to work for part of the time on BHO, as well as contributing to a range of other IHR Digital projects. Jonathan has worked as lexicographer for Oxford University Press and as an editor on the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He subsequently worked for the Oxford Digital Library, where he was a Text Encoding Reviewer on the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership and Eighteenth Century Collections Online Text Creation Patnership, and also advised on a number of digitisation projects.

Jonathan will be involved with the analysis phase of the project, conducting user testing and evaluating the findings. Like all members of the team he will also have some responsibility for dissemination of results.

Bruce Tate has been Project Manager at the Institute of Historical Research working on British History Online since 2002 and has overseen the site since its launch in June 2003 through to the present day. He is accountable for all aspects of planning, budget, timeframe and quality, and is PRINCE2 (Practitioner) certified. He also developed the front end of the JISC-funded Connected Histories website. Previously, he worked for the Audit Commission and commercial publishers including Macmillan and Wilmington.

Bruce is responsible for project managing ReScript as well as for the development work required to incorporate user feedback (two iterations). He also plays a key role in the dissemination of the project findings. Bruce will be very busy over the next few months as he is also leading a Strand B Usability project for British History Online.

Peter Webster is Editorial Controller of British History Online and Manager of SAS-Space, the digital repository for the School of Advanced Study. He also contributes to a range of other IHR Digital projects, and has particular responsibility for the analysis and benchmarking of user behaviour. Before joining the IHR, Peter completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield, and was Technical Assistant to the AHRB Russian Visual Arts Project in the Sheffield Humanities Research Institute. He also taught in the University's Department of History.

Peter will be involved with planning and running remote and in-house usability/learnability testing and will also contribute to dissemination activities.

Jane Winters has been Head of Publications at the Institute of Historical Research since 1999, and of the new IHR Digital since the autumn of 2010. She is responsible for the IHR's publishing and scholarly communications strategy, including the management of a range of research projects focusing on the provision of digital resources for historians. Currently, she is Co-Director of the JISC-funded Connected Histories project; Principal Investigator of the AHRC-funded Early English Laws project to digitise Anglo-Saxon legal texts; and Publishing Editor of the Bibliography of British and Irish History. She is also Executive Editor of the IHR's journal, Historical Research. Before joining the IHR, Jane completed her PhD at King’s College London.

Jane is the Director of the project, and will be particularly involved in the dissemination and writing up of our findings.

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