The project team

Dr. Lise Jaillant

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in English and Digital Humanities, Loughborough University

Lise Jaillant is the Principle Investigator for the Unlocking our Digital Heritage project. She has a background in publishing history and digital humanities. Her expertise is on issues of Open Access and privacy with a focus on archives of digital information. She was the first researcher to access the emails of the writer Ian McEwan at the Harry Ransom Center in Texas. Her work has been recognised by a British Academy Rising Star award. She was the Principal Investigator for the AHRC Leadership Fellowship project, “Survival of the Weakest.”

She is currently leading two international networks on Archives and Artificial Intelligence:

(1) the AURA network (Archives in the UK/ Republic of Ireland and AI) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council on the UK side and the Irish Research Council;

(2) the AEOLIAN Network (Artificial Intelligence for Cultural Organisations), funded by a joint programme between the US National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

She recently guest-edited a special issue on born-digital archives for the journal Archives and Manuscripts. More information on her work can be found on her personal website.



Dr. Arran J. Rees

Research Associate, Loughborough University

Arran is the Research Associate for the Unlocking our Digital Heritage project. He recently submitted his AHRC-funded PhD thesis at the University of Leeds where he looked at approaches to collecting and preserving social media content in museums. Before moving into academia, Arran worked, for the best part of a decade, in museums across the UK, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Cardiff. His research interests include digital cultural heritage, museums and archives, collections management and collaborative and action-focused research.



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