Lorna Hughes

University of Wales Chair in Digital Collections, based in the National Library of Wales

Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies

Professor Lorna Hughes is the University of Wales Chair in Digital Collections, based in the National Library of Wales, and a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic studies. Lorna leads a research programme based around the digital collections of the National Library of Wales, with a particular focus on understanding the use, value and impact of digital resources on research, teaching and public engagement. She is particularly interested in the use of ICT tools and methods for the analysis of large-scale digital collections, and in research collaborations between humanities and scientific disciplines. She is the author of ‘Digitizing Collections: Strategic Issues for the Information Manager’ (London: Facet, 2004), the editor of ‘Evaluating & Measuring the Value, Use and Impact of Digital Collections’ (London: Facet, 2011), and the co-editor of ‘The Virtual Representation of the Past (London: Ashgate, 2007). She has been President of the Association for Computing in the humanities and Secretary of the Alliance of Digital Humanities organizations (ADHO). She is the managing and commissioning editor of the Ashgate series, ‘Digital Research in Digital Humanities’.

Projects that Lorna currently leads include “The Welsh Experience of World War One”, a JISC-funded mass digitization project that will develop a digital archive primary sources related to the social, economic and political history of the First World War in Wales (http://cymruww1.llgc.org.uk/), and “The Snows of Yesteryear”, an AHRC funded project to digitally explore and disseminate archives and memories of extreme weather events in Wales, in collaboration with climate scientists, and to research and devise creative, especially dramaturgical, approaches to the exposition of such data (http://eira.llgc.org.uk/). She is also the Chair of the ESF Network on Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities, NeDiMAH (www.nedimah.eu).

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