In September 2014, the Trinity Long Room Hub was delighted to welcome Transnational Access Fellow, Mia Ridge from the Open University. Ms Mia Ridge was a Transnational Access fellow, funded by the CENDARI project (Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure).
The Transnational Access programme is financed by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7). Mia visited from the Department of History of the Open University where she's currently studying for a Ph.D. in digital humanities.
Mia was awarded CENDARI funding to pursue a research project under one of the CENDARI project’s pilot areas – World War 1. Mia’s research is titled “Bridging collections with a participatory Commons: a pilot with World War One archives”. Mia’s Ph.D. focuses on historians and scholarly crowdsourcing. Mia has published and presented widely on her key areas of interest including: user experience design, human-computer interaction, open cultural data, audience engagement and crowdsourcing in the cultural heritage sector.
Her edited volume, ‘Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage’ (Ashgate) is published in October 2014. Mia has had residencies at the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney, 2012) and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum (New York, 2012) and two short Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the Polis Center Institute on ‘Spatial Narrative and Deep Maps: Explorations in the Spatial Humanities’ (Indianapolis, 2012) and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media’s One Week | One Tool institute (Fairfax, Virginia, 2013), where she helped create the award-winning Serendip-o-matic.
Mia is also known for her work on museum metadata games. Formerly Lead Web Developer at the Science Museum Group, Mia has worked internationally as a business analyst, digital consultant and web programmer in the cultural heritage and commercial sectors. While at the Science Museum, Mia held the first ever museum mashup competition, helped the Science Museum’s Centenary Icons poll hit the front page of the BBC News, and organised the release of over 200,000 collections records as open data. Mia has post-graduate qualifications in software development (RMIT University, Melbourne, 2001) and an MSc in Human-Centred Systems (City University, London, 2011). She is Chair of the Museums Computer Group (MCG) and a member of the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH).
Mia gave a public lecture entitled 'A pilot with public participation in historical research: linking lived experiences of the First World War' on Thursday 4 December 2014 at 1pm in the Trinity Long Room Hub.