Dr Adam Farquhar

Head and shoulders photo of Adam Farquhar
Head of Digital Scholarship
Digital scholarship, digital research, data, persistent identification, digital preservation, computer science, artificial intelligence, knowledge management, digital strategy

Areas of Responsibility 

The Head of Digital Scholarship is responsible for our Collections digitisation strategy and the development of our digital scholarship capabilities and service offerings.

His team collaborates with scholars and partners to promote the use of digital technologies and innovative ways of exploring and accessing our Collections. He is also responsible for the Endangered Archives programme, which digitises at risk collections throughout the world to ensure their continued accessibility for future generations.

Areas of Expertise 

He is principal investigator for the British Library Labs project; co-ordinates the THOR project that will provide seamless identifier services for researchers and data; member of the International Image Interoperability (IIIF) Consortium executive committee; Director of the Endangered Archives Programme that works with teams around the globe to preserve archival material that is in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration; President of DataCite, an international association dedicated to making it easier to identify, cite, and reuse scientific data; and founder and Board member of the Open Preservation Foundation.

He has been responsible for the Library’s maps, newspaper, photographic, audio and moving image collections. Before joining the Library, he was the principal knowledge management architect for Schlumberger and a research scientist at the Stanford Knowledge Systems Laboratory.


Digital scholarship

Undertake innovative research with our digital collections and data