As an enthusiastic advocate of open access data and knowledge exchange, I am delighted to be Wikimedian-in-Residence at the British Library, instigating and supporting innovative projects using Wikidata, Wikibase and Wikisource. I am particularly passionate about increasing the visibility of underrepresented people and marginalised communities in digital collections, working with collection areas and curators across the institution to accelerate the decolonisation of the collections.
I am a graduate of both the University of Edinburgh (MA, 2010; PhD, 2018) and the University of Glasgow. From 2019 to 2021 I was a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Saskatchewan, living and working on Treaty Six Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.
In 2020 I facilitated the first Bannatyne-specific Wikithon, in collaboration with the National Library of Scotland as part of my postdoctoral project, ‘Digitising the Bannatyne MS (c. 1568)’ (2019-21). An international group of participants, including my own students in Canada, took part, updating and adding articles relevant to the manuscript and its cultural context.
I am fascinated by the pedagogical potential of digital humanities and wiki-based activity. I have participated in a number of podcasts pertaining to my research interests and digitisation work, including Coding Codices, the Scotichronicast and AskHistorians. I work as an editor on the Journal of the Northern Renaissance, part of the Radical Open Access Collective. I am also a trained writing retreat facilitator and Humanist celebrant.
You can reach me on Twitter @BL_Wikimedian.