Mrs Sarah Higgins MA(HONS),PG DipCart, PG Dip Stage Design, PG Dip Archives Admin

Mrs Sarah Higgins


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I joined DIS from the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) at the University of Edinburgh where I provided advice on the lifecycle management of data, and the standards applicable to this. A qualified archivist I was previously in the University of Edinburgh's Information Services Group, where I worked in a number of IT implementation teams across both the Library and the Archives. These involved implementing archival cataloguing, managing digitisation and the introduction of digital repositories. With degrees in Geography and Cartography I was previously Geographic Information Research Officer for the British Antarctic Survey and Secretary to the UK Antarctic Place-names Committee. Before this I worked in cartographic research and digitisation positions for various local authorities and utilities companies. I also spent several years working as a self-employed stage designer.

I enjoy outdoor activities and have co-ownership of a yacht, which is moored on the Isle of Bute in Scotland. I enjoy vegetable gardening and used to keep an allotment. Moving to Wales I eventually got a garden which I enjoy immensely. I read widely, especially modern fiction, landscape history and mediaeval history, and participate in book clubs. I enjoy craft and art work most recently taking classes in botanical art. I have sung in a number of choirs singing different genres, but enjoy accapella best.

Additional Information

Professional Activities

I teach on the DCC's Curation 101 workshops, sit on the Executive Committee of the UK Society of Archivists Data Standards Group, and am a participant in the Quality Steering Group of the European Project.



Digital Curation, Digital Preservation, Digital Lifecycle Management, Digital Delivery and Discovery



Higgins, S. 2016. Data modelling for analysis, discovery and retrieval. In A. Foster., P. Rafferty. (eds) Managing Digital Cultural Objects: Analysis, discovery and retrieval. Facet Publishing, London pp. 25-60. Cadair


Higgins, S., Hilton, C. 2015. Archives context and discovery: Hierarchy in the digital age. 3rd ICA Annual Conference - Archives: Evidence, Security & Civil Rights. Other Cadair


Higgins, S., Hilton, C., Dafis, L. 2014. Archives context and discovery: rethinking arrangement and description for the digital age. Girona 2014: One Conference, Three Events. Other Cadair

Higgins, S. 2014. Preserving Complex Digital Objects. Records Management Journal 25 (3) pp. 306-307. 10.1108/RMJ-07-2015-0025 Cadair


Higgins, S., Bunn, J. 2013. Mainstreaming Digital Curation: An overview of activity in the UK archives and records management profession. DigCurV 2013: Framing the Digital Curation Curriculum : Proceedings of the Framing the Digital Curation Curriculum Conference Florence, Italy, 6-7 May, 2013. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, vol. 1016 DigCurV 2013: Framing the Digital Curation Curriculum. CEUR Workshop Proceedings Other Cadair

Higgins, S. 2013. Digital Curation: The Challenge Driving Convergence across Memory Institutions. In L. Duranti., E. Shaffer. (eds) The Memory of the World in the Digital age: Digitization and Preservation: An international conference on permanent access to digital documentary heritage, Vancouver, Canada, 26-28 September 2012. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization pp. 607-623. Other Cadair


Higgins, S. 2012. The Lifecycle of Data Management. In G. Pryor. (ed) Managing Research Data. Facet Publishing pp. 17-46. Cadair

Gresham, E., Higgins, S. 2012. Improving browsability of archive catalogues using Web 2.0. Library Review 61 (5) pp. 309-326. 10.1108/00242531211280450 Cadair


Wood-Fisher, C., Higgins, S., Tedd, L., Gough, R., Staniforth, A., Morgan, M. 2011. The Transfer of Knowledge from Large Organizations to Small: Experiences from a Research Project on Digitization in Wales. International Conference on Integrated Information 2011. Cadair

Higgins, S. 2011. Digital Curation: New Medium, Old Methods. Advocating for Archives and Records: The Impact of the Profession in the 21st Century. Other Cadair

Athanasopoulos, G., Candela, L., Castelli, D., El Raheb, K., Innocenti, P., Ioannidis, Y., Katifori, A., Nika, A., Ross, S., Tani, A., Thanos, C., Toli, E., Vullo, G., Higgins, S.Candela, L., Nardi, A. 2011. Digital Library Technology and Methodology Cookbook. Cadair

Higgins, S. 2011. A Guide to Archival and Related Standards: ISO Representation Codes. Cadair

Higgins, S. 2011. Digital curation: The emergence of a new discipline. International Journal of Digital Curation 6 (2) pp. 78-88. 10.2218/ijdc.v6i2.191 Other Cadair


Higgins, S. 2010. A Guide to Archival and Related Standards: ISO/TR 18492: Long-term Preservation of Electronic Document-Based Information. Cadair

Tuson, G., Whitehead, N., Burns, H., Philips, S., Higgins, S. 2010. Business case for shared digital preservation provision. Archives Wales Cadair

Vullo, G., Clavel, G., Ferro, N., Higgins, S., Horik, R.v., Horstmann, W., Kapidakis, S. 2010. Quality interoperability within digital libraries: the perspective. In D. Castelli., Y. Ioannidis., S. Ross. (eds) Pre-proceedings of the 2nd Workshop : Making digital libraries interoperable: challenges and approaches. 2nd Digital Workshop. pp. 12-24. Other Other Cadair

Higgins, S., Davidson, J., Jones, S. 2010. DC 101 Workshop: How to Manage Research Data. DC 101 Workshop: How to Manage Research Data. Cadair

Higgins, S. 2010. Information Security Management: Using BS 10012:2009 to Comply with The Data Protection Act (1998). Other Cadair


Higgins, S. 2009. The DCC Curation Lifecycle Model. International Journal of Digital Curation 3 (1) The DCC Curation Lifecycle Model. pp. 134-140. Other Cadair

Higgins, S. 2009. A Guide to Archival and Related Standards: OAIS (Open Archival Information Systems Reference Model). Cadair

Higgins, S. 2009. A Guide to Archival and Related Standards: PAIMAS - Producer-Archive Interface - Methodology Abstract Standard. Cadair

Austin, T., Bullough, C., Ferroday, N., Leal, D., Higgins, S. 2009. Standards-Compliant Schemas and Ontologies for Materials Test Data. Materials Science & Technology 2009 . Wiley pp. 2754-2763. Cadair

Higgins, S. 2009. DCC DIFFUSE Standards Frameworks: A Standards Path through the Curation Lifecycle. International Journal of Digital Curation 4 (2) pp. 60-67. 10.2218/ijdc.v4i2.93 Other Cadair

Fairley, E., Higgins, S.Whyte, A. 2009. Curated Databases in the Life Sciences: The Edinburgh Mouse Atlas Project. Digital Curation Centre SCARP Project Case Studies, no. 4 Digital Curation Centre Other Cadair

Kilbride, W., Higgins, S. 2009. Response to the CCSDS's DAI Working Group's call for corrections to the OAIS Draft for Public Examination. Other Cadair

Higgins, S. 2009. The Society of Archivists Standards Framework. Arc Magazine (01/06/2009) pp. 19-19. Cadair

Higgins, S. 2009. Information Security Management: THE ISO 27000 (ISO 27K) SERIES. Other Cadair

Higgins, S. 2009. PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata. Other Cadair


Higgins, S., Boyle, F. 2008. Response to CCSDS's comments on the OAIS Five-year review: recommendations for update, 2006. Other Cadair

Higgins, S. 2008. Workflow Standards for e-Science. Other Cadair

Higgins, S. 2008. A Guide to Archival and Related Standards: PREMIS 2.0 - PREMIS data dictionary for preservation metadata, version 2.0. Cadair

Higgins, S. 2008. The DCC Curation Lifecycle Model. International Journal of Digital Curation 3 (1) pp. 134-140. 10.2218/ijdc.v3i1.48 Other Cadair