Mrs Sarah Higgins

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

Mrs Sarah Higgins


Department Director of Marketing Recruitment & Admissions

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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.

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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


Time to become our own profession?Higgins, S. 2017
Learning with LegoHiggins, S. 2017
Data modelling for analysis, discovery and retrievalHiggins, S. 2016 Managing Digital Cultural Objects: Analysis, discovery and retrieval. Foster, A. & Rafferty, P. (eds.). London: Facet Publishing, p. 25-60
Archives context and discovery: Hierarchy in the digital ageHiggins, S. & Hilton, C. 2015 p. 76
Archives context and discovery: rethinking arrangement and description for the digital ageHiggins, S., Hilton, C. & Dafis, L. 2014
Preserving Complex Digital ObjectsHiggins, S. 2014 In : Records Management Journal.25, 3, p. 306-3072 p.
Mainstreaming Digital Curation: An overview of activity in the UK archives and records management professionHiggins, S. & Bunn, J. 2013 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, 6 p. (CEUR Workshop Proceedings; vol. 1016)
Digital Curation: The Challenge Driving Convergence across Memory InstitutionsHiggins, S. 2013 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. Duranti, L. & Shaffer, E. (eds.). United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, p. 607-62326 p.
The Lifecycle of Data ManagementHiggins, S. 2012 Managing Research Data. Pryor, G. (ed.). Facet Publishing, p. 17-4631 p.
Improving browsability of archive catalogues using Web 2.0Gresham, E. & Higgins, S. 2012 In : Library Review.61, 5, p. 309-326
The Transfer of Knowledge from Large Organizations to Small: Experiences from a Research Project on Digitization in WalesWood-Fisher, C., Higgins, S., Tedd, L., Gough, R., Staniforth, A. & Morgan, M. 2011
Digital Curation: New Medium, Old MethodsHiggins, S. 2011
Digital Library Technology and Methodology CookbookAthanasopoulos, 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. (ed.) & Nardi, A. (ed.) 2011 125 p.
A Guide to Archival and Related Standards: ISO Representation CodesHiggins, S. 2011 Arc Magazine
Digital curation: The emergence of a new disciplineHiggins, S. 2011 In : International Journal of Digital Curation.6, 2, p. 78-8811 p.
A Guide to Archival and Related Standards: ISO/TR 18492: Long-term Preservation of Electronic Document-Based InformationHiggins, S. 2010 Arc Magazine
Business case for shared digital preservation provisionTuson, G., Whitehead, N., Burns, H., Philips, S. & Higgins, S. 2010 Archives Wales.
Quality interoperability within digital libraries: the perspectiveVullo, G., Clavel, G., Ferro, N., Higgins, S., Horik, R. V., Horstmann, W. & Kapidakis, S. 2010 Pre-proceedings of the 2nd Workshop : Making digital libraries interoperable: challenges and approaches. Castelli, D., Ioannidis, Y. & Ross, S. (eds.)., p. 12-2413 p.
DC 101 Workshop: How to Manage Research DataHiggins, S., Davidson, J. & Jones, S. 2010
Information Security Management: Using BS 10012:2009 to Comply with The Data Protection Act (1998)Higgins, S. 2010
The DCC Curation Lifecycle ModelHiggins, S. 2009 In : International Journal of Digital Curation.3, 1, p. 134-1407 p.
A Guide to Archival and Related Standards: OAIS (Open Archival Information Systems Reference Model)Higgins, S. 2009 Arc Magazine 2 p.
A Guide to Archival and Related Standards: PAIMAS - Producer-Archive Interface - Methodology Abstract StandardHiggins, S. 2009 Arc Magazine
Standards-Compliant Schemas and Ontologies for Materials Test DataAustin, T., Bullough, C., Ferroday, N., Leal, D. & Higgins, S. 2009 Materials Science & Technology 2009 .Wiley, p. 2754-27639 p.
DCC DIFFUSE Standards Frameworks: A Standards Path through the Curation LifecycleHiggins, S. 2009 In : International Journal of Digital Curation.4, 2, p. 60-678 p.
Curated Databases in the Life Sciences: The Edinburgh Mouse Atlas ProjectFairley, E., Higgins, S. & Whyte, A. (ed.) 2009 Digital Curation Centre. 59 p. (Digital Curation Centre SCARP Project Case Studies; no. 4)
Response to the CCSDS's DAI Working Group's call for corrections to the OAIS Draft for Public ExaminationKilbride, W. & Higgins, S. 2009 Digital Preservation Coalition Website: : Digital Preservation Coalition
The Society of Archivists Standards FrameworkHiggins, S. 2009 In : Arc Magazine.01/06/2009, p. 19-191 p.
Information Security Management: THE ISO 27000 (ISO 27K) SERIESHiggins, S. 2009
PREMIS Data Dictionary for Preservation MetadataHiggins, S. 2009
Response to CCSDS's comments on the OAIS Five-year review: recommendations for update, 2006Higgins, S. & Boyle, F. 2008 Digital Preservation Coalition Website : Digital Curation Centre
Workflow Standards for e-ScienceHiggins, S. 2008
A Guide to Archival and Related Standards: PREMIS 2.0 - PREMIS data dictionary for preservation metadata, version 2.0Higgins, S. 2008 Arc Magazine
The DCC Curation Lifecycle ModelHiggins, S. 2008 In : International Journal of Digital Curation.3, 1, p. 134-1407 p.
Draft DCC Curation Lifecycle ModelHiggins, S. 2007 In : International Journal of Digital Curation.2, 2, p. 82-876 p.