Dr Sarah Higgins




I joined iMLA 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 several 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 have a large garden which along with our Kerry Blue Terrier keeps me busy at weekends. I read widely, especially modern fiction, landscape history and mediaeval history. I sing with my local accapella choir and enjoy craft and art work, and am currently learning to use a spinning wheel.


Additional Information

I am joint editor of Archives and Records: The Journal of the Archives and Records Association and a member of the Digital Preservation Coalition Editorial Board and their Workforce Development Sub-Committee. I am a member of the ARCW Digital Preservation Group – working together to develop an all Wales digital preservation solution. Peer review is undertaken for a number of journals including Archival Science, Computer Standards and Interfaces, International Journal of Digital Curation, Library Review and the Records Management Journal.




Digital curation, particularly the conceptual space occupied by digital heritage and its intersections with museums, archives, libraries and galleries. Context and discovery for the digital and documentary heritage.


Higgins, S, Evans, S & Mathias, J 2019, 'Editorial: estate archives' Archives and Records: The Journal of the Archives and Records Association, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1080/23257962.2019.1573725
Higgins, S 2018, 'Digital Curation: The development of a discipline within information science' Journal of Documentation, vol. 74, no. 6. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-02-2018-0024
Higgins, S 2017, 'Learning with Lego' Paper presented at AU Learning and Teaching Conference, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 10 Jul 2017 - 12 Jul 2017, .
Higgins, S, Time to become our own profession?, 2017, Web publication/site, Digital Preservation Coalition.
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.
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