The Digital Preservation Coalition is delighted to be assisted in the assessment of the 'Bit List' of Digitally Endangered Species by an esteemed international panel of digital preservation experts:

Matt Barr

University of Glasgow

Dr Matthew Barr is a lecturer at the University of Glasgow, where he previously convened the University’s first game studies course and was the founding editor of the international student game studies journal, Press Start. He is currently based in the Centre for Computing Science Education, where he leads the Graduate Apprenticeship in Software Engineering programme and is co-director of the University’s Games and Gaming Lab. He is also a member of the University’s Teaching Excellence Network. Matt's research, which has attracted significant media attention, examines how video games may be used to develop skills and competencies such as critical thinking, adaptability, and communication skill. 

Euan Cochrane

Yale University

In his current role as Digital Preservation Manager at Yale University Library, Euan has established digital preservation services through Preservica and Emulation as a Service. He has a particular interest in software preservation and the use of emulation to maintain access to born digital content and is currently involved in grant funded work in both of these areas and is on the Governance group for the Software Preservation Network.

Glenn Cumiskey

British Museum

The Digital Preservation Resource Manager at the British Museum, Glenn has worked for almost twenty years in digital preservation, national archiving, digitisation, oral history and traditional music projects both in Ireland and the United Kingdom. He has worked with the Irish Traditional Music Archive, and in partnership with RTÉ (the Irish National Broadcaster), the British Library National Sound Archive, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Department of Irish Folklore in numerous long-term projects. 

Bradley Daigle

National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA)

Bradley Daigle is a member of the NDSA Leadership Group, Content and Strategic Expert for the Academic Preservation Trust and the Chair of the Virginia Heritage Governance Board. Having been in the library profession for over fifteen years, he has published and presented on a wide range of topics including mass digitization, digital curation and stewardship, sustaining digital scholarship, intellectual property issues, mentoring in libraries, and digital preservation.

Kelly Forbes

Museums Galleries Scotland

Kelly is Digital Manager for Museums Galleries Scotland and uses her previous experience, as a Digital Consultant in the third sector, to give guidance to museums planning to undertake digital projects; acting as a sounding board ahead of funding applications or simply offering advice ahead of projects like redeveloping a museum website. 

Abbie Grotke

Library of Congress

Abbie is the web archiving team lead in the Office of Strategic Initiatives, Library of Congress (LoC). She has been involved in digital initiatives at the (LoC) for more than 13 years, initially as a digital conversion specialist with the American Memory program. Since 2002 she has been involved in the LOC’s web archiving activities, and she currently manages various web archive collection activities and projects. She is also co-chair of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance Content Working Group.

Edith Halvarsson

Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

Edith Halvarsson is a Digital Preservation Specialist at Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford. Edith specialises in policy and planning activities for preserving born-digital and digitized collections at the Libraries. Before commencing her current role, she worked on the British Library’s Flashback project which aimed to preserve and provide access content held on legacy media carriers. Edith has a degree in Information Management & Preservation from the University of Glasgow (UK).

Adam Harwood

University of Sussex

Adam Harwood is currently the Research Data and Digital Preservation Technologist at the University of Sussex Library and develops technical initiatives to openly publish and preserve the University’s Research Data and Special Collections. He managed the implementation of the University of Sussex Research Data Repository and is currently implementing digital preservation practices for the Special Collections digital archives.  He has previously managed the implementation of the archival online ordering and inventory management systems within The Keep at the University of Sussex.

Stephen Haufek

United Nations 

Stephen is Information Management Officer at the UN.

Lee Hibberd

National Library of Scotland

Lee Hibberd is the Digital Preservation Manager at the National Library of Scotland. Starting in the field of digitisation he has worked for 20 years managing digital cultural data in the museums, galleries and library sectors. Since 2013 he has concentrated on preserving access to more than 30 million digital objects in the Library’s collections working together with colleagues inside and outside of the Library to solve some of the challenges of digital preservation.

Eliot Higgins


Eliot Higgins is the founder of Bellingcat and the Brown Moses Blog. Eliot focuses on the weapons used in the conflict in Syria, and open source investigation tools and techniques. 

William Kilbride

Digital Preservation Coalition

As Executive Director for the DPC, William provides training and support to members as well as supporting the digital preservation community through advocacy work and enabling strategic partnerships. William is a prolific writer and speaker on the subject of digital preservation and has many years’ experience in the field, having previously held senior positions at Glasgow Museums and the Archaeology Data Service.


Matilda Knowler


Matilda Knowler is the Digital Projects Archivist at HSBC, working in the London office of HSBC’s global team of archivists based in Hong Kong, United States, France and UK. A graduate in English Literature and Art History from the University of York, Matilda works on the management and preservation of HSBC’s physical and digital archives within the Global Digital Archive repository.

Faye Lemay

Faye worked for the Government of Canada for 29 years and joined Library and Archives Canada in 2009. Now retired, she was Digital Preservation Manager and responsible for the preservation of digital items acquired by Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Faye assisted LAC with formalizing its digital preservation program, in order to meet its national mandate for long term preservation and enduring access to Canada’s documentary heritage, and to serve as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions.


Hervé L'Hours

UK Data Archive

Hervé L’Hours is the Preservation Planning Manager for the UK Data Archive within the digital preservation systems and security team. He supports Trusted Digital Repository status by specifying and maintaining a life-cycle, metadata schema-based system for preservation of the data collections He has previously worked with the History Data Service, as a project manager for web and software development, and as metadata consultant to the JISC Digitisation Programme. Hervé leads  the CESSDA Trust working group and is vice-Chair of the CoreTrustSeal Board. 

Michelle Lindlar

Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)

Michelle is Digital Preservation Technical Analyst for the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) and Open Preservation Foundation Board Member. Michelle has also contributed to the DURAARK project which develops methods and tools for the Long-Term Preservation (LTP) of architectural knowledge.


Kirsty Lingstadt

University of Edinburgh

Kirsty is Head of Digital Library and Depute Director of Library and University Collections at the University of Edinburgh. She plays a key role in delivering digital services within the library, with a key focus on Discovery of Collections online. This includes digitization of collections, digital preservation and also providing tools and services for digital scholarship.


Stephen McConnachie


Stephen has worked at the BFI since 2009. In his current role he is responsible for leading the department which defines and implements documentation and data standards for the BFI’s collections, and which manages the Collections Information Database (CID) and delivers the data to BFI platforms and projects, including BFI Player. He played a key role in the consolidation of the BFI’s diverse collections databases into a single modern system, and will now focus on building a digital storage infrastructure to preserve the BFI’s digital collections. He came to the BFI from ITN Source, where he led the archive’s team of cataloguers, researchers and content editors in the transition from analogue to digital, file-based workflows.


John McDonough

Dublin City University

John is the University Librarian at Dublin City University. Previously the Director of the National Archives, John is also holds post graduate qualifications in Archival Studies and an MSc in ICT Systems. He has also worked as Head of Collections in the Library & Research Service of the Irish parliament supporting and delivering online research outputs and information services to Deputies and as project manager of University College Dublin’s Digital Library which developed a pilot repository infrastructure for digital humanities content, as well as at RTE where he established a digital repository for radio content.


Jaana Pinnick

British Geological Survey 

As an expert in long-term management and preservation of geoscience data and information and Research Data and Digital Preservation Manager for the British Geological Survey, Jaana is responsible for developing preservation policies, strategies and workflows; data analysis and data rescue; selection and implementation of preservation tools and technologies; preservation metadata as well as advocacy, outreach and networking on behalf of her department and for the British Geological Survey.


Marcel Ras

Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed

Digital Preservation Program Manager for Netwerk Digitaal Erfgoed, the Dutch Digital Heritage Network (DHN) Marcel oversees the Dutch national coalition of public sector organisations with a remit to manage long-term access to digital data. Previously, his extensive experience in digital preservation included a role as Program Manager for the International e-Depot at Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands) with responsibility for processing digital publications, metadata policy and functional management of library systems; as well as Project Manager for the Library's Web Archiving programme.


Thorston Ries

Ghent University

Thorsten works as a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher (FWO) at the Institute of Modern German Literature at Ghent University, Belgium.  From September 2018 to August 2019, he conducted a research project on digital forensics in the historical humanities as a MSCA Fellow at University of Sussex, UK (HAHPSussex Humanities Lab). He is especially interested in born-digital philology, which puts to work digital forensics to preserve and study born-digital archives.

Barbara Sierman

Open Preservation Foundation Koninklijke Bibliotheek

Barbara is Chair of the Open Preservation Foundation (OPF) and the digital preservation manager in the Research Department of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands). Barbara is involved in the development of the ISO standards 16363 Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories and ISO 161919 Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of candidate trustworthy digital repositories. She participated in several European projects including Planets, SCAPE and APARSEN. She is a member of the IIPC Steering Committee and participates in the UNESCO Persist project.


Paul Stokes


Paul is Senior co-design manager at Jisc where he has responsibility for supporting the exploration and, where appropriate, the take-up of innovative technologies and standards that will have a demonstrable positive impact on further and higher education in the UK. 

Bill Thompson


Bill joined BBC Research & Development as Principal Research Engineer after eight years working as Head of Partnership Development in BBC Archive Development, on a range of projects that made the BBC's extensive archive more accessible to partners and the public. These included The Space, the Research and Education Space, and partnerships with the British Library, British Film Institute and Jisc. He is also a well-known technology journalist and advisor to arts and cultural organisations on matters related to digital technologies. 

Jaye Weatherburn

University of Melbourne

Jaye Weatherburn is a Digital Preservation Officer at the University of Melbourne, implementing the university’s ten-year Digital Preservation Strategy. In 2014–2015, she worked on an Australian National Data Service (ANDS) project, developing policy and procedural workflows for minting Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for grey literature publications and data, at Swinburne University of Technology. During this period Jaye was a consultant for a collections appraisal and digital repository management project for the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources in Australia. She is currently working on a third edition of Preserving Digital Materials with Ross Harvey, due for publication in 2018. 


Sharon Webb

University of Sussex

Sharon is a Lecturer in Digital Humanities at the University of Sussex, History Department and a member of the Sussex Humanities Lab. Sharon is a historian of Irish associational culture and nationalism (eighteenth and nineteenth century) and a digital humanities practitioner. Sharon also has programming and coding experience and has contributed to the successful development of major national digital infrastructures. Sharon’s current research interests include community archives and identity, with a special interest in LGBTQ+ archives, social network analysis (method and theory), and research data management. She is PI for a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (2018) on the topic of community archives and digital preservation, working with a number of community projects, including Queer in Brighton. 

Jane Winters

School of Advanced Studies, University of London

Jane is responsible for developing digital humanities at the School of Advanced Study. She has led or co-directed a range of digital projects, including most recently Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities; Digging into Linked Parliamentary Metadata; Traces through Time: Prosopography in Practice across Big Data; the Thesaurus of British and Irish History as SKOS; and Born Digital Big Data and Approaches for History and the Humanities. Jane is a Fellow and Councillor of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of RESAW (Research Infrastructure for the Study of the Archived Web), the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of Humanities, the UK Medical Heritage Library Academic Advisory Group, the Advisory Board of the Digital Preservation Coalition and the Advisory Board of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure.

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