Disruptive Digital Archiving


In this webinar, John Sheridan, the Digital Director at The UK National Archives will discuss disruptive digital archiving, the opportunities for digital transformation and how the archive should best respond.

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This webinar is targeted at leaders in libraries and archives as well as researchers working with archival collections.


Archives are special. They are the homes for our collective memory and a vital source of trusted evidence. The shift to digital is transforming every aspect of the archival landscape, be it appraisal and selection, preservation, access, presentation or use. Each and every archival function is in the process of being profoundly changed. Where yesterday’s records were tangible, those of today are intangible 0s and 1s.

The very nature of what is a record has changed, from a world of letters, memos and minutes, to email, data and computer code. To respond, archives need to develop radical new capabilities to ensure that digital records can continue to be kept and used.

In this webinar, John Sheridan, the Digital Director at The UK National Archives will discuss disruptive digital archiving. What are the opportunities for digital transformation and how does the archive best respond?

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John Sheridan - Digital Director, The National Archives, UK

John Sheridan

Digital Director, The National Archives, UK

John Sheridan is the Digital Director at The National Archives, UK with overall responsibility for the organisation’s digital services and digital archiving capability. His role is to provide strategic direction, developing the people and capability needed for The National Archives to become a disruptive digital archive. John’s academic background is in mathematics and information technology, with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Southampton and a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from the University of Liverpool. Prior to his current role, John was the Head of Legislation Services at The National Archives where he led the team responsible for creating legislation.gov.uk, as well overseeing the operation of the official Gazette. John recently led, as Principal Investigator, an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project, ‘big data for law’, exploring the application of data analytics to the statute book, winning the Halsbury Legal Award for Innovation. John has a strong interest in the web and data standards and is a former co-chair of the W3C e-Government Interest Group. He serves on the UK Government’s Data Leaders group and Open Standards Board which sets data standards for use across government. John was an early pioneer of open data and remains active in that community.