Matthew Woollard

Professor and Director, UK Data Archive and UK Data Service, University of Essex

Matthew is the Director of both the UK Data Archive and the UK Data Service.

Matthew is also the Principal Investigator of the Enhancing and Enriching Historical Census Microdata project and the UK Data Archive's lead on the EC-FP7 4C project, a 'Collaboration to Clarify the Cost of Curation'.

Research interests:

Matthew joined the UK Data Archive in January 2003 as the Head of the History Data Service, after six years working in various research capacities in the History Department of the University of Essex. Between 2004 and 2007 he headed a major JISC-funded digitisation project - Online Historical Population Reports (histpop) - which published online almost 190,000 pages of British historical population reports and authored a number of the historical essays on this site.

In 2006 he was appointed Associate Director and Head of Digital Preservation and Systems at the UK Data Archive. He has acted as consultant to a number of historical digitisation projects and contributed to a variety of digital preservation initiatives. He contributed to the Keeping Research Data Safe 2 project to augment and extend the earlier work examining the costs of digital preservation.

Matthew is also the Principal Investigator of the Enhancing and Enriching Historical Census Microdata project and the UK Data Archive's lead on the EC-FP7 4C project, a 'Collaboration to Clarify the Cost of Curation'.

Matthew retains an interest in many aspects of historical computing and the application of techniques relating to the analysis of historical sources for local and demographic history, as well as in the social construction of statistics in the past.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor and Director, UK Data Archive and UK Data Service, University of Essex