Mia Ridge to present at IHR Digital History seminar, 18 November


The Digital History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research in
London will host a talk by Mia Ridge, doctoral student at The Open University, titled ‘Citizen History and its Discontents’, which will be held this coming Tuesday 18 November 2014

The event will be live-streamed at

Full details below:

Title: Citizen History and its Discontents
Date: 18 November 2014
Time: 5:15 PM (GMT)
Venue: Room 208, Senate House
Speaker: Mia Ridge (Open University)

Abstract: An increasing number of crowdsourcing projects are making claims about ‘citizen history’ – but are they really helping people become historians, or are they overstating their contribution? Can citizen history projects succeed without communities of experts and peers to nurture sparks of historical curiosity and support novice historians in learning the skills of the discipline? Through a series of case studies this paper offers a critical examination of claims around citizen history.

Speaker Biography: Mia Ridge’s research focusses on historians and scholarly crowdsourcing. Mia has published and presented widely on her key areas of interest including: user experience design, human-computer interaction, open cultural data, audience engagement and crowdsourcing in the cultural heritage sector. Until December 2014, she is a CENDARI Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Her edited volume, ‘Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage’ (Ashgate) is published in October 2014.