Professor Jane Winters

Contact details

Professor Jane Winters
Professor of Digital Humanities & Pro-Dean for Libraries
School of Advanced Study
Room 256, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
+44 (0)20 7862 8789
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Communications, Culture, Digital resources, Digitisation, History, Medieval History
Summary of research interests and expertise:

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 Advisory Board of the Digital Preservation Coalition, the Advisory Board of the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure, the Advisory Board of Cambridge Digital Humanities, and the UK UNESCO Memory of the World Committee.

Jane's research interests include digital history, born-digital archives (particularly the archived web), big data for humanities research, peer review in the digital environment, text editing and open access publishing.

Twitter: @jfwinters

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
31-Dec-2019 ‘Giving with one hand, taking with the other: e-legal deposit, web archives and researcher access', in Electronic Legal Deposit: Shaping the Library Collections of the Future, ed. Paul Gooding and Melissa Terras (London: Facet Publishing)


31-Dec-2019 'Learned societies and scholarly communication', in Old Traditions and New Technologies, ed. Martin P. Eve and Jonathan Gray (MIT Press, forthcoming, 2019).


28-Mar-2019 'Negotiating the archives of UK web space', in The Historical Web and Digital Humanities: the Case of National Web Domains, ed. Niels Brügger and Ditte Laursen (London: Routledge)


01-Jan-2019 ‘Web archives and (digital) history: a troubled past and a promising future?’, in The SAGE Handbook of Web History, ed. Niels Brügger and Ian Milligan (SAGE Publications Ltd.)


04-Oct-2018 'Digital history’, in Debating New Approaches to History, ed. Marek Tamm and Peter Burke (London: Bloomsbury Publishing)


07-Sep-2018 ‘What does an author want from a publisher?’, Learned Publishing, 31(4) (September 2018), 318-22


06-Apr-2018 Editorial

Journal articles

 Internet Histories, DOI: 10.1080/24701475.2018.1459080

19-Feb-2018 Review: Web 25: Histories from the First 25 Years of the World Wide Web, ed. Niels Brügger (New York: Peter Lang, 2017)


 Internet Histories. DOI: 10.1080/24701475.2018.1439149

18-Dec-2017 Tackling complexity in humanities big data: from parliamentary proceedings to the archived web, in Big and Rich Data in English Corpus Linguistics: Methods and Variations, ed. Turo Hiltunen, Joe McVeigh and Tanja Säily (Helsinki: Varieng)


28-Mar-2017 Breaking in to the mainstream: demonstrating the value of internet (and web) histories

Journal articles

Internet Histories
Digital Technology, Culture and Society
Volume 1, 2017 - Issue 1-2

01-Mar-2017 ‘Web archives for humanities research: some reflections’, in The Web as History: Using Web Archives to Understand the Past and Present, ed. Niels Brügger and Ralph Schroeder (London: UCL Press, 2017), pp. 238-248.


28-Feb-2017 ‘Will history survive the digital age?’, BBC History Magazine (March 2017), 39-43


06-Mar-2014 Review - Historical Drama: Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies


01-Jan-2012 Connected Histories: Building Sources for British History, 1500-1900

Journal articles

ALISS Quarterly (Association of Librarians and Information Professionals in the Social Sciences), 7 (April 2012)

01-Jan-2011 Connected Histories: a new web search tool for British Historians

with Tim Hitchcock and Robert Shoemaker ('History', 96 (July 2011), 354-6).

01-Jan-2010 The British History Online digital library: a model for sustainability?

with Jonathan Blaney. Bulletin of the Belgian Royal Historical Commission, 176 (2010), 95-106

01-Jun-2009 The Creighton Century, 1907-2007

ed. with David Bates and Jennifer Wallis

01-Jan-2006 Peer review and evaluation of digital resources for the arts and humanities

Publications available on SAS-space:

Date Details
Oct-2006 Peer Review and Evaluation of Digital Resources for the Arts and Humanities Final Report


This is the final report produced by the AHRC-funded 'Peer review of digital resources for the arts and humanities' ICT strategy project.

Sep-2006 Peer review project online survey report


This report presents the results of the online survey conducted in November and December 2006 as part of the IHR's 'Peer review of digital resources for the arts and humanities' research project.

The British History Online digital library: a model for sustainability?


This article discusses the evolution of British History Online, with particular attention to the ways in which this digital library has tried to achieve a financially self-sustaining status.

Oct-2010 Connected Histories: sources for building British history 1500-1900


Jan-2011 'Reviews in History' and peer review in the digital age


This paper discusses the development of the IHR's open access reviews journal, Reviews in History, and goes on to consider some of the ways in which peer review, both pre- and post-publication, might evolve in the coming months and years. It was given at a conference held to mark the launch of a new open-access reviews platform,

Apr-2011 Approaches to digital editing


This paper discusses approaches to digital editing, focusing on two projects, ReScript and Early English Laws ( It also touches on some of the other tools available to editors, for example those offered as part of TextGrid. ReScript, a project of the Institute of Historical Research, aims to develop a prototype editing facility, which will support collaboration within established editorial teams as well as a crowdsourced approach to producing editions. It is currently being trialled with texts at a range of stages of production, from ‘completed’ 19th-century editions which will benefit from correction and annotation to completely new works. Early English Laws aims to publish online new editions and translations of all English legal codes, edicts and treatises produced up to and including Magna Carta in 1215. A bespoke editing facility has been developed by the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London which, like ReScript, will support collaborative editing, as well as export to print where appropriate. The latter project is particularly complex as it has to accommodate a variety of languages and editorial approaches (scholars working on early English texts, for example, have very different requirements from those working with Latin documents). The tools developed by both of these projects will be made available in due course for use and adaptation by and for other projects. The paper was given at the 'Envisioning REED in the digital age' workshop organised by the Records of Early English Drama project, University of Toronto, 4-5 April 2011.

Apr-2007 Open Access Publishing


Paper given at Record Society Publishing

Apr-2007 Digital publication - the available options


Paper given at Record Society Publishing

Jun-2016 Web archives for humanities research: some reflections


Mar-2017 Breaking in to the mainstream: demonstrating the value of internet (and web) histories


This short article explores the challenges involved in demonstrating the value of web archives, and the histories that they embody, beyond media and Internet studies. Given the difficulties of working with such complex archival material, how can researchers in the humanities and social sciences more generally be persuaded to integrate Internet histories into their research? How can institutions and organisations be sufficiently convinced of the worth of their own online histories to take steps to preserve them? And how can value be demonstrated to the wider general public? It touches on public attitudes to personal and institutional Internet histories, barriers to access to web archives - technical, legal and methodological - and the cultural factors within academia that have hindered the penetration of new ways of working with new kinds of primary source. Rather than providing answers, this article is intended to provoke discussion and dialogue between the communities for whom Internet histories can and should be of significance.

Aug-2018 Negotiating the archives of UK web space


The archived Web is an enormously rich primary source for the study of the recent past, yet it remains unappreciated and underexploited even by contemporary historians. This chapter examines why this should be the case, and argues that it is now critical for historians to begin to engage with Web archives. It explores the changing relationship between archivists, librarians and historians, which is beginning to break down researchers’ reluctance to work with born-digital materials at scale. It concludes by proposing an exciting future for (digital) historical research, which employs a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches to recover the lives and voices of ordinary people.

Mar-2018 Web archives and (digital) history: a troubled past and a promising future?


Publications available on SAS-space

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

Analytical Access to the Domain Dark Archive (AADDA)

Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities

Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities is a collaboration between the British Library, the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, the Oxford Internet Institute and Aarhus University. It is one of 21 big data projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of its Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities theme.

Born Digital Big Data and Approaches for History and the Humanities

CLEOPATRA: Cross-lingual Event-centric Open Analytics Research Academy

A Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network - The main research objective of the Cleopatra ITN is to enable effective and efficient analytics of event-centric multilingual information spread across heterogeneous sources to deliver analytics results to users in a meaningful way, with a particular focus on journalists, digital humanities researchers and memory institutions.

Connected Histories

Digging into Linked Parliamentary Data (DILIPAD)

Parliamentary proceedings reflect our history from centuries ago to the present day. They exist in a common format that has survived the test of time, and reflect any event of significance (through times of war and peace, of economic crisis and prosperity). With carefully curated proceedings becoming available in digital form in many countries, new research opportunities arise to analyse this data, on an unprecedented longitudinal scale, and across different nations, cultures and systems of political representation. Focusing on the UK, Canada and The Netherlands, this project will deliver a common format for encoding parliamentary proceedings (with an initial focus on 1800 to yesterday); a joint dataset covering all three jurisdictions; a workbench with a range of tools for the comparative, longitudinal study of parliamentary data; and substantive case studies focusing on migration, left/right ideological polarization and parliamentary language. Comparative analysis of this kind, and the tools to support it, will inform a new approach to the history of parliamentary communication and discourse, and address new research questions. The project is a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam, the History of Parliament Trust, the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, King’s College London, and the University of Toronto. It is funded as part of the Digging into Data Challenge 3.

Linking Parliamentary Records through Metatdata (LIPARM)

Social Media Knowledge Exchange

TOBIAS: Thesaurus of British and Irish History as SKOS

Traces through Time: Prosopography in Practice across Big Data

Traces through Time is a collaboration between The National Archives of the UK, the Institute of Historical Research, the University of Brighton and the University of Brighton. It is one of 21 big data projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of its Digital Transformations in the Arts and Humanities theme.

What is Scholarly Editing?

Current PhD topics supervised:

Dates Details
Francielle Carpenedo: Community Engagement via Social Media by the Brazilian Food Community in the UK

(co-supervised with Professor Catherine Davies, Institute of Modern Languages Research)

Digitised collections and the social museum: the (re)use of images of objects in the collections of the Science Museum Group

 Rhiannon Lews (collaborative doctoral studentship with the Science Museum - co-supervisors John Stack and Jessica Bradford)

Past PhD topics supervised:

Dates Details
Women in Court: The Property Rights of Brides, Heiresses and Widows in Thirteenth-Century England

Sheng-Yen Lu

Available for doctoral supervision: Yes

Professional Affiliations

Professional affiliations:

Name Activity
Fellow and Councillor of the Royal Historical Society


Name Type Activity Start date End date
Research Infrastructure for the Study of Archived Web Materials
Member of the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee, Open Library of Humanities
Member of the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Committee
Member of the Advisory Board, European Holocaust Research Infrastructure
Board Director, Digital Preservation Coaliton
Member of the Advisory Board, CDH: Cambridge Digital Humanities
Member of the Data Science and Digital Humanities Interest Group, The Alan Turing Institute
External partner of the Center for Digital History Aarhus
Member of the Advisory Board, Living with Machines
Member of the Advisory Board, History of Parliament Trust
Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
10-Dec-2018 Using the archives of the UK web for humanities and social science research

Plenary lecture, ‘From Body Capital to the internet’ conference, Strasbourg

21-Nov-2018 Working with born-digital archives for humanities research – a new challenge

Keynote, ‘Digital methodologies for understanding musical experience’ conference

22-Oct-2018 Open access and humanities research - an evolving relationship

Keynote, 'Open and engaged' conference, British Library

21-Aug-2018 Digital history and cultural heritage: a question of collaboration?

Keynote, Dansk Historikermode 2018, Helsingor

11-Jul-2018 Working to define a digital humanities community: local, national and international challenges

Presentation at 'Searching Questions: Digital Humanities Symposium', Cambridge

05-Jul-2018 Digital (public) history - an introduction

Plenary lecture, Public History Summer School, Wroclaw

11-Jun-2018 The Digital Humanities landscape in the UK

Presentation, Digital Culture event, Newcastle

07-Jun-2018 Humanities and the born digital: moving from a difficult past to a promising future?

Keynote, DH Benelux 2018, Amsterdam

25-Apr-2018 What difference does digital make? The present (and future) of digital humanities in the UK

Presentation at Exeter Digital Humanities seminar.

13-Feb-2018 Authors and their publishing experiences

Panel session, UP Redux 2018, British Library

26-Jan-2018 Negotiating web archives: a problem of search?

Presentation, 'After the Digital Revolution' workshop, Loughborough London campus

26-Oct-2017 The use of social media in an academic context

Keynote, HRB Ones 2 Watch conference, Dublin

17-Oct-2017 Negotiating the archives of UK web space

Digital Humanities seminar, Linnaeus University, Vaxjo

11-Sep-2017 Too much information? Negotiating the archives of UK web space

Keynote, Digital Resources for the Arts and Humanities 2017, Plymouth

16-Jun-2017 Moving into the mainstream: web archives in the press

Presentation at Web Archiving Week conference, London

14-Jun-2017 Demonstrating the value of internet and web histories

Panel on 'Internet and web histories', Web Archiving Week conference, London


14-Jun-2017 Web archives: truth, lies and politics in the 21st century

Digital Conversations at the British Library, public roundtable

Other editing/publishing activities:

Date Details
Series Co-Editor, New Historical Perspectives

New Historical Perspectives is a new open-access book series for early career scholars (within ten years of their doctorate), commissioned and edited by the Royal Historical Society, and published by the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. The series has a number of distinctive features designed to support high-quality scholarship from early career historians.

Editor, 'Academic Publishing' Gathering of Cambridge Elements: Publishing and Book Culture

This new series, published by Cambridge University Press, aims to fill the demand for easily accessible, quality texts available for teaching and research in the diverse and dynamic fields of Publishing and Book Culture. Rigorously researched and peer-reviewed, this brand new Elements series will be published in thematic areas, or 'Gatherings', that can then be augmented by additional online materials.

Member of the Editorial Board, Internet Histories

Consultancy & Media
Available for consultancy:
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