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Alison Harvey

Alison Harvey


Archivist, Special Collections and Archives


Based in Special Collections and Archives, I support research and teaching with Cardiff University's archives and digital collections.

I'm passionate about using heritage collections to support emerging areas of digital scholarship, including digital archives, exhibitions and guided viewing, data mining, text analysis, data visualisation, crowdsourcing, computer vision, and IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework).


Supporting research with digital archives at Cardiff University and beyond

In 2022-23, I undertook a research project funded by the AHRC-RLUK Professional Practice Fellowship Scheme for research and academic libraries. Minimal Digital introduces IIIF principles, and provides overviews and tutorials for free digital curation and exhibition tools, including Storiiies, Exhibit, Padlet, Google Sites, CollectionBuilder, and Wax.



Archivist, Cardiff University (2010-present)

  • Project managing the implementation of Alma Digital and its integration with existing software infrastructure
  • Rationalising legacy digital content and metadata, and defining ingest workflows with Python
  • Supporting research, and delivering teaching related to digital archives and visual culture
  • Supervising and training interns and volunteers
  • Managing and cataloguing archives
  • Curating physical and digital exhibitions
  • Creating and maintaining public-facing online content

Honours and awards

  • AHRC/RLUK Professional Practice Fellowship Scheme, 2022-23
  • Cardiff University Outstanding Contribution Award Scheme, 2022
  • Cardiff University Outstanding Contribution Award Scheme, 2019
  • Cardiff University Sustained Outstanding Contribution Award Scheme, 2017
  • Cardiff University Outstanding Contribution Award Scheme, 2014

Speaking engagements

Committees and reviewing

Advisory Board and Committee membership


  • Digital humanities
  • Archival, repository and related studies
  • Book history
  • Digital curation and preservation
  • Digital history