Meet the Teams

Team Cambridge
Cambridge Digital Library

Planning and Policy Fellow
Somaya Langley


Somaya Langley will be working towards identifying digital preservation needs and establishing policy.

Somaya has relocated from Sydney, Australia. She has previously worked across the GLAM sector in Australia and organisations including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australian Music Centre, Design & Art Australia Online, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, the National Library of Australia and most recently, the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney. There she was developing processes for collecting born-digital materials and part of the project team implementing the Rosetta digital preservation system. Somaya has also worked as a festival director in the arts.

Technical Fellow
Dave Gerrard

Dave Gerrard is the Polonsky Fellow Digital Preservation Specialist Technical Officer at Cambridge, responsible for investigating the current and future state of the tools and technical systems related to Digital Preservation in the Cambridge University Library.

He has recently graduated with a PhD in Information Science from Loughborough University, researching the potential value of the analysis of visitors’ Social Media data for museums. He also has nearly 20 years’ experience in Information Systems development both within academia and in the private sector, including website development work for cultural digitisation projects. He also holds an MSc in Computing.

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Team Oxford

Outreach and Training Fellow
Sarah Mason

SarahSarah has delivered digitisation programmes and promoted digitised collections through outreach at the State Library Victoria (SLV) in Melbourne. With a background in photographic preservation and collections management, she’s worked with photographic collections in libraries and museums around Australia and the US.

Sarah was part of the first Australia and New Zealand cohort of the Library of Congress’ Digital Preservation and Outreach Education (DPOE) train-the-trainer workshops. When she wasn’t delivering digital preservation training at SLV, she could be found Instagramming or tweeting from #inthestudio.

Planning and Policy Fellow
Edith Halvarsson

EdithEdith is a graduate from the Information Management and Preservation (Digital) MSc programme at the University of Glasgow. She has previously trained with the British Library’s Digital Preservation team, working with emulation software and legacy media.

P.S. Edith was also a Finalist for the 2016 DPC award: Most Distinguished Student Work in Digital Preservation. The project investigated research data preservation needs in the material sciences.


Technical Fellow
James Mooney

James is the Polonsky Fellow Digital Preservation Specialist Technical Officer at Oxford.

James has over fifteen years of IT experience from a range of roles from Internet Engineer, Support Manager to IT Consultant. His past experience includes supporting large internet related IT systems on various distributions of Linux and Windows Server products; these have included complex website and database solutions.

Since joining the Bodleian Library two years ago, he has supported the library systems and services within the Digital Asset Management System infrastructure. James will be researching the technical issues surrounding digital preservation and will look contribute to the development of a business case and sustainability plan for digital preservation operations.


Past team members

Outreach and Training Fellow – Cambridge 
Lee Pretlove

Lee has over 10 years’ experience working in archives and records management and has been drawn into the relationship between electronic records, record creators and consideration for the long term preservation of the records. He has previously developed digitisation programmes and delivered a born digital repository for a global engineering organisation.

Over the last six years he has been an active member of the Archive and Record Association’s Training Group (Chair in 2015/16), and since 2013 has been working on the ARA Conference Committee which introduced its first ‘Digital Preservation’ stream at the 2015 conference in Dublin, Ireland.