Mrs Helen Hardy

Mrs Helen Hardy

Digital Collections Programme Manager

Department: Non Science Group
Division: Digital Collections Programme

Summary

I am the Digital Collections Programme Manager at the Natural History Museum, helping to set data free from a collection of some 80 million objects. I lead the Programme team, developing innovative mass digitisation workflows for a wide variety of specimen types from ancient herbaria to pinned insects and microscope slides, as well as working on the Museum's underlying data infrastructure including our Data Portal (www.data.nhm.ac.uk ). I came to the Museum from HM Revenue & Customs, where I held a variety of fast stream and leadership roles including tax legislation, communications with customers and stakeholders, management of teams of up to 50 staff, and major digital programmes including migrating BusinessLink content for businesses to Gov.uk. While the collections at the museum are unique, the people and data challenges have much in common with other organisations!

Qualifications

Degrees

BA (1st class hons), Lancaster University, Lancaster

MSc (Distinction), London School of Economics and Political Science, London, London

Employment history

Non-academic

Digital Collections Programme Manager, The Natural History Museum, London, UK, 2016 - ongoing

Various Digital Programme, Policy, Stratey & Communications, HM Revenue & Customs, UK, 1999 - ongoing

Grants

Bringing back Malaysia's Natural Heritage Held Overseas in Digitized Format (Wallace's Type Collection)
Role: Principal investigator
Co-investigator: Livermore L
Funding: Yayasan Hasanah Foundation
Total value £70,000 (to Museum £70,000)
Dates: 2017 - 2017

Events

Conference Attendance

Invited speaker, Connecting with the Crowd Conference, (Conference),

Invited speaker, 3D4Ever - Building three dimensional models to last, (Conference),

Invited and keynote speaker

Invited speaker, A crowd of specimens: digitising collections at The Natural History Museum, Connecting with the Crowd (multidisciplinary conference): Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom, 16/6/2017.

Introduction

Summary

I am the Digital Collections Programme Manager at the Natural History Museum, helping to set data free from a collection of some 80 million objects. I lead the Programme team, developing innovative mass digitisation workflows for a wide variety of specimen types from ancient herbaria to pinned insects and microscope slides, as well as working on the Museum's underlying data infrastructure including our Data Portal (www.data.nhm.ac.uk ). I came to the Museum from HM Revenue & Customs, where I held a variety of fast stream and leadership roles including tax legislation, communications with customers and stakeholders, management of teams of up to 50 staff, and major digital programmes including migrating BusinessLink content for businesses to Gov.uk. While the collections at the museum are unique, the people and data challenges have much in common with other organisations!

Qualifications

Degrees

BA (1st class hons), Lancaster University, Lancaster

MSc (Distinction), London School of Economics and Political Science, London, London

Employment history

Non-academic

Digital Collections Programme Manager, The Natural History Museum, London, UK, 2016 - ongoing

Various Digital Programme, Policy, Stratey & Communications, HM Revenue & Customs, UK, 1999 - ongoing

Projects

Grants

Bringing back Malaysia's Natural Heritage Held Overseas in Digitized Format (Wallace's Type Collection)
Role: Principal investigator
Co-investigator: Livermore L
Funding: Yayasan Hasanah Foundation
Total value £70,000 (to Museum £70,000)
Dates: 2017 - 2017

Professional activities

Events

Conference Attendance

Invited speaker, Connecting with the Crowd Conference, (Conference),

Invited speaker, 3D4Ever - Building three dimensional models to last, (Conference),

Impact and outreach

Invited and keynote speaker

Invited speaker, A crowd of specimens: digitising collections at The Natural History Museum, Connecting with the Crowd (multidisciplinary conference): Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom, 16/6/2017.