Helen Morgan

Helen Morgan

Helen Morgan

Senior Research Fellow

eScholarship Research Centre

About

My research focus is on the communication and sustainability of scholarly data in digital/networked environments, in particular, through my role as Chief Investigator on LP120200367 (‘The Trailblazing Women and the Law Project‘, 2012-16) and work on LP100200304 (data management and publication of The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia, 2010-14), on the collecting, collating and curating of personal, private and public domain biographical, archival and bibliographical data and its publication online in an age of waning privacy.

My multi-disciplinary research training and experience – in art history, professional writing, archival science and cultural informatics – has given me an understanding of both the historical and technological aspects of research. I have significant experience at working in collaborative research teams using digital technologies, with particular emphasis on building resilient contextual information frameworks, exploring the challenges and requirements of mapping cultural heritage in digital/networked environments and the transfer of knowledge between researchers, memory institutions and the community.

I have worked as exhibition designer and collaboratively as information architect on the Australian Women’s Archives Project’s online Register since its inception in 2000. The Register was the first external online resource of significance harvested into the National Library of Australia’s national online discovery service, Trove.

I completed an MA on the Australian artist Thea Proctor in 1994, presented at the ‘Art and Life’ seminar accompanying the 2005 Proctor retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery and worked as research assistant to Ann Galbally for her monographs on Redmond Barry and Charles Conder. At the eScholarship Research Centre I am also responsible for the research, content development and creation of online publications on a diverse range of subjects.

My first book, Blue Mauritius: The Hunt for the World’s Most Valuable Stamps, was published by Atlantic Books, London, in 2006.

Selected Publications

Naming the unnamed, speaking the unspoken, depicting the undepicted: The Australian Women’s Register story

Evans, J, Morgan, H & Henningham, N 2010, ‘Naming the unnamed, speaking the unspoken, depicting the undepicted: The Australian Women’s Register story’, Digital Humanities 2010 conference, London.

Content, Compliance, Collaboration and Complexity: Sustaining Information

Henningham, N, Evans, J & Morgan, H 2010, ‘Content, Compliance, Collaboration and Complexity: Sustaining Information’, Digital Humanities 2010 conference, London.

The Australian Women’s Archives Project: Content, Complexity and Web 2.0 Services

Evans, J, Henningham, N & Morgan, H 2009, ‘Australian Women’s Archives Project: Content, Complexity and Web 2.0 Services’, Archives & Records Association of New Zealand and Pacific Regional Branch of International Council on Archives Joint Conference, Brisbane 2009.

Out of the Shadows: Using Technology to Illuminate Women’s Archives

Henningham, N, Evans, J & Morgan, H 2009, 'Out of the shadows: using technology to illuminate women's archives', in Per Axelsson and Peter Skold (eds), "Women's memory: the problem of sources " 20th anniversary symposium of the Women's Library and Information Centre Foundation, 17-19 April 2009, Kadir Has University, Istanbul. Turkey, pp. 389 - 99.

The Encyclopedia of Australian Science and the role of the online biographical register

Smith, A & Morgan, H 2012, ‘The Encyclopedia of Australian Science and the role of the online biographical register’, Framing Lives: 8th Biennial International Auto/Biography Association (IABA) Conference 17-20 July 2012, Canberra, Australia.

Standing the test of time: building better resilience into online archival descriptive networks

Morgan, H, Smith, A & Evans, J 2012, ‘Standing the test of time: building better resilience into online archival descriptive networks.’, International Council on Archives Congress 2012: A Climate of Change. 20-24 August 2012, Brisbane, Australia.