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The National Archives Labs

Research in 2011

Welcome to my first blog post of 2011, and a belated Happy New Year!

We’ve learned a lot in our first few months on Labs, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who took the time to try out the beta applications and tell us what you thought. I know that, at times, we haven’t measured up to your expectations, so thanks very much for your patience and understanding, and all of us on the Labs team hope that you continue to test our refined and new applications and share your invaluable feedback.


Research underpins much of what we do here at The National Archives. As an originator and supporter of research, we maintain an innovative programme to develop and test new ideas for the benefit of government, information and preservation professionals, and are recognised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as an Independent Research Organisation.

Collaborating with academics is important to us and we welcome applications to partner external research projects. See our research priorities for a list of current research challenges, which we use to inform research partnership decisions and to direct the work of the Research Team.

We currently co-host five PhD students who are undertaking a wide range of studies from historical research to cutting edge technology and resource discovery techniques.  We are looking to appoint another PhD student to work on a hugely exciting project on the classification and categorisation of email messages.  This studentship will be fully funded by the Department of Information Science at Loughborough University and The National Archives.  Please click here for more information and how to apply. Do pass it on to anyone you know who might be interested!

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Director of Technology and Chief Information Officer – David Thomas

As a senior archivist and records specialist at The National Archives, David’s career has focused on developing access to archives and information in both government and the archive sector.

David is responsible for information technology services at The National Archives, and is leading on the major cross-government project to develop a shared service for preserving digital records.

Comments (2)

  • Bilgisayarkursu

    Thank you this information was missing a lot.

  • coq10

    this is vert insightful, research is very key now a days

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