Dr Christine Madsen works at the intersection of cultural heritage and technology. She is expert in building large-scale systems that use technology to connect researchers, teachers, and students with library and learning resources. She is interested in understanding and building the library of the future–occasionally taking inspiration from the libraries of the past. Her background is in digitization and digital scholarship, understanding both how to digitize and why we should. Her current research is investigating the future of the material in the digital age.
She is co-founder and principal of A21 Consulting, where she works with libraries and museums around the world on digital strategy and innovation. Previously, she has worked as Head of Digital Programmes at the Bodleian Libraries, as well as leading the Open Collections Program (OCP) at Harvard.
Christine has a DPhil from the Oxford Internet Institute, where she performed one of the first large-scale ethnographic studies of an entire discipline in order to understand their relationship to digital technology and the library.
Madsen, C. “In the Wrong Business: A New Theory of Academic Libraries.” In, Cohen, D. and Scheinfeldt, T. (2013) (Eds.) Hacking the Academy. University of Michigan Digital Culture Press.
Meyer, E.T., Madsen, C., Fry, J. “Digital Resources and the Future of Libraries” in, Dutton, W. H., and Jeffreys, P. W. (2010) (eds), World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
Other Edited Works
Managing Editor: Women Working, 1800-1930 (completed in 2004) http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/ww
Managing Editor: Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930 (completed in 2006) http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/immigration
Published Articles and Papers
Hurst, M and Madsen, C. (2016 ) All Your Data Displayed in One Place: Scoping Research Final Report for a Library Assessment Dashboard and Toolkit. Whitepaper
Madsen, C. and Hurst, M. (2015) The Future of Finding: Resource Discovery @ The University of Oxford. Whitepaper
Bulger, M., Meyer, E.T., de la Flor, G., Terras, M., Wyatt, S., Jirotka, M., Eccles, K. and Madsen, C. (2011) Reinventing research? Information practices in the humanities. A report of the Research Information Network (RIN), April 2011.
Madsen, C. and Correia, R., Jr. (2011). "Activating Prayers: Textual Landscapes of the Tibetan Buddhist Diaspora." Glimpse Journal, Winter 2011.
Dougherty, M., Meyer, E.T., Madsen, C., van den Heuvel, C., Thomas, A., Wyatt, S. (2010). Researcher Engagement with Web Archives: State of the Art. London: JISC.
Thomas, A., Meyer, E.T., Dougherty, M., van den Heuvel, C., Madsen, C., Wyatt, S. (2010). Researcher Engagement with Web Archives: Challenges and Opportunities for Investment. London: JISC.
Madsen, C. (2009) "A Thoughtful Approach to Digitisation." INASP Newsletter No. 40, Winter 2009.
Madsen, C. (2009) "The Importance of Marketing Digital Collections." ALISS Quarterly. Autumn 2009.
Meyer, E.T., Eccles, K. and Madsen, C. (2009) Digitisation as e-Research infrastructure: Access to materials and research capabilities in the Humanities. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on e-Social Science, Cologne, Germany, 24-26 June 2009.
Meyer, E.T., Schroeder, R., Madsen, C. (2008). “The World Wide Web of Humanities: Archives for Researching the Web.” Paper presented at Web_site Histories - Theories, Methods, Analysis 2008, October 14, Aarhus, Denmark.
Madsen, C. (2007). "Online Survey of Humanities Scholars’ & Their Use of Digital Technologies." Spring 2008.
Madsen, C. and Comstock, W. (2006). “Streamlining a Book Digitization Workflow.” Microform and Imaging Review, Spring 2006.
Madsen, C., and Hurst, M. (2005). “The Role of the Library in Open Education.” September, 2005. The Center for Open and Sustainable Learning Conference Proceedings, 2005.
Madsen, Christine, Thomas J. Michalak, and Megan Hurst. “Harvard University Library Open Collections Program, Women Working, 1870-1930: Final Report.” March 2005. Available online at http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/report/final/
Madsen, Christine, and Thomas J. Michalak. “Harvard University Library Open Collections Program, Women Working, 1870-1930: Progress Report.” July 16, 2004.
Michalak, Thomas J. and Christine Madsen. “Selecting Resources for the Women Working Digital Collection: Books, Documents, and Pamphlets.” May 25, 2004.
“A Review of the Literature Regarding the Digitization of Visual Resource Collections.” VRA Bulletin. Vol. 30, No. 1, 2003.
Communities, Innovation, and Critical Mass: Understanding the Impact of Digitization on Scholarship in the Humanities through the Case of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies. (2010, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, Balliol College) (6.4MB)
Invited Talks and Presentations
Slides from selected presentations can also be found in my SlideShare account
"The Future of Finding at the University of Oxford" CNI Fall 2016 Membership Meeting | 13 December, 2016. Co-Presenter: Catriona Cannon
"Digital Preservation Policy & Strategy: Where Do I Start?" NISO and NFAIS Virtual Conference | 07 December, 2016
“Data-Informed Decision Making for Libraries” ER&L. Austin, TX | 5 April 2016. Co-presenter: Megan Hurst
"Digital Library Technologies and Best Practice: Deconstructing Digital Libraries. (or: Why you should work with your library!)" Digital Humanities Summer School. Oxford | 11 July, 2013
"On Format, Function, & Faith or... Library Futures & the Importance of Understanding Communities of Users." 2013 Breslauer Lecture for the UCLA School of Information Science. Los Angeles | 16 May, 2013
"Digital Library Technologies and Best Practice: Deconstructing Digital Libraries." Digital Humanities Summer School. Oxford | 6 July, 2012
“Libraries are for Learning (not just for storing books).” Mobility Shifts. New School for Social Research, NYC | 14th October, 2011
“On Format, Function & Faith: Unexpected Lessons in Blending the Physical and Digital.” SPIRES Workshop on Technological Spaces. City University, London | 7th October, 2011
“A Perfect Fit: The Use of Linked Data in the Humanities.” Semantics and Media. Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz Germany | 14th July, 2011
"Make Lab and the Emergence of Knowledge Environments." AT&T Internet Research Group, New Jersey USA | 29 June 2010. Co-presenters: Matthew Steven Carlos and Indy Johar.
“Selecting and Analysing the WWI and WWII Collections,” Humanities on the Web: Is it working? Oxford Internet Institute, UK | 19 March 2009. Co-Presenter: Eric Meyer
“TIDSR Survey Data,” Humanities on the Web: Is it working? Oxford Internet Institute, UK | 19 March 2009. Co-Presenter: Eric Meyer
“Interoperability and Impact of the Philosource Federation,” Toward a Semantic Web of Philosophy. Paris, France | 3 December 2009.
“On Formats, Function, and Faith: What We Can Learn from Tibetan Digitisation Projects.” AT&T Internet Research Group, New Jersey USA | 1 December 2009
"The Importance of Marketing digital collections," ALISS 2009. Coventry UK | 29 July 2009
"On Formats, Function, and Faith: What We Can Learn from Tibetan Digitisation Projects," Pitt Rivers Museum | 9 May 2009
"Selecting and Analysing the WWI and WWII Collections," Humanities on the Web: Is it working? Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford | 19 March 2009. Co-Presenter: Eric Meyer
"TIDSR Survey Data," Humanities on the Web: Is it working? Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford | 19 March 2009. Co-Presenter: Eric Meyer
“Scholarsource: a New Paradigm for Digital Humanities,” Building a Virtual Humanities Collaboratory. Cambridge, UK | 7 January 2009 . (Presenting for Paolo D’Iorio)
“Digitizing rare and unique resources: the “long tail” role of libraries in digital scholarship,” The Dilemmas of Digitization: Thinking about the Past, Planning the Future. How to Digitize the Humanities? University of Oxford, UK | May 24, 2008
“The Significance of Marketing Digital Collections,” COST A32, Working Group 3. Oxford, UK | April 21, 2008
“New Frontiers in Access to Historical Primary Sources,” New England Library Association Annual Conference. Burlington, VT | October 22, 2006
Council of Independent Colleges Transformation of the College Library: "New Frontiers in Access to Historical Primary Sources." Cambridge, MA | April 21, 2006 . Co-Presenters: Barbara Graham, Open Collections Program; Alison Scott, Harvard College Library
"When a Digital Library Comes Knocking at Your Door," Museum Computer Network Annual Conference. Boston, MA | November 2-5, 2005. Co-Panelists: Megan Hurst, Open Collections Program; Deborah Kao, Fogg Art Museum.
"The Role of the Library in Open Education," Advancing the Effectiveness and Sustainability of Open Education. Utah State University, Logan, Utah | September 28, 2005. Co-Presenter: Megan Hurst
"New Frontiers in Access to Historical Primary Sources," Gilder Lehrman Institute and Council on Independent Colleges Summer Seminar for College Professors. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA | June 22, 2005. Co-Presenters: Thomas J. Michalak and Megan Hurst
"Women Working, 1800-1930: Building the First Open Collection," Berkshire Conference on the History of Women: Claremont, CA | June 3, 2005
"Building the First Open Collection: A Case Study," NELINET Annual Meeting: Worcester, MA | May 6, 2005 . Co-Presenters: Thomas J. Michalak and Megan Hurst