Dr Jo Pugh

  • Position: Digital Development Manager
  • Specialism: Digital, Human-computer interaction
  • jo.pugh@nationalarchives.gov.uk

Jo Pugh is Digital Development Manager at The National Archives and completed his doctorate in Computer Science at the University of York, examining how to support information seeking in digital archives.

He first joined the National Archives in 2007 and has been involved in various initiatives such as running the archives’ first hack weekend in 2012; the Great Steampunk Gamejam where participants created games inspired by archival material, and collaborating with the History Lab at Columbia University on new approaches to analysing archival collections.

Jo’s digital research has focused on interface design and evaluation and a wide range of methods for exploring and representing archival collections including topic modelling, VR and games, social media and work with Wikipedia and Wikidata.

His humanities research has focused on silent cinema and aspects of Georgian social history, where he once organised a duel for the History Channel.

He is currently leading a project to allow UK repositories to remotely contribute to the National Archives’ Discovery catalogue.

Find out more about Jo Pugh’s work here.