Mark Bell

  • Position: Big Data Researcher
  • Specialism: Digital, Digital research

Mark is a member of the Research Team at The National Archives. Mark started his career at The National Archives working on the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Traces through Time project, researching methods for probabilistically linking biographical records.

His current research interests include machine learning, blockchain, and uncertainty. At the moment Mark is working on the ESPRC funded ARCHANGEL project, which aims to increase the sustainability of digital archives through the development of distributed ledger technology (DLT).

Mark is also researching handwriting technology, and how it can be used to increase accessibility and enable new ways to explore digitised collections at scale.

Select publications

M Bell, S Ranade, ‘Traces through time: a case-study of applying statistical methods to refine algorithms for linking biographical data’, In Serge ter Braake, Antske Fokkens, Ronald Sluijter, Thierry Declerck and Eveline Wandl-Vogt (Ed.), Proceedings of the First Conference on Biographical Data in a Digital World, pp. 24–32 (2015).

M Bell, S Ranade, ‘Digital Technologies for a Digital National Archive’. Archives and Record Association, 335, 29–30 (2017).

M Bell, A Brown, Tu Bui, J Collomosse, J, Fawcett, A Green, J Sheridan, J Tennison, O Thereaux, ‘Using blockchain to engender trust in public digital archives’, Open Science Framework, 304.2, (2018).