Information Studies


Leontien Talboom

Research Question: What constraints are digital preservation practitioners facing when making digital material accessible?

Ipres 2019 Leontien Talboom

Digital data is having a growing impact on the archival sector. Traditional practices used for analogue documents do not work for born-digital data, also there are added complexities to the already known issues regarding archival practices.

My PhD is exploring why digital preservation practitioners are struggling to make born-digital data accessible. Data will be collected through semi-structured interviews with digital preservation practitioners, not only from within the archival sector, but also other institutions and organisations that preserve born-digital material, such as museums, galleries and libraries.

This is a collaborative PhD between The National Archives and UCL and is funded by LAHP


Primary supervisor: Jenny Bunn

Secondary supervisor: Antonis Bikakis

External supervisor (The National Archives): Alec Mulinder


Data Study Group Team, Data Study Group Final Report, The National Archives UK: Discovering topics and trends in the UK Government Web Archive, Turing White Paper, 2021

Fellowships and Awards

Software Sustainability Institute Fellow 2021

Nominated for Amazing Support Staff in the UCL Student Choice Awards 2021

Awarded best presentation at OPFCON 2020

Attended iPress 2019 with a bursary from the DPC


'Improving the discoverability of zooarchaeological data using Natural Language Processing', CAA Conference Kraków, 23-27 April 2019.

'Delivering Digital Humanities', AERI, 8-12 July 2019.

'Access to born-digital material in archives', invited speaker at Catalogue Day at The National Archives, UK, 22 November 2019

'Raiders of the lost archives: archaeological material in a digital environment', invited speaker at the Digital Archaeology Group, Leiden, The Netherlands, 19 December 2019

'Making born-digital archival data accessible', Archives, Access and AI, London, UK, 15-17 January 2020.

'Accessing the intangible: the constraints faced by digital preservation practitioners when making born-digital material accessible', OPFCON, Online, 9-10 June 2020, awarded best presentation.

'Derbyshire: Making the National Archive’s Born-Digital Collection Accessible', with Ian Henderson, invited speaker at CityLIS After Hours, 7 December 2020

'Accessing the intangible', invited speaker at Unlocking Our Digital Past Workshop, 16 September 2021

'Beyond Access: Re-imagining how we make sense of archives, with Mark Bell, Jenny Bunn and Jo Pugh at Alt + Shift + Archive, 20-22 September 2021

Podcasts & Posters

'Machine Learning Club', podcast with Mark Bell, IRMS Podcast Series.

'Explainable AI: Explaining AI in the Archival Context', poster with Mark Bell, Jo Pugh & Jenny Bunn, 2020 Annual Digital Lecture, The National Archives

Blog Posts

Storrar, Tom and Leontien Talboom, Network analysis of the UK Government Web Archive, The National Archives Blog.

Talboom, Leontien and David Underdown, 'Access is What we are Preserving': But for Whom?, Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) Blog. 

Talboom, Leontien: Two blog posts on my experience at iPres 2019, this was part of the bursary that I received from DPC to attend this conference. 

Workshops and Events

Contributor, Workshop on Human-centred Explainable Artificial Intelligence, 5 June 2019, UCL, London

Contributor, Exploring data, investigating methodologies, Computational Archival Science Workshop, 20-21 June 2019, The National Archives, London

Participant, Alan Turing Data Study Group: Exploring trends and topics in the UK Government Web Archives, 9-13 December 2019, Alan Turing Institute, London

Co-organiser with Federico Nanni, Humanities & Data Science Discussion Group, runs monthly at the Alan Turing Insitute

Co-organiser with Mark Bell, Machine Learning Club for Information Specialists, set of workshops for staff at TNA

Break-out room leader, AURA Workshop, 28-29 January 2021, online

Co-organiser, set of Wellbeing events at UCL in 2021 including a Zine Workshop


Teaching Assistant, 2019-2021, INST0001: Database Systems

Teaching Assistant, 2019-2021, INST0003: Information Systems

Teaching Assistant, 2019-2021, INST0007, Web Technologies

Teaching Assistant, 2019-2021, INST0012: Database Systems Analysis and Design

Teaching Assistant, 2019-2020, INST0069: Graph Databases and Semantic Technologies

Contact Details

E-mail address: leontien.talboom.18[at]ucl.ac.uk

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leontien-talboom-28b2a412b/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/makethecatwise

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7408-5471