Researcher Profile

Dr Toby Burrows

Toby Burrows
Toby Burrows

Phone: +61 8 6488 6783

Research Expertise:
  • Digital humanities
  • Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts
  • Knowledge organisation
  • History of cultural collections
  • Australian popular music


BA W.Aust., MA Lond., PhD W.Aust., GradDipLibSt W.A.I.T.

Current Projects

Collecting the West: Reimagining Western Australia from its collections
Mapping Manuscript Migrations: digging into data for the history and provenance of pre-modern European manuscripts
Reconstructing the Phillipps Collection: using Linked Data technologies to analyse the creation and dispersal of a major European cultural heritage collection

Roles, responsibilities and expertise

• E-Research - Programme Committee for the eResearch Australasia 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 Conferences; member of the organizing committee for the 2013 Computer Applications in Archaeology conference, held in Perth.
• Digital Humanities - reviewer for the DH 2012, DH 2013, DH 2014, DH 2017 and DHA 2012 conferences. Member of the local organizing committee for Digital Humanities Australasia 2014. Product Owner for the HuNI (Humanities Networked Infrastructure) virtual laboratory.
• Data archiving - manager of the UWA Research Repository and the UWA Research Data Online service, and directed the W.A. node of the Australian Data Archive (ADA).
• Research assessment - ARC Assessor; History and Archaeology discipline steward for the ERA assessments at UWA in 2010 and 2012
• Open Access to research data - member of the Advisory Panel for the Policy RECommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe (RECODE) project
• Journal publication - member of the editorial boards of Education for Information, Digital Libraries, Journal of Open Humanities Data; referee for Archival Science, Digital Humanities Quarterly.
• Book series - series editor for Medieval Media Cultures (Arc Humanities Press)


Dr Toby Burrows is a Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Humanities, and a Senior Researcher in the Oxford e-Research Centre at the University of Oxford. He was formerly the Manager of the Research Publications and Data Services unit in the University Library.

His main research interests are digital humanities, medieval manuscript studies and the history of cultural heritage collections and collecting. He has been an invited participant in workshops funded by the European Science Foundation and COST, and has held visiting fellowships at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Churchill College Cambridge and University College London. He has been a Chief Investigator on a range of Australian Research Council projects under its Discovery, Linkage, Linkage Infrastructure and Research Networks schemes.

Between 2014 and 2016, he was a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow in the Department of Digital Humanities at King's College London.

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