Tim Gollins

tim gollins

Tim began his career in the UK civil service in 1987 working on Information Assurance. Since then he has worked on User Requirements, Systems Development, Systems Design, Information Management, and high assurance Information Security on large government IT projects.

In 2000 Tim completed an MSc in Information Management from the University Of Sheffield specialising in Cross Language Information Retrieval.

Between March 2004 and March 2008, Tim was responsible for the secure Information Management aspects of a large scale, IT and business change program at the UK Cabinet Office.

Tim joined The National Archives in April 2008 and led the delivery and procurement workstream of The Digital Continuity Project. As Head of Digital Preservation between January 2009 and January 2015, he led work on digital preservation, and cataloguing. Tim helped develop the National Archives business information architecture and helped to initiate work on the new Discovery system (The National Archives online catalogue). Tim worked on the design and implementation of a new Digital Records Infrastructure at The National Archives implementing the parsimonious preservation approach he created.

Tim was seconded in July 2013 to the University of Glasgow as an Honorary Research Associate for 18 months working on “technically assisted sensitivity review of digital public records”. He retains his honorary position and still researches Sensitivity Review in Digital Archives.

Tim joined the National Records of Scotland in January 2015 as Head of Digital Archiving focusing on the archiving and preservation of digital records and their associated systems and processes.

Tim was a Director of the Digital Preservation Coalition from 2009 to 2015 and is currently a member of the University of Sheffield I-School’s Advisory Panel.

His interests include folk music, morris dancing, kite buggying and knot tying.

Recent Publications:

Parsimonious Preservation: Preventing Pointless Processes! , The National Archives, 2009

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