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Jonathan Blaney

Jonathan Blaney is Head of Digital Projects and Editor of British History Online

Jonathan has responsibility for the IHR's digital library, British History Online, and for development and management of the Institute's digital research projects.

Institute roles

Jonathan joined the IHR in 2007 as part of British History Online's AHRC-funded project to complete the digitisation of the Calendars of State Papers. He subsequently worked on a number of IHR projects, including Connected Histories, Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities and Dilipad. He was Principal Investigator for the Institute's Histoire project, and Co-Investigator for TOBIAS (the 'Thesaurus of British and Irish History as SKOS') - an AHRC-funded project to publish as a web ontology the Bibliography of British and Irish History's subject classification of 8,800 terms for British and Irish History.

Jonathan is now Editor of British History Online and responsible for the Institute's current range of digital research projects. He is also a tutor on the IHR's MRes in Historical Research and is involved in training in fields including text analysis and XML. As Head of Digital Projects, Jonathan has responsibility for the development and management of new digital initiatives, in collaboration with other staff in IHR Digital.

Jonathan is available for supervision in the School's research degrees in the Digital Humanities. He is interested in digital citation and the history and culture of citation, and also the ethical concerns around the digital: environmental impact, surveillance and ownership.


Online courses


  • (with Beattie et al.), 'Ten Oxford minidictionaries', in International Journal of Lexicography, 12 (1999), 239-41
  • (with McArthur et al.) Laurence Urdang, The Oxford Thesaurus in A-Z Form, in International Journal of Lexicography, 12 (1999), 257-61
  • Greengrass and Hughes ed., The Virtual Representation of the Past, in Reviews in History (2009)