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Simon Tanner has a wide ranging interest in cross disciplinary thinking and collaborative approaches that reflect a fascination with interactions between memory organisation collections (libraries, museum, archives, media and publishing) and the humanities. He has an academic background in Library and Information Science. His research into charging models & rights policy for digital images in art museums has had a transformative effect on open content policy in the international museum sector. His Balanced Value Impact Model (BVIM) is used for impact assessment by the GLAM sector all over the world.

Simon is Pro Vice Dean Research (Impact and Innovation). He Chairs the Faculty Impact and Innovation Committee and works to ensure that researchers are able to achieve the maximum impact from their scholarship.

Research Interests & PhD Supervision

I am Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage in the Department of Digital Humanities. I have particular research focus upon:

  • The value and impact of the digital domain
  • Open Access and Open Content
  • Digitisation and digital cultures
  • Economic, social and cultural informatics
  • Sustainability and economic viability for digital collections in memory institutions such as libraries, archives and museums.

My areas of research with the strongest international impact are, first, the economic realities and Open Access/Content strategies for digital content in cultural heritage and second, the Balanced Value Impact Model. I have also carried out extensive research in digitisation working with partners in Africa (e.g. Archbishop Desmond Tutu) or projects such as the Dead Sea Scrolls imaging.

I am interested in PhD supervision which engages with these research themes and have supervised research engaged with digitisation in Africa, democratization, Open Access/Content, digital divides and impact plus memory, museums and digital imaging.

For more details, please see my full research profile.


I teach mainly on the MA Digital Asset and Media Management course.

The MA in Digital Asset and Media Management was launched in 2010. Since then it has gained Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals Accreditation and has a strong international cohort of students attracting at least 90-100 students per year. This MA responds to the growing demand for professionals who are familiar with the emerging digital needs of the broadcast, publishing, media and cultural heritage industries. Understanding the dynamic digital media landscape is key to developing new strategies and methods for creating and using digital media assets and will allow those working in these content industries to leverage their content in creative and innovative ways in the future.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Simon has written for the Guardian on academic matters, as well as appearing on TV, radio and other media.

Simon is available to discuss issues of digitisation, value and economics in the digital domain, Open Access/Content, the digital divide and digital cultures.

He has an active blog which gains over 75,000 views per year.

From 2003 – 2011 Simon was an Independent Member of the Government appointed Legal Deposit Advisory Panel and Chair of its Web Archiving sub-committee that led to the enabling regulations for UK web archiving.