The University of Southampton

Jessica Ogden MSc

Postgraduate research student


Jessica is a PhD Researcher funded by the Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training and based in Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology. Jessica is currently researching web archival practice, as observed through various communities of practice engaged with archiving the Web.


Jessica’s academic background includes a BA in Anthropology, a MSc in Archaeological Computing (Distinction) and more recently, a MSc in Web Science (Distinction). The Web Science MSc Dissertation focused on the key events and communities of practice that shaped the development and implementation of institutional repositories online. Through the use of key informant interviews and documentary evidence, a chronology was reconstructed of the socio-technical events that played a role in the development of software to support repositories. The research revealed two parallel but intersecting narratives that highlighted the roles of both the digital library and open access communities in the formation of institutional repositories as a means for supporting academic outputs.

More generally, Jessica has worked in the cultural heritage sector for over 10 years designing and implementing strategies for heritage data collection and management. She is a self-taught technologist with academic and professional experience in the use of web technologies for the curation and dissemination of heritage information.


Research interests

Jessica’s PhD is focused on web archival practice itself and how ‘the doing’ of web archives (and the factors that going into this) shapes what is known about the Web. The research takes an interdisciplinary socio-technical approach, and draws on postmodernism and the ‘archival turn’ to understand the role of both web archivists and technologies in the creation and maintenance of archives. The study involves the use of ethnographic methods (online and offline) to observe and engage with web archiving in different organisations, disciplines and communities of practice.

Jessica is an enthusiastic supporter of the Open Web (open access, open data, open knowledge) and especially enjoys critically engaging with the ways in which both humans and technologies shape what is known about the world.


PhD Title: Observing Web Archiving

PhD Supervisors: Susan Halford (Sociology), Leslie Carr (Computer Science)

Funded by: EPSRC, Web Science Centre for Doctoral Training


Ogden, Jessica, Strutt, Kristian, Keay, Simon, Earl, Graeme and Kay, Stephen (2010) Geophysical prospection at Portus: an evaluation of an integrated approach to interpreting subsurface archaeological features. In Proceedings of the 37th Computer Applications to Archaeology Conference (CAA 2009). Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. pp. 1-17.

Ogden, J., Tucker, G., Hay, S., Kay, S., Strutt, K.D., Keay, S., Camardo, D. and Ellis, S. (2012) Geophysical prospection in the Vesuvian cities. In, Vermuelen, F., Keay, S.J., Burgers, G.-J. and Corsi, C. (eds.) Urban Landscape Survey in Italy and the Mediterranean. Oxford, GB. Oxbow, pp. 114-125. ,

Beale, Nicole and Ogden, Jessica (2012) Social media at the CAA2012: A reflective report. Internet Archaeology, (32).

Costa, Stefano, Beck, Anthony, Bevan, Andrew and Ogden, Jessica (2013) Defining and advocating open data in archaeology. Earl, Graeme, Sly, Timothy, Chrysanthi, Angeliki, Murrieta Flores, Patricia, Papadopoulos, Constantinos, Romanowska, Iza and Wheatley, David (eds.) In Archaeology in the Digital Era; Papers from the 40th Annual Conference of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA), Southampton, 26-29 March 2012. Amsterdam University Press. 482 pp, pp. 449-456.

Keay, Simon, Earl, Graeme, Beale, Gareth, Davis, Nathan, Ogden, Jessica, Strutt, Kristian, Felici, Fabrizio, Millett, Martin, Kay, Steve and Cascino, Roberta (2013) Challenges of Port Landscapes. Integrating Geophysics, Open Area Excavation, and Computer Graphic Visualisation at Portus and the Isola Sacra. In, Millett, Martin and Johnson, Paul (eds.) Archaeological Survey and the City. Oxford, GB. Oxbow books, pp. 303-357. ,

Strutt, Kristian, Campana, Stefano, Morelli, Gianfranco and Ogden, Jessica (2012) Report on the geophysical surveys at Catalhoyuk, Turkey, 2012 Stanford, US. Catalhoyuk Research Project 280pp. ,

Strutt, Kristian, Ogden, Jessica, Tucker, Gregory, Richley, Elizabeth and Davis, Nathan (2012) Report on the geophysical surveys at the Imperial Palace, Severan Warehouses and Terme Horrea, Portus, 2007-2012 Southampton, GB. Archaeological Prospection Services of Southampton, University of Southampton ,

Keay, Simon, Earl, Graeme, Hay, Sophie, Kay, Stephen, Ogden, Jessica and Strutt, Kristian (2008) The potential of archaeological geophysics, the work of the British School at Rome in Italy. In Geofisica per l’archeologia. Possibilità e Limiti. CISTEC. pp. 25-44.

Ogden, Jessica, Halford, Susan, Carr, Les and Earl, Graeme (2015) This is for everyone? Some steps towards decolonizing the Web. At Digital Divides Workshop at Web Science 2015 Digital Divides Workshop at Web Science 2015, United Kingdom. 28 Jun - 01 Jul 2015.

Ogden, Jessica (2016) Interrogating the politics and performativity of web archives. JCDL2016: Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2016: Doctoral Consortium, United States. 19 - 23 Jun 2016. 10 pp.

Ogden, Jessica (2015) Opening the ARK: Uncovering the socio-technical evolution of an archaeological database. At Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology 2015 Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology 2015, Italy. 30 Mar - 02 Apr 2015. 1 pp.

Ogden, Jessica, Halford, Susan and Carr, Leslie (2017) Observing web archives: The case for an ethnographic study of web archiving. In Proceedings of WebSci’17, Troy, NY, USA., June 25–28, 2017. ACM. 10 pp. (In Press) (doi:10.1145/3091478.3091506).


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