Rebecca Oliva

Research title: AHRC NPIF Articial Intelligence Scholarship 2018-19

Research Summary

My current research project examines the effectiveness of artificial intelligence methods for reviewing diverse forms of sensitivity. It focusses on compliance with data protection laws and is being done in collaboration with the National Library of Scotland.

I am interested in the development of interdisciplinary methods for the management of born-digital materials. Previously, I wrote the Scottish Poetry Library’s digital strategy, which fa-cilitated better management of and access to materials



  • AHRC NPIF Artificial Intelligence Doctoral Award, 2019-21.
  • I made a successful bid to the Scottish Library and Information Council’s Innovation and Development Fund in 2016 for the amount of £1,675. This funding was used to develop and deliver of a series of workshops which aimed to engage marginalized communities with the Glasgow School of Art’s Zine Collection.


  • Rebecca Oliva, “Understanding sensitivity: a first step towards automating sensitivity re-view”, Archives, Access and AI, 2020.
  • Rebecca Oliva, “Delivering Zine Workshops”, Scottish Library and Information Council Annual General Meeting 2016.


I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant, and my responsibilities are to assist with the delivery of pre-Honours and Honours level courses on the Digital Media and Information Studies MA, as well as a postgraduate level courses on the Information Management & Preservation MSc. These courses include Digital Media and Information Systems, Data Visualization and Description, Cataloguing and Navigation.