Ian Milligan is a digital and Canadian historian. He’s currently exploring how historians can fruitfully use web archives and other large digital repositories. Traditionally historians had to scrounge for any information they could find and now, information is being preserved that never would’ve been in the past – this produces an overload of sources. This fundamental shift creates many barriers and historians have largely been left out of the big data discussion. His work aims to change that – to bring historians into the big data discussion, break down barriers to access web archives, and provide tools to enable all historians to revolutionize their own work.
He is principal investigator of the Web Archives for Historical Research group which is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, and Compute Canada.