Simon Tanner


Job Title:   Director of Digital Consulting and Pro Vice Dean for Research Impact and Innovation
Affiliation:   King’s College London
Twitter: @SimonTanner

 Simon Tanner

Why I am supporting the Academic Book of the Future Project:

I have an academic background in Library and Information Science, and a wide ranging interest in cross disciplinary thinking and collaborative approaches that reflects a fascination with interactions between memory organisation collections (libraries, museum, archives, media and publishing) and the humanities. My 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, and my Balanced Value Impact Model (BVIM) published in 2012 has proven influential and is in use by Europeana and the Wellcome Trust.

Research Interests:

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

Selected Publications:

 The role of digital collections in shaping national identity in Africa (with R. Kahn) in African Studies in the Digital Age, T. Barringer and M. Wallace (eds.), Brill, 2014.

Measuring the Impact of Digital Resources: The Balanced Value Impact Model. King’s College London, October 2012. Available at:

Inspiring Research, Inspiring Scholarship: The Value and Impact of Digitised Resources for Learning, Teaching, Research and Enjoyment, JISC, 2011. Available at

Reproduction charging models & rights policy for digital images in American art museum, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded study, 2004.

When the Data Hits the Fan – Simon Tanner’s blog at:

Other Information:

I am the founding Director of King’s Digital Consultancy Services (KDCS) at King’s College London. From 2003 – 2011 I was an Independent Member of the Government-appointed Legal Deposit Advisory Panel and Chair of its Web Archiving sub-committee. Before joining King’s, I was Senior Consultant at JISC Service the Higher Education Digitisation Service (HEDS). He previously held IT, management and library roles for Loughborough University (Systems Manager), Rolls-Royce and Associates (Head of Library Services) and IBM (UK) Laboratories (Information Officer).


See Simon’s KCL profile here: