Lee Pretlove

Email: ljpretlove1@sheffield.ac.uk
Location: Information School, Regent Court


I started doctoral research at the Information School in 2018 after completing a two year collaborative project between Bodleian Libraries, Oxford and Cambridge University Library as one of six Polonsky Fellows in Digital Preservation.

Prior to this, I had worked for over a decade as a corporate information compliance officer, records manager and digital archivist. I witnessed many changes in information technology and its management and developed an understanding of the relationship between people and information use. I hold a PgDip from the University of Dundee in Records Management and Information Rights.

PhD title

The quantified runner: the long-term value and preservation of parkrunners' self-tracking fitness data from the perspectives of the parkrunner, self-tracking device manufacturers and archival institutions

Project description

The use of wearable devices such as a ‘Fitbit’ has coincided with the rise of the 5km weekly, free, ‘parkrun’, which has 2.7 million registered runners in the UK. A vast amount of self-tracking data is produced on Saturday mornings but has there been thought towards its future? Through analysing responses to questionnaires and interviews, this research aims to address how runners, device manufacturers and archivists consider self-tracking activity data in terms of its value and their thoughts about its future. Through self-tracking data, this research intends to understand the relationship between its creators, enablers and cultural heritage experts.

Research interests

archives; digital curation; digital preservation; digital and the self; experential computing; lived digital experience; mundane habits; personal digital archives; personal information management; quantified self; records management; self-tracking; serious leisure; social identity

Funding and awards

WRoCAH AHRC PhD Competition Studentship 2018


Journal articles


  • Halvarsson E, Mason S, Pretlove LJ, Gerrard D, Langley S & Mooney J (2019) Could collaborative research between two major libraries help consolidate digital preservation and break the “project cycle”? In Myntti J & Zoom J (Ed.), Digital preservation in libraries: preparing for a sustainable future (pp. 241-262). Chicago: American Library Association. RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews