Staff

Dr Gabriel Bodard

Dr Gabriel BodardReader in Digital Classics

My background is in digital research into and publication of materials from the ancient world, in particular Greek and Latin inscriptions and papyri, geography and prosopography, and 3D imaging of historical material culture. I have worked extensively with TEI XML for encoding ancient texts, and am a leader author of the EpiDoc Guidelines, Stylesheets and Schema, and director of the project that developed the EFES publication platform. I was also the PI of the Standards for Networking Ancient Prosopography (SNAP) project that recommends Linked Open Data standards for historical person-data, and have long-standing collaborations with the Pelagios Network and the Pleiades Gazetteer. I teach in Digital Classics and Digital Approaches to Cultural Heritage, including text encoding, linguistic annotation and analysis, visualisation, geographical technologies, 3D imaging and modelling, and ethical issues around intellectual property and open source. I am involved in current projects including epigraphic training networks, computational linguistic analysis of Ancient Greek religious vocabulary, concording prosopographies of Late Antiquity, publishing Greek and Latin inscriptions from Libya, and collecting Arabic placenames for ancient Mediterranean sites. I am interested in supervising research in any of these areas, including on the use of text encoding or Linked Open Data methods with ancient texts and data, the application of linguistic methods in teaching or learning ancient languages, or the place of the Digital Humanities in the history of classical scholarship.

Contact: gabriel.bodard@sas.ac.uk
Twitter: @palaeofuturist
Digital Classicist Profile: GabrielBodard

 


Valerie JamesValerie James

Hub Manager

As Manager of Central Academic Initiatives within the School of Advanced Study, I act as manager of the Hub. I am also Manager of the Institute of Classical Studies. My responsibilities include budgetary, strategic, personnel and administrative support for the Hub.
Contact: valerie.james@sas.ac.uk

 


Kunika Kono

Technical Lead, Digital Humanities

My background is in research software development and research communication, and my interest is in data infrastructure, management, accessibility, usability/reusability and preservation

Contact: kunika.kono@sas.ac.uk

 


Dr Christopher OhgeDr Christopher Ohge

Lecturer in Digital Approaches to Literature

I work at the intersection between English literature and computation. My academic specialties are textual scholarship and history of the book; nineteenth and twentieth century literature, particularly romanticism, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, antislavery archives and print culture, and modernist authors; digital publishing (XML technologies and other markup languages); data analysis approaches to literature, particularly with the R programming language. I also teach for the London Rare Books School and the MA in the History of the Book at the Institute of English Studies. In addition to my current role, I serve as Associate Director of the Herman Melville Electronic Library and as a core faculty member for the Institute for Historical Editing at the Center for Digital Editing at the University of Virginia, sponsored by the US National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Contact: christopher.ohge@sas.ac.uk
Twitter: @cmohge
Research profile: https://research.sas.ac.uk/search/staff/1216/dr-christopher-ohge/

 


Martin Steer

Technical Lead, Digital Humanities

My background is in Computer Science (and sprinkle of Cognitive Science) and I have been at the School since 2008 in various digital roles. I enjoy messing about with humanities data, data infrastructure, graphic design and web archives.

Contact: martin.steer@sas.ac.uk

 


Dr Naomi WellsDr Naomi Wells

Lecturer in Modern Languages and Digital Humanities
Co-Director of the Doctoral Centre

My current research focuses on the internet and social media, particularly in relation to online multilingualism, and contemporary and archived web content produced by and for migrant communities. My research draws on a range of methods and approaches such as digital discourse analysis and digital ethnography, and sits at the intersection of fields including digital humanities, applied and sociolinguistics, and translation and cultural studies. While my primary focus and expertise is in relation to Spanish- and Italian-speaking communities and contexts, I have a broader interest in cross-languages digital research and am joint editor of the Digital Modern Languages section of Modern Languages Open.

Contact: naomi.wells@sas.ac.uk

 


Professor Jane Winters

Proffessor Jane WintersProfessor of Digital Humanities
Director of the DH Research Hub

My research interests include digital history, born-digital archives (particularly the archived web), digital cultural heritage, cultural heritage institutions and social media, and open-access publishing. I’ve published most recently on Non-Print Legal Deposit and web archives, born-digital archives and the problem of search, and the archiving and analysis of national web domains. My current research projects include the UK-Ireland Digital Humanities Association: a Network for Research Capacity Enhancement; Heritage Connector; CLEOPATRA: Cross-Lingual Event-Centric Open Analytics Research Academy and WARCnet.

Contact: jane.winters@sas.ac.uk

 


Students

Jessica BrodeFrank

Jessica BrodeFrankStrengthening digital engagement to provide intersectional narratives within museums using user-generated metadata: a case study at Chicago’s Adler Planetarium and the applications beyond (supervised by Jane Winters and Richard Gartner (Warburg Institute))

This research explores and questions the ways in which curatorial control of GLAM data and the creation of metadata has limited the representation and connection of communities to museums -- enforcing an inherent bias in our cultural heritage. This project then looks at the use of crowdsourcing as an engagement tool and form of radical trust/transparency to increase the diversity of voices surrounding cultural heritage object interpretation to create a more inclusive narrative, and a more representational and accessible search/discovery experience for the public.

Email: jbrodefrank@adlerplanetarium.org
Twitter: @jessicabrode
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jessicabrode/


Beatrice Cannelli

Beatrice CannelliArchiving social media: a comparative study of the practices, obstacles, and opportunities related to the development of social media archives (supervised by Jane Winters and Naomi Wells)

My project proposes to conduct a comparative study of national and international cultural heritage institutions that are either already involved with or are planning to undertake the long-term preservation of social media content. As a digital assemblage of data, objects and human interactions, social media holds a unique cultural value, offering privileged insights on to history, social trends, politics, and economic matters. In the last decade, archivists have come a long way in the practice of archiving social media, but they are still facing significant challenges. By comparing their direct experience, my research aims to identify best practices and suggest guidelines for upcoming projects.

Email: beatrice.cannelli@postgrad.sas.ac.uk
Twitter: @BCannelli


Rhiannon Lewis

Collections as networked images: the (re)use of the Science Museum Group collections in the forms of digital images through social media (supervised by Jane Winters and John Stack (Science Museum Group))

Museums are moving decisively away from viewing visitors as passive consumers of content to seeing them as active participants in the creation of knowledge. This project will explore what that means for museums and their audiences in digital spaces, focusing on the (re)use online of images from the Science Museum Group collections. It will investigate how and why museum visitors share photographs of objects taken in-gallery, as well as the factors that motivate them to engage with digitised images made available through the Science Museum Group online collection, thereby gaining insight into the role of the digital in the development of the social museum.


Daniela Major

The Media Coverage of the European Elections: 2004-2019 (supervised by Jane Winters and Martin Steer)

My research explores media coverage of the European Parliamentary Elections from 2004 to 2019, together with the various interpretations and appropriations of the idea of Europe. This is done through cross-linguistic analysis and by looking at media sources in Portugal and the United Kingdom. I am particularly interested in how European History informs the interpretation of ideas of Europe, how the media expands on these interpretations and how they are reflected on the coverage of news related to the European Union. I am also interested in conceptualizing and treating born-digital content as historical sources. (Part of the CLEOPATRA project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 812997.)


Caio Mello

Caio MelloBefore, during and after: the media coverage of London and Rio Olympic legacies (supervised by Jane Winters and Martin Steer)

My project explores the media coverage of the Olympic Games in a cross-cultural, cross-lingual and temporal perspective. I’m especially interested in comparing how the concept of ‘Olympic legacy’ has been approached by the Brazilian and British media considering different locations, languages and social-political contexts. This research combines qualitative and quantitative methods with a special focus on the use of Natural Language Processing techniques. My main research interests lie in the field of media studies, digital methods, urban studies and digital activism. (Part of the CLEOPATRA project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 812997.)

Website: https://caiocmello.github.io/
Email: caio.mello@sas.ac.uk
Twitter: @caiocmello
 


Lucia Vannini

The role of digital humanities in papyrology: practices and user needs in papyrological research (supervised by Gabriel Bodard and Nikolaos Gonis [UCL])

My project investigates the application of digital methods to Papyrology. My aim is to understand how papyrologists gather and organise information and how digital approaches have influenced their research practices. I will analyse the impact of Web and digital resources on papyrological research, and will address this topic from the perspective of the history of Papyrology. My research will build both on primary sources such as digital papyrological projects, and on secondary sources such as studies about digital projects, papyrologists’ work method and the history of the discipline. I will collect other data through observation, placement and interviews, which will involve watching how papyrologists work and interact with each other when they are given electronic tools, and visiting centres to experience digital research practice and conduct interviews in their workplaces.