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Professor Melissa Terras
Department of Information Studies
Foster Court, Malett Place
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  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow
  • Centre for Editing Lives and Letters
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

I am the Director of UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, and Professor of Digital Humanities in the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UCL), where I teach Digitisation and supervise a range of Masters and PhD students.

My research interests involve applying computational technologies to Humanities problems, to allow research that would otherwise be impossible. As such, I'm interested in - and have been involved in - a variety of research areas that span many areas of Digital Humanities. Current research projects include QRator, Transcribe Bentham, Transcriptorium, The Great Parchment Book and Textal. I am the Co-Investigator of the The EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA), run in partnership between UCL, the University of Brighton and the University of Oxford from 2014-2022. I am general editor of Digital Humanities Quarterly, and currently serve on the Board of Curators of the University of Oxford Libraries and the Board of the National Library of Scotland, as well as a number of Academic Advisory boards including The Imperial War Museum's Operation War Diary.

Publications include "Image to Interpretation: Intelligent Systems to Aid Historians in the Reading of the Vindolanda Texts". Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents. Oxford University Press, 2006 and "Digital Images for the Information Professional." Ashgate, 2008. Edited volumes include Nelson, B. and Terras, M. (eds) (2012). "Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture". New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies Series, Iter, Arizona; Terras, M. and Crane, G. (eds) (2010). "Changing the Center of Gravity: Transforming Classical Studies Through Cyberinfrastructure". Gorgias Press, New Jersey; Warwick, C., Terras, M., Nyhan, J. (eds) (2012). "Digital Humanities in Practice". Facet; and Terras, M., Nyhan, J, and Vanhoutte, E. (eds) (2013). "Defining Digital Humanities". Ashgate.

Previous projects include
Log Analysis of Internet Resources in the Arts and Humanities
, Virtual Environments for Research in Archaeology, eScience and Ancient Documents, and Researching eScience Analysis of Census Holdings. I was secretary of the European Association for Digital Humanities from 2006-2013. Further information about my activities can be found on my research page.

Research Summary

I am interested in the use of computational technologies within the arts, humanities and cultural heritage sectors, which will enable us to undertake research which would otherwise be impossible. Projects include imaging of ancient documents, understanding user behaviour with digital resources, and the integration of information technology in the trench in field archaeology.  As such, I'm interested in - and been involved in - a variety of research areas that span Digital Humanities, Digitization and Digital Imaging, Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Palaeography, Knowledge Elicitation, and Internet Technologies.

Teaching Summary

 I predominantly teach on Masters programs in the Department of Information Studies, offering teaching in Digitisation. I was Course Director for the MA in Digital Humanities at UCL DIS in its first year of establishment.

03-MAR-2012 Co-Director, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities UCL Centre for Digital Humanities UCL, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2010 Reader in Electronic Communication Department of Information Studies UCL, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2008 – 01-SEP-2010 Senior Lecturer Department of Information Studies UCL, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2003 – 01-AUG-2008 Lecturer School of Library, Archive and Information Studies UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2003   Doctor of Philosophy University of Oxford
    Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1 University College London
    Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 2 University College London
1998   Master of Science University of Glasgow
1997   Master of Arts (Hons) University of Glasgow
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