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Ms Foteini Valeonti
Office G32
Foster Court
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 1529
Appointment
  • Research Fellow
  • Dept of Information Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Biography

I am a computer scientist, specialising in Digital Humanities. Currently, I am an AHRC Innovation Leadership Fellow at the Department of Information Studies, working as Principal Investigator on the UKRI-funded project Taking advantage of emerging technologies to reap the economic benefits of digitisation and gain real-time insight into museum audiences. I am also the founder of USEUM, a platform developed as part of my PhD studies at the UCL Bartlett Centre of Advanced Spatial Analysis; USEUM democratises access to art, providing amongst other features, thousands of copyright-vetted famous artworks for download at no cost. I hold a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Piraeus and a 2-year MFA in Interactive Digital Media from Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication (City University), which I attended on scholarship and earned with A+. I have been invited to present my research and work to numerous conferences and events, whilst my PhD project USEUM has been featured on The Times and Wall Street International.

Research Summary

My research focuses on the utilisation of emerging technologies for the benefit of our cultural heritage. More specifically, I am interested in the research and development of innovative digital products for the cultural heritage sector, relating to the following themes: the Open Content movement (OpenGLAM), the accessibility of art and digitised collections. My UKRI-funded fellowship project Taking advantage of emerging technologies to reap the economic benefits of digitisation and gain real-time insight into museum audiences and also my recent publications at EVA London 2018, EVA Berlin 2018 and Museums and the Web 2019 explore ways museums could take advantage of their digitised collections to address one of their main challenges, i.e. sustaining funding. Prior to that, my PhD project, which is titled “USEUM: Making art accessible with crowdsourcing and gamification”, focused on the accessibility of digitised art collections online. A central element of my PhD is the project’s practical component, i.e. the online platform USEUM, whose aim is to increase – through the Open Content movement – the accessibility and obtainability of art on the Internet. USEUM has grown organically to cater to thousands of visitors on a daily basis. Through my current project and latest research, which involves revenue generation for museums with mobile print-on-demand, I seek to extend my research and work from the digital accessibility to the physical accessibility of art.


Academic Background
2018 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Digital Humanities University College London
2009 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Computer Science University of Piraeus
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