DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly

Author Biographies

Peter Ainsworth Peter Ainsworth is Professor of French at the University of Sheffield and Principal Investigator on the AHRC "Online Froissart" project (Humanities Research Institute). His team of 6 scholars from Sheffield and Liverpool is completing an electronic edition (with facsimile, collation of manuscript witnesses and partial translation into modern English) of Books I-III of Jean Froissart’s Chronicles (c.1350-1392). An exhibition at the Royal Armouries (Dec 2007 to Apr 2008) on The Hundred Years’ War in Chronicles, Arms and Armour featured interactive software designed by Peter with Mike Meredith (Tribal and University of Sheffield). Recent publications include: "Technologies nouvelles, manuscrits virtuels. La guerre de Cent Ans à travers les Chroniques de Jean Froissart" in Medieval Historical Discourses. Essays in Honour of Professor Peter S. Noble, ed. Marianne J. Ailes, Anne Lawrence-Mathers, Françoise H.M. Le Saux, Reading Medieval Studies vol XXXIV (Reading, 2008), pp. 21-34 ; and Patrons, Authors and Workshops. Medieval Manuscript Illumination and Production in Paris circa 1400, ed. Peter Ainsworth and Godfried Croenen, Peeters, "Synthema" (Leuven, 2006). 508 p.
Karin Armstrong Karin Armstrong was Lab, Project, & Resource Manager at the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL), University of Victoria.
Analisa Blake Analisa Blake was a Graduate Research Assistant with the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab.
Tobias Blanke Tobias Blanke is Research Fellow at the Centre for e-Research at King's College London. His main interests are in the development and research of digital libraries and infrastructures for research, particularly in the arts and humanities. He is secretary of the Humanities, Arts and Social Science Community Group (HASS-CG) of the Open Grid Forum (OGF). He is on the management board for DARIAH, a European ESFRI project to create an integrated research infrastructure for arts, humanities and cultural heritage data and is also Co-Investigator on various project grant, among these the EPSRC network DReSNet which is hosted at CeRch.
Christine L. Borgman Christine L. Borgman is Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA. She is the author of more than 180 publications in the fields of information studies, computer science, and communication. Both of her sole-authored monographs, Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (MIT Press, 2007) and From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World (MIT Press, 2000), have won the Best Information Science Book of the Year award from the American Society for Information Science and Technology. She is a lead investigator for the Center for Embedded Networked Systems (CENS), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center, where she conducts data practices research. She chaired the Task Force on Cyberlearning for the NSF, whose report, Fostering Learning in the Networked World , was released in July, 2008. Prof. Borgman’s keynotes and plenary presentations in 2009 include the Digital Humanities Conference, Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 40th Anniversary Conference of the Orpen University, Marschak Lecture (UCLA), Kanazawa Institute International Seminar on Libraries (Japan), and invited talks at the University of Oxford, Harvard University, Columbia University, University of Pittsburgh, and Michigan State University.
Stuart Dunn Stuart Dunn is a Research Fellow at the Centre for e-Research at King's College London, where he co-manages the Arts and Humanities e-Science Support Centre. At AHESSC, he is responsible for supporting the projects funded under the AHRC-JISC-EPSRC e-Science Initiative. He works closely with a range of individuals and organisations involved in developing the Initiative's programme and disseminating its outcomes. He is also involved in projects concerned with archaeological theory and practice; and with the application of digital text editing in Virtual Research Environments. Stuart received a PhD in Aegean Bronze Age Archaeology from the University of Durham in 2002. Before joining AHeSSC he worked for the AHRC's ICT in Arts and Humanities Research Programme. He has published on topics in e-science generally, on e-science methods in archaeology, and in the fields of Minoan environmental archaeology and geospatial archaeological computing.
Nicolas Gold Nicolas Gold is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at King's College London, having previously worked at UMIST and the University of Durham. He received his PhD in software engineering from the University of Durham in 2000. His research interests encompass digital humanities, in particular computational musicology, and software maintenance. He has published many international conference and journal papers and has led or participated in research projects funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), EU, and industry. He is a member (and former deputy-director) of the Centre for Research in Evolution, Search, and Testing (CREST), and led the EPSRC Service-Oriented Software Research Network.
Mark Hedges Mark Hedges is Deputy Director of the Centre for e-Research at King's College London, and before that of the UK Arts and Humanities Data Service. He is active in a number of research and development projects related to e-research infrastructures, digital repositories, digital libraries and virtual research environments, especially but not exclusively in the humanities. Prior to becoming involved in e-research, he worked for 17 years in the software industry, taking the technical lead on a number of large-scale development projects for industrial and commercial clients. His academic background is in mathematics and philosophy and, more recently, in Byzantine studies.
Kari Kraus Kari Kraus is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland with a joint appointment in the College of Information Studies and the Department of English. Her research and teaching interests focus on new media and the digital humanities, digital preservation, intellectual property, game studies, and textual scholarship and print culture.
Cara Leitch Cara Leitch (U Victoria) is a PhD candidate in English and a Research Assistant at the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab.
Michael Meredith Dr Michael Meredith is a research associate based in the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield, UK. His early research focused on 3D computer character animation, virtual reality, mechanics and biomechanics, which resulted in a PhD thesis titled Adapting and Reconfiguring Human Figure Motion Capture Data through the Application of Inverse Kinematics and Biomechanics-Based Optimisation. After this work he was given the opportunity to work on the e-Science project Virtual Vellum under the PI Professor Peter Ainsworth of the French department at the university. This initiated a very fruitful inter-disciplinary relationship that has continued through into the Kiosque (DTI funded), Online Froissart (AHRC funded) and Pegasus (EPSRC funded) projects.
Angela Piccini Angela Piccini is a Senior Lecturer in Screen in the Department of Drama: Theatre, Film, Television at the University of Bristol. She is also departmental head of Education. Her work investigates place and visual culture and the dialogue between fact and fiction produced by the documentary impulse. Specifically, she continues to be interested in the ways in which the materialized traces of the past circulate through contemporary and historic screen practices. These span ethnographic and archaeological film, factual television, experimental video and social media.
Ray Siemens Ray Siemens (U Victoria) is Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Professor of English at the University of Victoria with cross appointment in Computer Science. Siemens is also Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London, and Visiting Research Professor at Sheffield Hallam University.
Gregory Sporton Gregory Sporton is Director of the Visualisation Research Unit in the School of Art at the Birmingham Institute of Art & Design. Noting the opportunities for artists through digital technologies, he founded the VRU in 2004 as a place for practical research in applying ICT to the performing and visual arts. He has a background as a dancer and experience in film and web design, and with his colleague Jonathan Green has successfully patented a new motion capture/HCI device. His current work is looking at how artists and galleries can use the Internet more effectively as part of a creative strategy, having had funding from the Arts Council for a pilot project to develop 3D worlds that preserve and present contemporary art in its original context.
Melissa M. Terras Melissa Terras is the Senior Lecturer in Electronic Communication in the Department of Information Studies, University College London, and the Deputy Director of the new UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. With a background in Classical Art History and English Literature, and Computing Science, her doctorate (University of Oxford) examined how to use advanced information engineering technologies to interpret and read the Vindolanda texts. Publications include Image to Interpretation: Intelligent Systems to Aid Historians in the Reading of the Vindolanda Texts (2006, Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents. Oxford University Press) and Digital Images for the Information Professional (2008, Ashgate). She is a general editor of DHQ and Secretary of the Association of Literary and Linguistic Computing. Her research focuses on the use of computational techniques to enable research in the arts and humanities that would otherwise be impossible.
John Unsworth In 2008, John Unsworth was named Director of the Illinois Informatics Institute, a campus-wide organization that serves to coordinate and encourage informatics-related education and research. He also continues to serve as Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a post to which he was appointed in 2003. In addition to being a Professor in GSLIS, he also holds appointments in the department of English, and on the Library faculty. During the previous ten years, from 1993-2003, he served as the first Director of the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, and a faculty member in the English Department, at the University of Virginia. For his work at IATH, he received the 2005 Richard W. Lyman Award from the National Humanities Center. He chaired the national commission that produced Our Cultural Commonwealth, the 2006 report on Cyberinfrastructure for Humanities and Social Science, on behalf of the American Council of Learned Societies, and he has supervised research projects across the disciplines in the humanities. He has also published widely on the topic of electronic scholarship, as well as co-directing one of nine national partnerships in the Library of Congress's National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program, and securing grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Getty Grant Program, IBM, Sun, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and others. His first faculty appointment was in English, at North Carolina State University, from 1989 to 1993. He attended Princeton University and Amherst College as an undergraduate, graduating from Amherst in 1981. He received a Master's degree in English from Boston University in 1982 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia in 1988. In 1990, at NCSU, he co-founded the first peer-reviewed electronic journal in the humanities, Postmodern Culture (now published by Johns Hopkins University Press, as part of Project Muse). He also organized, incorporated, and chaired the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium, co-chaired the Modern Language Association's Committee on Scholarly Editions, and served as President of the Association for Computers and the Humanities and later as chair of the steering committee for the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations, as well as serving on many other editorial and advisory boards. He was born in 1958, in Northampton, Massachusetts; in 1978, he married Margaret English, with whom he has three children: Bill, Thomas, and Eleanor. Further information is at http://www3.isrl.uiuc.edu/~unsworth/.
John Willinsky John Willinsky (UBC) is Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology at the University of British Columbia and Principal Investigator of the Public Knowledge Project.
Amélie Zöllner-Weber Amélie Zöllner-Weber received a Magister Atrium in German language and literatures, text technology and education sciences from Bielefeld University in 2004 and a PhD in computer linguistics in 2008, respectively. From 2006 until 2007, she was a researcher at Aksis, University of Bergen, Norway, financed by the German Academic Exchange Service. Her research interests are literary characters and Semantic Web, especially ontologies.