Seminar on digital history projects and products at King’s College London

On 18 November at 4pm (Estonian time) the second online seminar of the Digital Livonia Project will take place. This time Arianna Ciula and Neil Jakeman will offer an overview of projects in digital history undertaken at King’s Digital Lab and at the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London (UK). The title of the seminar is “Digital History from the perspective of Digital Products: an overview from King’s Digital Lab and Department of Digital Humanities”. The speakers will aim to contribute to a “digital hermeneutics” (Fickers and Clavert 2021) approach by bringing to the fore the Research Software Engineering perspective in designing, developing and maintaining a variety of digital products in the last 20 years.

Dr Arianna Ciula is Acting Director and Senior Research Software Analyst at King’s Digital Lab. She has broad experience in digital humanities research and teaching, research management, and digital research infrastructures. She holds a PhD in Manuscript and Book Studies (digital palaeography, University of Siena), an MA in Applied Computing in the Humanities (King’s College London) and a BA Hons in Communication sciences (computational linguistics, University of Siena). She worked at King’s in the past as Research Associate (Centre for Computing in the Humanities, 2003–2009). From 2009 to 2012, she worked as Science officer at the European Science Foundation (Humanities) and from 2013 she worked as Research Facilitator at the University of Roehampton for three years. Her personal research interests focus on the modelling of scholarly digital resources related to primary sources. She lectured and published on humanities computing, in particular on modelling, digital manuscript studies and editing; she has organised conferences and workshops in digital humanities, and is an active member of its international community. See list of publications.

Neil Jakeman is a Senior Research Software Analyst at King’s Digital Lab. He joined the Department of Digital Humanities in 2011 to bring expertise in spatial information systems and spatial data, though his responsibilities and interests quickly diversified. As a Research Developer he contributed to many projects. Since the incorporation of King’s Digital Lab he transitioned to the analyst role, working with the entire team to refine strategies for optimum sustainability in Research Software Engineering. His current personal research interests are focussed on the potential of immersive technology to enhance learning, communication and analysis in digital humanities projects and in social science contexts. Particularly relevant to this seminar series is his role as lead developer on Medieval Francophone Literary Culture Outside of France, and on the Paradox of Medieval Scotland family of projects.

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