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The Digital Humanities Team

The College recognises the importance of embedding digital methods in the broad spectrum of our research, and has a dedicated team to enable this. The focus of their work is guided by the Digital Strategy.

We encompass new methods as they are developed, often deploying technological advances in science and engineering, and strive to contribute knowledge and best practice back to the global Digital Humanities community.

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Leif Isaksen

Leif’s research interests lie in two distant but related fields: the development of geographic thought and representation in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, and the emerging role of the Web as a transformational medium for communicating and connecting complex information. For the former he has undertaken theoretical and digital analyses of specific documents from ancient world; in the latter he applies Web-based (and Linked Open Data) technologies to annotate, connect and revisualize geographic aspects of the past through its textual and material culture, most notably as Director of the Pelagios Commons.

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Gary Stringer

Gary has particular interests in the production of digital critical editions, digitisation workflows and the preservation of digital resources. He is a strong advocate of standards such as TEI and XML, and has expertise in digital copyright and Open Source software development.

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Gemma Poulton

Gemma is the Technical Manager of the Digital Humanities Lab and works to support students and colleagues in developing technical skills to facilitate the application of Digital Humanities technologies in research.

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Charlotte Tupman

Charlotte's interests include the encoding and digital publication of textual materials (from ancient inscriptions to modern literature) and the application of Linked Open Data in Humanities research. She engages in Digital Humanities research across the College of Humanities, supporting existing projects and helping to design new bids.

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Lizzy Williamson

Lizzy’s Digital Humanities work is centred on digital publication and text encoding as editorial practice. She is keenly interested in the practical and theoretical concerns of the digital humanities, especially the place of the digital when considering the materiality and provenance of texts. She has extensive experience in project management and digital resource creation, and supports existing projects and future bid development.

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Graham Fereday

Graham is a member of the Research IT team, part of Exeter IT, but based in Digital Humanities. His work is centred around 2D and 3D digitisation, working with specialist high-resolution cameras to photograph manuscripts and other material required for research activity in the college, and producing 3D models of objects and artefacts, primarily through photogrammetry. He also provides technical support for the various equipment in the Digital Humanities Lab, including our 3D printers and nine-screen videowall.

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Richard Holding

Richard creates web resources for Digital Humanities research projects. His skills include the development of custom mapping solutions using the Leaflet JavaScript library, the creation of websites for managing and displaying digital collections using Omeka and eXist-db, and the design of websites and blogs in WordPress. Richard also advises academics and professional services staff on Digital Humanities aspects of bid writing for funders including the AHRC, identifying appropriate technologies and contributing details of development requirements for Data Management Plans.

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Ian Wellaway

Ian is a computer programmer currently on secondment to the Research IT team and based in the Digital Humanities office. He is working on two projects: AveTransRisk – a history project studying Mediterranean shipping during the 15-18th centuries, and TerraHunting – an astrophysics experiment in search of earth-like planets in our galaxy. For both projects he provides technical support and programming skills including website design and database development in Python and Django.

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Julia Hopkin

As Data Support Officer, Julia supports research and digitisation projects by assisting with web development, text encoding, data management and digital archiving. She has experience with managing online collections and social media, as well as hands-on digitisation. With her background in multi-disciplinary archaeological research, Julia is passionate about engaging wider audiences in the humanities and promoting inclusive and sustainable digital practices across the university.

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Bronte Lyster

Bronte was a student at Exeter between 2016 and 2020, gaining a Combined Honours BA in History and Archaeology, and a Masters in History, relying almost entirely on digitised books and sources for her MA dissertation, written during Lockdown last year. She first became aware of the world of digital humanities when using digitised archaeological collections for her undergraduate dissertation, and was able to explore this in the digital humanities module as part of the MA History course at Exeter which was based in the DH Lab. Bronte’s interested in the digitisation of historical objects, documents, films and sound recordings and facilitating public access to museum collections online.