Information Studies


Professor Melissa Terras

Melissa Terras

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 full CV includes links to my published research (much of which is available in open access).

I am on research sabbatical until May 2017. I will not be checking email regularly during this period. My schedule is now fully booked until September 2017 for plenary lectures, guest talks, refereeing, and peer reviewing grant proposals, research papers, and conference abstracts. I am also not available to write references, unless previously agreed. If you have emailed me to ask me to do any of these tasks for you, I thank you for your kind invitation, but I am not accepting any further external enabling duties until September 2017 at the earliest. If it is important that I reply to your email, please resend after 8th May 2017.

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 Deep Imaging Mummy Cases, Non-Destructive Analysis of Multi-Layered Papyrus, QRator, Transcribe Bentham, Transcriptorium, The Great Parchment Book , The Slade Archive Project, and Textal. I was the Co-Investigator of the The EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) during its set up period (this CDT will 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 Advisory boards including The British Library Labs and The Imperial War Museum's Operation War Diary. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and am a Chartered IT Professional and Fellow of the British Computer Society.

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.

I am interested in proposals from potential PhD students wishing to undertake postgraduate studies in Digital Humanities, and am happy to discuss any research proposals prior to application (however, I am fully subscribed now for supervising students in the 2015/2016 session, and probably in the 2016/17 session too! But I am happy to help locate other potential supervisors within UCL). Please email me at m.terras@ucl.ac.uk if you would like to discuss your future research career in Digital Humanities.

Email: m.terras@ucl.ac.uk
UCL extension:
Direct Line:
020-7679-7206 (non-UK: +44 20 7679 7206)
020 7383 0557 (non-UK: +44 20 7383 0557)
Foster Court G15a, near the dept office.
Office Hours: Please email me for an appointment for the rest of Term 2 and Term 3.

Address correspondence to:

Professor Melissa Terras
Department of Information Studies,
Foster Court,
University College London,
Gower Street,