Information Studies


Marco Humbel

Marco Humbel

I am an MPhil/PhD student and the main research question of my doctoral thesis is: How can heritage organisations open up their collections with participatory communities?

My focus lies on institutions in the United Kingdom and I am especially interested in community archives, independent libraries and micromusuems. The aim of my research is to investigate how heritage organisations adopt the idea of OpenGLAM and to understand the engagement of their communities in digitisation activities. My research is funded by the Department of Information Studies at UCL.

For my master dissertation I investigated the capability of HTR (Handwritten Text Recognition) on early modern museum catalogues. The project Enlightenment Architectures: Sir Hans Sloane's catalogues of his collections kindly provided images and transcriptions of the catalogues to develop an HTR model for Sloane's hand.

I also work as a teaching assistant in the modules Digital Resources in the Humanities and Introduction to Digitisation


Julianne Nyhan, Andrew Flinn and Antonis Bikakis

Educational Background:


Master of Science in Digital Humanities (Distinction), UCL London


Bachelor of Science in Information Science, HTW Chur (Switzerland)


Diploma as an Information Specialist, main library of the ETH Zurich


Humbel, M., 2017. Die Umsetzung von Open Data an Wissenschaftlichen Bibliotheken der Schweiz - Eine qualitative Untersuchung. Churer Schriften zur Informationswissenschaft Schrift 86. http://www.htwchur.ch/uploads/media/CSI_86_Humbel.pdf (bachelor dissertation)

A summary of the bachelor dissertation has also been published in:

Humbel, M., 2017. Open Data an Wissenschaftlichen Bibliotheken der Schweiz. Informationspraxis 3. https://doi.org/10.11588/ip.2017.1.34621


Humbel, M., Nyhan, J., 2019. The Application of HTR to Early-modern Museum Collections: a Case Study of Sir Hans Sloane’s Miscellanies Catalogue. Presented at the DH 2019, Utrecht. https://dev.clariah.nl/files/dh2019/boa/0802.html


Email: marco.humbel.17[AT]ucl.ac.uk

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1861-162X