Information Studies


Marco Humbel

Photograph Marco Humbel

I am a research fellow in participatory research and collections as data at the Sloane Lab, a Towards a National Collection discovery project. My main responsibility is to research, plan and facilitate a series of participatory events with diverse communities and institutions and to conduct research on the history of the Sloane collection.

I am also a PhD candidate and my doctoral thesis explores Open Access to digitized heritage collections (also known as Open GLAM) in the context of small- and independent heritage organizations through Participatory Action Research. 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. The dissertation was awarded with the Stephen Robertson Prize.


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 (Fachmann I+D), main library of the ETH Zurich


Humbel, M., Nyhan, J., Vlachidis, A., Sloan, K. and Ortolja-Baird, A. (2021). Named-entity recognition for early modern textual documents: a review of capabilities and challenges with strategies for the future. Journal of Documentation, 77(6): 1223–47 https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-02-2021-0032

Humbel, M., 2017. Die Umsetzung von Open Data an Wissenschaftlichen Bibliotheken der Schweiz - Eine qualitative Untersuchung. Churer Schriften zur Informationswissenschaft Schrift 86.

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

Conference Papers:

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. 

Teaching experience:

Lectures, 2019-2021 Access and Use of Archives and Records: Digitization and ‘openness’ in heritage organizations

Teaching Assistant, 2019 Introduction to Digitisation

Teaching Assistant, 2018/2021 Digital Resources in the Humanities


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

External Number - +442031085696
Extension Number - 55696

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