Information Studies


Deborah Leem

I am an MPhil/PhD student at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. My PhD is funded by the Leverhulme Trust and part of a project titled ‘Enlightenment Architectures: Sir Hans Sloane’s catalogues of his collections’ (2016-2019).  This is a collaboration between the British Museum and the University College London. My research focuses on computational interrogation of the manuscript catalogues that have been modelled and encoded in line with the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiatives (TEI) by the Enlightenment Architectures team. The intended aim of my PhD is to contribute to understanding intellectual structures of Sir Hans Sloan’s 300-year-old manuscript catalogues. By leveraging emerging technologies this research aims to facilitate new kind of research and shed new insight into old questions as well as showcasing future possibilities.

I am currently exploring linking TEI to CIDOC Conceptual Reference Model (CRM), data mining and machine learning in Python. Moreover, I am investigating the ‘Collections as Data’ concept in depth as an overarching theme whilst considering the digital representation of Sloane’s manuscript catalogues in this paradigm.

My research interests are in the areas of Semantic Web technologies, TEI, data mining, machine learning in Python, visualisation, sentiment analysis, network analysis and Collections as Data.


Julianne Nyhan, Antonis Bikakis


August 2017, ‘Smelly London: visualising historical smells through text-mining, georeferencing and mapping Smelly London: visualising historical smells through text-mining, georeferencing and mapping,’ Digital Humanities 2017, Montreal, Canada.

August 2017, ‘Lessons learned from the Smelly London Project,’ Digital Humanities 2017 preconference: Shaping Humanities Data, Montreal, Canada.


Email: d.leem@ucl.ac.uk

Twitter: @1208DL

Github: https://github.com/Violin1208