The lab space is in the heart of London, in the Virginia Woolf building close to the Department of Digital Humanities (DDH) and the main Strand campus of King’s College London.
The members of the lab are motivated by
problem solving and innovation and come from a variety of backgrounds, both
commercial and academic. We pride ourselves on being approachable and being
able to communicate technical concepts effectively to a range of audiences.
Similarly, we have worked in many subject areas and are accustomed to absorbing
new ideas, discussing new directions, and learning with our project partners.
We are closely affiliated with the Department of Digital Humanities (DDH) at King’s College, having formed a separate unit in 2015. Our close connections with our digital humanities colleagues allow us to collaborate on research, to work with students and interns studying at DDH and to draw on expertise.
As part of our commitment to emergent technology we hold regular technical review sessions to discuss the potentials and application of new devices, software and techniques.
We take a collective, role-based, approach to our work. If you would like to contact us please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will ensure the right person is assigned to you.
The KDL team
Research Software Analyst
Samantha has an MLIS and received her training in the field of digitisation through her work at the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre. She has worked on a wide variety of digitisation projects, large and small, both in NZ and in the UK. She has written or co-written articles around interlibrary loan, digitisation and Mātauranga Māori, digitisation in small institutions and orphan work licensing schemes.
Dr. Paul Caton
Deputy Director and Senior Research Software Analyst
Paul Caton took up his first digital humanities post - as Electronic Publications Editor at the Women Writers Project - whilst completing his Ph.D in English Literature at Brown University. He also worked as a project analyst for Brown's Scholarly Technology Group.
Dr. Arianna Ciula
Director & Senior Research Software Analyst
Arianna is an Analyst at KDL and has broad experience in digital humanities research and teaching, research management, and digital research infrastructures. She holds a PhD in Manuscript and Book Studies (digital palaeography, University of Siena), an MA in Applied Computing in the Humanities (King’s College London) and a BA Hons in Communication sciences (computational linguistics, University of Siena).
Senior Research Software UI/UX Designer
Lead UI/UX Designer, Ginestra is also a co-organiser of London Web Standards, a non-profit organisation that provides monthly events for web enthusiasts and the annual conference State of the Browser.
Senior Research Software Engineer
Elliott's research is at the technical end of the department's spectrum. His focus is on building sites that bring a new level of interactivity to work with data that is often fuzzy and confusing.
Senior Research Software Analyst
Neil came to the Department of Digital Humanities as a Research Developer in 2011 to help guide development in the spatial turn that DH research was enjoying at that time. He specializes in digital creative practice (in particular using 3D technologies) and in geographic information systems.
Senior Research Software Engineer & Systems AdministratorAfter completing his MSc in Bioinformatics at KCL, Brian joined the
Department of Digital Humanities in 2013 as a Research Developer
working on two projects - “The Art of Making” and “The Making of
Research Software Project Manager
Pamela Mellen manages a large portfolio of KDL projects, coordinating between the KDL development team and our range of external partners. She has worked at King's since 2012, where she developed a solid background in research management before moving across to the newly formed Digital Lab in 2016.
Senior Research Software Engineer
Geoffroy is a programmer analyst who joined King's College London in 2008, after more than nine years working for various technology startups in Brussels and London, and has since contributed to and led the analysis and software development of several Digital Humanities projects.
Research Software UI/UX Designer
Tiffany is a designer with a background in textiles. She completed her BA in Ravensbourne college and later an MA at the Royal College of Art.
Marie Curie Research Fellow
Urszula is a Marie Curie Research Fellow at King’s Digital Lab. Prior to this position, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University, a Fulbright scholar at Washington State University Vancouver, and a fellow at Stony Brook University, King’s College London, and the University of Birmingham.
Principal Research Software Engineer
Miguel Vieira has worked in the digital humanities domain since 2006, when he joined the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London.
Senior Research Software Systems Manager
Tim loves Linux and Perl and is a firm believer that open source software benefits mankind.
Professor Marilyn Deegan
Marilyn has 20 years experience in digital humanities. Formerly the Director of the Centre for Humanities Computing, Oxford University. Director of Digital Resources, Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford University (1997-2004).
Dr. Stuart Dunn
Stuart Dunn is Head of the Department of Digital Humanities at King's. He started out as an archaeologist, with interests in the history of cartography, digital approaches to landscape studies, and spatial humanities. Stuart has worked with members of the KDL team on many projects.
Professor Willard McCarty
Willard began with mainframes, trained as a Miltonist with focus on biblical and classical literature, helped nurture infant digital humanities and is now a persistent questioner of its fitness to be of as well as in these disciplines.
Professor Charlotte Roueché
Charlotte is a classicist by training, with a particular interest in the later periods of the Roman world, and in the Byzantine Empire. She has worked with the digital humanists at King’s since the early 1990s, and since 2004 has published online corpora, and literary texts, exploring the uses of changing technologies.
Professor Harold Short
Harold Short is Emeritus Professor of King’s College London, where he founded and directed the Centre for Computing in the Humanities.
Professor Simon Tanner
Pro Vice Dean (Impact & Innovation), Arts & Humanities
Simon Tanner has over 20 years’ experience working with major cultural institutions across the world to assist them to transform their collections and online presence.
Honorary Research Fellow
John has worked in the Digital Humanities since the late 1970s; first at the University of Toronto, and then, starting in 1997, at King's College London in the Department of Digital Humanities (initially called the Centre for Computing in the Humanities).
Visiting Research Fellow
Katherine Bode is Associate Professor of Literary and Textual Studies at the Australian National University and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow from 2018 to 2022.
Visiting Research Fellow
Alessandra is an archaeologist interested in archaeological data visualisation and linked data in archaeology. She has worked at KDL as Research Assistant on the AHRC/Newton funded project MaDiH (مديح): Mapping Digital Cultural Heritage in Jordan.
Dr. Peter Stokes
Senior Visiting Research Fellow
Peter Stokes is directeur d'études en humanités numériques et computationnelles appliquées à l’étude de l’écrit ancien (approximately 'research professor in digital and computational humanities applied to historical writing') at the École Pratique des Hautes Études – Université PSL, Section des Sciences Historiques et Philologiques at the Sorbonne, in Laboratoire Archéologie et Philologie d’Orient et d’Occident (AOROC, UMR 8546). His current primary research focus is on multigraphism (the use of different scripts or writing-systems), particularly in medieval Europe, combining the fields of palaeography, digital humanities and computer science.
Former Software Developer
Luis worked as a software developer at KDL from 2015-2016.
Former Research Software UI/UX Designer
With a background in digital humanities and front-end development, Olga joined King’s Digital Lab as a UX/UI Designer from 2019 to 2021.
Former Postdoctoral Research Associate
Chris worked on the project 'Modelling between Digital and Humanities: Thinking in Practice', funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, from September 2017-April 2018.
Florence du Pré
Research Software Project Manager
Florence supported the delivery of KDL's projects. She completed the MA Digital Humanities at King's College London in 2016 and has experience in the IT and GLAM sector.
Former UI/UX Designer
Priyal contributed to the Alice Thornton project, amongst others during her time as a UI/UX Designer at the Lab
Dr. James Smithies
Former Lab Director
James Smithies was Director of King’s Digital Lab (KDL) at King’s College London from 2015-September 2021.
Former Project Manager and Visiting Research Fellow
Carina worked at King’s Digital Lab as project manager, collaborating with her colleagues to develop processes for putting 100 legacy digital humanities projects under contractual agreement and secure maintenance or responsible archiving.