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Prof Melissa Terras


University Technology Futures: The view from a newbie at the UoE


Melissa Terras is the Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage at the University of Edinburgh‘s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, which she joined in October 2017, leading digital aspects of research within CAHSS at Edinburgh, as well as building digital capacity in the new Edinburgh Futures Institute. Her research focuses on the use of computational techniques to enable research in the arts, humanities, and wider cultural heritage and information environment that would otherwise be impossible.

With a background in Classical Art History and English Literature (MA, University of Glasgow), and Computing Science (MSc IT with distinction in Software and Systems, University of Glasgow), her doctorate (Engineering, University of Oxford) examined how to use advanced information engineering technologies to interpret and read Roman texts. She is an Honorary Professor of Digital Humanities in UCL Department of Information Studies, where she was employed from 2003-2017, Honorary Professor in UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, which she directed 2012-2017, and previously Vice Dean of Research in UCL’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities (2014-2017). Terras is general editor of Digital Humanities Quarterly, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities.  She currently serves on the Board of Curators of the University of Oxford Libraries and the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Scotland, as well as a number of Advisory boards including The British Library Labs, the Scientific Consultative Group of The National Gallery, and The Imperial War Museum’s Operation War Diary. Terras is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and a Chartered IT Professional and Fellow of the British Computer Society.

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