- Primary position:
- Other positions:
- Deputy Director of the Web Science Doctoral Training Centre
Before joining the department I studied degrees in Archaeology, Computer Science and Philosophy and worked as professional software developer. In doing so I have developed a broad array of interests in the Digital Humanities, Web Science and Ancient Geography. I am Deputy Director of the Web Science Doctoral Training Centre and a committee member of the European Association for the Digital Humanities (EADH) and the International Association for the History of the Map (ISHM). I am also Chair of the NeDiMAH network's Working Group on Space and Time in the Digital Humanities, a series editor for Regenerating Practices in Archaeology and Heritage (Gorgias Press), and moderator of two online networks for computing in the Humanities (Antiquist and The Networks Network).
Previous projects I have been involved with include Hestia, which used explored the geographic aspects of Herodotus's Histories, Crossbones for the schematic visualization of in situ human and faunal remains, the RTIViewer for Reflectance Transformation Imaging, and the Virtual Lightbox for Museums and Archives (VLMA).
The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)
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My interests cover a wide range of digital applications in Archaeology and the Humanities more generally, with an emphasis on spatial technologies and the Web. In particular I am researching the impact that rapidly changing social and technical connectivity is having on heritage discourse, both within and beyond academia. I have a strong interest in the development of geographic thought and representation in Antiquity, and especially in the work of Claudius Ptolemy and the Roman itinerary tradition. These two fields provide fascinating comparanda for one another - how do societies communicate rich, complex and growing bodies of information, and how do the media they use affect the message?
Primary research group: Archaeological Computing Research Group
Google Ancient Places (GAP) is a Digital Humanities project that is exploring the possibilities for automatically identifying and visualizing place references in digital texts.
PELAGIOS stands for 'Pelagios: Enable Linked Ancient Geodata In Open Systems' - its aim is to help introduce Linked Open Data goodness into online resources that refer to places in the Ancient World.
- ARCH1047: Issues in Archaeological Science (instructor)
- ARCH3033: Computational Methods in Archaeology (co-ordinator)
- UOSM2007: Being Human: Critical Thinking in the Digital Humanities (co-ordinator)
- HUMA6008: Humanities and the Web (co-ordinator)
I am interested in supervising PhD research on topics that focus on the impact of the Web on Archaeology or Heritage (whether explored from technical or social dimension), and any topic relating to geographic thought and representation in the Ancient World.
I currently supervise or advise PhD students on the following topics:
- The Internet of Cultural Things (supervisor)
- The representation of coastal sites in Ancient cartography (advisor)