People

Prof Philip Schofield
Dr Tim Causer
Dr Kris Grint
Prof Melissa Terras
Mr Richard M. Davis
Dr Arnold Hunt
Mr José Martin
Mr Martin Moyle
Ms Lesley Pitman
Ms Anna-Maria Sichani
Mr Tony Slade
Dr Justin Tonra
Dr Valerie Wallace

Professor Philip Schofield

Director, UCL Bentham Project.

Philip Schofield is Professor of the History of Legal and Political Thought, Director of the Bentham Project and General Editor of the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham. Professor Schofield’s major study of Bentham’s political thought, Utility and Democracy: the Political Thought of Jeremy Bentham, was published by Oxford University Press in 2006. The book draws on an extensive range of unpublished manuscripts and original printed texts, and on the new, authoritative edition of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham. A further distinctive feature lies in its thorough investigation of the intimate relationship between Bentham’s political thought on the one hand, and his legal and religious thought on the other. The book was awarded the prestigious WJM Mackenzie Book Prize for 2006 by the Political Studies Association. Professor Schofield has also published an introduction to Bentham’s life and thought. His Bentham: A Guide for the Perplexed (Continuum, 2009) highlights Bentham’s relevance to contemporary debates in philosophy, politics, and law. Professor Schofield has edited or co-edited six volumes in the new Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, and has made major contributions to several more in his role as General Editor. He has also published numerous studies related to his work on Bentham, for instance in the Journal of Legal History, Utilitas, History of Political Thought, and History of European Ideas.

Dr Tim Causer

Research Associate, UCL Bentham Project

Tim Causer is a historian of convict transportation. He completed his doctorate on the infamous Norfolk Island penal settlement (1825-1855) at the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College London, in which he was supported by an Arts and Humanities Research Council doctoral award. He has published articles in the area, and gave a keynote lecture at the Professional Historians’ Association (NSW)’s 25th anniversary conference at Norfolk Island in 2010. He holds an MLitt and an undergraduate MA from the University of Aberdeen. He joined the Bentham Project in October 2010 to assist with the Transcribe Bentham initiative, and is currently responsible for the day-to-day running of the project.

Dr Kris Grint

Professor Melissa Terras

Professor in Electronic Communication, UCL Department of Information Studies, and Co-Director, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities.

Melissa Terras is the Reader in Electronic Communication in the Department of Information Studies, University College London, and the Co-director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. With a background in Classical Art History and English Literature, and Computing Science, her doctorate (University of Oxford) examined how to use advanced information engineering technologies to interpret and read the Vindolanda texts. Publications include Image to Interpretation: Intelligent Systems to Aid Historians in the Reading of the Vindolanda Texts (2006, Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents. Oxford University Press) and Digital Images for the Information Professional (2008, Ashgate). She is a general editor of Digital Humanities Quarterly and Secretary of the Association of Literary and Linguistic Computing. Her research focuses on the use of computational techniques to enable research in the arts and humanities that would otherwise be impossible.

Mr Richard M. Davis

Development Manager, ULCC Digital Archives.

Richard M. Davis manages IT projects and services at ULCC, mainly web applications for digital archives, libraries and education. Recent work includes: developing digital repository services; research into digital preservation issues (datasets, e-learning objects, web sites and blogs); consultancy on disaster recovery; innovative projects funded by JISC, such as Social Networking Extensions for EPrints, and Copyright Licensing plugins for Moodle; Linnean Online (an EPrints-powered archive of Linnaeus’s specimens); NDAD (dataset archive for the National Archives); and institutional repositories for University of London institutes and colleges.

Dr Arnold Hunt

Curator of Modern Historical Manuscripts, British Library

Arnold Hunt is Curator of Modern Historical Manuscripts at the British Library. His research specialism is the religious and cultural history of Britain from 1600 to 1800, and he was one of the curators responsible for the exhibition Taking Liberties: the struggle for Britain’s freedoms and rights, held at the British library in 2008 and 2009. He is a module convenor for the MA in Textual Transmission organised by King’s College London in association with the British Library. His recent monograph, The Art of Hearing: English Preachers and their Audiences, 1590-1640, won the prestigious Royal Historical Society Whitfield Book Prize for 2011.

Mr José Martin

Digital Repositories Specialist, University of London Computer Centre

Mr Martin Moyle

Digital Curation Manager, UCL Library Services.

Martin Moyle is Digital Curation Manager, UCL Library Services, with responsibilities for projects and services in the areas of digital repositories, metadata aggregation and digital preservation.  His current interests include text mining for open access repositories (the JISC MERLIN project), metadata aggregation for Europeana (the EuropeanaTravel project) and audio-visual primary research data (the JISC CAVA project).  He manages the UCL Eprints and UCL Library Services Digital Collections services, the DART-Europe discovery service for European electronic theses, and the SHERPA-LEAP repository consortium.

Ms Lesley Pitman

Librarian and Director of Information Services, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies Library

Lesley Pitman chairs UCL Library Services’ Digitization Steering Group. She played a leading role in the project planning for the EuropeanaTravel project, and represented UCL in the JISC-funded 19th Century pamphlets project.

Ms Anna-Maria Sichani

Transcription Assistant, Bentham Project

Anna-Maria Sichani completed her MA in Digital Humanities at UCL in 2012. She holds an MA and a BA in Modern Greek Literature from the University of Athens, at which institution she is now a PhD candidate. Her current research interests include digital curation and editing of modern manuscripts and archives, use of technologies such as XML (to TEI standards), XSLT, PHP, and MySQL in academic or educational projects, and enhancement of humanities scholarship using digital tools and methods.

Anna-Maria is currently working on Transcribe Bentham as a Transcription Assistant, where her duties involve the conversion of the Bentham Project’s ‘Legacy Transcripts’ from Microsoft Word format to TEI-compliant XML.

Mr Tony Slade

Head of UCL Creative Media Services

Tony Slade specialises in photography and digitisation, acts as an adviser on digital imaging, imagery within social media, image metadata and databases. He is the head of UCL Creative Media Services, part of UCL Information Services Division (ISD). Working closely with colleagues across the UCL Collections to bring the wealth of artefacts, artworks, documents and objects to a wider audience, his recent works include the digitisation of Flaxman drawings and Slade School of Art paintings. Tony is currently updating UCL Imagestore towards being a multi-functional image library for learning and teaching, as well as a source of UCL public relations imagery. Formally an advertising photographer and lecturer, his interests  include copyright law, controlled vocabularies and developing digital learning objects for use in teaching.

Dr Justin Tonra

Research Associate, UCL Bentham Project.

Justin Tonra completed his doctorate in English Literature at the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2009, where he also worked on the Thomas Moore Hypermedia Archive project. As part of this project, he was editor of a pilot hypermedia edition of Thomas Moore’s 1817 work, Lalla Rookh, focusing on tracing and visualising the evolution and development of the text of the poem through manuscript drafts to its eventual publication. His research interests are in the areas of manuscript encoding, and examining the genetic processes of writing in literary texts. He holds an MA from University College Dublin and a BA from Trinity College Dublin.

Dr Valerie Wallace

Research Associate, UCL Bentham Project.

Valerie Wallace recently completed her doctorate in History at the University of Glasgow on early nineteenth-century Presbyterian political theory and political radicalism in the Atlantic world. She joined the Bentham Project at UCL to co-ordinate the Bentham Papers Transcription Initiative.