Melissa Terras

Melissa Terras

Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage

Melissa Terras, Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage

Melissa Terras is Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage at Edinburgh College of Art, leading digital aspects of research in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science as Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture and Society, and Research Director of the Edinburgh Futures Institute.

Her research interest is the digitisation of cultural heritage, including advanced digitisation techniques, usage of large-scale digitisation, and the mining and analysis of digitised content. She previously directed UCL Centre for Digital Humanities in UCL Department of Information Studies, where she was employed from 2003-2017, and has a PhD in Engineering from the University of Oxford. She is a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute, an Expert Advisor to the UK Government’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and is a Director of the READ-Coop (delivering Transkribus, Handwritten Text Recognition software and infrastructure).

Books include “Image to Interpretation: An Intelligent System to Aid Historians in Reading the Vindolanda Texts” (Oxford University Press 2006), “Defining Digital Humanities: A Reader” (Ashgate 2013), “Picture-Book Professors: Academia and Children’s Literature” (Cambridge University Press 2018), “Electronic Legal Deposit: Shaping the Library Collections of the Future” (Facet 2020), and “Millicent Garrett Fawcett: Selected Writings” (UCL Press 2022).

Research interests:

  • Digitisation Technologies
  • Image Processing/ Handwritten Text Recognition
  • Digital Libraries, Archives and Museums
  • Use, reuse and analysis of digitised cultural heritage