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 kdl-info@kcl.ac.uk and we will ensure the right person is assigned to you.

The KDL team

  • Samantha Callaghan

    Metadata 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 large 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.

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  • Dr. Paul Caton

    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.

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  • Dr. Arianna Ciula

    Deputy 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).

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  • Ginestra Ferraro

    Senior Research Software UX/UI Designer

    Lead UX/UI Developer, 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.

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  • Elliott Hall

    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.

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  • Neil Jakeman

    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 undergoing at that time. 

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  • Brian Maher

    Senior Research Software Engineer & Systems Administrator

    After 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

    Charlemagne’s Europe”.

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  • Pamela Mellen

    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.

  • Geoffroy Noël

    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.

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  • Tiffany Ong

    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. 

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  • Dr. James Smithies

    Lab Director

    James Smithies is Director of King’s Digital Lab (KDL) at King’s College London.

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  • Miguel Vieira

    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.

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  • Tim Watts

    Senior Research Software Systems Manager

    Tim loves Linux and Perl and is a firm believer that open source software benefits mankind.

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Academic Affiliates

  • Professor Sheila Anderson

    Academic Affiliate

    Sheila has an academic background in Sociology, Social Policy and Social History and is Head of the Department of Digital Humanities at King's.

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  • Professor Marilyn Deegan

    Academic Affiliate


    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).

  • Professor Willard McCarty

    Academic Affiliate

    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. 

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  • Professor Charlotte Roueché

    Academic Affiliate

    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.

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  • Professor Harold Short

    Academic Affiliate

    Harold Short is Emeritus Professor of King’s College London, where he founded and directed the Centre for Computing in the Humanities.

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Consultancy Affiliates

  • 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. 

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Visiting Research Fellows

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