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Toby Burrows

Toby Burrows

Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow


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Dr Toby Burrows holds a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship in the Department of Digital Humanities for 2014-2016. He was previously the Manager of the eResearch Support Unit at the University of Western Australia, where he was responsible for managing digital repositories for publications and research data. 

He has held visiting fellowships at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Churchill College Cambridge and University College London, and has been an invited participant in workshops funded by the European Science Foundation and COST.

He has been a Chief Investigator or Partner Investigator on a range of Australian Research Council projects (under its Discovery, Linkage, Linkage Infrastructure and Research Networks schemes), and has also managed funding from the Australian National Data Service and NeCTAR.

Research interests

• Digital humanities (especially the design of e-research infrastructure)

• Medieval manuscript studies: curation, description, digitization, provenance

• Knowledge organization: Linked Open Data, ontologies, graph databases

• Research data management

My Marie Curie Fellowship project – 'Reconstructing the Phillipps Collection' – brings together my interests and expertise in both digital humanities and medieval manuscript studies. The project focuses on the use of Linked Data technologies to reconstruct the individual histories of a large corpus of European manuscripts. It involves gathering data on as many as 40,000 manuscripts, developing a data model for provenance events, and analyzing and visualizing the history of these manuscripts over many hundreds of years.

Selected publications

• 'A data-centred 'virtual laboratory' for the humanities: Designing the Australian Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI) service', Literary and Linguistic Computing: the Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, 28, 4 (2013), pp. 576-581 

• ‘Coming down to Earth: Norma Hemming turns from SF to romance', in: Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature, 1935-2012, Clayton, Vic.: Monash University Press, pp. 202-208

• 'Building a digital research community in medieval and early modern studies: the Australian Network for Early European Research', Digital Medievalist, 7 (2012)

• 'Sharing humanities data for e-research: conceptual and technical issues', in: Sustainable Data from Digital Research: Humanities Perspectives on Digital Scholarship, Melbourne, PARADISEC, 2011, pp. 177-192

• ‘Applying Semantic Web technologies to medieval manuscript research’, in: Codicology and Paleography in the Digital Age 2, Norderstedt, BoD, 2010, pp. 117-131

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