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Mike Bryant

Mike Bryant

Research Associate



Address Department of Digital Humanities
S4.02 Strand Building
King's College London,
London WC2R 2LS




Mike has a BA in History from Lancaster University and an MA in Digital Asset Management from King's College London. Following university, he became interested in computer programming and worked for several years as a software developer in the SoHo visual effects industry, primarily focused on data management and the development of workflow tools.

After joining KCL's Centre for e-Research in early 2010 Mike conducted research into open-source OCR infrastructures for the Ocropodium Project, and now works for DDH on the EHRI project, focusing on data integration, user interfaces, and automated metadata extraction.

Research Interests
  • Information extraction
  • Web technologies
  • Image processing
  • User interface design
Selected Publications

Tobias Blanke, Michael Bryant, Mark Hedges (2012) 'Open Source Optical Character Recognition for Historical Research'  Journal of Documentation (forthcoming)

Tobias Blanke, Michael Bryant, Mark Hedges (2012)  'Ocropodium: open source OCR for small-scale historical archives' JOURNAL OF INFORMATION SCIENCE, 38 (1), pp. 76-86

Michael Bryant, Tobias Blanke, et al., 'Open source historical OCR in the OCRopodium project', Proceedings of European Conference Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL) (demonstration), 2010


Research and Teaching


Mike's research interests broadly concern information management, automated metadata extraction, and user interface design. He currently works on the EHRI project, a pan-European undertaking to build an infrastructure dedicated to Holocaust scholarship. Within the EHRI consortium, Mike is researching data integration strategies and contributes to the development of the portal and integrated virtual research environment.



PhD Supervision


Expertise and Public Engagement



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