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John Bradley has been active in the Digital Humanities since the late 1970s, and is best known within the community as a developer of the TACT system (while at the University of Toronto), and more recently the personal note management system Pliny. He has been a member of staff in what is now the Department of Digital Humanities since 1997 and has played a leading role in many multi-year collaborative research projects funded by the AHRC, the Mellon Foundation, and the Leverhulme foundation. They range in subject from music to history, and focus on issues that arise from modelling, collecting and presenting highly structured data and text from complex humanities sources. He has taught in DDH's academic program at both the undergraduate and MA level, and has recently crossed the academic divide from non-academic to academic staff - being made Senior Lecturer within DDH in September 2011.

Research Interests and PhD supervision

  • The place of Structured data in the Humanities
  • Approaches to structured digital Prosopography
  • The place of software development as research in the Humanities
  • New places for digital technology in humanities scholarship, centred on new kinds of support for traditional methodologies.

A significant element of his work at DDH has included management, design and analysis for major multi-year collaborative research projects with discipline-specific partners from the humanities (funded by the AHRC, Leverhulme and Mellon Foundation). These projects constitute research output in their own right, but they have also supported personal research on their implications with the Digital Humanities that has resulted in papers presented at the universities such as Vienna, Glasgow, Illinois, Göttingen, Lausanne, Jadavpur, Oxford, the National University of Ireland and at the Institute of English Studies in London, the Swedish National Archives, and at the Globe Theatre complex, and produced publications in major DH journals such as the Digital Humanities Quarterly, Literary and Linguistic Computing and the Journal of Digital Information (JoDI).

For more details, please see his full research profile.

Selected publications

  • Bradley, John (2014). "Silk purses and sow's ears: can structured data deal with historical sources?". In International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing. Vol. 8 No. 1, April 2014. pp. 13-27. doi: 10.3366/ijhac.2014.0117.
  • Pasin, Michele and John Bradley (2013). "Factoid-based prosopography and computer ontologies: Towards an integrated approach". In Literary and Linguistic Computing. published online June 29, 2013 doi:10.1093/llc/fqt037
  • The Art of Making in Antiquity: Stone Carving and Carvers in the Roman World. With Dr W Wootton (King's, Classics) and Michele Pasin (King's, DDH). (2010-2013). (
  • The Breaking of Britain. With Dauvit Brown (Glasgow), Keith Stringer (Lancaster), David Carpenter (King's, History) and Matthew Hammond (Edinburgh). (2010-2013). 
  • Bradley, John (2008). “Pliny: A model for digital support of scholarship”. In Journal of Digital Information (JoDI). Vol 9 No 1 (formally No. 26). Online at


As well as acting as supervisor for the MA DH dissertations, Bradley teaches MA-level modules that develop a sophisticated technical understand of various digital approaches to humanities research. 7AAVMDAT focuses on structured data and the semantic web, and 7AAVMTLS focuses on software development, and explores the recent interest in software coding both within society in general, but also as a kind of research within the humanities. He administers the department's three Internship Modules (7AAVDH15, 7AAVDM03 and 7AAVDM03). He regularly guest-lectures in other modules on topics such as Big Data, or the place of markup in humanities scholarship.