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Emily Bell

Emily Bell

SSI fellow

University of Leeds


  • Digital approaches to scholarly editing
  • Digital methods for literary and historical analysis
  • Encouraging interoperability between cultural heritage collections
  • Software development, good practice, inclusivity and community in Victorian studies

My work

I am currently a Lecturer in Digital Humanities at the University of Leeds. I was previously a postdoctoral research fellow on the Society of Authors, 1884-1914 project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and a Research Associate on the COPIM (Community-Led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs) project, funded by Research England/the Arcadia Foundation. From 2018-2020, I was an RA in Digital Humanities on two projects which aimed to enable libraries to improve the choice and availability of historical newspapers, supporting a more informed technical and ethical use of collections by the public. 'Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks In Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914' also explored computational approaches to international news exchange in the nineteenth century, and was funded by an AHRC/ESRC Digging into Data grant. I am co-author of the Atlas of Digitised Newspapers & Metadata (2020), a key output from these projects. The Atlas (DOI:10.6084/m9.figshare.11560059) is an open access report which is the first of its kind, offering a guide to digitised newspaper collections through analysis of the metadata.

I have training in Python, XML, digital preservation, linked data and the semantic web, text mining, social network analysis, and geographic information system mapping. As a fellow, I hope to create a new community of practice within the Victorianist community in the UK through a series of workshops focused on basic DH skills, advanced skills for scholarly editing, and an introduction to AI and machine learning.

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