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Me at a glance

I am interested in

  • How digital technologies change humanities research?
  • How libraries and museums are innovating and educating?
  • How to involve communities in enhancing digital collections?


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I am interested in the creation and use of digital heritage collections.
My portfolio showcases various projects created throughout my career, and most of my work is about research in organising information but always with a focus on usefulness. in real life Subscribe to my site to get updated when I add new stuff.

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About Me

After graduating M.Sc. (Hons) in Informatics in 1991, I joined the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences working on the introducing digitisation of cultural heritage in Bulgaria. I earned my PhD degree in Informatics (1999) with a pioneering Digital Humanities research forEastern Europe which explored the orthographic variety of Mediaeval Slavonic Manuscripts. I served as the founding head of the first Digitisation Centre in Bulgaria (2004) which collaborated with the National Library Ivan Vazov, State Archives and other memory institutions. In 2008¾2011 I worked in the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow where I had principal investigator roles in research and development projects funded by the European Commission, JISC, the European Digital Library Foundation,  and the Scottish Funding Council. In 2012¾2017 I was a resident Associate Professor in the Media and Knowledge Science Faculty of the University of Malta where I spearheaded an update and expansion of the portfolio of programmes in library, information, and archival science (LIAS). In addition, I brought the first EC-funded project to LIAS, Civic Epistemologies, which developed a roadmap for citizen science in digital heritage.
In August 2017 I joined UCL Qatar whereI led in the introduction of four pathways within the MA programme. I am currently one of the global enablers in the domain of innovation labs in libraries and hosted in September 2019 a booksprint which produced the first guidebook in this domain. I coordinate a seed grant on Research Data Management in Digital Humanities and also secured a QNRF grant exploring the transmission of narratives on falconry in Qatar and their preservation.
I regularly evaluate for the European Commission programmes in the area of e-Infrastructures and digital humanities. I am a member of the editorial board of the IFLA Library Journal, served as a national representative for Malta in DARIAH, the European eInfrastructure for Digital Humanities, and served as an ambassador of the European Data Science Academy (EDSA). I am also on the Steering committees of all three major international series of conferences in digital libraries, ICDL, TPDL and ICADL.

Trompe l’œil with Writing Materials by Evert Collier (1699)


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UCL Qatar
Education City
Doha, Qatar
milena.dobreva @ gmail.com

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