About

Alberto Campagnolo trained as a book conservator (in Spoleto, Italy) and has worked in that capacity in various institutions, e.g. London Metropolitan Archives, St. Catherine’s Monastery (Egypt), and the Vatican Library. He studied Conservation of Library Materials at Ca’ Foscari University Venice, and holds an MA in Digital Culture and Technology from King’s College London. He pursued a PhD on an automated visualization of historical bookbinding structures at the Ligatus Research Centre (University of the Arts, London). He was a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018) in Data Curation for Medieval Studies at the Library of Congress (Washington, DC). Alberto, in collaboration with Dot Porter (SIMS, UPenn Libraries, Philadelphia, PA), has been involved from the onset in the development of VisColl, a model and tool for the recording and visualization of the gathering structure of books in codex format. Alberto has served on the Digital Medievalist board since 2014, first as Deputy Director, and as Director since 2015, and has been in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Paper Conservation since 2016.

Education




2010–2015     University of the Arts, London – Ligatus Research Centre
PhD with full AHRC scholarship [grant n. AH/I018387/1; BGP ref. AH/G015090/1]
Thesis title:             Transforming structured descriptions to visual representations. An automated visualization of historical bookbinding structures
Supervisors: Dr Athanasios Velios, Professor Nicholas Pickwoad
Examined by: Professor Melissa M. Terras (UCL), Jocelyn Cuming (UAL)
2007–2009    King’s College London – Department of Digital Humanities[1]
MA in Digital Culture and Technology with full AHRC scholarship – part time [grant n. 2007134337]
Courses:      Introduction to digital culture and technologies; Material culture of the book: digital models; Computing the material culture of archaeology and art history; Directed research in digital visualization; Applied visualizations in the arts, humanities and cultural heritage.
Thesis title: Three-dimensional visualization of historical bookbinding structures. Value and possible application
Supervisors: Dr Arianna Ciula, Dr Anna Bentkowska-Kafel
Final Mark: Merit
2001–2006    Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy
BA (Hons. – equivalent) in Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Library and Archive materials
Courses:      Bibliographic Cataloguing; Bibliographic Databases; Byzantine History; Byzantine Philology; Codicology; Conservation of Library and Archive Materials; Contemporary History; Cultural Heritage Law; Culture and Civilization of Humanism and Renaissance; Elements of Information Science and Technology; English Language; History of Photography; History of the Book; Introduction to the Study of Latin Language; Italian Literature; Latin Literature; Latin Palaeography; Library and Information Sciences; Library Law; Medieval and Modern Greek Philology; Medieval History; Modern Greek Language; Modern History; Museum Studies; Technology of Writing Media.
Thesis title: Book repair as an integrated discipline. Analysis of the experience in North America and comparison with the European approach
Supervisors: Dr Riccardo Ridi, Dr Tiziana Plebani, Professor Mario Infelise
Final Mark: 110/110* (Summa cum Laude)
1998–2001     Foundation for the Preservation and Conservation of Library Materials, Spoleto (PG), Italy
DipHE (equivalent) in Conservation of library and archive materials
Courses:      Chemistry of Book Material Deterioration; Codicology; Conservation and Preservation of Bookbindings; Decoration of Manuscript and Printed Books; Elements of General Organic and Inorganic Chemistry; History and Preservation of Bookbinding Techniques; History of the Book and Libraries; History, Manufacture, and Analysis of Materials: Papyrus, Parchment, Leather, Paper, Wood, Textiles; Latin Palaeography; Library and Information Sciences; Photography: History and Techniques.
Final Mark: 98/100
1993–1998      Liceo classico (Classical Lyceum) Concetto Marchesi, Conegliano (TV), Italy
Final Mark: 52/60
  [1] Formerly Centre for Computing in the Humanities.

Publications





In press
Campagnolo, A. (in press) ‘Bit by bit. Is the book as an object entering the digital world?’, In Campagnolo, A., Catalano, L., Giordano, R. C., and Lo Piccolo, G. (eds.), I Beni Bibliografici nelle strategie dei fondi europei. Atti del Convegno. Siracusa, ISISC, 3-4 dicembre 2015, Palermo, Assessorato dei Beni Culturali e dell’Identità siciliana; Dipartimento B.C. e I.S.
2017
Campagnolo, A. (2017) Bookbinding Information on the Web: Breaking the Circle, from Pixels to Linked Open Data. International Information & Library Review. 49 (1), 37–50.
2016
Pal, K., Avery, N., Boston, P., Campagnolo, A., De Stefani, C., Matheson-Pollock, H., Panozzo, D., Payne, M., Schüller, C., Sanderson, C., Smith, P., Smither, R., Sorkine-Hornung, O., Stewart, A., Stewart, E., Stewart, P., Terra, M., Walsh, B., Ward, L., Yamada, L., Weyrich, T. (2016) ‘Digitally reconstructing the Great Parchment Book: 3D recovery of fire-damaged historical documents’, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities.
Campagnolo, A. (2016) ‘Errata (per oculos) corrige. Visual identification of meaningless data in database records of bookbinding structures’. In Care and conservation of manuscripts 15: proceedings of the fifteenth international seminar held at the University of Copenhagen, 2nd-4th April 2014, Copenhagen, Museum Tusculanum Press; University of Copenhagen and the Royal Library of Denmark, pp. 79-88.
Campagnolo, A., Giacometti, A., MacDonald, L., Mahony, S., Robson, S., Weyrich, T., Terras, M. and Gibson, A. (2016) ‘Cultural Heritage Destruction: Experiments with parchment and multispectral imaging’, In Bodard, G. and Romanello, M. (eds.), Digital Classics Outside the Echo-Chamber, London, Ubiquity press, pp. 121-146.
Giacometti, A., Campagnolo, A., MacDonald, L., Mahony, S., Robson, S., Weyrich, T., Terras, M. and Gibson, A. (2016) ‘Visualising macroscopic deterioration of parchment and writing via multispectral images’. In Care and conservation of manuscripts 15: proceedings of the fifteenth international seminar held at the University of Copenhagen, 2nd-4th April 2014, Copenhagen, Museum Tusculanum Press; University of Copenhagen and the Royal Library of Denmark, pp. 89-102.
2015
Giacometti, A., Campagnolo, A., MacDonald, L., Mahony, S., Robson, S., Weyrich, T., Terras, M. and Gibson, A. (2015) ‘The value of critical destruction: evaluating multispectral image processing methods for the analysis of primary historical texts’, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. http://dsh.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/10/06/llc.fqv036 (accessed October 2015).
Campagnolo, A. (2015) Transforming structured descriptions to visual representations. An automated visualization of historical bookbinding structures (PhD Thesis). University of the Arts London, London.
2014
Avery, N., Campagnolo, A., De Stefani, C., Pal, K., Harrison, M. J., Smith, P., Smither, R., Stewart, A., Stewart, E., Stewart, P., Terras, M., Ward, L., Weyrich, T. and Yamada, L. (2014) ‘Great Parchment Book Project’, Journal of Digital Humanities, 3(1 (Spring)), pp. 83–86.
Campagnolo, A. (2014) ‘La descrizione delle legature. Descrizioni e generazione automatizzata di diagrammi di strutture di legature storiche’, Kermes: la rivista del restauro, (92), pp. 18–20.
Emery, D., Porter, D. and Campagnolo, A. (2014) ‘Taking manuscripts apart, and putting them together’, In Digital Humanities 2014, EPFL-UNIL University of Lausanne, 7-12 July 2014, Conference Abstracts, University of Lausanne, EPFL-UNIL University of Lausanne, pp. 458–459.
2013
Campagnolo, A. and Velios, A. (2013) ‘Bindings of uncertainty. Visualizing uncertain and imprecise data in automatically generated bookbinding structure diagrams’, In Digital Humanities 2013, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 16-19 July 2013, Conference Abstracts, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (NE), Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, pp. 135–138.
Avery, N., Campagnolo, A., De Stefani, C., Pal, K., Harrison, M. J., Smith, P., Smither, R., Stewart, A., Stewart, E., Stewart, P., Terras, M., Ward, L., Weyrich, T. andYamada, L. (2013) ‘Great Parchment Book Project’, In Digital Humanities 2013, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 16-19 July 2013, Conference Abstracts, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, pp. 473–474.
Campagnolo, A., Carvalho, A. M., Giacometti, A., Lewis, R., Romanello, M., Ross, C. and Viglianti, R. (2013) ‘Editorial: Introduction to the Special Section ‘InterFace 2011’, Literary and Linguistic Computing, 28(3), pp. 1–8.
MacDonald, L., Giacometti, A., Campagnolo, A., Robson, S., Weyrich, T., Terras, M. and Gibson, A. (2013) ‘Multispectral Imaging of Degraded Parchment’, In Tominaga, S., Schettini, R., and Trémeau, A. (eds.), Computational Color Imaging, 4th International Workshop, CCIW 2013, Chiba, Japan, March 3-5, 2013. Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Chiba, Japan, Springer Berlin, pp. 143–157.
2012
Giacometti, A., Campagnolo, A., MacDonald, L., Mahony, S., Terras, M., Robson, S., Weyrich, T. and Gibson, A. (2012) ‘Cultural Heritage Destruction: Documenting Parchment Degradation via Multispectral Imaging’, In Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2012), London, British Computing Society, pp. 301–308.

Projects




2013/7 – ongoing              VIsColl – Manuscript Collation project, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania Libraries: researcher. <http://dorpdev.library.upenn.edu/collation/>
2011/11 – 2015/6             Language of Bindings, Ligatus Research Centre, University of the Arts London: Digital Humanities specialist. <http://www.ligatus.org.uk/node/712>
2010/1 – 2014/4               Great Parchment Book Project, London Metropolitan Archives: Digital Humanities specialist. <http://www.greatparchmentbook.org/>

Memberships




Digital Medievalist (elected to Executive Board, 2014–20; elected Director 2015-2020).
ADHO (Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations) Joint Membership of ACH, EADH, CSDH/SCHN, AADH, JADH.
AIUCD (Associazione per l’Informatica Umanistica e Cultura Digitale).
AICRAB (Associazione Italiana dei Conservatori e Restauratori degli Archivi e delle Biblioteche).                                                                                                                                    
IADA (Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Archiv-, Bibliotheks- und Graphikrestauratoren – International Association of Book and Paper Conservators).
ICOM (International Council of Museum).
ICON – The Institute of Conservation U.K.

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