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, Alberto, and Dot Porter. In press. ‘Modelling and Visualizing the Collation Structure of the Great Biblical Codices with VisColl’. In Textual History of the Bible, edited by Rus Fuller, Armin Lange, and Hannah Tervanotko. Vol. 3 (Science and Analysis). Leiden: Brill.


2022


Lieu, Ryan, and Alberto Campagnolo. 2022. ‘Modelling Linked Data for Conservation: A Call for New Standards’. KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies 6 (3-“Metadata as Knowledge”): 1–8. https://doi.org/10.18357/kula.232.


2021


Campagnolo, Alberto. 2021. ‘Digitizing the Materiality of Books. The (Potential) Role of the Conservator’. In Conservation Insights 2020. Lectures, edited by Padma M. Rohilla, 172–88. New Delhi: Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH); INTACH Conservation Institutes (ICI).


Campagnolo, Alberto, and Claudia Benvestito. 2021. “Dal Libro delle sorti alle sorti della codicologia. Primi passi verso una codicologia digitale”. In VII Ciclo di Studi Medievali, edited by Roberta Dolce, Sofia Martini, Monica Fazioli, and Roberto Del Monte, 467–73. Lesmo: EBS print.


Campagnolo, Alberto. 2021. ‘Bill Endres, Digitizing Medieval Manuscripts: The St. Chad Gospels, Materiality, Recoveries, and Representation in 2D & 3D’. Speculum 96 (1): 208–10. https://doi.org/10.1086/711739.


Campagnolo, Alberto. 2021. ‘Insides and Outsides’. In The Unfinished Book, edited by Alexandra Gillespie and Deidre Lynch, 47–61. Oxford Twenty-First Century Approaches to Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198830801.013.4.


2020


Campagnolo, Alberto. 2020. ‘Cramer, Tom, Michael A. Keller, Paola Manoni, Cesare Pasini, and Ambrogio M. Piazzoni, Project Leads. Thematic Pathways on the Web: IIIF Annotations of Manuscripts from the Vatican Collections. Other’. Renaissance and Reformation 43 (2): 322–26. https://doi.org/10.33137/rr.v43i2.34824.


Campagnolo, Alberto, et al. 2020. Book Conservation and Digitization. The Challenges of Dialogue and Collaboration. Edited by Alberto Campagnolo. Collection Development, Cultural Heritage, and Digital Humanities. Leeds: Arc Humanities Press. https://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv13gvhxx.


2019


Campagnolo, Alberto, Erin Connelly, and Heather Wacha. 2019. ‘Labeculæ Vivæ: Building a Reference Library of Stains for Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts’. Manuscript Studies: A Journal of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies 4 (2): 401–16. https://doi.org/10.1353/mns.2019.0018.


Campagnolo, Alberto, and Rhea DeStefano, eds. 2019. Christopher Clarkson. Legacy and Influence of a Conservator. Journal of Paper Conservation, 20 (1-4). Milton Park: Taylor & Francis for IADA.


DeStefano, Rhea, and Alberto Campagnolo. 2019. ‘A Tribute to Christopher Clarkson’. Journal of Paper Conservation 20 (1–4): 1–1. https://doi.org/10.1080/18680860.2019.1743559.


Campagnolo, Alberto, and Rhea DeStefano. 2019. ‘Christopher Clarkson’s Bibliography’. Journal of Paper Conservation 20 (1–4): 10–15. https://doi.org/10.1080/18680860.2019.1743556.


2018


Campagnolo, Alberto, Dot Porter, Erin Connelly, Doug Emery, and Dennis Mullen. 2018. ‘Virtually Disbinding Codices: Visualisation of the Construction of Codex Textblocks’. In Care and Conservation of Manuscripts 16. Proceedings of the Sixteenth International Seminar Held at the University of Copenhagen 13th–15th April 2016, edited by Matthew James Driscoll, 77–90. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press; University of Copenhagen.


Campagnolo, Alberto, Erin Connelly, and Heather Wacha. 2018. ‘Building a Reference Library of Stains for Medieval/Early Modern Manuscripts’. In Digital Humanities 2018: Book of Abstracts / Libro de Resúmenes, edited by Jonathan Girón Palau and Isabel Galina Russell, 172–74. Mexico City: Red de Humanidades Digitales.


France, Fenella G., Meghan Wilson, Chris Bolser, and Alberto Campagnolo. 2018. ‘Crosswalking or Jaywalking? The Visualization of Linked Scientific and Humanities Data’. In IS&T (Digital) Archiving Conference, 115–19. Washington (DC): Society for Imaging Science and Technology. https://doi.org/10.2352/issn.2168-3204.2018.1.0.25.


2017


Campagnolo, Alberto. 2017. ‘Editorial’. Journal of Paper Conservation 18 (3): 77. https://doi.org/10.1080/18680860.2017.1455427.


Pal, Kazim, Nicola Avery, Pete Boston, Alberto Campagnolo, Caroline De Stefani, Helen Matheson-Pollock, Daniele Panozzo, Matthew Payne, Christian Schüller, Chris Sanderson, Philippa Smith, Rachael Smither, Olga Sorkine-Hornung, Ann Stewart, Emma Stewart, Patricia Stewart, Melissa Terras, Bernadette Walsh, Laurence Ward, Liz Yamada, Tim Weyrich. 2017. ‘Digitally Reconstructing the Great Parchment Book: 3D Recovery of Fire-Damaged Historical Documents’. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 32 (4): 887–917. https://doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqw057.


 


France, Fenella G., and Alberto Campagnolo. 2017. ‘Integrating Humanities and Science: The Scriptospatial Visualization Interface’. In Digital Humanities 2017, McGill University & Université de Montréal, 8-11 August 2017, Conference Abstracts, 446–48. Montréal: McGill University; Université de Montréal.


Porter, Dot, Alexandra Gillespie, Alberto Campagnolo, Laura Mitchell, and Rachel Di Cresce. 2017. ‘VisColl: Visualizing the Physical Structure of Medieval Manuscripts, a Poster and Demonstration’. In McGill University & Université de Montréal, 8-11 August 2017, Conference Abstracts, 778–79. Montréal: McGill University; Université de Montréal.


Porter, Dot, Alberto Campagnolo, and Erin Connelly. 2017. ‘VisColl: A New Collation Tool for Manuscript Studies’. In Kodikologie und Paläographie im digitalen Zeitalter 4 | Codicology & Palaeography in the Digital Age 4, edited by Hannah Busch, Franz Fischer, and Patrick Sahle, 81–100. Schriften des Instituts für Dokumentologie und Editorik 11. Norderstedt: Books on Demand GmbH. https://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/7782/.


Giacometti, Alejandro, Alberto Campagnolo, Lindsay MacDonald, Simon Mahony, Stuart Robson, Tim Weyrich, Melissa Terras, and Adam Gibson. 2017. ‘The Value of Critical Destruction: Evaluating Multispectral Image Processing Methods for the Analysis of Primary Historical Texts’. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 32 (1): 101–22. https://doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqv036.


Campagnolo, Alberto. 2017. ‘Bookbinding Information on the Web: Breaking the Circle, from Pixels to Linked Open Data’. International Information & Library Review 49 (1): 37–50. https://doi.org/10.1080/10572317.2017.1270689.


2016


Campagnolo, Alberto. 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, edited by Matthew James Driscoll, 79–88. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press; University of Copenhagen and the Royal Library of Denmark.


Campagnolo, Alberto, Alejandro Giacometti, Lindsay MacDonald, Simon Mahony, Stuart Robson, Tim Weyrich, Melissa M. Terras, and Adam Gibson. 2016. ‘Cultural Heritage Destruction: Experiments with Parchment and Multispectral Imaging’. In Digital Classics Outside the Echo-Chamber, edited by Gabriel Bodard and Matteo Romanello, 121–46. London: Ubiquity press. https://doi.org/10.5334/bat.h.


Giacometti, Alejandro, Alberto Campagnolo, Lindsay MacDonald, Simon Mahony, Stuart Robson, Tim Weyrich, Melissa M. Terras, and Adam Gibson. 2016. ‘Visualising Macroscopic Degradation 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, edited by Matthew James Driscoll, 89–102. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press; University of Copenhagen and the Royal Library of Denmark.


2015


Campagnolo, Alberto. 2015. ‘Bit by Bit. Is the Book as an Object Entering the Digital World?’ In I Beni Bibliografici Nelle Strategie Dei Fondi Europei. Atti Del Convegno. Siracusa, ISISC, 3-4 Dicembre 2015, edited by Alberto Campagnolo, Lucia Catalano, Rosalia Claudia Giordano, and Gabriele Lo Piccolo, 91–112. Palermo: Assessorato dei Beni Culturali e dell’Identità siciliana; Dipartimento B.C. e I.S.


Campagnolo, Alberto. 2015. ‘Transforming Structured Descriptions to Visual Representations. An Automated Visualization of Historical Bookbinding Structures’. Ph.D. Thesis, London: University of the Arts London. http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/8749/.


2014


Avery, Nicola, Alberto Campagnolo, Caroline De Stefani, Kazim Pal, Matthew James Harrison, Philippa Smith, Rachael Smither, Ann Stewart, Emma Stewart, Patricia Stewart, Melissa Terras, Tim Weyrich, Liz Yamada. 2014. ‘Great Parchment Book Project’. Journal of Digital Humanities 3 (1 Spring): 83–86.


Campagnolo, Alberto. 2014. ‘La descrizione delle legature. Descrizioni e generazione automatizzata di diagrammi di strutture di legature storiche’. Kermes: la rivista del restauro, no. 92: 18–20.


Emery, R. Douglas, Dot Porter, and Alberto Campagnolo. 2014. ‘Taking Manuscripts Apart, and Putting Them Together’. In Digital Humanities 2014, EPFL-UNIL University of Lausanne, 7-12 July 2014, Conference Abstracts, 458–59. Lausanne: EPFL-UNIL University of Lausanne.


 


2013


Campagnolo, Alberto, and Athanasios Velios. 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, 135–38. Lincoln (NE): Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.


Avery, Nicola, Alberto Campagnolo, Caroline De Stefani, Kazim Pal, Matthew James Harrison, Philippa Smith, Rachael Smither, Ann Stewart, Emma Stewart, Patricia Stewart, Melissa Terras, Tim Weyrich, Liz Yamada. 2013. ‘Great Parchment Book Project’. In Digital Humanities 2013, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 16-19 July 2013, Conference Abstracts, 473–74. Lincoln (NE): Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.


Campagnolo, Alberto, Andreia Martins Carvalho, Alejandro Giacometti, Richard Lewis, Matteo Romanello, Claire Ross, and Raffaele Viglianti. 2013. ‘Introduction to the Special Section “InterFace 2011”’. Literary and Linguistic Computing 28 (3): 417–24. https://doi.org/10.1093/llc/fqt052.


MacDonald, Lindsay, Alejandro Giacometti, Alberto Campagnolo, Stuart Robson, Tim Weyrich, Melissa M. Terras, and Adam Gibson. 2013. ‘Multispectral Imaging of Degraded Parchment’. In Computational Color Imaging, 4th International Workshop, CCIW 2013, Chiba, Japan, March 3-5, 2013. Proceedings, edited by S. Tominaga, R. Schettini, and A. Tremeau, 7786:143–57. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Chiba, Japan: Springer.


2012


 

Giacometti, Alejandro, Alberto Campagnolo, Lindsay MacDonald, Simon Mahony, Melissa M. Terras, Stuart Robson, Tim Weyrich, and Adam Gibson. 2012. ‘Cultural Heritage Destruction: Documenting Parchment Degradation via Multispectral Imaging’. In EVA London 2012: Electronic Visualisation & the Arts. Proceedings of a Conference Held in London 10-12 July, edited by Stuart Dunn, Jonathan P. Bowen, and Ng Kia, 301–8. Electronic Workshops in Computing (EWiC). London: British Computing Society, The Chartered Institute for IT. 

Blog Posts

    Projects





    2018/10 – ongoing     iada (International Association of Book and Paper Conservators): acting executive board member <www.iada-home.org>

    2017/9 – 2018/8        Labeculae Vivae: Building a Reference Library of Stains for Researching Medieval Manuscripts: co-PI <https://labeculaevivae.wordpress.com/&gt;

    2016/9 – ongoing       Journal of Paper Conservation: editor <http://www.iada-home.org/en/journal-of-paperconservation&gt;

    2014/8 – ongoing       Digital Medievalist International Community of Practice: elected executive board member – director (2015-2019), deputy director (2014-2015, 2019-2020). <www.digitalmedievalist.org/>

    2013/7 – ongoing      VisColl Manuscript Collation project, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, University of Pennsylvania Libraries: researcher and XSLT/SVG coder.
    <https://github.com/leoba/VisColl&gt;


    2011/11 – 2015/6       Language of Bindings, Ligatus Research Centre, University of the Arts London: Digital Humanities specialist. <www.ligatus.org.uk/node/712>

    2011/7 – 2014/3         Conservation advisor for Dr Alejandro Giacometti’s PhD research work on Evaluating multispectral imaging processing methodologies for analysing cultural heritage documents. <discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1427688/>

    2010/8 – 2012/12       InterFace symposium for humanities and technology: member of the organizing committee for InterFace 2011, the Third International Symposium for Humanities and Technology, and member of the InterFace steering committee.
    <www.interface2011.org.uk/>


    2010/1 – 2014/4         Great Parchment Book Project, London Metropolitan Archives: Digital Humanities specialist. <www.greatparchmentbook.org/>

    Memberships





    Digital Medievalist (elected to Executive Board, 2014–20; Director 2015-2019; Deputy Director 2014-2015, 2019-2020).

    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).

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