Katherine McDonough

Senior Research Fellow

Katherine McDonough

Katherine McDonough is Lecturer in Digital Humanities in the Department of History at Lancaster University and Senior Research Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute.

Her digital work uses computational image, text, and spatial analysis to create new ways of doing historical research with large cultural heritage collections as data. With colleagues from Living with Machines, she co-developed the MapReader software library. She is the UK PI on Machines Reading Maps, a project that creates, curates, and analyses datasets of text on maps for research and discovery applications. In addition to her Turing projects she works on GEODE with colleagues in France.

Her research areas include:

  • Computational approaches to historical research, in particular Computer Vision applications for working with heritage collections
  • Reproducible humanities research
  • Spatial humanities
  • French history (esp. 18th century)
  • History of science and technology
  • Environmental history