Dr Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller

PhD, MSc, MSc, MPhil, BA (Hons)
Senior Lecturer - Digital Humanities
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Organisation Of Information And Knowledge Resources 080707
  • Web Technologies (Excl. Web Search) 080505
  • Library And Information Studies 0807
  • Middle Eastern And African History 210310

Research interests

  • Linked Data, ontologies, RDF
  • Knowledge representation
  • Web science 
  • Social science online
  • 3D modelling
  • cuneiform and Near Eastern studies, philogical and archaeological
  • Information and Library Sciences, digital libraries
  • Musicology metadata
  • Museum studies


I examine the potential of Linked Open Data to support and diversify scholarship in the Humanities. My publications cover musicological information, library metadata, the narrative in ancient Mesopotamian literary compositions, and the role of gamification and informal online environments in education. I have created 3D digital models of cuneiform tables, carved boab nuts, animal skulls, and the Black Rod of the Australian Senate. I am a member of the Australian Government Linked Data Working Group, a Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute, UK; a eResearch South Australia (eRSA) HASS DEVL (Humanities Arts and Social Sciences Data Enhanced Virtual Laboratory) Champion; and an iSchool Research Fellow at the Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (2019 - 2021).


Researcher's projects

Examples of the 3D objects created in collaboration with the British Museum, the National Museum of Australia, and the School of Archaeology&Anthropology at the ANU can be seen here: https://sketchfab.com/tmtn/collections

There is a working prototype for the JazzCats (Jazz Collection of Aggregated Triples) project available at http://jazzcats.cdhr.anu.edu.au/


Current student projects

  • Using Linked Data methods to analyse a book of Chinese mythology, Shanhaijing.
  • Modelling data from MMORPGs to gain a better understanding of criminal behaviour
  • Social Media Mourning
  • 3D replicas of Etruscan objects
  • An ethnography of the IT profession in the GLAM sector

Past student projects

  • Evaluative matrix for comparative analysis of museum websites
  • Assessing the effect on the elderly of the move of essential services from off- to online environments
  • VR reconstruction of Franz Kafka's A Country Doctor 
  • Sentiment analysis of Donald Trump's tweets
  • Text analysis of Oscar Wilde's works
  • Timeline of Chinese menshen or door gods


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