Associate Professor Terhi Nurmikko-Fuller

PhD, MSc, MSc, MPhil, BA (Hons)
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Social Research & Methods
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Applications In Arts And Humanities 460101
  • Graph, Social And Multimedia Data 460506
  • Organisation Of Information And Knowledge Resources 080707
  • Web Technologies (Excl. Web Search) 080505
  • Library And Information Studies 0807

Research interests

  • Linked Data, ontologies, RDF
  • Knowledge representation
  • Web Science 
  • Social Science Online
  • Information and Library Sciences
  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Libraries
  • 3D modelling


I examine the potential of Linked Open Data to support and diversify scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences. My publications also cover the role of games, gamification and informal online environments in education. 

My monograph "Linked Open Data for Digital Humanities" (Routledge) came out in 2023. In it, I discuss how information is captured, published, represented, accessed, and interpreted using computational systems and, in doing so, show how technologies actively shape the way we understand what we encounter. The interdisciplinary case study examples include bibliographic data from works published in England between 1470 and 1700; literature from ancient Iraq; jazz performances, predominantly from the USA in the 1930s; and even reach as far as an alien, fictional future. Whilst these case study examples span vast spatio-temporal distances, they all share a common thread in the use of the Linked Data information publication paradigm. In amongst discussing existing computer science methods, as well as processes such as ontology development and database design, the book also includes reflections on practical considerations and offers advice about how to take institutional policies, socio-cultural sensitivities, and economic models into consideration when implementing Linked Data projects.

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:

There is a working prototype for the JazzCats (Jazz Collection of Aggregated Triples) project available at


Current student projects

  • Developing A Digital Archive for Different Perspectives Integration in the Second Sino-Japanese War
  • Uncovering the Dynamics of Organised Criminal Group Conflict: An exploration of social relationships, social rivalries and group conflict in the Virtual World
  • Automatically Detecting Suicide Ideation in the Online Environment
  • Building Trust in Artificial Intelligence through Ethics
  • Tracing the history of adoption and adaptation of ceramic culture in the Pacific, through the creation of accessible and engaging digital archives for Oceanic pottery.

Past 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
  • 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


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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