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Paul Vetch

Paul Vetch, Consultant

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Paul Vetch is Head of Research Development & Delivery, Senior Lecturer, and King's Business Innovation Fellow at the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London, where is a member of the senior management team.  

He is a Co-Investigator or technical research director of numerous major projects with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, AHRC, JISC, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, and UK Heritage Lottery Fund.  His management responsibilities also include management of the Research and Development team and strategic oversight of DDH's substantial server and storage infrastructure. 

Paul's research and teaching interests lie in web application interface design and implementation, user engagement and communication strategy, web usability, and accessibility, and he has overall responsibility for interfaces across all DDH research projects (well over 50 to date).  He has spoken widely on the specific interface design challenges and creative opportunities posed by complex, web-based projects in the Digital Humanities.  In addition, Paul has acted as a consultant on a number of high profile web publication projects for a range of cultural heritage and third sector clients including Tate, the National Theatre, the ICA, and Care International.

Paul is a PRINCE2 2009 Practitioner.

Main Focus

  • Web content management and electronic publication: technology, standards, and strategy
  • Heritage collection management systems (functionality, standards compliance, selection/procurement, and their deployment within and beyond the MLA sector).
  • Technical integration of collections management and web content management
  • Strategies for best use of the web to expose museum and archive content for better impact and engagement with wider audiences
  • Complex functional and visual web interface design challenges, particularly within the digital humanities and cultural heritage (focussing on process, user engagement, and experimental design and development)

Selected Publications and Appearances

  • Vetch, P., with Clarke, C. and Lilley, K.: ‘Between text and image: digital renderings of a late medieval city’.  In Nelson, B. and Terras, M., eds., Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture: Volume 2, The material book and manuscript (forthcoming, 2010: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies / ITER, Toronto)
  • Vetch, P.: ‘From Edition to Experience: Feeling the Way towards User Focussed Interfaces’.  In Egan, ed. Electronic Publishing: Politics and Pragmatics (forthcoming, 2010: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies / ITER, Toronto)
  • Bradley, J. and Vetch, P. "Supporting Annotation as a Scholarly Tool - Experiences from the Online Chopin Variorum Edition". Literary and Linguistic Computing Vol. 22 No 2. (2007) pp 225-242