[Last updated: 2011-11-25]

(Most papers and talks available on my Academia page)



  • S. M. Tarte, “Digital Visual Representations in Papyrology: Implications of the nature of Digital Artefacts”, (written version of the talk: “The Interplay of Visual Perception and Cognition in Digital Papyrology: Visualization for Interpretation, Visualization as Interpretation”) – working paper
  • S. M. Tarte, “Digitizing the act of papyrological interpretation: negotiating spurious exactitude and genuine uncertainty,” Lit Linguist Computing, vol. 26, September 2011. (abstract)
  • S. M. Tarte, “Papyrological Investigations: Transferring Perception and Interpretation into the Digital World,” Lit Linguist Computing, vol. 26, number 2, pp. 233-247, June 2011. (abstract)
  • S. M. Tarte, J. M. Brady, A. K. Bowman, and M. Terras, “Image Capture and Processing for Enhancing the Legibility of Incised Texts,” in Digital Imaging of Ancient Textual Heritage, Commentationes Humanarum Litterarum, vol. 129, pp.173-188, Helsinki: Societas Scientiarum Fennica, 2011.

Conference Talks (peer-reviewed)

  • S. M. Tarte. “The Interplay of Visual Perception and Cognition in Digital Papyrology: Visualization for Interpretation, Visualization as Interpretation.” In Visualization in the Age of Computerization conference, Said Business School, University of Oxford, March 2011.
  • S.M. Tarte, J. M. Brady, A. K. Bowman, and M. Terras. “Image capture and processing for enhancing the legibility of incised texts.” In Eikonopoiia symposium, Helsinki, Finland, October 2010.
  • S. M. Tarte. “Digitising the act of papyrological interpretation: negotiating spurious exactitude and genuine uncertainty.” In Digital Humanities Conference 2010, pp. 251–53, KCL, London, UK, July 2010. [nominated for the Fortier Prize]
  • S. M. Tarte, D. Wallom, P. Hu, K. Tang, and T. Ma. “An image processing portal and web-service for the study of ancient documents.” In 2009 Fifth IEEE International Conference on e-Science, 2009.
  • H. Roued Olsen, S. M. Tarte, M. Terras, J. M. Brady, and A. K. Bowman. “Towards an Interpretation Support System for Reading Ancient Documents”. In Digital Humanities Conference 2009, (Maryland), pp. 237–39, MITH, 2009.
  • S. Tarte, M. Brady, H. R. Olsen, M. Terras, and A. Bowman. “Image acquisition and analysis to enhance the legibility of ancient texts.” In E-Science All Hands Meeting 2008, Dec 2008.

Invited Talks

  • “Le fond et la forme dans l’étude d’artéfacts textuels: numérisation et interprétation, matérialité et textualité”. Séminaire Éditions savantes et humanités numériques: Visualiser les textes. Cycle de conférences de l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris, France. 14 Mars 2012
  • “Interpreting Ancient Documents: Of Avatars, Uncertainty and Knowldege Creation.” At: ESF exploratory workshop on Digital Palaeography, Würzburg, Germany, July 2011
  • “The Digtial/ized Existence of Words and Pictures: the Case of the Artemidorus Papyrus.” At: Problems with the Artemidorus Papyrus Colloquium, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, June 2011
  • “e-Science and Ancient Documents.” At: AHeSSC, e-Science project meeting,  CCH, KCL, July 2010
  • “Images of text: how do new technologies enhance our ability to read ancient texts?” Talk with Alan Bowman and John Fox. At: Digital Humanities: Working with Images. Pro-Vice-Chancellor’s Research Workshop, OeRC, University of Oxford, July 2010
  • “Image processing for ancient documents on the grid: lessons learned.” Uptake of e-Infrastructure services in the Arts and Humanities Workshop, CCH, KCL, July 2010
  • “An approach to digitisation: How to digitally facilitate perception and interpretation(s) of ancient incised texts.” At: Greek Manuscripts Digitisation Project Workshop, British Library, London, UK, May 2010
  • “From signal to meaning: digitally facilitating perception and interpretation(s)
    of ancient texts.” At: e-Research on Texts and Images colloquium, British Academy, London, UK, May 2010
  • “Is expertise an asset or a hindrance? or how research `facilitators’ need to
    gauge their chameleon-like abilities.” At: JISC 10 conference, Bridging the Gap Workshop, London, UK, April 2010
  • “E-Science and Ancient Documents. An example of what e-Science can do for
    papyrologists.” At: KCL’s MA Digital Culture & Technology, Core Course, (Week 16 part 2), January 2010
  • “A puzzling letter form, or how ways-of-seeing and ways-of-looking diff er.” At:
    Object, Artefact, Script workshop, eSI, Edinburgh, UK, October 2009 (abstract)

Book review

  • In: Digital Medievalist 6 (2010); Rehbein, Malte, Patrick Sahle, and Torsten Schaßan, eds. 2009. Kodikologie und Paläographie im digitalen Zeitalter, Codicology and Palaeography in the Digital Age. Norderstedt: BoD. xxiv+349 pages.


(Full list of papers, including those in medical imaging, visible on my Google Scholar Citations page)

Ségolène Tarte

I am a senior researcher at the e-Research Centre, University of Oxford, UK, where my research interests revolve around the seamless integration of digital tools within Humanities research, the impact of digital approaches on Humanities methodologies as well as the impact of Humanities methodologies on the development of digital tools. These interests brought three main themes to the fore in my research endeavours: materiality and its relationship to the digital; expertise and the multifarious questions of methodology in the Humanities; and multi/inter-disciplinarity and how that affects research processes. Originally an image processing specialist, my research focus turned to the Digital Humanities, when I started working with Classicists on images of Ancient papyri. The methodologies that I draw upon in my research are inspired and informed by ethnography, philosophy, and the cognitive sciences.

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Understanding the process of interpreting textual cultural and historical artefacts, and developing digital tools to support the act of interpretation