This is Giulia, a D-Real-funded PhD candidate based at the University College Dublin, School of Information and Communication Studies.

Ph.D. Research
Area & Topics

I am researching the ‘ethical requirements’ for documentation that accompanies digitised cultural heritage collections as data, in relation to their reuse through Artificial Intelligence systems.

Core Topics

Artificial Intelligence + Critical Data Studies

Cultural Heritage / Digital Preservation

About me

In 2014 I obtained my MSc in Quaternary, Prehistory, and Archaeology at the University of Ferrara (Italy); the same year I got involved in the excavation at the Terramara of Pilastri, where I had the opportunity to work there as a Digital and Community Archaeologist until 2020. After spending a year researching digital humanities at the Cyprus University of Technology, I moved to Ireland after winning the Ph.D. position I currently hold.


Visual design and data science are among my best assets, now expanding toward more specific applications.


Yes! I am an experienced digital and community archaeologist – my original research area.


I grew up in a garden, so my interest in archaeobotany and plant biology and evolution came… naturally.

Last Activities


More than Meets the (Artificial) Eye: Exploring Historical Photographs from Ireland with Computer Vision Methods

— DH 2023 \ Collaboration as an Opportunity. July 10-14 2023, Graz, Austria.


“That’s not Damning with Faint Praise”: Understanding the Adoption of Artificial Intelligence for Digital Preservation Tasks

— iConference 2023 \ Normality, Virtuality, Inclusivity, Physicality. March 27-29 2023, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona.

Photo by George Milton on


“So how do we balance all of these needs?”: how the concept of AI technology impacts digital archival expertise

Journal of Documentation, 22 October 2022

Accepted version on Zenodo


A Welcome to the Machine? Archival Access and Content Retrieval in the Context of Artificial Intelligence

IRF Final International Conference: Digital Archives, Big Data and Memory. 24-26 August 2022, Aalborg University, Copenhagen.

“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.”

– Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters.