Valeria Vitale joined the Institute of Classical Studies (ICS) in January 2017 as a Research Fellow on the A. W. Mellon funded project Pelagios Commons, for which she works as Education Director and part of the investigative team. After her degree in Communication Science awarded by La Sapienza University in Rome, she worked for several years on the study and promotion of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, with major Italian cultural institutions. In 2012 she graduated with an MA in Digital Humanities at King’s College London, where she also completed her PhD on the use of Linked Open Data to document 3D visualisations of ancient cultural heritage. Her case study was the Temple of Isis in Pompeii, its variant restoration hypotheses and multiple cultural interpretations. Her doctoral research involved the development of a documentation standard for scholarly 3D visualisation called SCOTCH.
She has an extensive experience in teaching 3D tools and methods to humanists and showing how spatial technologies can enhance the study and understanding of the Past. With colleagues from both the ICS and the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) she is part of the SAS 3D research group. Valeria is one of the contributors (and, from 2018, also one of the organisers) of the Sunoikisis Digital Classics programme, and co-organises the Digital Classicist London seminar series since 2017. She has also collaborated with various digital projects that focus on ancient geography, including the Heritage gazetteer of Cyprus, i.Sicily, the Pleiades Gazetteer and the Heritage Gazetteer of Libya. She co-directed the CALCS (Cross-cultural AfterLife of Classical Sites) project in 2016. She is currently involved into the development of the Gazetteer of Rome.