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Dr Athanasios Velios

University of the Arts London
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Athanasios  Velios


Fellow of IIC

I am Reader in Documentation in Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon and Ligatus. I completed my PhD in the RCA/V&A Conservation (run in association with Imperial College). My PhD work was on Computer Applications to Conservation and Conservation Documentation.

I work with Linked Data technologies, ontologies and knowledge organisation systems to model records from memory institutions. I am PI of the Linked Conservation Data project. I am a member of the ICOM CIDOC-CRM special interest group contributing as a co-editor of the standard. I am a member of the CEN/TC 346 committee on conservation of cultural property and working with the WG 11 on documentation standards. I co-chair the Linked Art ICOM CIDOC group. I contribute to Icon Documentation Network, the IIC Data community platform and the the ConCode group.

My research focuses on documenting practice with particular interest in conservation and archiving. I am looking into different ways of recording and documenting objects. I work with Professor Nicholas Pickwoad on the documentation of binding structures. We have developed a method for recording significant features of bindings to study the provenance of books. I have developed an XML schema to formalise and validate these records. We led a consortium which developed the Language of Bindings Thesaurus, a thesaurus of bookbinding terms for which I am an editor and coordinator of the editorial board.

I proposed an archiving methodology called "Creative Archiving". It is a way to interpret artists' ideas through classifying their papers. I have researched the work of the artist John Latham through analysis of his archive.

I lead an international consortium on conservation documentation: Linked Conservation Data.

I am interested in the Drupal content management system as a web-application delivery platform.

I am a keen supporter of open source software and open distribution of knowledge.

Grants and awards

(Figures indicate amount awarded to UAL)

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Linked Conservation Data - Phase 2, £76,252.81, (2020-2021)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Linked Conservation Data, £48,272.00, (2019-2020)
  • Joint Information Systems Committee, CREAM 2, £8,957.00, (2015-2015)
  • Joint Information Systems Committee, CREAM, £1,000.00, (2015-2015)
  • International Institute for Conservation of Historicand Artistic Works, Classification of conservation web content for the International Institute of Conservation, £22,841.49, (2011-2012)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Reanimating John Latham through Archive as Event, £165,933.00, (2008-2010)
  • Joint Information Systems Committee, Artivity, £20,092.00, (2015-2016)
  • PRS Foundation, Athanasios Velios PRS Foundation, £5,000.00

Research Outputs


Book Section

Conference, Symposium or Workshop item




Current research students

  • Lisa Camilleri, Are Maltese Notarial Bindings a reflection of international professional trends? (Joint supervisor)
  • Aurelie Martin, Bindings of Baskerville: study of the bindings found on John Baskerville’s editions in the British Isles and abroad (Joint supervisor)
  • Miriam Rampazzo, Venetian Sunk-panel Bindings: a sixteenth century structure and production (Joint supervisor)
  • Ana Tam, Applying Graph Theory to Conservation Documentation (Lead supervisor)

Past research students


Creative Computing
Curation and culture