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Dr Athanasios Velios

University of the Arts London
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Athanasios  Velios


I am Reader in Documentation working as part of Research at 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 more specifically Conservation Documentation.

I work with Linked Data technologies, ontologies, knowledge organisation systems to model records from memory institutions. I am a member of the CIDOC-CRM special interest group working on improving the standard and extending it for the field of conservation.

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 closely with Professor Nicholas Pickwoad on the documentation of binding structures. We have jointly developed a methodology for recording significant features of bindings which can assist in understanding the history of the book. I have developed an XML schema to formalise and validate these records. We led a consortium of partners who worked together to publish a thesaurus of bookbinding terms: the Language of Bindings Thesaurus.

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

I have a strong interest in the Drupal content management system as a programming platform and 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, £48,272.00, (2019-2020)
  • Joint Information Systems Committee, Artivity 3, £11,688.00, (2016-2016)
  • Joint Information Systems Committee, Artivity 2, £5,404.00, (2015-2015)
  • Joint Information Systems Committee, CREAM 2, £8,957.00, (2015-2015)
  • Joint Information Systems Committee, Artivity, £3,000.00, (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)
  • PRS Foundation, Athanasios Velios PRS Foundation, £5,000.00

Research Outputs


Conference, Symposium or Workshop item



Current research students

  • Jennifer Murray, Manuscript-Waste Fragments: Identifying the bindings from which they were removed (Joint supervisor)
  • Stavroula Rapti, Chelating agents for removing iron corrosion products from dry composite objects (Lead supervisor)
  • Ana Tam, Applying Graph Theory to Conservation Documentation (Lead supervisor)

Past research students

  • Alberto Campagnolo, Transforming structured descriptions to visual representations : an automated visualization of historical bookbinding structures (Lead supervisor)
  • Heather Ravenberg, A data model to describe book conservation treatment activity (Lead supervisor)
  • Nikolaos Sarris, Classification of finishing tools in Greek bookbinding : establishing links from the Library of St Catherine's Monastery, Sinai, Egypt (Joint supervisor)


Creative Computing
Curation and culture