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Dr Milena Dobreva
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Prof Milena Dobreva-McPherson M.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D. - Associate Professor
Office: Room 503, Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences.



Department of Library Information and Archive Sciences
Tel: 2340 3506 
Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences



Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence of Emerald (2012).

Research Interests: Digital libraries (digitisation, access, preservation). User experience studies. Digital Humanities.

Since graduating M.Sc. (Hons) in Informatics in 1991, Milena Dobreva worked in the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences on digitisation of cultural heritage where she earned her PhD degree in Informatics (1999) and served as the founding head of the first Digitisation Centre in Bulgaria (2004). In 2007 she was a guest researcher at the University of Glasgow contributing to the preservation cluster of the DELOS network of excellence in digital libraries. In 2008-2011 she worked at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and served as the principal investigator for projects funded by the European Commission, JISC and Scottish Funding Council. In 2011-2012 she also worked in the University of Portsmouth on the EC-funded project KEEP (Keeping Emulation Environments Portable) and the JISC-funded project POCOS (Preservation Of Complex Objects Symposia). Milena regularly evaluates for the European Commission programmes in the area of digital libraries.

She is currently a Senior Lecturer of Library Information and Archive Sciences within the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences.

Major research projects in the last 5 years

2011    Project Manager for University of Portsmouth, POCOS, Preservation Of Complex Objects Symposia, funded by JISC,

2011     Principal Investigator of the knowledge exchange project Personalised interfaces for mobile devices for users with special information needs supported by the Scottish Funding Council (innovation voucher).

2009-10     Principal Investigator of Europeana User and Functionality Study funded by the EDL Foundation, a project with partners in Bulgaria and Italy.

2008–cont.     Principal Investigator for CDLR, University of Strahclyde of WP2 of the integrated project SHAMAN, Sustaining Heritage Access through Multivalent ArchiviNg,

2008–09     Principal Investigator of the project DiSCmap: Management of Digitization of Special Collections: Mapping, Assessment, Prioritization, project funded by JISC,

2006–08     Principal investigator for the IMI-BAS team within the project DIGMAP, Discovering our Past World with Digitised Maps, eContentPlus.

2004–08     Coordinator of the project Knowledge Transfer for the Digitisation of Scientific and Cultural Heritage in Bulgaria (KT-DigiCult-BG), Marie Curie Programme, FP6 MTKD-CT-2004-509754. With partners from Greece, Denmark, Czech Republic and Ireland.


Proposals for supervision of dissertations in areas related to digital libraries and user studies will be considered.

Selected Publications

  1. Dobreva, M., O’Dwyer, A. Feliciati, P. (2011). User Studies in Digital Library Development. Facet, London.
  2. Candela, L., Castelli, D., Ferro, N., Koutrika, G., Meghini, C., Pagano, P., Ross, S., Soergel, D., Agosti, M., Dobreva, M., Katifori, V., and Schuldt, H. (2008). The DELOS Digital Library Reference Model. Foundations for Digital Libraries. ISTI-CNR at Gruppo ALI, Pisa, Italy. 215 pp.
  3. Ross, S., Donnelly, M., Dobreva, M., Abbott, D., McHugh, A., Rusbridge, A. (2005). Core Technologies for the Cultural and Scientific Heritage Sector (Technology Watch Report 3), ISBN 92-894-5277-3, European Commission, 296 pp. (available on
  4. Ross, S., Donnelly, M., Dobreva, M. (2004). Emerging Technologies for the Cultural and Scientific Heritage Sector (Technology Watch Report 2), ISBN 92-894-5276-5, European Commission, 212 pp. (available on
  5. Ross, S., Donnelly, M., Dobreva, M. (2003). New Technologies for the Cultural and Scientific Heritage Sector (Technology Watch Report 1), ISBN 92-894-5275-7, European Commission, 196 pp. (available on

Selected book chapters, papers and technical reports

  1. Hughes, L., Ell, P., Dobreva, M., Knight, G. (2013) Assessing and Measuring Impact of a Digital Collection in the Humanities: LLC: The Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (accepted, to appear).
  2. Dobreva, M., Anderson, D. (2012) Evaluating TOTEM. In Delve J., Anderson, D. The Trustworthy Online Technical Envirnment Metadata Database – TOTEM. pp. 167-194. Verlag Dr Kovac, Hamburg.
  3. Daranyi, S., Dobreva, M., Wittek, P. (2011). Using wavelet analysis for text categorization in digital libraries: a first experiment with Strathprints. IJDL (to appear).
  4. Dobreva, M., Konstantelos, L., O’Dwyer, A. (2011). User Needs in Digitisation. In: Hughes, L. (ed.) Evaluating & Measuring the Value, Use and Impact of Digital Collections. London, Facet,  pp. 73-84.
  5. Birrell, D., Dobreva, M., Dunsire, G., Griffiths J., Hartley, R., Menzies, K. (2011). The DiSCmap project: Digitisation of special collections: mapping, assessment, prioritisation, New Library World, Vol. 112 Iss: 1/2, 2011, pp. 19–44.
  6. Chanod, J.-P., Dobreva, M., Rauber, A., Ross, S., Casarosa, V. (Eds.), Proceeding of the Dagstuhl Seminar 10291 “Automation in Digital Preservation”, LZI, ISSN 1862 – 4405, 2010. Available:
  7. Lindquist, M., Bajomi, C., Berg, I., Dobreva, M., Teruggi, D. (2010). Validation of the Europeana Rhine release with respect to  requirements in the Functional specification (D 3.1) and other sources, 24 pp.
  8. Ognjanović, Z., Dobreva, M., Ikonomov, N., Butigan-Vučaj, T. (2009). South-Eastern European Digitisation Initiative, SEEDI. Heritage and beyond, Council of Europe Publishing, ISBN 978-92-871-6636-4, French edition ISBN 978-92-871-6635-7, pp. 156-159.
  9. Dobreva, M. & Kim, Y. (2009). Automatic Metadata Generation – Use Cases, Commissioned by the AMG-UC project funded by JISC, 11 pp.
  10. Hasan A., Mois M., Klas C-P, Kranstedt, A., Dobreva M. (2009). WP2.D2.2 Deficiencies and Synergies of Data Grid Technologies and Tools, V1, SHAMAN project, 82 pp.
  11. Dobreva M. et al. (2008). WP2.D2.1  Assessment  and  Extension  of OAIS  Definitions  and  Metadata  Standards  and  Sets,  V3, SHAMAN project, 130 pp.
  12. Ross S., Kim Y. Dobreva M. (2007). Preliminary framework for designing prototype tools for assisting with preservation quality metadata extraction for ingest into digital repository (Glasgow: DELOS NoE). 165 pp.
  13. Borbinha J., Pedrosa G., Gil J., Martins B., Freire N., Dobreva M., Wyttenbach A. (2007). Digital Libraries and Digitised Maps: An Early Overview of the DIGMAP Project. In: Springer LNCS vol. 4822, pp. 383-386, ISBN 978-3-540-77093-0.


Member: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP); Committee member of CILIP LIRG (Library and Information Research Group)

Member: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Member: Malta Library and Information Association (MaLIA).

Honorary Research Fellow, Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII), University of Glasgow


Honorary medal for contribution to the development of the relationships between Bulgaria and UNESCO on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Bulgarian membership in UNESCO (2006).

International Prize Information Theories and Applications (2005).

Academic Award for young researchers for original achievements in the computer representation of mediæval Slavonic texts (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1998).

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