Meet the Heurist team.

Create a Heurist database (free institutionally-supported services)

These free services are kindly supported by Intersect Australia, Huma-Num (France) and contributions from users.

Use our servers in Australia →
Use our servers in France →

Dr Ian Johnson

Heurist Designer

Ian designed the original Heurist database in 2005, and has been leading the development of the project ever since. He is a trained archaeologist with experience across nearly all Humanities disciplines. He provides high-level advice to scholars on Humanities data problems, and continues to improve Heurist to meet the needs of scholars today.

Email Ian

The Team

Artem Osmakov, Heurist lead developer

Artem Osmakov

Chief Developer

Artem is a full stack developer who writes most of Heurist’s code. He has exceptional skills and experience in databasing, web development, and software engineering, and is reponsible for the robustness and flexibility of Heurist’s systems. As Heurist’s lead developer, Artem is particularly able to provide technical support, or guidance to contributors.

Email Artem
Dr Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan

Dr Jarrah Sastrawan

User Liaison

Dr Sastrawan is a historian with ten years’ experience with Heurist. He has worked on user support and liaison on several Heurist projects, including the Virtual Museum of Balinese Painting (Sydney), and the IDENK Online Inventory of Ancient Nusantara Epigraphy (Paris/Jakarta). He specialises in providing support to and facilitation between developers and end-users.

Email Jarrah
Brandon McKay

Brandon McKay

Interface Designer

Brandon is an experienced UX designer, who works with Ian to make Heurist a smooth and user-friendly as possible.

Dr Michael Falk

Community Technical Adviser

Michael is a literary scholar, programmer and data scientist with nearly a decade’s experience in Digital Humanities. He helps to extend the Heurist network, through training, documentation and software development.

Email Michael
Maël Le Noc

Dr. Maël Le Noc

Community Technical Adviser

Maël is a geographer with experience in Digital Humanities. He helps to extend the Heurist network, through training, documentation and software development. He also serves as liaison with several Heurist projects.
Email Maël

Heurist Steering Group

The future development of Heurist is guided by a steering group of leading Digital Humanities scholars, developers and support engineers from around the world. If you would like to participate please email us at

Community Advisers

The following members of the steering committee have indicated that they would be happy to provide some initial advice on the suitability of Heurist for projects in their broad domain, and pointers to how to get started. As they are busy people please contact for more specific questions about Heurist functionality and use.

Prof Christian Henriot

Christian Henriot

Professor of Modern Chinese History, Aix-Marseille Université

Christian Henriot is a historian of modern China, with a strong interest in digital technologies applied to teaching and research. He developed various digital platforms for research such as Virtual Shanghai. He is currently involved in building a Modern China Biographical Database based on Heurist.

Email Christian
Dr Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan

Dr Hagen Peukert

Community Requirements Manager, Universität Hamburg

Hagen is a data curator and data steward involved in research data management and long term data sustainability based at the Universität Hamburg, Germany. He engages in testing Heurist functionality, usability and acceptability as well as operating Heurist in complex university infrastructures.

Email Hagen
Portrait of Dr Sylvia Melzer

Dr Sylvia Melzer

Research Associate, Universität zu Lübeck

Sylvia is a research associate at the Universität zu Lübeck, Germany and works very closely with humanities researchers at the Universität Hamburg, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Germany. She advises and supports the development of project-specific database instances, each with a user-friendly web interface. Whether from EpiDoc.xml, TEI.xml, *.csv or other data formats, her implemented programs automatically loaded the data of various formats into a HEURIST database instance on demand, for example for the projects EDAK (Epigraphic database of ancient Asia Minor) and NETamil (Going From Hand to Hand: Networks of Intellectual Exchange in the Tamil Learned Traditions).

Email Sylvia

Heurist Registration

Registration allows creation of Heurst databases and subscribes you to occasional news updates (single-click to unsubscribe).

We will not share your email information with any third party.

Thank you for registering. We have sent you an email, allowing you to confirm your registration and create your first Heurist database.