Elena González-Blanco is a Faculty member of the Spanish Literature and Literary Theory Department at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia UNED (Open University) of Spain in Madrid. Her main research and teaching areas are Comparative Medieval Literature, Metrics and Poetry, and Digital Humanities. She holds a Ph.D in Spanish Literature, a M.A. in Digital Libraries and Information Systems, a M.A. in Spanish Philology and an M.A. in Classics. Her academic career is characterized by international mobility, as she speaks fluently English, French, German and Italian. Elena has spent research stays in Germany (Munich 1997, 2001 and Bonn 2002), USA (Chicago 2003, Boston 2007-09 and 2010), United Kingdom (London 2009 and Oxford 2011), Italy (Florence 2004), Swiss (Bern 2012), Hungary (Budapest 2013), Argentina (2013) and Mexico (2014).
She has a high publication record with 45 papers in academic journals and book chapters published and she has presented papers and talks in many international conferences.
She is the Director of the Digital Humanities Lab at UNED: LINHD (Laboratorio de Innovación en Humanidades Digitales) http://linhd.uned.es, constituent member of the first Clarin-K Center. She leads two Post-graduate diplomas: one on Digital Humanities, and the other on Digital Scholarly Editing, and the yearly summer school www.linhd.uned.es/formacion, and she is also the coordinator of the institutional linked data project UNEDATA http://unedata.uned.es.
She leads the project POSTDATA, recently awarded with an ERC European grant. She is also the principal investigator of other projects like EVILINHD, a virtual research environment for LINHD, ReMetCa www.remetca.uned.es a Digital Repertoire on Medieval Castilian Metrics, which uses a combined system of MySQL database and TEI-XML annotation with a collaborative editing system. The project works in coordination with poetry databases and repertoires in different countries, forming the European project Direpo (Digital Repertoire of European Poetry), whose origins arise from the research group on databases of the Cost Action Medioevo Europeo www.medioevoeuropeo.org.
Elena is a very active member of the Digital Humanities community. She is member of the Executive Committee of EADH since 2013, member of the Executive Committee of the ADHO SIG GO::DH http://www.globaloutlookdh.org/ since 2013, member of the Centernet Executive Committee, member of the ADHO Conference Coordinating Committee, member of the ADHO Awards Committee, and the President of the Spanish Association for Digital Humanities: HDH (Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas, Sociedad Internacional) http://www.humanidadesdigitales.org. She has recently been appointed as secretary of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations www.adho.org.