25 Jul 2014

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is pleased to announce that Marie Saldana, doctoral student in Architecture and Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles, has received the Paul Fortier prize awarded for the best paper presented by a young scholar at the 2014 Digital Humanities conference.
The Fortier Prize honours the memory of Paul Fortier, late University Distinguished Professor of French at the University of Manitoba, Canada. The award honors his long, active career in Humanities Computing and particularly remembers his kind encouragement and support for fledgling scholars in the field. The winner of the Fortier Prize receives a 500 GBP prize and a featured publication of the presentation in one of the ADHO publications.
Saldana won the prize for her presentation, “An Integrated Approach to the Procedural Modeling of Ancient Cities and Buildings,” which addresses issues of methodology for 3D modeling of Roman and Hellenistic architecture by arguing for a procedure in which polygons are generated based on “textual semantic description.” One Fortier Prize reviewer commends Saldana for her “[w]ell balanced interpretation with focus on the advances but also discussing  the drawbacks of her method. (...) steps. Well presented, (...) and good replies to the interesting questions from the room”. The full version of Saldana’s presentation is available here.
Saldana’s presentation was selected from a group of finalists that included Anthony Durity & James O’Sullivan, “On Reusability and Electronic Literature”; Jérôme Jacquin & Xavier Gradoux, “IMPACT : un dispositif de transcription et de commentaire de l’oral, pour l’enseignement et la recherche”; and Jill Belli, “Unhappy? There’s an App for That: Digital Happiness, Data Mining, and Networks of Well-Being.”

9 Jul 2014

Neil Fraistat, chair of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), delivered the following welcome during the opening ceremony at Digital Humanities 2014:

Bienvenue mes amis! I’m Neil Fraistat, the Director of MITH, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. In my capacity as Chair of ADHO’s Steering Committee, it is my great pleasure to welcome you to DH 2014 on behalf of our 6 constituent organizations:

  • EADH: The European Association for Digital Humanities
  • ACH: The Association for Computers and the Humanities
  • CSDH/SCHN: The Canadian Digital Humanities Association
  • aaDH:  The Australasian Association for Digital Humanities
  • centerNet, the international network of digital humanities organizations
  • JADH: The Japanese Association for Digital Humanities

This has been an extraordinary year for ADHO on multiple fronts: most notably, in continued changes to our institutional structure, our technical infrastructure, our relationship with members, our publications, and, of course, our annual conference.

Here you are, along with over 700 participants at DH 2014. Those of you who have had a chance to review the full program know the kind of intellectual feast that awaits you this week, beginning with our opening keynote today from Bruno Latour.  For this, we are all greatly indebted to the remarkable job done by our international program committee, which has been chaired so masterfully and tirelessly by Melissa Terras. This group has been hard at work behind the scenes for two years preparing for this week, and they have further built upon last year’s program committee’s successful experiments with key elements of our submission and review process to make it more welcoming, open, efficient, and rewarding for all concerned.  Melissa and company, would you please stand up.  We owe you our deep gratitude and a rousing round of applause!

I’m sorry to say that due to a death in the family, Bethany Nowviskie won’t be able to be here to deliver her keynote in person, but Melissa has kindly agreed to present Bethany’s text and slides. I know our community’s thoughts are with Bethany.

One new element to this year’s conference is an attempt to facilitate informal and voluntary translation by distributing buttons people can wear indicating what languages they are willing to talk or otherwise assist in. This effort is the result of a collaboration between ADHO’s Global Outlook Special Interest Group and our Multilingualism and Multicuturalism Committee. Please be on the look out for the “I Whisper in  . . . buttons,” and offer to wear one yourself if you are fluent in a language other than English.  They can be found near the registration desk. We are especially grateful to Elika Ortega, Dan O’Donnell, and Alex Gill of GO::DH for helping to organize this effort.

ADHO has been growing exponentially: we now have over 850 individual members and this trend has no end in sight. We on ADHO’s Steering Committee continue to recognize that our largest challenges in the coming years involve how well we welcome, enable, and promote the accelerating global and disciplinary growth of DH across the range of our activities. To this end, we have been engaging in what so far has been a year-long strategy process focusing on three areas we believe to be most in need of fundamental rethinking: ADHO’s governance, funding, and membership. The results of that strategy process, when coupled with ADHO’s newly established status as an independent legal entity in the Netherlands, promises to be the most systematic and wide-ranging resituating of ADHO to date.

Meanwhile, our inclusivity working group, which was established last year under the auspices of Bethany Nowviskie, continues to assist our committees in examining their governing documents, public communications, and evolving customs to help develop or refine policies, protocols, and informal practices meant to welcome more diverse constituencies to ADHO and to strengthen the organization through their involvement.  A major step in this direction and directly relevant to all of us here, was our development this year of a Conference Code of Conduct, which lays out broad principles to foster a safe, welcoming conference environment that is respectful of personal, cultural, and linguistic differences. This Code of Conduct can be found within your conference programs and on the Websites of DH 2014 and of ADHO.

Among ADHO’s accomplishments this year has been the establishment of low membership-only rates for our Constituent Organizations, without the cost of journal subscription. Our first Special Interest Group, Global Outlook, has been joined by several other new or proposed ones, including a proposal in progress for a DH and Social Justice SIG, coordinated by Lisa Nakamura and Jentery Sayers. We expect that many of our SIGs will be based on new approaches, collaborations, and disciplinary concerns—and we encourage you to propose one. Last year we chose Sydney Australia as the conference venue for DH 2015, the first time ever that the conference will be hosted outside of Europe and North America. This year, we have adopted a new three-year regional conference rotation ensuring that an opening for such venues will be regularly available, and we have selected Krakow, Poland as the site of DH 2016.  

We invite you to learn more about the activities and initiatives of ADHO’s Constituent Organizations in the lunchtime members meetings that will be held by EADH, ACH, ADHO and centerNet over the course of this week. The ACH meeting tomorrow will include its justly celebrated annual Job Slam and the joint ADHO/centerNet annual meeting on Friday will include short presentations about DH in Russia, Israel, and the Caribbean, as well as a DH Commons Project Slam. Best of all, the first 45 people to arrive will receive a free lunch!

One of ADHO’s ways of welcoming promising new members into our community and celebrating the achievements of those already working in the field is the presentations of prizes. We are delighted to say that we’ve been able to offer a record of student bursaries to DH 2014. And, as you may know from the conference schedule, the Zampoli award will be presented this Thursday to one of the DH community’s most widely respected and foundational figures, Ray Siemens.  At the banquet and in the closing session on Friday, you will hear more about the other prizes. One of these is the Fortier Prize, which will be awarded to the young scholar giving the best presentation at this conference. The Fortier Prize honors the memory of Paul Fortier, who lived from1939-2005. Paul had a keen ear not just for new voices, but also for the newness in what those voices had to say. In 1993, Paul was awarded the honor of University Distinguished Professor by the University of Manitoba, where he had taught at the rank of Professor since 1979 in the Department of French, Spanish and Italian.

The winners of last year's Fortier prize were Courtney Evans and Ben Jasnow, both from the University of Virginia, for their paper, "Mapping Homer's Catalogue of Ships.”

This year's carefully selected shortlist features:

  • Marie Saldana:  “An Integrated Approach to the Procedural Modeling of Ancient Cities and Buildings”
  • Anthony Durity & James O'Sullivan: “On Reusability and Electronic Literature”
  • Jérôme Jacquin & Xavier Gradoux: “IMPACT : un dispositif de transcription et de commentaire de l'oral, pour l'enseignement et la recherché”
  • Jill Belli: “Unhappy? There's an App for That: Digital Happiness, Data Mining, and Networks of Well-Being”

One of these will receive the Fortier Prize 2014, to be handed out during the closing session--we hope that many of you will be there.

Finally, ADHO is especially pleased to be holding this year’s DH Conference on the splendid campuses of UNIL and EPFL, in recognition of the distinguished work in digital humanities being done here. We thank you for welcoming us so warmly! Our special thanks, of course, go to Claire Clivaz and Frederic Kaplan, our local co-organizers and their hardworking staff, most especially the indispensable Kevin Baumer, who have done so much to make this conference possible. Let’s have a heartfelt round of applause for them all!

9 Jul 2014

If you're at Digital Humanities 2014, consider attending the annual general meetings hosted by ACH, EADH, and ADHO/centerNet:

Rev. 9 July 2014: Added time for ADHO/centerNet meeting

7 Jul 2014

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is pleased to announce that the venue of Digital Humanities 2016 will be Kraków, Poland. The conference is organized by the Jagiellonian University and the Pedagogical University of Kraków, and it will take place from 10-16 July 2016. This will be the first Digital Humanities conference held in Poland, and only the second in Central/Eastern Europe. Stay tuned for a presentation about the venue during the closing ceremony of the Digital Humanities 2014 conference.

Kraków - Wawel from Kopiec Krakusa (Wikimedia Commons)
Kraków - Wawel (Wikimedia Commons)

7 Jul 2014

GO::DH has partnered with ADHO's Multilingualism/Multiculturalism Committee (MCML) on a new initiative to offer new grass-roots opportunities for multi-lingual participation. Go::DH/ MCML "I whisper in___"At the Digital Humanities 2014 conference you will have an opportunity to volunteer to serve as ad-hoc translator for non-English speakers. We ask that those who are fluent in English and other languages sign up for our volunteer program. If you would like to help translate find us by the registration desk, where you will find us distributing pins that say "I whisper in __________." We learned of this practice in Cuba, where the translator would sit in the back of the room and whispered to those who needed translation. We are hoping for an informal approach, where an arrangement can be made between volunteers and other parties to either whisper translations during the panels in the back of the room for small groups, or translate questions or answers after lectures.

We encourage those of you who could benefit from translation find us! We will be wearing our pins prominently.

5 Jul 2014

Interested in having your project peer-reviewed in the inaugural issue of the DHCommons journal? Get started on crafting a project statement at the centerNet/ADHO lunchtime meeting at DH 2014! DHCommons will be hosting a PROJECT SLAM, where each project representative will have 90 seconds to briefly introduce the project, and speak about the contribution, presentation, and/or preservation aspects of the project, as guided by the topics in the DHCommons journal review guidelines:

DHCommons editors will also present some tips and suggestions for crafting a compelling project statement. Project statements are due August 15, 2014 for consideration for the first issue of the DHCommons journal; see for details.

“Contribution” questions include

  • How does the project advance contemporary discussions within its particular subject area?
  • Does the project fully engage with current scholarship in the field?
  • Do the digital methods employed offer unique insights into the project’s key questions?

“Presentation” questions include:

  • Does the interface effectively communicate and facilitate the goals, purpose, and argument of the project?
  • How do the design and content elements of the project interact and integrate with one another?
  • Discuss usability of the interface(s) from the perspective of a reader/researcher; if possible, also discuss usability from the perspective of current user experience best practices. 

“Preservation” questions include:

  • Have relevant best practices and standards been followed for markup and metadata?
  • Is documentation available about the project? Is information provided about who, why and when and how different responsibilities were assigned?
  • How is the project hosted? Through a university server? A commercial host? A non-profit organization? Is there evidence of ongoing commitment to support of the project at the level of hosting? Is there similar evidence of ongoing support from project personnel?
  • Is there a preservation and maintenance plan for the interface, software, and associated databases (multiple copies, mirror sites, collaboration with data archives, etc.)? Is the project fully exportable/transferable?
  • Is the software being used proprietary, open-source, or editable by multiple programs? Are there clear plans for future accessibility? Will researchers have access to project material and/or metadata outside of a web-based interface?  
  • Is there a sustainability plan, if appropriate?

[Cross-posted from centerNet]

3 Jul 2014

The Roberto Busa Prize is an award of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO). It is named in honour of Father Roberta Busa (b. 1913), the first pioneer of humanities computing, who in 1949 began experiments in linguistic automation as part of his research on the writings of Thomas Aquinas. This computational work was central to publication of the 56-volume Index Thomisticus, completed in 1980. The Busa award is given to recognise outstanding lifetime achievements in the application of information and communications technologies to humanities research. The award is given every three years, alternating with other ADHO awards, such as the Zampolli award.

The first award was given to Father Busa himself in 1998. Subsequent winners have been: 2001, John Burrows; 2004, Susan Hockey; 2007, Wilhelm Ott; 2010, Joe Raben; and 2013, Willard McCarty.

The next Busa Award will be given at the DH conference in 2016. The Award Committee now invites nominations. Nominations may be made by anyone with an interest in humanities computing and neither nominee nor nominator has to be a member of any ADHO Constituent Organisation. Nominators should give some account of the nominee's work and the reasons it is felt to be an outstanding contribution to the field. A list of bibliographic references to the nominee's work is desirable. Nominators are welcome to resubmit updated versions of nominations submitted in previous years.

The recipient of the award receives 1500 GBP and is expected to give a keynote or plenary lecture (on a topic of their choice) at the 2016 Digital Humanities conference. ADHO will host the recipient as a guest of honour for the conference at which the Prize is awarded and the lecture given-this means that all travel, accommodation and subsistence costs of the Prize recipient will be paid by the Alliance.

Nominations should be emailed to Hugh Craig (Chair of the 2016 Busa Award Committee; hugh.craig[at] no later than October 1, 2014. The winner of the Award will be announced at the 2015 meeting and awarded at the 2016 meeting.

More information about the award can be found on the ADHO web site:

3 Jul 2014

Researchers in the Humanities receive a 12 million grant from NWO (the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) to build a digital infrastructure. This enables them to interpret and disclose large data files consisting of texts, audiovisual material and archive material. More details...

17 Apr 2014

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) seeks applicants for its Communications fellowship. Working on a small team, the fellow will write news releases, blog posts and announcements relevant to ADHO, its constituent organizations, and the broader digital humanities community; monitor and update ADHO’s social media presence; maintain its web site; help to develop and implement ADHO’s outreach strategy; and perform other communications-related responsibilities. The Communications fellow should anticipate spending approximately 3-4 hours per week on the position. The fellowship comes with a small annual stipend of 600 Euros. It is well-suited for graduate students who wish to develop deeper knowledge of digital humanities, contribute to an important digital humanities professional organization, and gain experience in social media and communications.

Desired skills and qualifications include:

  • fluency in more than one language
  • excellent written communication skills
  • attention to detail
  • good graphic design skills
  • ability to work with minimal supervision
  • experience creating content using Drupal or another content management system
  • familiarity with social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook

To apply, submit a CV/ resume, a brief writing sample, three references, and a cover letter describing your interest in the position, experience with social media and communications, and expertise with writing, web development, and graphic design to Lisa Spiro, chair of ADHO’s communications committee:  The application deadline is May 16, 2014. Two positions will be available.

4 Mar 2014

Digital Humanities (DH) is the annual international conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (AHDO,, whose constituent organisations are the European Association for Digital Humanities, the Association for Computers and the Humanities, the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques, the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities, centerNet, and the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities. The next DH conference will be held at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland ( on July 8-12, 2014, and DH 2015 will be in Sydney at the Parramatta campus of the University of Western Sydney from July 6-10, 2015.

The committees of DH and its constituent organizations now invite proposals to host DH in 2016, following an earlier call for expressions of interest issued through ADHO's constituent organizations.

Traditionally, the conference alternated between North America and Europe, and it was held in the United States in 2013 and will be in Switzerland in 2014. But in 2015, we have already deviated from tradition by accepting a bid from Australia, and we continue to be interested in proposals for hosting the conference in areas where there are developed or developing Digital Humanities communities or organizations that have not hosted conferences. But please note that the local organizer must be a member of one of the ADHO constituent organizations (listed above).

The conference has regularly 500 attendees in recent instantiations with 3-4 days of papers and posters. There are normally 4-6 parallel sessions per time slot, and a small number of plenary presentations. Meetings of the committees of the constituent organizations precede the conference, and lunchtime slots are normally used for member meetings of constituent organizations.

The academic programme is selected and planned by an international Programme Committee appointed by ADHO constituent organizations. The local organizer at the host institution is responsible for the conference web site, provision of facilities, the production of a book of abstracts, a conference banquet, and any other social events that the local host thinks would be appropriate.  The conference is entirely self-financed through conference fees and any other financial contributions that the local organizer is able to arrange. ADHO expects no payment from the local host in the event that the conference makes a profit, but no financial support is provided for the conference by ADHO or its constituent organizations, except in relation to the recipient of ADHO awards, such as named prizes or bursaries, and a modest incentive to ensure that the membership status of registrants is validated by the local host. In consultation with the Program Committee, the local organizer may suggest plenary speakers whose travel, subsistence and registration must be funded from the conference budget.

The local organizer is expected to set (and verify) three levels of fees: members of ADHO constituent organizations, non-members, and students. The difference between the fee levels for members and non-members should be no less than the cost of an individual subscription to ADHO's main print journal, LLC, because subscription to the journal is what qualifies an individual for the member rate.

ADHO uses the conference management system Conftool, and the ADHO Conference Coordinating Committee provides support for this system, including access to data from previous conferences. Local organizers are required to use the Conftool system for registering participants, including participants in special events such as the banquet, but actual credit card payments are often processed outside Conftool, by the local organizer.

Proposals should include:

  • overview of facilities at the host institution
  • overview of local institutional engagement and support for the local organizer
  • possible arrangements for social events, to include the conference banquet
  • options for accommodation (with provisional costs)
  • travel information and advice
  • a provisional budget, with a provisional registration fee
  • options for payment (credit card, foreign currency etc) by participants

Proposers must be prepared to give a short presentation and to answer questions at the ADHO Steering Committee meeting and Constituent Organisation meetings at the DH2014 conference in Lausanne, Switzerland in advance of DH2014. Budgets and other information about past conferences can be made available for planning purposes on request.

For further information, proposers may discuss their plans informally with the Chair of the ADHO Conference Coordinating Committee, John Nerbonne (<john's-first-initial> dot <nerbonne's-lastname> [at] rug dot nl). Proposals should be submitted to him in draft form by early June.