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.

16 Jan 2014

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is pleased to announced that the TEI Consortium has joined as an affiliate member. By becoming an affiliate, the TEI Consortium will take advantage of ADHO’s web publishing infrastructure. The partnership reflects the two organizations’ common missions to promote digital humanities.

3 Jan 2014

To encourage a welcoming, inclusive climate for participants at its annual Digital Humanities conference, the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) has released a new code of conduct, available at This code of conduct lays out broad principles to foster a safe, welcoming conference environment that respects personal, cultural, and linguistic differences. Neil Fraistat, Chair of ADHO’s Steering Committee, remarks: “In issuing a code of conduct for its principal conference, ADHO joins other organizations such as code4lib, the American Library Association, the Digital Library Federation, and the Association for Computing Machinery. We are especially grateful to Bethany Nowviskie, who has been guiding our Inclusivity Initiative, for her leadership in producing the conference code.”

3 Jan 2014

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is pleased to announce the formation of its third Special Interest Group, Linked Open Data (DH-LOD). Linked Open Data conveys the idea of the Web as platform for loosely-coupled, distributed services that offer data in an accessible, open way, following the Linked Data principles as described by Tim Berners-Lee.

A large number of digital humanities (DH) projects generate data. When this data is published as LOD, both scholars and machines are able to combine data from different projects, creating new datasets for research. DH is making extensive use of open source software and open access venues for publication. The same reasons for releasing research reporting and software products under open licenses -- transparency, serendipity and social responsibility -- should encourage us to release our research data as LOD as well.

The mission of the ADHO LOD SIG is to bridge between the DH community and the semantic web community, encouraging and facilitating the interconnection and interoperability of open online Humanities resources by raising awareness of new developments (both content and technology) and discussing and developing best practices. The SIG encourages membership from all fields and all regions of the globe. A website, Twitter account and listserv for the LOD SIG have been created to encourage and facilitate communication among members. If you are interested in linked open data, please join the SIG by signing up for the listserv.

16 Dec 2013

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is pleased to announce new membership-only rates, which we hope will remove any financial barriers to participation.  By selecting the membership-only option, members of ADHO and its constituent organizations (The European Association for Digital Humanities, Association for Computers and the Humanities, Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques, centerNet, Australasian Association for Digital Humanities, and Japanese Association for Digital Humanities) will not receive LLC: The Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, but will be eligible for reduced conference rates and other benefits. To join under the membership-only option, select "Membership - Society fee" at Oxford University Press' web page for joining ADHO and its constituent organizations and subscribing to LLC.

Society fee rates are set based upon the scholar’s home country, using Oxford University Press’ list of countries eligible for subscription for free or at reduced rates. Members from “A” list countries will receive free membership, while those from “B” list countries will receive reduced rates of 25 USD. All other members under the society fee option will pay a modest 40 USD.

ADHO Steering Committee Chair Neil Fraistat notes: “While we hope that most members will continue subscribing to LLC as part of their membership, we are delighted to be able to make membership in ADHO more widely affordable, and we are grateful to Oxford University Press for their support in making this important shift to member-only rates. We are also grateful for Harold Short’s splendid leadership on this initiative.”

Revised 12/20/13

3 Dec 2013

lt is with great pleasure that Global Outlook::Digital Humanities (GO::DH) announces the winners of its first DH essay prize. The competition, which was supported by funds awarded by the University of Lethbridge and an anonymous donor, attracted 53 entries in 7 languages. 

The first prize winners (in alphabetical order) are

  • Dacos, Marin (Open Edition, France). La stratégie du Sauna finlandais: Les frontières de Digital Humanities. Essai de Géographie politiqued’une communauté scientifique.
  • Gawne, Lauren (University of Melbourne, Australia). Language documentation and division: Bridging the digital divide.
  • Pue, A. Sean, Tracy K. Teal, and C. Titus Brown (Michigan State University, USA). Bioinformatic approaches to the computational analysis of Urdu poetic meter.
  • Raval, Noopur (Jawaharlal Nehru Univesity (JNU), New Delhi, India). On Wikipedia and Failure: Notes from Queering the Encyclopedia.

Second prize winners (also in alphabetical order) are

  • Arauco Dextre, Renzo (Memoragram, Lima, Peru). Memogram, un Cloud-Service Para la Memoria Colectiva.
  • Carlson, Thomas A. (Princeton University, USA). Digital Maps are still not territory: Challenges raised by’s Middle Eastern places over two millenia.
  • Tomasini Maciel, Julia (University of Maryland, USA). Humanidades Digitales y traducción literaria: Latinoamérica entre el portugués y el español.
  • Portales Machado, Yasmín Silvia (Havana, Cuba). Perfil demográfico de la blogosfera hecha en Cuba en diciembre de 2012.
  • Tasovac, Toma and Natalia Ermolaev (Centre for Digital Humanities, Belgrade, Serbia). Interfacing diachrony: Rethinking lexical annotation in digital editions.

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order):

  • Arbuckle, Alyssa (University of Victoria, Canada). The risk of digital repatriation for indigenous groups.
  • Baryshev, Ruslan, Igor Kim, Inna Kizhner, Maxim Rumyantsev (Siberian Federal University, Russia). Digitial Humanities at Siberian Federal University.
  • Calbay, Francis Raymond (, Taipei, Taiwan). User-Generated vitriol: Ethnic stereotypes in online comments on media reports of a South China Sea shooting incident.
  • Farman, Jason (University of Maryland, USA). Mapping virtual communities: The production of crisis maps and cultural imaginaries of the Diaspora.
  • Finney, Tim (Vose Seminary, Australia). How to discover textual groups.
  • Ives, Maura and Amy Earhart (Texas A&M University, USA). Establishing a digital humanities center: Vision, reality, sustainability.
  • Kaltenbrunner, Wolfgang (Leiden University, The Netherlands). Transparency strategies in digital scholarship.
  • López Villaneuva, José Manuel (Mexico). Reflexiones sobre la RedHD en México: desarrollo y alcance de la RedHD en la comunidad académica universitaria.
  • Menon, Nirmala (Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India). Multilingual digital publishing: A postcolonial Digital Humanities imperative.
  • O’Sullivan, James (Ireland). The emergence of Digital Humanities in Ireland.
  • Ouellette, Jessica (University of Massachussetts, USA). Blogging borders: Transnational feminist rhetorics and global voices.
  • Perozo Olivares, Karla (Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Venazuala). Una aproximación al desconocimiento de las masas digitales.
  • Riedel, Dagmar (Columbia University, USA). The digitization of books in Arabic script and the digital divide in Muslim societies.
  • Sandstedt, Jørgen (University of Iceland, University of Oslo, Iceland/Norway). Text-dependent automated methods in scribal hand identification.
  • Schmidt, Desmond (University of Queensland, Australia). Towards a model for the digital scholarly edition.

The committee thanks all authors for their submissions and their patience with the (longer-than-anticipated) adjudication process. The competition was extremely tight and the remaining submissions included many excellent papers that the referees singled out for special comment. 

Although this exhausts the current funding, it is hoped that GO::DH will be able to repeat this competition in future years. The organisers also thank the adjudication panel for their hard work and willingness to help out.


26 Nov 2013

ADHO affiliates around the world will be sponsoring or co-sponsoring conferences in 2014. Check them out! They include:

  • Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH), “DHA2014: Expanding Horizons," University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, 18–21 March 2014,
  • Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum (DHd), "DH - methodischer Brückenschlag oder 'feindliche Übernahme'? Chancen und Risiken der Begegnung zwischen Geisteswissenschaften und Informatik," Universität Passau, 25-28 March 2014,
  • RedHD-GO::DH 2014, "2º Meeting of Humanistas Digitales: Digital Humanities in a Global Context," Biblioteca Vasconcelos, Mexico City, 21-23 May 2014,
  • 2014 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society For Digital Humanities / Société Canadienne Des Humanités Numériques, (CSDH-SCHN), "Digital Humanities Without Borders," 2014 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, Brock University, Ontario, 26-28 May 2014,

And don't miss Digital Humanities 2014, which will take place 8-12 July 2014 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Rev. 11/26/13

22 Oct 2013

As a way of giving back to ADHO, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria will be offering 10 tuition scholarships in 2014 specifically to members of ADHO and its constituent organizations.  These scholarships cover tuition costs with the exception of a small, non-refundable administration fee (students $150, non-students $300). In addition, the Association for Computers and the Humanities offers several bursaries to help defray travel and lodging costs for ACH graduate student members. Details of the tuition scholarships, bursaries, and the process, and a link to the application are at

14 Oct 2013

(The following announcement about the 2014 Digital Humanities Summer Institute comes from Alyssa Arbuckle, Metadata Architect in the Electronics Textual Cultures Lab at the University of Victoria. Note that a discount is available for ADHO members.)

We are pleased to announce that registration for the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (June 2-6th 2014, University of Victoria) is now open. This year, we're offering 27 courses ranging from old favourites to exciting first-time ventures. We hope that you might join us in participating in a week long training workshop, as well as morning and afternoon colloquia, lunchtime unconferences, and keynote lectures led by Aimee Morrison (UWaterloo) and Alex Gil (Columbia U).  Tuition scholarships are available for students, and ADHO members can register at a discounted cost of $300.00 for students and $650.00 for non-students (for registration before April 1st 2014).

DHSI 2014 courses include:
1. Text Encoding Fundamentals and their Application
2. Digitisation Fundamentals and their Application
3. Fundamentals of Programming/Coding for Human(s|ists)
4. Understanding the Pre-Digital Book
5. DH For Department Chairs and Deans
6. Advanced TEI Concepts
7. TEI Customization
8. A Collaborative Approach to XSLT
9. Electronic Literature in the Digital Humanities: Research and Practice
10. Feminist Digital Humanities: Theoretical Social and Material Engagements
11. Geographical Information Systems in the Digital Humanities
12. Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities
13. Physical Computing and Desktop Fabrication for Humanists
14. Augmented Reality: An Introduction
15. The Sound of Digital Humanities :: Sound in the Digital Humanities
16. Visual Design for Digital Humanists
17. Cultural Codes and Protocols for Indigenous Digital Heritage Management
18. Digital Humanities Databases
19. Data Math Visualization and Interpretation of Networks: An Introduction
20. Understanding Topic Modeling
21. RDF and Linked Open Data
22. Drupal for Digital Humanities Projects
23. Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for the Digital Humanities
24. Games for Digital Humanists
25. Conceptualising and Creating a Digital Documentary Edition
26. CWRCShop
27. ARC or the Advanced Research Consortium

For more information, to register, or to apply for a tuition scholarship, please go to Please remember to use an ADHO member discount code (ADHO-Student or ADHO-Non-Student) as appropriate. We look forward to learning, making, and sharing with you at DHSI 2014!