21 Apr 2016

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) seeks applicants for its 2016-2017 Communications fellowship. Working on a small team, the fellow will write news releases, blog posts, and announcements about ADHO, its constituent organizations, and the broader digital humanities community; monitor and update ADHO’s social media presence; maintain its website; 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
  • knowledge of the digital humanities community
  • expertise in social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook
  • experience creating content using Drupal or another content management   system (such as WordPress)
  • good graphic design and multimedia editing skills
  • ability to work with minimal supervision
  • attention to detail

To apply, submit a CV or résumé, a brief writing sample, three letters of reference, and a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position to Hannah Jacobs, chair of ADHO’s communications committee: The application deadline is May 20, 2016. Two positions will be available. The fellowship will run from June 15, 2016 to June 15, 2017.


24 Mar 2016

en français:

ADHO is pleased to announce that for the DH2016 conference in Krakow the reduced registration fee available to members of ADHO Constituent Organisations will be offered to members of the francophone association Humanistica. Similarly, early career members of Humanistica will be eligible to apply for ADHO early career bursaries. These actions have been taken as a goodwill gesture in the period leading up to Humanistica’s formal admission to ADHO as a Constituent Organisation, which was agreed in principle by the ADHO Steering Committee in its meetings last year in Sydney.

In order to qualify for the 'ADHO Association Member' or 'ADHO Association Student Member' rate, a membership number is requested.  Humanistica members or student members should enter the term 'humanistica'.  (The names of those registered under this term will be checked by the officers of Humanistica to ensure proper use.)

The deadline for bursary applications by early career members of Humanistica will be extended to 30 March at midnight GMT.  Applicants should follow the instructions to be found at  Please note that the deadline shown there - 13 March - has now been extended for Humanistica members to 30 March, and also that Humanistica does not appear in the list shown of qualifying associations.  You should nevertheless identify yourself as a Humanistica member.

Harold Short Chair,
ADHO Admissions Committee
on behalf of the ADHO Steering Committee

16 Mar 2016

The Program Committee for Digital Humanities 2016 (Kraków, Poland) is pleased to announce that registration has opened! Further information about registering can be found at The preliminary schedule can be viewed at Note that early registration ends May 10, 2016, and the last day to register is June 25, 2016.
Program Committee
Chair: Manfred Thaller (EADH)
Vice-Chair: Diane Jakacki (CSDH/SCHN)
Michael Eberle-Sinatra (CSDH/SCHN)
Jennifer Guiliano (ACH)
Brett D. Hirsch (aaDH)
Leif Isaksen (EADH)
Asanobu Kitamoto (JADH)
Inna Kizhner (centerNet)
Maurizio Lana (EADH)
Kiyonori Nagasaki (JADH)
Roopika Risam (ACH)
Glenn Roe (aaDH)
Sinai Rusinek (centerNet)
Outgoing Chair: Deb Verhoeven (aaDH)

26 Feb 2016

The ADHO Conference Coordinating Committee now invites proposals to host the following DH conference, in 2019.
Digital Humanities (DH) is the annual international conference of ADHO, the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations: ADHO's constituent organizations are the European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH), the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH/SCHN), the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH), centerNet, and the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities (JADH). Our next joint DH conference will be held at the University of Kraków (, Poland, hosted by the Jagiellonian University and the Pedagogical University of Kraków, 10-16 July 2016. DH 2017 will be held in Montreal, Canada, on the campus of the University of McGill and co-organized by the University of Montreal, 8-11 August 2017. DH2018 will be held in Mexico City, Mexico, co-organized by the Colegio de México and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in alliance with the Red de Humanidades Digitales (RedHD).
On the 4th June 2014, the ADHO steering committee decided to adopt a three-year rotation for the DH conferences:  year 1 in Europe, year 2 in US/Canada, and year 3 "open, but with a strong preference for sites outside Europe and US/Canada".
According to this three year rotation, DH2019 will be hosted in Europe.
We are particularly interested in proposals from areas where developed or developing digital humanities communities and organizations exist, who have not previously hosted a DH conference. But please note that the local organizers must be members of one of the ADHO constituent organizations, listed above.
The conference regularly attracts approximately 500 attendees, but recent years have seen a constant growth of numbers well beyond 500. It consists of 3-4 days of papers and posters. There are normally 4-6 parallel sessions per time slot, and a small number of plenary presentations and receptions. Meetings of the committees of the constituent organizations precede the conference, and lunchtime slots are normally used for member meetings of ADHO organizations.
The peer-reviewed academic program is developed by an international Program Committee appointed by ADHO constituent organizations. Local organizers at the host institution are responsible for the conference web site, provision of facilities, the production of a collection of abstracts, a conference banquet, and any other social events that the local hosts think appropriate. The conference is entirely self-financed through conference fees and any other financial contributions that ADHO or the local organizer is able to arrange. ADHO provides partial financial underwriting of the conference (and can, in certain circumstances, advance small amounts of funds for charges that need to be prepaid), and works together with the local organizers to ensure that registration fees and other income will support all conference expenditures; the details can be found in the ADHO Conference Protocol and related documentation. ADHO also finances certain conference awards, such as named prizes or bursaries. In consultation with the ADHO Program Committee, the local organizer may suggest plenary speakers whose travel, subsistence, and registration must be funded from the conference budget (see Conference Protocol for the details).
The local organizer is expected to set (and verify) three levels of registration fees: for members of ADHO constituent organizations, for non-members, and for students. The difference between the fee levels for members and non-members should make attending the conference as a member of one of our organizations cost-effective.
ADHO uses the conference management system Conftool, and the ADHO Infrastructure and Conference Coordinating committees provide support for this system, including access to data from previous conferences. Local organizers are required to use the Conftool system for registering participants and including them in special events such as the banquet, but actual credit card payments may be processed outside Conftool, by the local organizer.
Proposals should include:
An overview of facilities at the host institution; a summary of local institutional engagement and support for the organizer, and contingency plans in case of problems; possible arrangements for social events, to include the conference banquet; options for accommodation (with provisional costs, and attention to low-cost student housing); travel information and advice for participants; a provisional budget, with an estimated registration fee; options for payment (credit card, foreign currency etc) by participants; a brief outline of potential approaches to conference sponsorship; and any other information that will help the ADHO Steering Committee make a selection.
Proposers must be prepared to give a short presentation and to answer questions at the ADHO Steering Committee meeting (10 July) at the DH2016 conference in Krakow, Poland. The 2019 (European) host will be selected in Kraków. Potential organizers are invited to discuss their plans informally with the chair of the ADHO Conference Coordinating Committee, Claire Clivaz ( and with vice-chair James Smithies ( before they submit a bid. Protocols, guidelines, information about past conferences, and a memorandum of understanding between ADHO and local organizers can be found here: Sample budgets and other information may be available for planning purposes on request.
Proposals should be submitted to Clivaz and Smithies in draft form by late May 2016.
Rev. 2/18/16

19 Feb 2016

From: Bridget Almas, Research Data Alliance - ADHO Liaison
With the DH 2016 programme shaping up and the Research Data Alliance’s (RDA) 7th Plenary in Tokyo approaching, it seems like a good time to highlight some potential areas of cross-organization engagement.  
The mission of the RDA is to “build the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of data.” It is largely a ground-up effort, with the work being heavily community-driven.  The barrier to entry is small, to become a member, simply agree with the guiding principles and create an account on the website.  What you do from there is up to you.  
The quickest paths to engagement and assessment of the value of participation in RDA are to do any of the following:

  • provide feedback on a request for comments for a new working group or interest group
  • answer one of the many calls for use cases
  • sign up to participate in an interest group, attend calls and contribute your ideas
  • explore the outputs of current and prior working groups and consider whether they provide solutions you need and could adopt

There is a lot of information available on the RDA site, and it can be hard to know what is relevant to the humanities.  Below are some of my personal recommendations based upon my own experience -- it is by no means an exhaustive list.  
Working Group Outputs ready for Adoption:

  • PID Information Types offers a conceptual model for structuring typed information to better identify PIDs, is and a common API interface for access to this information.
  • The Data Types Registry provides machine-readable and researcher-accessible registries of data types that support the accurate use (and reuse) of data.

One way to get more information about the outputs and how they solve real-word problems is to review the reports on how these outcomes have been adopted by other projects, such as the Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography at  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the Materials Genome Initiative at Kent State University and the Deep Carbon Observatory, also at RPI,  I also recently did an analysis of two of them for my own use case that might be helpful to some.
Calls for participation and feedback:
The Data Publishing Workflows WG is looking for examples of scholarly data publishing workflows:
The Repository Platforms IG is also looking for use cases for domain-specific use of research data repositories:
The Research Data Collections working group has issued a survey looking for details of your data collections use cases.
The Metadata Standards Directory working group outcome has just entered the period of community review and comments on its applicability and usefulness in the humanities domain would be welcome.
An Empirical Humanities Metadata working group has been proposed and needs comments from the community before it proceeds.
Interest Groups:
The following interest groups cover areas of interest to the humanities community:
Vocabulary Services
Digital Practices in History and Ethnography
Research Data Provenance
Data Fabric
Funding and time is clearly a stumbling block to participation.  All of us are overcommitted and overworked, but sometimes we have to take the long view. The whole point of the RDA is to try to find solutions for our data that allow us to spend less time reinventing the wheel and more on scholarship and innovation.  For adoption of outcomes, there are sometimes opportunities for seed funding to help get you started. RDA Europe has a number of funded adoption projects underway at the moment, and a call for adoption projects by RDA US has just closed. If these projects are successful, there may be future similar calls, but the goal is that the more projects that adopt the outcomes, the resources and implementations available for others to learn from and reuse will grow, reducing the cost of uptake.

10 Feb 2016

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO) makes bursary awards to 14 or more students and young scholars who have submissions accepted for presentation at the annual Digital Humanities international conference. These awards are to encourage new contributions to scholarship in the digital humanities from our diverse global constituency and to involve new participants in the application of information technology in humanities research. Paper, poster and panel submissions qualify for consideration.

The application deadline is March 13, 2016 (23:59 GMT).
More information is available at:

5 Feb 2016

Last November I asked the members of the ADHO Steering Committee (SC) and all others interested in ADHO and Digital Humanities to send me suggestions and ideas about possible guidelines for communication in such a culturally diverse global association as ADHO is becoming. I received wise and thoughtful input, and the SC made a good start with the discussion before the holidays, dealing with some of the suggestions. We are now continuing the discussion, focusing on diversity issues. We will deal with such issues as: What is the ideal situation we as ADHO would want? How does it relate to the ADHO mission (to be found on By what means can we establish how far away we now are from our aim? In what ways do different constituant organizations (CO's) try to bridge the gap between the current situation and our aim and which of these approaches could be workable for ADHO as a whole? This discussion should lead to a list of possible approaches that will be discussed at the meeting of the SC in Krakow in July, just before DH2016.
In facilitating this discussion I will be helped by a small sounding board on diversity issues The members of this sounding board will, for instance, refer me to useful information and relay questions and worries of the wider DH world to me. In this way, they will help to make sure that topics that otherwise might be overlooked will be addressed in the discussion. The members of this Diversity Sounding Board are Diane Jakacki, Deb Verhoeven, and Barbara Bordalejo. Diane Jakacki is vice-chair of the current DH2016 program committee and PC chair for DH2017. Deb Verhoeven was PC chair of DH2015. Barbara Bordalejo is currently on the board of EADH, the European Association for Digital Humanities and one of EADH’s representatives on the SC. All three are in the middle of the ongoing global diversity discussion, and I am extremely glad that they are willing to help me in this.
I was referred to the website, that may be of interest in this discussion. And from the Union of International Associations (with its headquarters in Brussels) I received a reading suggestion that I heartily recommend to everyone: Riding the waves of culture, written by Fons Trompenaars and Charles Hampden-Turner (London/Boston: Nicholas Brealey Publishing, revised and updated 3rd edition, 2012). It gives a clear description of differing cultural orientations which in a business environment may lead to severe misunderstandings when people are not aware of them. The book is also useful for not-for-profit associations such as ADHO and its CO’s.
I am looking forward to a fruitful discussion.

27 Jan 2016

Call for Projects
The editorial team of centerNet’s DHCommons journal is delighted to request submissions for its second and subsequent issues:
"We seek mid-stage digital projects who wish peer review and feedback that will contribute to the project’s development." 
"We especially hope to center our second issue on digital diversity: We conceive of 'diversity' to include diversity in project language, staff, academic subject, or goals, among other possibilities. DHCommons invites project statements in a wide variety of languages. We have an international Advisory Board and will work with authors towards finding reviewers in the language of submission whenever possible."
Read more:
Submission deadline: April 1, 2016

Call for Proposals: "How Did They Make That?" Section
"DHCommons Journal seeks procedural descriptions of how to launch and/or maintain an exemplary aspect of a stable digital project for potential publication in its second issue. We encourage you to emphasize in your submission a component of the project that came out particularly well and/or represented a significant challenge (e.g. data visualization, accessibility compliance, data cleaning and preparation). Readers should be able to come away with a sense of how they could begin to tackle a similar challenge. In spirit, these submissions should be inspired by Miriam Posner’s “How did they make that?”"
Read more:
Submission deadline: April 1, 2016

Following the launch of its first issue (, DHCommons is seeking feedback from the DH community and new projects for peer review in subsequent issues. Please see both the survey and CFP below, and consider contributing to either or both. The survey can be found at Thank you for participating!

9 Dec 2015

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations Standing Committee on Awards is seeking nominations for the 2017 Antonio Zampolli Prize. The Zampolli Prize recognizes a single output in the field of Digital Humanities by any scholar or scholars at any stage of their careers. As such, it offers a unique opportunity to reward individual projects that have been either formative or had a decisive impact upon the field as a whole. As the prize is awarded to the project as a whole, the recipients can be a single individual or a collaborative group of scholars, researchers and/or practitioners. The output recognized can take any form: published research, developed resources or tool(s) for research. To be eligible for the prize, the nominated project must involve in the innovative use of information and communications technologies. A triennial prize of the ADHO, the Zampolli prize winner will be announced at the 2016 ADHO conference in Krakow, and the prize will be awarded at the 2017 conference in Montreal. We urge you, as members of the field to take this opportunity to offer recommendations for outstanding work that you feel deserves recognition.
Nominations should consist of a document (1500-2000 words) describing the work to be nominated and the individual(s) involved, paying special attention to the relevance and importance of this work to the field as a whole. Please include a brief description of the work, a discussion of its innovative use of information technology and, particularly, the importance of this project to the Digital Humanities. Special consideration will be given to nominations that include statements from multiple people speaking to the relevance of the work. Please  address nominations to the Standing Committee on and send electronic copies to Nominations will be accepted until April 1st, 2016.  
For further information on the Zampolli Prize, including the terms of the award and the protocols for its selection, please visit:

8 Dec 2015

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations congratulates Elena González-Blanco for her appointment of an European Research Council Starting Grant 2015, Social Sciences & Humanities for the development of “POSTDATA: Poetry Standardization and Linked Open Data”. The project, which will receive fundings for 1.131.413€ and will be carried out in the next five years, aims at bridging the digital gap among traditional cultural assets and the growing world of data, and is based on the application of semantic web technologies to link and publish poetic datasets in a structured way in the linked data cloud. The addition of a “semantic” layer of data to existing different databases and digital resources devoted to poetry will boost interoperability among them and will let scholars develop innovative comparative studies, which were not possible to carry out before. The symbiosis of these two worlds will be materialized in the construction of a virtual research environment to analyze, classify and publish digital editions of poems, first for Spanish, French and Italian corpora and open for new additions in a future stage.

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, Director of the Digital Humanities Lab at UNED: LINHD (Laboratorio de Innovación en Humanidades Digitales), and coordinator of the institutional UNED linked data project UNEDATA. She is member of the Executive Committee of EADH, member of Centernet International Executive Committee for DH centers, member of the Executive Committee of the ADHO Special Interest Group GO::DH, and the President of the Spanish Association for Digital Humanities: HDH (Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas, Sociedad Internacional).

More information about Elena González-Blanco can be found on her institutional webpage as well as on her blog.