24 Nov 2015

On November 11, John Nerbonne tendered his resignation as ADHO Steering Committee Chair in order to make way for new leadership.

John was unanimously elected Chair of the Steering Committee (SC) at our Lausanne meetings in the summer of 2014, while serving as Chair of the Conference Coordinating Committee.  The minutes of that meeting note that John's brief words of acceptance focused primarily on his goal of bringing new and diverse communities into ADHO, a cause for which he has worked tirelessly and on many fronts.

The record of the SC over the past several years reflects John's numerous and important contributions to ADHO. Among his many other accomplishments during his tenure on the SC was the hard work he did to formalize the formation of the ADHO Foundation as a legal entity in the Netherlands—a crucial step in the organization's evolution—and his dogged pursuit of all the reforms envisioned as part of ADHO’s multi-year strategic planning process.  Just a few weeks ago John convened a small but important summit to move that process forward yet again.

We look forward to his continuing collegial presence in Digital Humanities, of course as a member of the informal fellowship of past SC Chairs that does so much to inform our work, but also in an advisory capacity for the complex reforms now underway. And above all, we would like to thank John for his long service to ADHO and the Digital Humanities generally.

A new chair was elected on November 20: Karina van Dalen-Oskam. More about her can be found on Below goes her first message to all involved in or interested in ADHO.

Dear fellow digital humanists,

I have just been informed that I have been elected as the new Chair of the ADHO Steering Committee, to serve for the remainder of the current term, ending at DH2016 in Krakow. I will try to serve ADHO as best as I can as interim Chair.

What I love about ADHO, and Digital Humanities in general, is that all people involved share the wish for innovation and collaboration. Innovation in our research, through collaboration with others – and best of all, with more and more diverse others. We want to draw everybody in, and want to make everybody feel welcome. That is a good thing. However, in the last few weeks, we found out the hard way that we deal with significant cultural differences in our ever-growing world-wide organization. Communication strategies that work well in one culture can be harmful and counterproductive in others. The good thing is that we have representatives of many different cultures in our midst, who can help in finding out the best ways to go forward.

The first thing I have asked the Steering Committee to do, is to establish a protocol or a set of rules/guidelines for dealing with these fundamental cultural issues. We will not be the only organization that runs into this kind of problems. I have asked all members of the Steering Committee to do some research, and I would welcome input from others as well. Can you find guidelines that we could adopt/adapt for ADHO? Do colleagues from other international organizations have suggestions based on their own experience? Are there policy makers who can help? Please send your material and your own suggestions to me personally at I will gather all information and together with the Steering Committee decide on which rules to follow for the remainder of my term. When we have selected a proper set of guidelines we will return to dealing with our daily business – and with a much better chance of success. I’d like to receive your ideas on Monday November 30 at the latest.

You can mail me in the following languages (in order of preference): Dutch, English, German, Afrikaans, French. I will answer you in Dutch or English. I wish I had the time to add more of your languages to my short list. As you know, I am not a native speaker of English. This means that if you read something strange or funny in my messages, that is probably due to my non-native English. And if you would feel insulted by my words – then something has really gone wrong language-wise and/or culture-wise! In that case, please contact me personally, so I can take away any worries or explain in a better way what I meant.

I am very much looking forward to collaborating with all of you.

Yours sincerely,

Karina van Dalen-Oskam

17 Oct 2015

Con el proposito de difundir el trabajo de las Humanidades Digitales en español para nuestro público, los invitamos a participar en un número especial de la revista Digital Humanities Quarterly. Este número es el primero de varios planteados en diferentes idiomas o prácticas regionales. La fecha tope para la presentación de artículos será el 30 de enero. Los artículos han de ser presentados en español, y contarán con una extensión máxima de 25 páginas a espacio 2 (salvo notas y citas sangradas) usando las pautas de presentación de la revista DHQ. Se deberá enviar el artículo, siguiendo estas normas de edición al correo electrónico, indicando en el asunto “DHQ Número Especial HD”. Los trabajos podrán ser individuales o presentados en coautoría.

DHQ es una revista académica digital de acceso abierto y revisada por expertos que abarca el uso y la crítica de los medios digitales en las humanidades. Publicada desde 2007 por la Alianza de Organizaciones Humanidades Digitales (ADHO), DHQ es también un experimento comunitario en la publicación de revistas, y da la bienvenida a las publicaciones digitales experimentales. Para obtener más información acerca de DHQ visite nuestra página de información.

With the goal of highlighting the work of Digital Humanities in Spanish to their audience, DHQ is inviting authors to participate in a special issue of the Digital Humanities Quarterly magazine. This number is the first of several planned for DHQ in different languages or regional traditions. The deadline for submitting articles is January 30, 2016. The items must be presented in Spanish, and will have a maximum of 25 pages, double spaced (except indented quotes and notes) using the editorial guidelines of the DHQ journal. Authours should send the item, following these guidelines to, with the subject "DHQ Número Especial HD". Entries may be submitted individually or co-authored. Accepted articles will be published in Spanish, with abstracts in Spanish and English.

DHQ is an open-access, peer-reviewed, digital journal covering all aspects of digital media in the humanities. Published since 2007 by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), DHQ is also a community experiment in journal publication, and welcomes experimental digital publications. For more information about DHQ please visit our about page.

11 Oct 2015

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) seeks a webmaster whose primary responsibility will be maintaining and developing ADHO's content management systems. Tasks will include making necessary updates to and backups of ADHO's website; managing multilevel authorizations and potential security issues; making recommendations for improvements in the site's design and functionality; troubleshooting site issues and implementing fixes as needed; and working with the Communications and Multilingual Multicultural Committees to make the association's website a multilingual resource. The webmaster will work closely with ADHO's systems administrator and the Chairs of the Communications, Infrastructure, and Multilingual Multicultural Committees.
A prospective webmaster will have a  strong knowledge of and demonstrable experience in the development of both Drupal and WordPress websites.
Please note that this is a volunteer position. However, the webmaster will receive as compensation expenses paid (up to €1.200) for attendance at the annual Digital Humanities conference.
To apply, submit a CV/resume and a cover letter describing your interest in the position and your expertise in Drupal and WordPress development to Hannah Jacobs, chair of ADHO’s Communications Committee: HannahLJ[at]

6 Oct 2015

The Research Data Alliance is an international organization created in 2013 to facilitate and expand research data sharing around the world. It pursues this mission by hosting twice yearly plenaries where members can congregate to coordinate and work on the technical and social problems related to sharing research data. RDA members, who come from every stage of their career and a broad range of disciplines and scientific domains, build infrastructure and create guidelines that help scholars share their research broadly. This means that human knowledge can expand more quickly as data does not need to be reproduced.

Bridget Almas, an RDA member and lead software developer for the Perseus Digital Library at Tufts University, will serve as the first liaison between the Research Data Alliance and the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. In May 2015, RDA/US hosted a digital humanities workshop at Johns Hopkins University to discuss the DH communities’ needs for data infrastructure. Next, at DH2015 in Australia, Almas and other RDA members hosted a meeting to discuss a potential relationship between the two organizations, exploring why the digital humanities need shared infrastructure. At the Research Data Alliance’s recent plenary in Paris, Almas met with various interest and working groups to discuss developments that are potentially useful to the DH community.
As liaison, Almas will keep ADHO informed of new outputs and deliverables from the RDA that are interesting for DH projects. The Research Data Alliance is regularly seeking adopters for its outputs, which presently include automated data management policies, persistent identifiers for various data types, and a foundational data vocabulary, among others. Future work will provide guidance on metadata and publishing data bibliometrics and services, outputs of great value to the digital humanities. As liaison, Almas will also facilitate ADHO members’ participation in RDA working and interest groups, such as the domain interest group on Digital Practices in History and Ethnography.
For more information about the Research Data Alliance, please visit their website.


1 Oct 2015

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is pleased to announce that Helen Agüera will be the recipient of the 2016 Busa Prize.

The Busa Prize, named in honour of a pioneer of humanities computing, Father Roberto Busa, is given every three years to recognise outstanding lifetime achievements in the application of information and communications technologies to humanities research. The first award was given to Father Busa himself in 1998. Subsequent winners have been John Burrows (2001), Susan Hockey (2004), Wilhelm Ott (2007), Joe Raben (2010), Willard McCarty (2013). This year’s recipient, Helen Agüera, will receive 1500 GBP and deliver a keynote or plenary lecture at the 2016 Digital Humanities conference in Kraków, Poland.
During her tenure at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Agüera has been responsible for many of the digital scholarly projects that NEH supported over the years in a variety of areas ranging from Classics and Ancient Studies to Philosophy and Linguistics, and most notably for NEH's early support of the Text Encoding Initiative.

Agüera’s appointment has been announced at the 2015 Digital Humanities conference, and she will be awarded the Busa Prize at the 2016 Digital Humanities conference.

23 Sep 2015

The late EADH chair (2009-2012), Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen, attended conferences not only in the digital humanities but also in other disciplines. She was invariably interested in and encouraging of young scholars in particular, and she also spent a great deal of time in informal conversation with a wide range of colleagues. The Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen Young Scholar Prize was established in 2013 to honour her memory. The LLOH Prize is awarded to early-career scholars, that is, students, graduate students, or postdoctoral researchers at different conferences each year.

Any individual member of any of the ADHO constituent organizations may submit proposals to the Awards Committee chair for conferences taking place in the following year. This call is specific to conferences in 2016. Individual members are encouraged (but not required) to seek the endorsement of a constituent organization.

Proposals should clarify why the conference is likely to include contributions to digital humanities. Eligible conferences may include sub-disciplines in which digital techniques have not been achieved widespread acceptance. Special consideration should be given to proposals that encourage a diverse pool of applicants, addressing matters of cultural, linguistic, ethnic, and gender diversity. Proposals may ask for funding for one or two prizes and, additionally, a reception at which the prizes are awarded. At the reception, the history and sponsorship of the prizes should be explained.

The proposal should identify the conferences (dates, venue, web site), the sort of contribution which is to be recognized (paper, poster, etc.), how the winner or winners are to be selected, who will present the award and explain its background, and the total budget. The budget may not exceed €1500 in total if two prizes are to be awarded or €750 if one prize is to be awarded. The budget includes €500 for each winner to defray the costs of travel, lodging and conference registration and up to € 250 (one prize) or € 500 (two prizes) for a reception. The awards committee selects the single best proposal for awarding the prize(s) at a given conference. The committee will give preference to proposals from constituent organizations that have not recently been awarded a LLOH Prize.

The 2015 LLOH Prizes were awarded at the CSDH/ACH conference:

More information about the prize can be found at the webpage of the ADHO Awards Committee:änninen-young-scholar-prize

Please feel free to write to the committee chair with any enquires:
Deadline: October 10th, 2015

3 Sep 2015

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is pleased to announce that Micki Kaufman, Doctoral Student in History at City University of New York’s Graduate Center, has received the Paul Fortier prize awarded for the best paper presented by a young scholar at the 2015 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 ADHO's publications.
Kaufman won the prize for her paper, "'Everything on Paper Will Be Used Against Me': Quantifying Kissinger", an application of ‘big data’ computational text analysis techniques to research the Digital National Security Archive’s recently released Kissinger Collections.
One Fortier Prize Reviewer describes how Kaufman’s paper “stood out to both the Reviewers and the Awards Committee as particularly strong, both in its research and in her presentation of her findings. It was clear, well researched, highly relevant and combined quantitative textual data with historical research, commenting not only on a particular historical phenomenon, but also on the process of studying history through the digital humanities.”
Kaufman's full presentation is available here, and further information regarding the project can be found here.
Kaufman's presentation was selected from a group of finalists that included: Matthew Lincoln "Modelling the (Inter)National Printmaking Networks of Early Modern Europe"; Silvia Mazzini and Laura Brazzo, "From the Holocaust Victims Names to the Description of the Persecution of the European Jews in Nazi Years: the Linked Data Approach and a New Domain Ontology. The Italian Pilot Project"; Benjamin Schmidt, "Data Revisualization as Critical Humanities Practice: Reinterpreting 19th Century Data with Modern Tools"; Takeo Yamamoto, "Music Score Representation of Poetry Reading: Can Prosody Be Studied by Analyzing the Author’s Voice?"

26 Aug 2015

Call For Proposals: English | French | German | Italian | Polish | Spanish

[PDF]: English | French | German | Italian | Polish | Spanish

I. General Information
The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) invites submission of abstracts for its annual conference, on any aspect of digital humanities. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • humanities research enabled through digital media, data mining, software studies, or information design and modeling
  • social, institutional, global, multilingual, and multicultural aspects of digital humanities;
  • computer applications in literary, linguistic, cultural, and historical studies, including electronic literature, public humanities, and interdisciplinary aspects of modern scholarship;
  • quantitative stylistics and philology, including big data / textmining studies;
  • digital arts, architecture, music, film, theatre, new media, digital games, and related areas;
  • emerging technologies such as 3D printing, single-board computers, wearable devices, applied to humanities research;
  • creation and curation of humanities digital resources; and
  • digital humanities in pedagogy and academic curricula.

For the 2016 conference, contributions that address social, institutional, global, multilingual, and multicultural aspects of digital humanities are welcome; but also contributions that address quantitative and statistics methods applied to texts and submissions on interdisciplinary work and new developments in all field of digital humanities.
Presentations may include:

  • posters (abstract maximum 750 words);
  • short papers (abstract maximum 1500 words);
  • long papers (abstract maximum 1500 words);
  • multiple paper sessions, including panels (regular abstracts + approximately 500-word overview); and
  • pre-conference workshops and tutorials (proposal maximum 1500 words)

The deadline for submitting poster, short paper, long paper, and multiple paper session proposals to the international Program Committee is midnight GMT, 1 November, 2015. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by 7 February, 2016.
Workshop proposals are due by midnight GMT, 14 February, 2016, with notice of acceptance by 7th March, 2016.
For DH2016, workshops endorsed by a SIG can be proposed by midnight GMT, 15 December 2015, with notice of acceptance by 30th of January 2016.
A link to the online abstract submission system will be available on the conference website: Please check the website for updates. Previous Digital Humanities conference participants and reviewers should use their existing accounts rather than setting up new ones. If you have forgotten your user name or password, please contact Program Committee Chair, Manfred Thaller <>.
To facilitate the production of the conference proceedings, authors of accepted papers will be asked to submit final approved versions of their abstracts via the DHConvalidator.

II. Types of Proposals
Proposals may be of five types: (1) poster presentations; (2) short paper presentations; (3) long papers; (4) three-paper or full-panel sessions; and (5) proposals for pre-conference workshops and tutorials. Based on peer review and its mandate to create a balanced and varied program, the Program Committee may offer acceptance in a different category from the one initially proposed, and will not normally accept multiple submissions from the same author or group of authors. Papers and posters may be given in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.

1) Poster Presentations
Poster proposals (500 to 750 words) may describe work on any relevant topic or offer project and software demonstrations. Posters and demonstrations are intended to be interactive, with the opportunity to exchange ideas one-on-one with attendees. In addition to a dedicated session, when presenters will explain their work and answer questions, posters will be on display at various times during the conference.

2) Short Papers
Short paper proposals (750 to 1500 words) are appropriate for reporting on experiments or work in progress, or for describing newly conceived tools or software in early stages of development. This category of presentation allows for up to five short papers in a single session, with the length held to a strict 10 minutes each in order to allow time for questions.

3) Long Papers
Proposals for long papers (750 to 1500 words) are appropriate for: substantial, completed, and previously unpublished research; reports on the development of significant new methodologies or digital resources; and/or rigorous theoretical, speculative, or critical discussions. Individual papers will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for questions.
Proposals relating to the development of new computing methodologies or digital resources should indicate how the methods are applied to research and/or teaching in the humanities, what their impact has been in formulating and addressing research questions, and should include critical assessment of their application in the humanities. Papers that concentrate on a particular tool or digital resource should cite traditional as well as computer-based approaches to the problem and should include critical assessments of the computing methodologies used. All proposals should include relevant citations to sources in the literature.

4) Multiple Paper Sessions
These consist of one 90-minute panel of four to six speakers, or three long papers on a single theme. Panel organizers should submit an abstract of 750 to 1500 words describing the panel topic, how it will be organized, the names of all the speakers, and an indication that each speaker is willing to participate in the session. Paper session organizers should submit a statement of approximately 500 words describing the session topic, include abstracts of 750 to 1500 words for each paper, and indicate that each author is willing to participate in the session. Papers that are submitted as part of a special session may not be submitted individually for consideration in another category.

5) Pre-Conference Workshops and Tutorials
Participants in pre-conference workshops and tutorials will be expected to register for the full conference as well as pay a small additional fee. Tutorials are normally intensive introductions to specific techniques, software packages or theoretical approaches with a small number of instructors. Workshop proposals may take many forms including proposals with a full slate of speakers and presentations, but also proposals to issue an independent call for papers from which submissions will be chosen by organizers.

  • Proposals should provide the following information:
  • title and brief description of the content or topic and its relevance to the digital humanities community (not more than 1500 words);
  • full contact information for all tutorial instructors or workshop leaders, including a one-paragraph statement summarizing their research interests and areas of expertise;
  • description of target audience and expected number of participants (based, if possible, on past experience); and
  • any special requirements for technical support.

Additionally, tutorial proposals should include:

  • a brief outline showing that the core content can be covered in a half day (approximately 3 hours, plus breaks). In exceptional cases, full-day tutorials may be supported.

And workshop proposals must include:

  • intended length and format of the workshop (minimum half-day; maximum one and a half days);
  • proposed budget (as digital humanities workshops are expected to be self-financing); and
  • if the workshop is to have its own call for participation, a deadline and date for notification of acceptances, and a list of individuals who have agreed to be part of the workshop’s Program Committee.

Workshops endorsed by a SIG:
Workshops endorsed by a SIG and focused on a topic related to the concerned SIG  are required to follow the same instructions as other workshops, but proposers should also note that:

  • they have to be endorsed in writing by a SIG;
  • the deadline application is earlier (see above);
  • they should have at least 10 confirmed participants.

III. Information about the Conference Venue and Theme
DH2016 will take place in Kraków, Poland; this is only the second time (after Debrecen 1998) that our conference comes to Central/Eastern Europe. The region’s rich past and its recent rapid growth has inspired the conference theme, ‘Digital Identities: the Past and the Future’.
The conference is hosted jointly by the Jagiellonian University and the Pedagogical University of Kraków. Their collaboration is a manifestation of the vivid digital humanities scene emerging in Poland’s major centre of learning and culture.

IV. Bursaries for Early-Career and Emerging Scholars
The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations will offer a limited number of bursaries for early-career scholars presenting at the conference. Application guidelines will appear on the ADHO website later this year:

V. International 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)

10 Aug 2015

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is pleased to announce the formation of the Special Interest Group for Audiovisual Material in the Digital Humanities (AVinDH).
While audiovisual material has played an important (yet secondary) role in DH scholarship for over a decade, an emerging wave of freely available digital content has made organizing around audiovisual material paramount. As an example of “big data”, Audiovisual materials will be discussed by the AVinDH group with a focus on research methods and infrastructural challenges to using audiovisual materials. The AVinDH interest group began their formal efforts with a workshop at DH2014 in Lausanne, Switzerland. They discussed how audiovisual materials create narratives and how the mediated form changes the texture of content. The SIG will now focus on bridging disciplinary divides to share expertise, audiovisual research methods, and tools.
More information on AVinDH is available here. To join their mailing list, visit here.

5 Aug 2015

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is pleased to announce the formation of the Special Interest Group Libraries and Digital Humanities.
The connection between Digital Humanities (DH) centers and libraries was traced by the DH scholarly community in 1999, when Willard McCarty and Matthew Kirschenbaum tallied about nineteen library-based humanities computing centers, and more recently, based on a spreadsheet of DH centers compiled as a joint MITH, CDRH, and MATRIX project, as Chris Alen Sula estimated that approximately half of the nearly one hundred identified centers have a relationship, albeit some just informally, with a library. Since then, the ties between DH, libraries and librarians have garnered more formal, international recognition, as librarians around the world have been organizing around DH, forming professional organizations to address issues and needs that libraries confront in this arena, and as in many parts of the world libraries have been the main participants in large digitization projects that are of great value to Humanities scholars and DH scholars alike.
ADHO’s Libraries and Digital Humanities SIG aims at fostering collaboration and communication among librarians and other scholars doing DH work, by showcasing the work of librarians engaged in DH projects, advocating for initiatives of interest and benefit to both libraries and DH, promoting librarians’ perspectives and skills to the rest of the DH community, and offering advice and support to new and emergent associations of librarians engaged in DH projects.
The Libraries and Digital Humanities SIG encourages membership from all fields and geographic regions: please visit its Twitter page or sign up for updates through this Google Form.