ADHO is excited to announce that the annual DH conference submissions will be given double blind peer review for the first time this year. While in the past reviewers were kept private from those submitting their scholarly work for consideration, this change means that neither the reviewer nor the applicant will be aware of the other's identity. We believe this will improve the outcomes of the conference by minimizing unconscious biases that can emerge during the review process.

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is pleased to announce the reactication 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.

DH2018 will be using double blind peer review. To facilitate this process, please remove all identifying information from your proposal submission including author name and affiliation.

The yearly ADHO conference is also the occasion for handing out a number of prizes. The triennial Antonio Zampolli Prize for a singular project or accomplishment was awarded at this year’s DH conference. In honor of its 30th anniversary, the 2017 Zampolli Prize has been awarded to the Text Encoding Initiative community.

After the very successful conference in Montréal, the work of the ADHO Steering Committee mostly deals with looking forward and preparing for next year’s conference in Mexico City. In this message I’d like to give a short overview of my main tasks in the past year as chair of the Steering Committee.

Diversity and inclusivity are still one of the most prominent issues on my agenda as chair of the Steering Committee. I have addressed this in several ways and I will only mention the most important ones.

ADHO is excited to announce the admission of 2 new Constituent Organizations and a new Special Interest Group! The Taiwanese Association of Digital Humanities and Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa have been admitted provisionally in observer status for 1 year pending ADHO’s governance changes in 2018. The Digital Literary Stylistics Special Interest Group is actively seeking participants. Read on for more about each organization.

Each year, two early career scholars are selected through a competitive process to work with ADHO’s Communications Chair to promote ADHO and its constituents’ outreach mission through the publication of news releases, blog posts, listserv announcements, and social media posts. We are pleased to announce ADHO's 2017-18 Communications Fellows:

The Alliance of Digital Humanities (ADHO) is looking for enthusiastic Digital Humanists who would like to actively help further DH in all its breadth and diversity on a global scale. The ADHO Steering Committee (SC) has several vacancies to be filled, starting August 8, 2017, until July 1st 2018 (when the governance structure of ADHO will change). Extensions of service in some comparable roles after July 1, 2018, may be considered.

The ADHO steering committee, based on propositions by the EADH steering committee, has appointed as Program Committee co-Chairs DH2019 Elena Pierazzo and Fabio Ciotti. Below are short bios and profiles of their careers. ADHO thanks them warmly for their engagement in this important service for our community.

The Roberto Busa Prize is an award of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO). It is named in honour of Father Roberto Busa, the first pioneer of humanities computing, who in 1949 began experiments in linguistic automation, with the support of the IBM offices in New York and Milan, as part of his analytical research on the writings of Thomas Aquinas. The computational work was central to the thirty years of research whose published output was the 56-volume Index Thomisticus, completed in 1980.