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Digital Technology and the Practices of Humanities Research

Jennifer Edmond

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1 Tara L. Andrews is a university professor in Digital Humanities at the University of Vienna. She obtained her DPhil in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford in 2009; she also holds a MPhil in Byzantine Studies from Oxford, and a BSc in Humanities and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She currently leads an SNSF-funded project to produce a digital critical edition of the twelfth-century Armenian-language chronicle by Mattēos Uṙhayeći (Matthew of Edessa). More broadly, Andrews’s research interests include Byzantine history of the middle period (in particular the tenth to twelfth centuries), Armenian history and historiography from the fifth to the twelfth centuries, and the application of computational analysis and digital methods to the fields of medieval history and philology. From 2010 to 2013, Andrews worked at the KU Leuven University with Prof. Caroline Macé on the ‘Tree of Texts’ project, which is an investigation of the theory behind the stemmatic analysis of classical and medieval manuscript texts. The suite of online tools developed for the project is freely available online at​stemmaweb/​

2 Smiljana Antonijević explores the intersection of communication, culture, and technology through research and teaching in the USA and Europe. She is the author of Amongst Digital Humanists: An Ethnographic Study of Digital Knowledge Production (2015), while other recent publications include Developing Tools for Voices from the Field (2016), Personal Library Curation (2014), Working in Virtual Knowledge (2013), The Immersive Hand (2013), Cultures of Formalization (2012), and Researchers’ Information Uses in a Digital World (2012). Antonijević’s most recent research projects are Alfalab: eHumanities Tools and Resources, Humanities Information Practices, Digitizing Words of Power, and Digital Scholarly Workflow.

3 Claire Bailey-Ross is a senior lecturer in user experience at the School of Creative Technologies, University of Portsmouth. She is course leader for the BSc Digital Media Degree Programme. Bailey-Ross’ research takes place within the context of digital humanities and her work is highly interdisciplinary: ranging from the user’s experience of digital heritage resources to broader debates surrounding the impact of digital innovation and technological change in cultural heritage environments. Her current research interests include the nature of participation and engagement provided by digital technology, knowledge transfer between academic and cultural heritage institutions, and the innovation opportunities afforded by humanities research.

4 Jennifer Edmond is an associate professor of Trinity College Dublin and a co-director of the Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities. She holds a PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Yale University, and applies her training as a scholar of language, narrative, and culture to the study and promotion of advanced methods in, and infrastructures for, the arts and humanities. In this vein, Edmond serves as president of the board of directors of the pan-European research infrastructure for the arts and humanities DARIAH-EU. Additionally, she represents this body on the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP), which supports the European Commission in developing and promoting Open Science policies. She has also developed a significant individual profile within European research and research policy circles in the past five years, having been named one of Ireland’s five ’Champions of EU Research’ in 2012. She coordinated the €6.5m CENDARI FP7 (2012–2016) project and is a partner in the related infrastructure cluster PARTHENOS. Edmond was also coordinator of the 2017–2018 ICT programme-funded project KPLEX, which investigated bias in big data research from a humanities perspective, and she is currently a partner in the CHIST-ERA project PROVIDEDH, which is investigating progressive visualisation as support for managing uncertainty in humanities research.

5 Martin Paul Eve is the Chair of Literature, Technology, and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of four books, including Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future (2014) and is one of the founders of the Open Library of Humanities.

6 Frank Fischer is currently an associate professor in digital humanities at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, and co-director of DARIAH-EU. He has studied computer science, German literature, and Spanish philology in Leipzig and London, and is an Ancien Pensionnaire de l’École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He received his PhD from the University of Jena for his study on the dramatic works of Joachim Wilhelm von Brawe and their contemporary translations into Russian, Danish, and French.

7 Julianne Nyhan is an associate professor in Digital Information Studies of the Department of Information Studies, UCL, where she leads the Digital Humanities MA/MSc Programme. Nyhan is also the deputy director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and on the leadership group of the UCL Centre for Critical Heritage. She has published widely on the history of digital humanities and her work has been translated into a number of languages, including Russian, Polish, and Chinese. Recent publications include (with Andrew Flinn) Computation and the Humanities: Towards an Oral History of Digital Humanities (2016). Her research projects include a Leverhulme-funded collaboration with the British Museum on the manuscript catalogues of Sir Hans Sloane; an ESRC-funded historical newspaper data mining project; and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie action called ‘Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe’.

8 Daniel Paul O’Donnell is a professor of English and an adjunct member of the Library Research Faculty at the University of Lethbridge. His research and teaching interests include the digital humanities, scholarly and scientific communication, textual and editorial theory and practice, globalisation, and Anglo-Saxon studies. He is the Editor in Chief of the open access journal Digital Studies/Le Champ Numérique, and president of In previous years he was the founding chair of both the Digital Medievalist and Global Outlook:: Digital Humanities as well as being president of the Text Encoding Initiative. His digital edition of the Anglo-Saxon poem Cædmon’s Hymn received an honourable mention in the MLA’s prize for most distinguished scholarly edition of 2006.

9 Fleur Praal graduated in 2012 with a MA cum laude in Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University with a thesis on the quantitative analysis of libraries and publishers’ data in the Netherlands. After gaining experience in quantitative research evaluation at Leiden’s Centre for Science and Technology Studies, she returned to the Book and Digital Media Studies department as a PhD researcher and lecturer specialising in publishing studies. Her dissertation combines methodologies and models from book and publishing studies, cultural analysis, and the sociology in analysing the changing landscape of scholarly publishing in the current digital age, and especially in the humanities.

10 Laurent Romary is directeur de recherche at Inria (France), within the ALMAnaCH team, and a former director general of DARIAH (2014– 2018). He carries out research on the modelling of semi-structured documents with a specific emphasis on texts and linguistic resources. He has been active in standardisation activities within the ISO committee TC 37 and the Text Encoding Initiative. Romary has also been working for many years on the advancement of open access.

11 Toma Tasovac is director of the Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities (BCDH) and a member of the DARIAH-EU board of directors. His areas of interest include lexicography, data modelling, the TEI (Text Encoding Initiative), digital editions, and research infrastructures. Tasovac serves on the advisory board for Europeana Research, and on the CLARIN-DE/ DARIAH-DE technical board. He is also a steering group member for the European Network of eLexicography (ENeL) and the European Network for Combining Language Learning with Crowdsourcing Techniques (enetCollect). Under Tasovac’s leadership, BCDH has received funding from various national and international grant bodies, including Erasmus Plus and Horizon 2020.

12 Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra received her PhD in cultural linguistics in 2018 at Eötvös Loránd University. In 2016, her commitment to democracy in science led her to join the research discovery platform ScienceOpen, and begin her carrier as an open science advocate. Currently she works as open science officer at the European Research Infrastructure Consortium DARIAH where she contributes to the design and implementation of open science policy statements, guidelines, and services related to the open dissemination of research results in the humanities.

13 Adriaan van der Weel is Bohn Extraordinary Professor of Book Studies, and teaches book and digital media studies at the University of Leiden. His research interests lie in the digitisation of textual transmission and reading, publishing studies, and scholarly communication. He is editor of a number of book series on these subjects, as well as of Digital Humanities Quarterly. His latest books are Changing our Textual Minds: Towards a Digital Order of Knowledge (2011), and The Unbound Book (2013), a collection of essays edited jointly with Joost Kircz. He is vice-chair of the COST Action ‘E-READ’, about the future of reading in the digital age, and is currently writing a book about reading.

14 Joris J. van Zundert is a senior researcher and developer in the field of digital and computational humanities. He works at the Huygens Institute for the History of The Netherlands, a research institute of The Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Joris J. van Zundert has headed and/or contributed to several key digital humanities projects at the Huygens Institute and the Royal Academy. He was chair for Interedition, a combined European USA network of digital humanities developers that fostered CLARIN in the Netherlands. As a researcher and developer his main interests lie with the possibilities of computational algorithms for the analysis of literary and historic texts, and the nature and properties of humanities information and data modelling. His current PhD research focuses on the interaction between computer science and humanities, and the tensions between hermeneutics and ‘big data’ approaches to interoperability and expertise exchange.

15 Claire Warwick is a professor in digital humanities at the Department of English Studies at the University of Durham. Her research is on the use of digital resources in the humanities and cultural heritage, on digital reading, and on the relationships between physical and digital information environments.


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