Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations

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Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
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Formation 2005

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), is a digital humanities umbrella organization formed in 2005 to coordinate the activities of several regional DH organizations, referred to as constituent organizations.[1] ADHO's constituent organizations are the European Association for Digital Humanities[2] (EADH), the Association for Computers and the Humanities[3] (ACH), the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities[4] (CSDH/SCHN), centerNet,[5] the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities[6] (aaDH), the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities[7] (JADH) and Humanistica,[8] the french-speaking association for Digital Humanities.


The effort to establish the alliance began in Tübingen, Germany, at the ALLC/ACH conference in 2002: a steering committee was appointed at the ALLC/ACH meeting in 2004, in Gothenburg, Sweden, and the executive committees of the ACH and Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC) approved the governance and conference protocols at the 2005 meeting in Victoria, Canada. The Association for Computers and the Humanities was also included.[1] In 2007, the Alliance Steering Committee voted to enfranchise The Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l'étude des médias interactifs (SDH/SEMI) of Canada. In 2012, centerNet, a network of digital humanities centers, became a "constituent organization" affiliated with ADHO,[9] followed by the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities in 2013 and the French-speaking Association for Digital Humanities, Humanistica, in 2016.[10] ADHO gained legal status as the Stichting ADHO Foundation (Netherlands) in 2013.[11]


The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations is an umbrella organisation whose goals are to promote and support digital research and teaching across arts and humanities disciplines, drawing together humanists engaged in digital and computer-assisted research, teaching, creation, dissemination, and beyond, in all areas reflected by its diverse membership.[12] ADHO supports initiatives for publication, presentation, collaboration, and training; recognises and supports excellence in these endeavours; and acts as a community-based consultative and advisory force. Members in ADHO societies are those at the forefront of areas such as textual analysis, electronic publication, document encoding, textual studies and theory, new media studies and multimedia, digital libraries, applied augmented reality, interactive gaming, and beyond. Members include researchers and lecturers in humanities computing and in academic departments such as English, History, French, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Theatre, Music, Computer Science, and Visual Arts and resource specialists working in libraries, archival centers, and with humanities computing groups.


The Alliance oversees a joint annual conference, which began as the ACH/ALLC (or ALLC/ACH) conference, and is now known as the Digital Humanities[13] conference.[14]

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)[edit]

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations sponsors special interest groups to facilitate the sharing of ideas about new and innovative problems. Current SIGs include:

  • AVinDH[15] for Audiovisual materials and their use in the digital humanities
  • GO::DH,[16] or Global Outlook :: Digital Humanities, to increase global communication and collaboration
  • GeoHumanities[17] to focus on spatial/ spatial-temporal perspectives
  • Libraries and Digital Humanities[18]
  • Linked Open Data[19] to connect DH scholars and the semantic web community

Peer-reviewed journals[edit]

  • DSH: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities,[20] (formerly Literary and Linguistic Computing) a print journal published by Oxford University Press.
  • Digital Studies / Le champ numérique,[21] an open-access, peer-reviewed electronic journal from CSDH/SCHN founded in 2008.[22]
  • Digital Humanities Quarterly, an open-access, peer-reviewed electronic journal from the ADHO.
  • DH Commons,[23] an open access, peer reviewed electronic journal from centerNet.
  • Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative,[24] the official journal of the TEI Consortium.

Discontinued Journals:


Roberto Busa Prize honors leaders in the field of humanities computing and is givenn honor of Italian Father Roberto Busa who won the first award in 1998 at Debrecen, Hungary.[29]

Subsequent winners included:[30]

  • John Burrows (Australia) (presented in 2001, New York, New York, USA)
  • Susan Hockey (UK) (presented in 2004, Gothenburg, Sweden)
  • Wilhelm Ott (Germany) (2007, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, USA)
  • Joseph Raben (USA) (2010, Kings College London, UK)
  • Willard McCarty (Canada) (2013, University of Nebraska, USA)
  • Helen Agüera (USA) (2016, Kraków, Poland)[31]

Antonio Zampoli Prize is awarded every three years to an important project or for a major accomplishment.

Paul Fortier Prize is given to the best young scholar paper at the annual Digital Humanities conference.

Lisa Lena Opas-Hanninen Young Scholar Prize recognizes a young scholar for their scholarship or contribution using digital technology at a humanities conference.


  1. ^ a b Unsworth, John (December 16, 2007). "Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO)". Academic Commons. Archived from the original on June 6, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ European Association for Digital Humanities
  3. ^ Association for Computers and the Humanities
  4. ^ Canadian Society for Digital Humanities
  5. ^ centerNet
  6. ^ Australasian Association for Digital Humanities
  7. ^ Japanese Association for Digital Humanities
  8. ^ Humanistica
  9. ^ "centerNet to join ADHO". ADHO centerNet blog. August 17, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Humanistica rejoint officiellement ADHO". Humanistica website. July 15, 2016. Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  11. ^ Stichting ADHO Foundation
  12. ^ "About." Website. Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  13. ^ See the complete list
  14. ^ Searchable abstracts from the DH conference (1996-2003) are hosted by ACH.
  15. ^ AVinDH
  16. ^ GO::DH
  17. ^ GeoHumanities
  18. ^ Libraries and Digital Humanities
  19. ^ Linked Open Data
  20. ^ DSH: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities
  21. ^ Digital Studies / Le champ numérique
  22. ^ "Digital Studies / Le champ numérique". Web site. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  23. ^ DH Commons
  24. ^ Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative
  25. ^ Computers in the Humanities Working Papers
  26. ^ "CH Working Papers". Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  27. ^ Text Technology
  28. ^ "TEXT Technology: the journal of computer text processing". Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Roberto Busa Prize". ADHO Web site. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  30. ^ "The Roberto Busa Award winners". Web site. European Association for Digital Humanities. Retrieved October 20, 2013. 
  31. ^ "ADHO Announces the Winner of the 2016 Busa Prize". The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 

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