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ODH Resource Library: Workshops, Reports, and Initiatives

Articles on various ODH-sponsored workshops, projects, or initiatives.

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Topic Modeling for Humanities Research

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) will host the Topic Modeling for Humanities Research workshop on November 3, 2012. The workshop will facilitate a unique opportunity for cross-fertilization, information exchange, and collaboration between and among humanities scholars and researchers in natural language processing on the subject of topic modeling applications and methods. The workshop will be organized into three primary areas: 1) an overview of how topic modeling is currently being used in the humanities; 2) an inventory of extensions of the LDA model that have particular relevance for humanities research questions; and 3) a discussion of software implementations, toolkits, and interfaces. The workshop was funded by a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant (HD-51627-12).

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One Culture: Computationally Intensive Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences
A Report on the Experiences of First Respondents to the Digging Into Data Challenge

This report, released by the Council on Library and Information Resources in June 2012, culminates two years of work by CLIR staff involving extensive interviews and site visits with scholars engaged in international research collaborations involving computational analysis of large data corpora. The report, co-authored by Charles Henry, President of CLIR, and Christa Williford, CLIR program officer, produced recommendations that the authors describe as “urgent, pointed, and even disruptive” for researchers, funders, libraries, and universities who are embarking on collaborative research projects that take advantage of large-scale “big data” in the humanities and social sciences. The study was funded by a Digital Humanities Cooperative Agreement (HC-50007-10)

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LOD-LAM: International Linked Open Data in Libraries Archives and Museums Summit

The LOD-LAM summit took place on June 2-3 in San Francisco. It convened leaders in their respective areas of expertise from the humanities and sciences to catalyze practical, actionable approaches to publishing Linked Open Data. The event was hosted by the Internet Archive with funding from the Alfred Sloan Foundation as well as a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant (HD-51262-11).

For more information, see the LOD-LAM website.


MITH API Workshop

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities hosted a two-day workshop on February 25th & 26th, 2011, on developing APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for the digital humanities. The workshop gathered 50 digital humanities scholars and developers, who along with industry leaders demonstrated their APIs during this “working weekend.” We discussed ways that existing and future APIs could be leveraged for digital humanities projects.The workshop was funded by a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant (HD-51151-10).

See videos of presentations from the workshop.

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Off the Tracks: Laying New Lines for Digital Humanities Scholars

This report is the result of a workshop on professionalization in digital humanities centers held on January 20th and 21st, 2011. This workshop addressed the rapidly emerging phenomenon of alternative academic careers among the hybrid scholar-programmers now staffing many DH centers.It was supported by a Digital Humanities Level 1 Start Up Grant (HD-51161-10) and hosted by The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

Read (and comment on) the report on the MediaCommons platform.

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Summary Findings of NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants (2007 – 2010)

This report includes a brief history of the Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant program, some charts and statistics about applicants and awards, and the results of a survey conducted with project directors about the first two years of the program (2007 - 2008).

Download the report as a PDF.

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Visualizing the Past Workshop

This workshop brought together leading scholars and practitioners from multiple disciplines (geography, history, geographic information science, computer science, graphic arts, among others) at a workshop that was held on February 20-21, 2009 at the University of Richmond that explored the potential of visualization work for humanities research.

Read the conference white paper.

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Sustainability of Online Educational Resources

Ithaka, in cooperation with the the JISC Strategic Content Alliance, the NEH's Office of Digital Humanities, and the National Science Foundation, recently completed a study on the "Sustainability of Online Educational Resources." NEH funding was via a Digital Humanities Cooperative Agreement (HC-50005-09). This study seeks to answer the question "How does a digital resource continue to thrive once the grant has run out?" Ithaka has released several reports from this study:

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Working Together or Apart: Promoting the Next Generation of Digital Scholarship

Working Together is the final report from a symposium sponsored by the NEH and CLIR. The symposium was held on September 15th, 2008, and brought together 30 leading scholars to discuss research challenges in the humanities, social sciences, and computation. The report was funded via a Digital Humanities Cooperative Agreement (HC-50004-08). The report is now available for download via the CLIR (Council on Library and Information Resources) website.

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Tools for Data-Driven Scholarship

A conference co-sponsored by NEH, NSF, and IMLS and jointly run by two leading digital humanities centers, the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland. The conference took place on October 22-24, 2008, on the topic of tools and methodologies for scholarship. The final conference report is now available.


Report on the first year of the JISC / NEH Transatlantic Digitization Collaboration Grants

Report (PDF) on the grants jointly awarded by the NEH and JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) of the United Kingom in March 2008.


  • Visit our HHPC Resource Page to learn about the NEH's initiative to promote Humanities High Performance Computing.
  • The Digital Needs of Scholarly Editors was a conference co-hosted by the NEH and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH). The conference was held on January 14, 2008 and included many leading scholarly editors and university presses. The meeting was facilitated by Ithaka, who also wrote up the final report.
  • Summit Meeting of Digital Humanities Centers was a 2007 workshop sponsored by the NEH and the University of Maryland's MITH. The conference brought together the directors of 17 major digital humanities centers for two days of discussion about the role of centers for scholarship.
  • Using New Technologies to Explore Cultural Heritage was a conference between the NEH and Italy's CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche). It included leading digital humanities scholars from the US and Italy. Transcripts and presentations are now available.
  • NEH's Support for Humanities, Science, and Technology: Accomplishments and Future Prospects was an April, 2000 report issued by the NEH. The report describes the history of NEH’s support for collaborative work between the humanities, sciences, and technology and suggests future avenues for the agency to consider. It may be of particular interest to the digital humanities community, as it lays some of the groundwork for the later creation of the Office of Digital Humanities.
  • Why the Digital Humanities? was a presentation from July, 2008 given by ODH Director Brett Bobley to the National Council on the Humanities about the creation of the NEH’s then-new Office of Digital Humanities.