The acronym DODH stands for Dutch Overview Digital Humanities, a digital resource that aims to map teaching and research activities related to Digital Humanities. These activities have been initiated and are ongoing in the Netherlands. DODH consists of two components:
A Course Registry with an overview of Digital Humanities teaching activities in European countries. The course locations (i.e. cities) are displayed in Google maps and one may set one particular country as default. For Dutch speaking countries it covers courses in the Netherlands and Flanders. The Course Registry is part of an EC-wide DARIAH-resource.
A Project Registry with an overview of accomplished Digital Humanities Projects in the Netherlands or international projects in which a Dutch university or research institute has participated.
DODH has been funded as a pilot project funded by CLARIAH (DARIAH_NL), and executed by the Erasmus Studio, Erasmus University Rotterdam (PI), in collaboration with University of Utrecht, and KNAW (DANS and eHumanities group). DARIAH DE, the University of Cologne and the University of Göttingen have also support the project.
The Course Registry offers an overview of Digital Humanities Courses that are taught at universities throughout Europe. The goal is to provide useful information to students that intend to pursue a career in DH and lecturers who are looking for examples of good practices.
Options for filters
The map below by default shows the courses in Europe, but if a country is selected, the courses in that country will appear as dots on the Google map. The Registry will be updated by the DH-community on a regular basis. Each country will be asked to provide a central contact point to monitor the changes.
The Making of the Course Registry
At the Digital Humanities conference in Hamburg in July 2012 prof. Manfred Thaller led a 1-day workshop about the basic requirements of a Digital Humanities curriculum. On this occasion a booklet was presented with an overview of all curricula on this subject in German speaking countries.
The Erasmus Studio for e-research at the Erasmus University Rotterdam took up the initiative of compiling a similar overview of courses in Dutch speaking countries (Netherlands and Flanders). Subsequently with the support of the DARIAH community the Course Registry was opened up for courses in Europe and beyond.
Expanding the Course Registry
In the case of the Netherlands and Flanders the initial approach to collect data on DH education was to send out a survey to lecturers who had been identified on the website of their faculty as contact persons for these courses.
Adding new courses
The registry offers the possibility to lecturers to add their courses to the registry themselves. They can register at https://dh-registry.de.dariah.eu/users/register and the course will be added at once. After approval by the administrator the course is added to the registry. The problem of information not being up-to-date after some time is partly covered by making a central person in each country responsible for monitoring the quality of the data. To identify out-dated information a feature has been added that makes an entry turn red if it is not updated after a certain amount of time and eventually disappears from the registry after some time. In the Netherlands the coordination of this task has been taken up by the Digital Humanities department of the University of Utrecht under the supervision of Prof. dr. Els Stronks.
For viewing the course registry in a new browser tab click here
For inquiries you can e-mail Jochem van Eijsden of Utrecht University.
The Project Registry offers an overview of Digital Humanities Projects that have been accomplished or that are ongoing in the Netherlands. The goal is to offer a chronological and thematic overview of the evolution of the field of Digital Humanities, of the involved institutions and persons, and of the disciplines that are represented. This can be relevant to researchers who study the evolution of their field and policy makers and funding programs who wish to assess the performance of DH initiatives that they have supported and funded. In particular, also smaller projects - executed at universities and research institutions have been indexed.
Options for filters
The two basic options are a list of the projects in chronological or alphabetical order. Moreover there are options to distinguish particular types of initiatives such as DH projects ‘as such’, tools that have been developed, infrastructures that have been created, and specific research networks in which people collaborate.
There is also the possibility to view in which initiatives a particular university or research institute was involved, and how often the various research disciplines are represented in the DH initiatives.
The data that has been gathered has also been used to illustrate performances through a number of visualisations. A timeline is offered to show the quantitative development of the DH field, and a number of graphs and wordclouds show the institutional representation, the disciplines that are covered, and the persons that are involved.
The making of the Project Registry
The Project Registry draws on the backend that was developed for the Course Registry, but the data that was collected is limited to the Netherlands. Consequently the institutions that are involved are more focused on performances at national level instead of European level.
The Erasmus Studio for e-research again took the initiative, with the support of Hendrik Schmeer and Andrea Scharnhorst, the specialist in the representation of knowledge production of the KNAW E-Humanities group.
Expanding the Project Registry
The basis for the Project Registry was a combination of extracting seed information from the National Research Information System NARCIS, and crowdsourcing information among practitioners in DH. An attempt was made to validate the collected data by developing a review form and sending it to individual researchers that had been identified through the web as contact persons of the projects. The response however was so low, that a next round of very intensive web research and gathering information through personal contact had to be introduced. This has yielded sufficient information, but unlike the Course Registry, it was not possible to tag each project according to the more refined TADIRAH taxonomy.
The review form will be used to send to scholars who want to include their project in the registry. The monitoring of the evolution of DH projects will be taken up by the research group around Andrea Scharnhorst as long as CLARIAH continues to support this project.
For viewing the project registry in a new browser tab click here
Registration for adding new DH Project
If you wish to add new projects, please click on this link (will be added soon), download the metadata scheme and complete it, and then send it to Andrea
Go to this website and click on APPLY on the left upper side.
For inquiries you can e-mail Barbara Safradin of Erasmus University.