Digital Humanities (DH) is a growing area of activity wthin the humanities focusing on digital subjects and digital methods. Cambridge University Library is very engaged with the digital humanities, providing content, repositories, publication platforms, training and support. It plays an active role within Cambridge's Digital Humanities Network and also has its own management group to support this activity. The Library has undertaken or participated in many DH projects over recent years - there is a summary below and more details on our Digital Humanities projects page.
Library DH activity
Cambridge University Library has undertaken many projects that fall within the broad definition of DH - the digital outputs of the Darwin Correspondence Project and the Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit can be cited as early examples. From around 2010, the Library became more actively engaged in the DH within the context of its Digital Library and Repository/Scholarly Communication programmes - seeking DH collaborations within the Digital Library programme and providing support for the University's digital research outputs within the Repository and Scholarly Communication programmes.
Initially the Library undertook smaller collaborative projects such as OCIMCO/Fihrist (a collaboration with the Bodleian to produce a shared catalogue of Islamic manuscripts) and the Newton Papers (a collaboration with the Newton Project to produce an archive and edition of Newton's works). But it has also undertaken a number of larger projects such as the Sanskrit catalogue (a scholarly catalogue and digital archive), Spanish chapbooks (catalogue and archive), Board of Longitude Papers (catalogue and archive supported by scholarship), Darwin Manuscripts projects (archive and edition), Schnitzler projects (archive and editions) and Genizah project (text mining and specialist search and discovery). This work has been supported by a variety of funding bodies, including the JISC, AHRC, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Wellcome Trust, Mellon Foundation and private donors. For a more detailed list of Library projects, please see the Digital Humanities projects page.
In its own DH work, the Library has developed particular expertise around scholarly catalogues, digitisation and digital editions. For example, it is working with other libraries to develop more standard approaches to TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) for manuscript description. It also has platforms for delivering catalogues, archives and editions (chiefly the Cambridge Digital Library) and for curating content into online exhibitions (Virtual Exhibitions). Through its Scholarly Communication programme it offers broader support, providing advice on good practices in research publications and data and repositories for content.
Library DH Coordination
The Library's DH work is supported by a management group drawn from across the Library. Current membership includes:
- Ben Outhwaite (Head of Digital Humanities and the Genizah Research Unit)
- Tuan Pham (Head of Software Development, Digital Services)
- Yasmin Faghihi (Near and Middle Eastern Collections)
- Huw Jones (Cambridge Digital Library)
- Danny Kingsley (Office of Scholarly Communication)
- Suzanne Paul (Manuscripts and Archives)
- Alison Pearn (Darwin Correspondence Project)
If you would like to discuss using Library content in a DH project or making use of the Library's technical infrastructure to deliver your project, please contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
For support on research publication, open access and research data management, please contact the Office of Scholarly Communication.