Category Archives: collaboration

Invitation to Explore the Digital Humanities

The following survey from Clare Hooper (IT Innovation Centre, Southampton), who spoke in the Digital Humanities seminar this afternoon, will contribute to her ongoing work analysing the disciplinary and thematic contributions to DH from a combination of quantitative study of published papers and response from experts. Full survey at

An Invitation to Explore the Digital Humanities

Can you spare time to help our understanding of the Digital Humanities? I’m doing a disciplinary analysis of research contributions in DH. As part of the work, I’m seeking expert input on what disciplines are represented by certain keywords. I’d be most grateful for your input.

If you have any questions, please contact me, Clare Hooper, via email: Please also let me know if you’d like to be kept informed about the results of this work.

Many thanks for your time!

—Clare Hooper

Digital Codex Mendoza online

Ernesto Miranda, a former student on the MA in Digital Humanities here at DDH, has just published a digital edition of the Codex Mendoza, a sixteenth-century manuscript that is now one of our most important sources for pre-Hispanic culture in Mexico. The project began life as an assignment for one of his MA modules, ‘Material Culture of the Book’, for which students had to plan how they would digitise a book or set of books. After graduating, Ernesto took his plan to Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, the Bodleian Library in Oxford, University of California Press, and King’s College London, and convinced them all to help him actually do it.

The edition is now freely available both online and as an app on the iTunes store, and has already been featured in the New York Times (among others). It allows you not only to view the pages of this famous and fascinating manuscript, but also to see in situ transcriptions, translations and supplementary material. See, for instance, this page on daily life (drag your mouse over the image to see the translation), or this one with annotations on territorial expansion.

Part of the project press-release is quoted below which gives some more background to the project. But now go, explore and enjoy!

The digital resource was created in collaboration with Bodleiain Library, Oxford, (where it has been held since 1659), King’s College London and University of California Press. It was developed in 2014, under the curatorial direction of Frances Berdan and Baltazar Brito.

The Codex Mendoza was created under the orders of Viceroy Antonio de Mendoza in 1542 to evoke an economic, political, and social panorama of the recently conquered lands. It has 72 illustrated pages glossed in Nahuatl, and 63 correspondent pages with Spanish glosses.

The Digital Codex Mendoza is part of INAH’s effort to highlight the importance of Mexican Codices for national history. This effort began in September, 2014, with the opening of the unprecedented exhibition, Códices de México, Memorias y Saberes, where 44 codices were shown for the first time to the general public. Codices are extremely sensitive documents in terms of preservation, so very few people have access to them. This is why the exhibition and the digital edition of codices held outside Mexico, such as Digital Codex Mendoza, are so important.

This effort is the first of a series that will virtually repatriate essential Mexican documents. It serves as a milestone regarding academic digital editions in Mexico and Latin America. Through this work the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), or National Institute of Anthropology and History, demonstrates the broad-based utility of this type of edition and the need to seek new forms of representation for such complex systems of knowledge. At the same time, the effort furthers the permanent calling of the INAH to study, preserve, and spread awareness of the cultural patrimony of the Mexican people, and create new ways of engagement with cultural heritage.

Transformative Works Discussion Group

The inaugural meeting of Transformative Works Discussion Group will be *5:30, November 6th* in the Department of Digital Humanities Seminar room (second level of the KCL, Drury Lane building). We hope that the discussion group will then continue on the first Thursday of each month.

In honour of Halloween, the meeting will include a presentation: “Non-humanity Never Looked So Good: Romance From the Long Tail to the Long Tentacle”.

Anyone (students, researchers, staff etc) who has an interest in the area of fandom and transformative works, whether text, image, film, audio or transmedia, or the communities/technology that surround them are invited to attend. We hope that this discussion group will give people working in this area a chance to exchange information and ideas in a friendly, interdisciplinary setting. To this end we would also like to give people an opportunity to volunteer to do a short presentation of their work or nominate a paper for review and discussion. If you are interested in presenting or nominating a discussion topic then please email

Please circulate this information around your departments and to anyone else you think might be interested as these early meetings will be vital to gauging ongoing viability.

Seminar: the Role of Digital Humanities in a Natural Disaster

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As part of the New Directions in the Digital Humanities series this week we had a very inspiring presentation from Dr Paul Millar, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of English, Cinema and Digital Humanities, the University of Canterbury (NZ).

The talk focused on the CEISMIC project, with which Millar and his team intended to ‘crowdsource’ a digital resource to preserve the record of the earthquakes’ impacts, document the long-term process of recovery, and discover virtual solutions to issues of profound heritage loss. Continue reading Seminar: the Role of Digital Humanities in a Natural Disaster

An Electric Current of the Imagination

I’m very glad to be joining the Department of Digital Humanities and looking forward to contributing to this blog as and when I can. I’ll use this blog for posts relating closely to the Department of Digital Humanities. You’ll be able to find more more wide-ranging blogging on It was a great privilege to have the opportunity last night to give an inaugural lecture right at the beginning of my term of office as Head of Department and to try and map out some of the issues I think we need to address both as a Department and as a discipline. I promised to make available the text of my lecture via this blog, so here it is:

‘An Electric Current of the Imagination’: What the Digital Humanities Are and What They Might Become

Lecture by Andrew Prescott, King’s College London, 25 January 2012

[Slide: Birdsong Compliance:]

It is a great honour for me to become head of this academic department devoted to the study of the digital humanities. When I first saw experiments in the digital imaging of books and manuscripts in the British Library twenty years ago, it was impossible to imagine that they would develop into an intellectual activity on a scale warranting an academic department. The fact that King’s College London has led the way in this process is due to the work of many pioneers, and I cannot start this lecture without acknowledging their achievements and saying what a pleasure it is to join them now as a colleague. Above all, it is essential to honour the contribution of Professor Harold Short who is without doubt the father of the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. Harold has been an outstanding international pioneer of the digital humanities, and I feel honoured and humbled to follow in his footsteps. Continue reading An Electric Current of the Imagination

Decoding Digital Humanities London – 2012

Decoding Digital Humanities London (DDHL) is a series of informal monthly meetings for anyone interested in research at the intersection of computational technologies and the humanities. These gatherings provide an opportunity to discuss readings and raise questions, but also to mingle and share ideas with others in the field of digital humanities.

The series was founded at University College London and is now aiming at involving a larger number of institutions across London. PhD, MA students and staff at UCL, King’s College London and Goldmisth’s University of London are amongst the organizers this year.

The first meeting will be on January 31st at 6.30pm at The Plough (upstairs), 27 Museum st, WC1A 1LH. We will discuss the Digital Humanities Manifesto:

No registration is needed but an email would be appreciated. Please write to

Modes of Collaboration in the (Digital) Humanities

This post started off as a comment on Elena Pierazzo’s note drawing attention to a very useful blog entry by Lisa Spiro on collaborative projects in the humanities. But it’s grown a little large for that, and my purpose here isn’t really to respond to that entry — which, as I say, is tremendously useful and thorough — but more to comment on collaboration in the humanities in general. Or rather, how it tends to get talked about — on the rhetoric of collaboration in the humanities.

Because I’m struck by how readily it’s assumed that collaboration in the humanities is an unreservedly Good Thing. And by how seldom it is that, despite this, such collaboration actually occurs. Continue reading Modes of Collaboration in the (Digital) Humanities

Collaborative projects in DH

On Monday I had to prepare a class on collaboration in Digital Humanities, and while I was browsing here and there to find some example of collaborative DH project, I ended up in this very useful blog entry by Lisa Spiro. It is a blog entry, yes, but it is as good as an article.

The entry, you will see by yourself, not only lists loads of collaborative projects, but attempt a classification of them. I think this is the only example I have seen so far of a classification of DH collaborative project and I find it very well done. I thought it might have been useful for someone else beside me!