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Professional societies, national and international organisations

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The initial list of organizations was copied from Willard McCarty and Matthew Kirschenbaum, "Institutional models for humanities computing," Literary and Linguistic Computing 18.3 (2003): 465-89, with the permission of the authors and with thanks from the digital humanities community.



  1. Humanities computing
    1. Advanced Computing in the Humanities (ACO*HUM), European Union [X], a SOCRATES thematic network project aimed at developing an international dimension for investigating the educational impact of new technologies in all humanities disciplines.
    2. Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations [X], an umbrella organization whose members are regional membership organizations in digital humanities (currently ACH and ALLC).
    3. Arts and Humanities Data Service (U.K.) [X], a U.K. national service that collects, preserves and promotes re-use of the electronic resources which result from research in the arts and humanities.
    4. Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) [X], a major professional society for people working in computer-aided research in literature and language studies, history, philosophy, and other humanities disciplines, and especially research involving the manipulation and analysis of textual materials.
    5. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) [X], a professional organisation of ca. 80,000 computing professionals and students; see esp. the listing of Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
    6. Association for History and Computing (AHC) [X], an international organisation which aims to promote and develop interest in the use of computers in all types of historical study at every level, in both teaching and research.
    7. Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC) [X], a major professional society that supports the application of computing in the study of language and literature, including image-processing and electronic editions.
    8. Consortium for Computers in the Humanities, Canada [X], a Canada-wide association of representatives from Canadian colleges and universities whose objective is to foster communications about, and sharing of, information technology developed by Canadian institutions for the betterment of post-secondary education across Canada.
    9. European Language Resources Association (ELRA, Europe) [X], the driving force to make available the language resources for language engineering and to evaluate language engineering technologies; active in identification, distribution, collection, validation, standardisation, improvement, in promoting the production of language resources, in supporting the infrastructure to perform evaluation campaigns and in developing a scientific field of language resources and evaluation.
    10. HASTAC Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory. [X] A consortium of humanists, artists, scientists, social scientists and engineers from universities and other civic institutions across the U.S. and internationally, HASTAC ("Haystack") is committed to new forms of collaboration across communities and disciplines fostered by creative uses of technology. Since 2003, HASTAC has been developing tools for multimedia archiving and social interaction, gaming environments for teaching, innovative educational programs in information science and information studies, virtual museums, and other digital projects. HASTAC is dedicated to creative use and critical understanding of new technologies in life, learning, and society.
    11. Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania (U.S.) [X], an open consortium of universities, companies and government research laboratories. It creates, collects and distributes speech and text databases, lexicons, and other resources for research and development purposes.
    12. Office for Humanities Communication (U.K.) [X], an umbrella organisation that fosters communication among scholars and others involved in computer-related projects and activities; organises major conferences and workshops and publishes monographs and collections of essays in humanities computing and related areas.
    13. Text Encoding Initiative Consortium [X], a membership consortium to support the maintenance and continuing work of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). The TEI is an international project to develop guidelines for the preparation and interchange of electronic texts for scholarly research, and to satisfy a broad range of uses by the language industries more generally.
    14. Model Editions Partnership, South Carolina (U.S.) [X], explores ways of creating editions of historical documents which meet the standards scholars traditionally use in preparing printed editions.
    15. Stoa: a consortium for electronic publication in the humanities (U.S.) [X], aims to foster a new style of refereed scholarly publications in the humanities accessible by design and choice of medium to wide public audiences, to develop and refine new models for scholarly collaboration via the internet, to help insure the long-term interoperability and archival availability of electronic materials and to support resolutions to copyright and other issues as they arise in the course of scholarly electronic publication.
    16. H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Internet and the World Wide Web. Its edited lists and web sites publish peer reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussion for colleagues and the interested public. Currently H-Net sponsors 170 networks in history, area studies, local history and heritage, and cultural studies with approximately 180,000 subscribers; over 10,000 book reviews; an announcements service; and H-Net's Job Guide, for job placements in the humanities and social sciences. It is among the oldest internet-based scholarly organizations. Its core membership consists of over 300 editors in a wide range of fields.


  1. National academies
    1. American Council of Learned Societies [X], a private non-profit federation of sixty-one U.S. national scholarly organizations; its mission is to "advance humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the related social sciences and to maintain and strengthen relations among the national societies devoted to such studies."
    2. Australian Academy of the Humanities [X], aims to advance knowledge of, and the pursuit of excellence in, the Humanities. The general disciplinary areas of the Academy include Prehistory and Archaeology; Asian Studies; Classical Studies; English; European Language and Literature; History; Linguistics and Philology; Philosophy, Religion and the History of Ideas; Cultural and Communication Studies; The Arts.
    3. British Academy [X], established by Royal Charter in 1902, under the full title of "The British Academy for the Promotion of Historical, Philosophical and Philological Studies". It is an independent and self-governing fellowship of scholars, elected for distinction and achievement in one or more branches of the academic disciplines that make up the humanities and social sciences, and is now organised in sixteen Sections by academic discipline.
    4. Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft [X], the central public funding organization for academic research in Germany, comparable to a Research Council (in British and western European terminology) or a (national) Research Foundation (in American and far eastern terminology).
    5. Humanities Society of New Zealand [X], a national organisation predicated on the idea that the humanities must have a strong voice in the formation of public opinion and national policy.
    6. Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal-en Letterkunde [X], The Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature was found by a Royal Charter in 1886. With 30 elected members, the Academy hosts several research projects in the field of scholarly editing, Dutch language and literature, philology, dialectology, bibliography, and the culture of the Low countries with a strong focus on the integration of humanities computing.
    7. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada [X], the federal funding agency for university-based research and graduate training in the social sciences and humanities.


  1. Library, museum and cultural heritage organisations
    1. Consortium for Computer Interchange of Museum Information [X], a group of institutions and organizations that encourages an open standards-based approach to the management and delivery of digital museum information.
    2. International Council of Museums [X], a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), with formal links to UNESCO, devoted to the promotion and development of museums and the museum profession at an international level.
    3. National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH, U.S.) [X], a collaborative project of The American Council of Learned Societies, the Coalition for Networked Information and the Getty Information Institute; aims to assure leadership from the cultural community in the evolution of the digital environment.
    4. National Science Digital Library (NSDL) funded by the National Science Foundation to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.
    5. Research Libraries Group [X], a not-for-profit membership corporation of institutions devoted to improving access to information that supports research and learning.
    6. Society of Biblical Literature [X], takes an active role in the development of information technology for use by anyone interested in biblical studies.


  1. Other
    1. Digital Games Research Assocation [X], "Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) is a non-profit, international association of academics and practitioners whose work focuses on digital games and associated activities."
    2. Rhizome [X], "Rhizome.org is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1996 to provide an online platform for the global new media art community. Our programs and services support the creation, presentation, discussion and preservation of contemporary art that uses new technologies in significant ways. Our core activities include commissions, email discussions and publications, this web site, and events." Membership includes access to the Rhizome ArtBase, an extensive online repository for digital art.
    3. trAce Online Writing Centre, [X], "trAce connects writers and readers around the world in real and virtual space. We promote an accessible and inclusive approach to the internet with the focus on creativity, collaboration and training. This is where writers meet to experiment, create new work, and expand the potential of the global literary community. Membership is free."
    4. Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship (NINES) [X] aims to protect, sustain, and enhance digital scholarship and criticism in "the long 19th century" by federating peer-reviewed digital scholarship for research and analysis in an innovative discovery, collaboration, and publication environment.

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