Digital Humanities

What is (are?) the Digital Humanities?

Like jazz, digital humanities (DH) is likely recognizable when you encounter it, yet scholars have a difficult time defining it. Here are two attempts.

  • Digital humanities is a sub-field of humanistic study that studies the human record using information technology.
  • Digital humanities are the array of convergent practices used by educators, librarians, academics, and artists that use digital tools to enhance older and distinguish newer methodologies of research, criticism, and creative expression.

In addition to thinking about what DH is or are, the Clement and Linda McGillicuddy Humanities Center is dedicated to building a humanities infrastructure which promotes, educates, and innovates various matters of DH through our training workshops, affiliated projects, symposia, and speaker series. We also support faculty working in the fields of digital humanities with funding and training.


DH Pop Ins

Beginning in 2020, Humanities Specialist Karen Sieber, who has worked in DH for years on award winning projects, began thinking of ways she could better reach a skeptical audience to promote not just the research benefits of DH, but the fact that there are free, easy, quick ways that scholars can be using DH right now with little to no background skills or barriers. The DH PopIn series introduces students and faculty to easy-to-use tools and methods in the digital realm that help explore humanities themes in new and exciting ways. The series will also feature virtual chats with noted DH practitioners from across the country to discuss their process behind building a variety of different projects, from GIS mapping to textual analysis.

For more on DH Pop In events click here.





Affiliated Projects

Lives and Letters: Literary Biography, Epistolary Traditions, Digital Life Writing

Maine Folklife Center Digitization Project

Melville Electronic Library

Melville’s Marginalia Online


Blog Posts

Digital Humanities is not Merely Data


Digital Resources at UMaine

Digital Commons at Fogler Library

Digital Curation Program at UMaine

Franco American Library

Khronikos: Digital History at UMaine


Other Links

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations

Association for Computers in the Humanities

DH Commons

Home of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)

Society for Textual Scholarship

Centre for Digital Humanities, University College London

Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska

CUNY Digital Humanities Resource Guide

The Editorial Institute at Boston University

Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

The Scholar’s Lab at the University of Virginia

A Companion to Digital Humanities, a free e-book and essential compendium

Digital Humanities Quarterly

NINES (Nineteenth-century Scholarship Online)

Scholarly Editing, publisher of digital scholarly editions