Session 1A

Fueling Scholarship
Digital Humanities: Development, Co-operation and Sustainability

The digital humanities have been on everybody’s lips for quite a number of years now. Humanities scholars, under pressure of the accusation that their work is not relevant to the common good and has no economic value, have been trying to counter this with efforts to make their research more accessible and relevant, and to show that using digital tools can lead to new and important insights. There is an increasing number of digital humanities programs, even whole academic departments, and many smaller and larger projects hosted on scattered university servers. In this session we want to address questions related to digital projects in the humanities such as: Do they really benefit the scholarly community or a larger public? Who takes care of the project when hardware or software becomes outdated and superseded by new technologies, and what happens when funding or technical supports stops? What mechanisms are in place to ensure scholarly quality (peer-review)? What roles do librarians play and what can scholarly publishers do for the distribution, maintenance, and development of digital humanities projects? What are viable business models? How can scholars, publishers and librarians best work together? Bringing together the experiences and perspectives of different kinds of stakeholders we will try to come up with some answers.


Irene van Rossum, Brill USA, Inc.
Irene van Rossum is senior acquisitions editor at Brill where she has worked since 2001. Before taking on the Language & Linguistics and Literature & Cultural Studies lists, she managed lists in Medieval Studies, Classical Studies and International Law. As an all-round publisher of monographs, journals and reference works she has a firm grasp of humanities publishing. Irene has an MA in English Literature from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD in Medieval Studies from the University of York.


Elizabeth Beaudin, Yale University
Elizabeth A. S. Beaudin received her Ph.D. in Medieval literature from Yale University, and taught language and literature at Fairfield University and Yale. As a systems architect with more than 25 years of IT experience, she developed both academic and administrative systems in the university environment. Her academic background helped balance the demands of technical design with the scholar’s needs for useable content. She worked on grant-funded projects to create digital repositories that included OACIS, Project AMEEL, and Iraq ReCollection – all specializing in the OCR of Arabic text. As the Director of Digital Initiatives, Dr. Beaudin led colleagues to set policy, define processes, and publish guidelines for a sustained and integrated digital strategy at Yale University Library. Since retirement, Dr. Beaudin’s has worked on a project review of the Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library and a long-term consultancy in Special Collections at Pequot Library where she is currently updating policies and best practices for collections that contain a robust array of materials on Early Americana, medieval manuscripts, and Shakespeare’s Folios.
Harriett Green, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Harriett Green is Associate University Librarian for the Digital Scholarship and Technology division at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research has been supported by grants awarded from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, National Endowment for the Humanities, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and XSEDE. She earned her MSLIS from the University of Illinois, and also holds a M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in History and Literature from Harvard College.
Alex Humphreys, ITHAKA
Alex Humphreys (Twitter: @abhumphreys) is Associate Vice President, JSTOR and Director, JSTOR Labs at ITHAKA. The JSTOR Labs team partners with publishers, libraries and scholars to create experimental tools for research and teaching. Recent projects include Text Analyzer, which lets you search for articles and books by uploading any document, and Reimagining the Monograph, which generated both a white paper and the prototype Topicgraph. Prior to starting JSTOR Labs, Alex led the effort to modernize JSTOR’s technology platform. Before that, he built an award-winning publishing platform at Oxford University Press. Alex lives in Beacon, NY with his wife, two sons and the planet’s smartest dog.
Gabriel Pizzorno, Harvard University
Gabriel Pizzorno is Lecturer on History at Harvard University. His research and teaching focus on the history and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean and the Near East. His research conceives innovative approaches to bridging scales of historical analysis by using cutting-edge digital methods to create more in-depth and holistic historical interpretations, and to develop methodologies and tools that enhance our understanding of the human past. In the Department of History, Pizzorno teaches courses on digital methods and ancient history. He also oversees departmental initiatives in digital research and pedagogy. Before joining the History Department at Harvard in 2014, Pizzorno was a Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, where he led efforts to digitize the extensive archives of a number of long-running archaeological projects. He received his PhD in Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Twitter Handle - @greenharr
Etienne Posthumus, Brill USA, Inc.
Etienne Posthumus studied computer science at the University of Johannesburg and Bookhistory and Manuscript Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He started his Digital Humanities experience in the late nineties making the digital version of the ICONCLASS classification system and later creating the serendipity engine Arkyves, which he also maintains. At Brill he has the role of Digital Publishing Specialist in which he is helping set up the Digital Humanities Program. He likes using software to make simple solutions to complex problems.