Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities Symposia

In March 2011 the Academy sponsored a workshop for the digital humanities which brought together leading researchers to discuss the establishment of a professional association for the digital humanities in our region. The workshop was funded by the ARC-Learned Academies Special Project Humanities Connections.

One of the key outcomes of the workshop was the establishment an Interim Committee which will work towards the establishment of a regional professional association that will represent researchers working within the digital humanities, broadly defined. The new Australasian Association for the Digital Humanities (aaDH) aims to support and extend links between digital humanities researchers, improve professional development opportunities and provide international leverage for local projects and initiatives.

The association staged its inaugural conference, Digital Humanities Australasia 2012: Building, Mapping, Connecting, 28-30 March 2012 at the Australian National University. The Academy's Humanities Connections project funded travel bursaries for early career researchers to present at the conference and participate in associated workshops.

Digitisation Scoping Study

In 2008 the Academy completed a scoping study on the development of a national scholarly digital archive in the humanities. The aim of this scoping study, conducted by Professor Graeme Turner FAHA, was to compile a sound evidence base for a prioritised, scaleable list of proposed resources for such an archive in order to guide any potential future investment in this area.

A copy of the Report is available [.pdf 250KB]

Research Infrastructure

The Academy has a strong interest in the development of innovation and research capacity in Australia. It has been a leading advocate for the funding and development of research infrastructure that addresses the needs of humanities researchers, who not only comprise a large and complex part of the national research enterprise, but who also have a significant contribution to make towards shaping an agenda for future investments in research infrastructure.

A selection of policy submissions is available:
  • 2011 Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure Exposure Draft (2011) [.pdf 264KB]
  • Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure Discussion Paper (2011) [.pdf 340KB]
  • National Research Infrastructure Council (NRIC) Strategic Framework for Research Infrastructure Investment Discussion Paper (2011) [.pdf 211KB]
  • National Research Infrastructure Council (NRIC) Discussion Paper: A Process to Identify and Prioritise Australia’s Landmark Research Infrastructure Needs (2010) [.pdf 162KB]
  • National eResearch Collaboration and Tools Resources (NeCTAR) Consultation Paper (2010) [.pdf 218KB]
  • National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Roadmap Review (2008) [.pdf 162KB]