Digital Humanities at the University of Glasgow

Digital Humanities is transforming the practice of arts-based or arts-linked research, and the University of Glasgow has one of the strongest and longest-established communities of world-‌leading scholars in this area. Our Digital Humanities Network offers a forum for sharing expertise and building connections both within and beyond the University's College of Arts.

Glasgow has been a leader in digital humanities for some four decades ever since, in 1964, two anonymous scholars used the University’s new mainframe Chemistry computer to create a concordance of Shakespeare’s works.  But Digital Humanities really became established in the 1980s, and Glasgow led the field in creating both data sets and teaching programs, notably through the DISH (Design and Implementation of Software for History) and STELLA (Software for Teaching English Language and Literature, and its Assessment) facilities, through the Theatre Design and Resources Rooms, through the Music Audio Lab and the Music Technology Centre, and through dedicated computer classrooms for Modern Languages, Classics, Archaeology, Philosophy and Theology.  And in the mid-1990s the world-famous Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) was formed.

Some 260 research-projects currently feature on our Glasgow Digital Network site, ranging from the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, funded by various bodies including the AHRC, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust and initiated in 1964, to the ERC-funded Fragments of Roman Republican Oratory project, which began in 2012 and will run until 2017. Other projects are coming on stream almost on a daily basis.

See further on our Digital Humanities Network website

Professor Jeremy Smith