Digital Humanities projects

Digital Humanities projects

Scottish National Heritage partnership

The Scottish Heritage partnership is a nine-month AHRC-funded initiative aiming to address the existing practice and future potential of immersive experiences and technologies in the collections and heritage industry in Scotland. Its key research question revolves around measuring the success of approaches to immersive technologies at major heritage sites in Scotland, both in terms of outcomes against business plan expectations and in terms of visitor response, and the kinds of future development supported by the evidence.


Date – March 1st, 2018

Funding – 74,998

Ingenious (Digital) Impressions

Ingenious (Digital) Impressions provides a platform for emerging new voices in Book History, creating a digital display of the 2015 Hunterian ‘Ingenious Impressions’ exhibition of the University’s incunabula. Funded by the University’s Chancellor’s Fund, the project offers Honours Undergraduate students, Taught Masters Students and early stage PhD candidates the opportunity to engage in original research using the Library’s newly launched Glasgow Incunabula Project and to communicate this research to academic and public audiences. The resulting website and App will ensure the unique collections at Glasgow are properly showcased and advertised to students of the book, researchers of book history, and the general public, and will provide a much-needed point of access to the Glasgow Incunabula Project catalogue which inspired the 2015 exhibition. Thus, this project offers students the opportunity to work with an inimitable collection of material objects, develop their independent research skills, and strengthen their communication and team-working skills. The intention of the project is that working with rare materials will spark interest in under-studied items from the collection and encourage future undergraduate and postgraduate research.

Funder: University of Glasgow Chancellor’s Fund

Europeana Research

Information Studies is included in the Europeana DSI2 to lead the Europeana Research Advisory Board, and to carry out a series of activities to increase research use of content and metadata. This research will have two main outcomes: First, it will provide evidence for the Europeana Content Strategy, identifying both new content that can be made accessible via Europeana and technical and policy approaches to enriching access to this content. Secondly, the research will provide evidence to both the research community and Europeana to demonstrate the value and impact of Europeana for research.

Europeana Research

Funder: European Commission
Dates: May 2016-May 2017

Listening to British Cultures: listeners' responses to music in Britain, c. 1700-2018

Lorna Hughes is co-Investigator in the Listening and British Cultures project, led by the Open University. This project will analyse the listening experience in Britain in the period c.1700-2018, emphasising the written testimony of the impact of music, and developing a new way of studying how and what music communicates, and that it can, when gathered as a mass, inform novel approaches to musicology.

The project will combine empirical research methods effectively with digital research methods. It does not aim merely at gathering 'big data', but sets out to use that data to support a traditional strength of humanities research - close reading of texts to underpin the writing of historical narratives. It builds on the Listening Experience Database (LED) project (2013-15,, which established a methodology for collecting accounts of listening experiences in any period or culture, and a tool, in the form of a Linked Open Data database, for its storage and analysis. The project will benefit museums, libraries and archives - in particular, specific institutions with which the team will be working - by informing understanding of and increasing exposure to their collections. It will develop and document a clear methodology for using digital content in humanities research, including large-scale data sets such as social media archives that are currently difficult to use. It will establish data modelling practices transferable to other projects and create data assets of value to both academics and other users such as the media (for example, rich data about a wide range of music).

Funder: AHRC
Dates: March 2016-Feb 2019

Living Legacies 1914-18 First World War Engagement Centre

The Living Legacies 1914-18 Engagement Centre is a hub of knowledge exchange and research coproduction, integrating community researchers within a framework of arts and humanities expertise and scholarship in five key areas of research: Digital technologies and research; performance studies; material cultures and archaeology; migration history; and museum studies, focussing on key FWW commemorative events and anniversaries. The Centre is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) until December 2016.

As Co-Investigator, Lorna Hughes is leading a programme of research on the impact of the digital commemoration of the First World War. The First World War has seen a digital 'big bang', with more digital activity funded through disparate initiatives internationally than any other historical period. This has created a lot of digital resources as well as community engagement, but there has been very little formal analysis of the impact of these digital outputs, and how they are used: where evidence exists, it is often anecdotal. This has also raised a big gap in existing knowledge, which is the impact and sustainability of all the investment in digital outputs related to the commemoration of the First World War. A comprehensive study on the cultural value of the digital commemoration will be completed in 2016.

Funder: AHRC
Dates: January 2014- December 2016.


The European Science Foundation funded the Research Network in Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities (NeDiMAH), to look at the practice of digital humanities across Europe, and to understand what researchers need in order to do digitally enabled research in the future. From a detailed programme of methodologically focused activities, a publications programme is now underway. Coordinated by Lorna Hughes (Information Studies), this will develop a series of bublications based on activities organised by the NeDiMAH working groups in key digital humanities methodological areas: Space and Time; Information Visualization; Linked Data and Ontological Methods; Developing Digital Data; Large-Scale Text Collections; Scholarly Digital Editions; and the description and representation of digital humanities methods.

Funder: European Science Foundation
Dates: 2011-2015 (Network); 2015-17 (publication phase).

NeMo: The Nedimah Methods Ontology

The NeMo: The Nedimah Methods Ontology (NeMO) is a comprehensive ontological model of scholarly practice in the arts and humanities, developed through the ESF Research Network NeDiMAH. The project is led by the Digital Curation Unit, Athena Research Institute, Greece. NeMO is a CIDOC CRM-compliant ontology which explicitly addresses the interplay of factors of agency (actors and goals), process (activities and methods) and resources (information resources, tools, concepts) manifest in the scholarly process. It builds on the results of extensive empirical studies and modelling of scholarly practices performed by the Digital Curation Unit in projects DARIAH andEHRI. NeMO incorporates existing relevant taxonomies of scholarly methods and tools, such as TaDIRAH, the and Oxford taxonomies of ICT methods, DHCommons, CCC-IULA-UPF and DiRT, through appropriate mappings of the concepts defined therein onto a semantic backbone of NeMO concepts. It thus enables combining documentary elements on scholarly practices of different perspectives and using different vocabularies.

Funder: European Science Foundation (2011-15)
Dates: Ongoing

Early Cinema in Scotland

The central aim of this School of Culture and Creative project is to produce a comprehensive account of the early development of cinema in Scotland. Information Studies are developing the underlying databases, including geo-databases, and websites.

Dates: 2012-2015

Magazin zur Erfahrungsseelenkunde, K. P. Moritz, digital edition

Funded by: British Academy

Main contact: Sheila Dickson

Start date:  2008

End date:  2008

Runaway Slaves in Britain: bondage, freedom and race in the eighteenth century

Funded by: Leverhulme Trust

Main contact:  Professor Simon Newman

Start date:  2015

End date:  2017

Situating Pacific Barkcloth Production in Time and Place

Funded by: AHRC

Main contact: Frances Lennard

Start date: 2016

End date: 2019

The Paintings of James McNeill Whistler: A Catalogue Raisonné

Funded by: Leverhulme Trust, Lunder Foundation

Main contact: Professor Margaret F. MacDonald

Start date: 2014

End date: 2017

Fragments of the Republican Roman Orators

Funded by: European Research Council (ERC)

Main contact: Professor Catherine Steel

Start date: 2012

End date: 2017