Professor Lorna Hughes
- Professor of Digital Humanities (Information Studies)
- Dean for Global Engagement (Europe) (External Relations)
I am Professor in Digital Humanities, based in the Information Studies Subject Area.
My research addresses the creation of digital cultural heritage, and the use and re-use of digital collections for research, teaching, and public engagement. I have a specific interest in the conceptualisation, development, implementation and categorisation of digital methods in the humanities, and the collaborations between the humanities and scientific disciplines that drive this agenda.
I have worked in digital humanities, and on the development of hybrid digital collections based on material culture held by memory institutions, at a number of organisations in the USA and UK.
I have had leading roles - as Primary Investigator, or co-Investigator – on over twenty funded research projects, including Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)- Irish Research Council (IRC) UK-Ireland Network on Digital Humanities IIIF for Research; The Welsh Experience of the First World War; the EPSRC-AHRC Scottish National Heritage Partnership; and the EU-funded DESIR project (DARIAH Digital Sustainability).
I am co-Lead for the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities Heritage KE Hub.
My publications include Digitizing Collections: Strategic Issues for the Information Manager (Facet, 2004), and the edited volumes Digital Collections: Use, Value and Impact (Facet, 2011), The Virtual Representation of the Past (Ashgate, 2008) and Cultural Heritage Infrastructures in Digital Humanities (Routledge, 2018). My digital outputs include “Rhyfel Byd 1914-1918 a’r profiad Cymreig / Welsh experience of the First World War 1914-1918” (http://cymru1914.org).
Since 2006, I have been series editor of Routledge Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities, the largest monograph series in digital humanities internationally, with 40 volumes in the series. I am a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Arts and Humanities Computing.
Research project grants I have held since 2011 include the following:
- PI: AHRC, Digital Humanities Data Hive: Accessing Humanities Data At Scale November 2021-September 2022, £93,000
- PI: AHRC Towards a National Collection Discovery Award Our Heritage, Our Stories: Linking and searching community-generated digital content to develop the people's national collection, October 2021-November 2024, £3,624,530.
- Co-I: Royal Society of Edinburgh, Arts and Humanities Research Grant The Bibliography of Scottish Literature in Translation (BOSLIT): Creating Digital Futures & Networks (Network). March 2021-March 2023, £19,926.
- PI: AHRC-IRCHSS UK-Ireland Digital Humanities Research Network - IIIF for Research (IIIF4R) Network, August 2020-July 2021, £29,851.
- PI: Royal Society of Edinburgh Arts and Humanities Research Grant - Exploring digital methods for interaction, exploration, and experiencing contested histories (Workshop). Feb 2020-April 2021, £9,719.43.
- PI/Lead Researcher: Arcadia Digital aspects of Arcadia's giving in culture: a review 2019-20.
- Co-I: AHRC-EPSRC Immersive Technologies: Scottish Heritage Partnership Immersive Experiences, 2018-19, total funding £60,000).
- Co-I: AHRC Standard Research project, Reflections on the Legacy of the First World War, 2019-21. Total funding: £226,000.
- PI: AHRC Living Legacies 1914-18 supplementary award, 2019, Using the past: a strategic approach to reconstructing fragmented digital records. £60,000.
- Co-I: EU INFRADEV-03-2016-2017, 2017-9, DESIR: DARIAH ERIC Sustainability Refined, 2017-19, total funding: €2,717,320.
- Partner: EU Europeana DSI2 and DSI3, 2016-17 and 2017-18.
- Co-I: AHRC standard research grant, 2016-9, Listening and British Cultures: Listeners’ responses to music in Britain, total funding: £788,772.
- PI: HLF ‘Our Heritage’ Programme, Armed Forces Covenant Fund; Welsh Government Department of Education and Skills. 2014, Wales at War/Cymru yn y Rhyfel (total funding: £226,500).
- Co-I: AHRC Connected Communities Programme: Centre for Research and Engagement around the Centenary of the First World War, Living Legacies Centre 2014-6 (total funding: £602,000) and 2016-19, follow-on funding (total funding: £618,000).
- Partner: EU ICT PSP sixth call for proposals 2012: eCloud: Europeana Cloud: Unlocking Europe’s Research via The Cloud (total funding: €3,500,000).
- PI: 2012-15 JISC e-Content programme 2011-13, mass digitization: Rhyfel Byd 1914-1918 a’r profiad Cymreig / Welsh experience of World War One 1914-1918 (total funding: £987,916).
- PI: 2012-13 AHRC research grant, landscape and environment programme: The Snows of Yesteryear: Narrating extreme weather (funding: £100,000).
- Co-I: 2012-13: JISC e-Content Programme 2011-13, connecting content Linking Parliamentary Records Through Metadata (LIPARM) (funding: £183,000).
- PI 2011-15 ESF Network grant: NEDIMAH: Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities (09-RNP062) (funding: €494,865.00).
- Alshanqiti, Ahmed
Digital Waqf libraries in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, and their user services (2017-20)
- Nam, Hye Lim
Mental Models of the Organisation of Scholarly Information Across the Academy: Disciplinary Similarities and Differences
- Rachel Millar: Representations of Women's War Work during WWI
I am an elected member of the University Senate. I sit on the School of Humanities Research Committee, and am research convenor and REF champion for the Information Studies Subject Area. I was previously Head of Information Studies (from 2016-2019).
I am Chair of the Europeana Research Advisory Board, and a member of the Governing Board and Vice Chair of EuroScience. From 2011-15, I was the Chair of the European Science Foundation (ESF) Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities.
I am a member of the Software Sustainability Institute Board, the Glasgow Museums (Burrell Project): External Expert Reference Panel for Content, the Hunterian Museum Strategic Advisory Board, and the ATI (Alan Turing Institute) Arts, Humanities and Data Science Working Group.
In 2020, I was elected a Member of Academia Europaea (MAE).