Special Interest Groups (SIGs)


ADHO sponsors Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to enable members of ADHO Constituent Organisations with similar professional specialties, interests, and aptitudes to exchange ideas, keep themselves current on pertinent developments, and mobilize in pursuit of related activities and goals. In this way, SIGs represent key elements in the breadth and depth of the ADHO community, though they do not speak directly for ADHO, its committees, or its Constituent Organisations.

Current Special Interest Groups

Currently ADHO sponsors six SIGs: DLS,  AVinDH, Global Outlook::Digital Humanities(GO::DH)GeoHumanities, Libraries and Digital Humanities, and Linked Open Data. More are under development.


Digital Literary Stylistics (SIG-DLS)

The Special Interest Group Digital Literary Stylistics (SIG-DLS) facilitates inter- and transdisciplinary interaction between different fields of "digital style studies," including computational stylistics, authorship attribution, corpus stylistics, and digital hermeneutics. Our aim is to foster novel empirical findings, methodological and epistemological innovation, as well as advocacy and networking. The SIG is interdisciplinary by nature. At the time of its approval, the SIG has 30 members.



The ADHO SIG Audiovisual Data in Digital Humanities (SIG AVinDH) is meant to be a venue for exchanging knowledge, expertise, methods and tools by scholars who make use of audiovisual data types that can convey a certain level of narrativity: spoken audio, video and/or (moving) images. It aims to  facilitate communication and interaction between researchers from various disciplines including domains such as media studies, history, oral history studies, visual culture studies, social signal processing, archeology, anthropology, linguistics.


Global Outlook::Digital Humanities(GO::DH)

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GO::DH is a Community of Interest whose purpose is to help break down barriers that hinder communication and collaboration among researchers and students of the Digital Arts, Humanities, and Cultural Heritage sectors in High, Mid, and Low Income Economies.



The goals of the GeoHumanities SIG are to create a venue for pooling knowledge and best practices for relevant existing digital tools and methods, to foster the collaborative development of shared resources and new tools and extensions to geospatial software, and to keep humanist scholars at large informed about the possibilities and inherent pitfalls in their use. The intent of the SIG is to be inclusive of spatial, spatial-temporal and ‘placial’ perspectives, and the Geo-prefix for its name reflects geography’s traditional attention to all of these.


Libraries and Digital Humanities

The ADHO Libraries and DH Special Interest Group aims to foster collaboration and communication among librarians and other scholars doing digital humanities work.


Linked Open Data (DH-LOD)

Linked Open Data conveys the idea of the Web as platform for loosely-coupled, distributed services that offer data in an accessible, open way, following the Linked Data principles as described by Tim Berners-Lee.

A large number of digital humanities (DH) projects generate data. When this data is published as LOD, both scholars and machines are able to combine data from different projects, creating new datasets for research. DH is making extensive use of open source software and open access venues for publication. The same reasons for releasing research reporting and software products under open licenses -- transparency, serendipity and social responsibility -- should encourage us to release our research data as LOD as well.

The mission of the ADHO LOD SIG is to bridge between the DH community and the semantic web community, encouraging and facilitating the interconnection and interoperability of open online Humanities resources by raising awareness of new developments (both content and technology) and discussing and developing best practices. The SIG encourages membership from all fields and all regions of the globe.


How to Form an ADHO Special Interest Group

ADHO  invites all members of Constituent Organizations to propose a Special Interest Group. To propose a SIG, an elected or appointed contact person should submit a description of the group to ADHO's Executive Board.

In support of SIGs, ADHO offers a platform for connection with and visibility within the international Digital Humanities community.  If requested, ADHO would be happy to consider offering a dedicated server space for the SIGs website, a dedicated listserv and in-name sponsorship of related gatherings, workshops, and conferences, as well as in-name support when pursuing external funding.