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ADHO - Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) is an umbrella organization that acts to promote digital research and teaching across its constitution organizations. The ADHO was officially formed in 2005 with it's two founding members the ALLC and the ACH.[1]

ADHO is currently comprised of four main organizations:

  • Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC)
  • Association for Computer and the Humanities (ACH)
  • The Society for Digital for Digital Humanities/La Société pour l'étude des Média Interactif (SDH-SEMI)
  • centerNet (joining in 2012)

The main purpose of the ADHO is to manage the Conferences and Publications common to all it's constituent organizations.


The Digital Humanities Conference (DH) is the main conference in Humanities Computing held annually by the ADHO in the summer. The conference is held in universities alternating each year between North America and Europe. The DH is a combined conference originally created by merging independent conferences held by the ALLC and the ACH in 1989.[2]


The main publication on ADHO is "Literary & Linguist Computing - The Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities" (LLC). It is a scholarly journal published quarterly at Oxford originally on behalf of the ALLC, but has since become the flagship publication of the ADHO. The journal is an international journal that covers all aspects of computing and information technology and their applications to the humanities.[3]


ADHO oversees 4 awards for outstanding contributions. These awards are shared by the ADHO constituent.

  • The Roberto Busa Prize for lifetime/career achievement;
  • The Antonio Zampolli Prize for a singular project or accomplishment;
  • Conference Bursary Awards to assist students or young scholars to present at the annual conference;
  • The Paul Fortier Prize for the best young scholar paper of the conference.

ALLC - Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing

The Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing was founded in 1973 and is also a founding member of the ADHO. It was created to support the application of computing in the study of language and literature. This goal has since been broadened to encompass all of the all techniques used in the Digital Humanities. Including: text analysis, language corpora, history, art history, music, manuscript studies, image processing and electronic editions. [4]

The ALLC is mainly based out of Europe and supports many workshops, projects and publication in Humanities Computing studies. The ALLC's main publication the LLC was choose to be the flagship publication of the ADHO.

ACH - Association for Computer and the Humanities

The Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) founded in 1978 is a founding member of the ADHO. It was created to support research and to cultivate a vibrant professional community in the humanities computing. ACH is based out of the US, but also boasts an international membership.[5]

ACH also provides sponsorships for students to go to conferences as well as providing funding for some projects, development, and research.


Digital Humanities Quarterly is an open-access journal of digital humanities published under a creative commons license, supported by ACH and the ADHO.[6]

SDH-SEMI -The Society for Digital for Digital Humanities/La Société pour l'étude des Média Interactif

The Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l'étude des médias interactifs founded in 1986 is a the Canadian based member of the ADHO. It was originally called the Consortium for Computers in the Humanities / Consortium pour ordinateurs en sciences humaines. Its objective is to draw together humanists who are engaged in digital and computer-assisted research, teaching, and creation.

The society supports interaction between scholers in both of Canada's official language(French and English), as well as providing opprotunities for publication presentation and collaboration among its members. It also supports a number of educational venues and international initiatives as well as acting as an advisory and lobbying force to local, national, and international research and research-funding bodies. SDH become a member of ADHO in 2007. [7]


SDH-SEMI holds an annual Canadian conference in Humanities Computing. It began on 1997 under the name of COCH-COSH (Consortium for Computers in the Humanities/Consortium pur Ordinateurs en Sciences Humaines). Since 2006, the conference has been run under the name SDH-SEMI. The conference is hosted in the summer.


Digital Studies(DS) / Le champ numérique(CN) is a refereed academic open access journal published under a creative commons license. DS/CN was founded for SDH-SEMI at the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab in the University of Victoria in 2008.[8]


centerNet is an international network of digital humanities centers formed for cooperative and collaborative action to benefit digital humanities and allied fields in general, and centers as humanities cyberinfrastructure in particular. It developed from a meeting hosted by the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of Maryland, College Park, April 12-13, 2007 in Washington, D.C., and is a response to the American Council of Learned Societies report on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences, published in 2006. Since its inception in April 2007, centerNet has added over 200 members from about 100 centers in 19 countries.[9]

centerNet will become a constituent member of the ADHO in 2012.

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