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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.[1]

ADHO was founded in 2005 and is 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), and 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 published quarterly in Oxford on behalf of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing and the Association for Computers and the Humanities. Literary and Linguistic Computing become the flagship publication of ADHO. It is an international journal which publishes material on all aspects of computing and information technology applied to literature and language research and teaching. [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 with the purpose of supporting the application of computing in the study of language and literature. As the range of available and relevant computing techniques in the humanities has increased, the interests of the Association's members have necessarily broadened, to encompass not only text analysis and language corpora, but also history, art history, music, manuscript studies, image processing and electronic editions. [4]

The ALLC is based in Europe and supports many workshops, projects and publication in Humanities Computing studies. Since it is a found member of ADHO in 2005, their main publication, 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) is a major professional society for the digital humanities. Its support and disseminate research and cultivate a vibrant professional community through conferences, publications, and outreach activities. ACH is based in the US, but boasts an international membership. It is also a founding member of ADHO.[5]

ACH sponsor students to go to conferences and other activities and also provide funding and grants for small projects development and research.


Digital Humanities Quarterly is an open-access journal of digital humanities, supported by ACH and ADHO.

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 is a Canada-wide association of representatives from Canadian colleges and universities that began in 1986, founded as 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 fosters work in the digital humanities in Canada's two official languages, and champions interaction between Canada's anglophone and francophone communities, in all areas reflected by its diverse membership: providing opportunities for publication, presentation, and collaboration; supporting a number of educational venues and international initiatives; acting as an advisory and lobbying force to local, national, and international research and research-funding bodies; working with allied organisations; and beyond. SDH become a member of ADHO in 2007. [6]


SDH-SEMI held a canadian annual 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 change the name to SDH-SEMI. The conference is hosted in the summer.


Digital Studies(DS) / Le champ numérique(CN) is a refereed academic journal serving as a formal arena for scholarly activity and as an academic resource for researchers in the digital humanities. DS/CN was founded for SDH-SEMI at the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, University of Victoria, in 2008.[7]


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.[8]

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

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