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Digital Humanities Seminar: Let's Be Open About It: Managing the Digital Humanities

A Digital Humanities seminar
Date20 March 2019
Time16:00 to 17:30
PlaceDigital Humanities Laboratory

Digital Humanities Lab seminar series. Mike Pidd (University of Sheffield)."Let's Be Open About It: Managing the Digital Humanities". Join us for drinks and nibbles following the paper!

Michael Pidd is Director of The Digital Humanities Institute at the University of Sheffield (http://www.dhi.ac.uk). He has 25 years of experience in developing, managing and delivering large collaborative and multi-institutional research projects in the arts, humanities and heritage subject domains. Michael’s role involves developing, managing and guaranteeing the delivery of a large portfolio of externally-funded digital research projects. Michael is also responsible for the leadership and strategic development of both the DHI and digital humanities within the University’s Faculty of Arts, including developing the DHI’s relationships with clients and stakeholders, nationally and internationally. Example projects include Old Bailey Online, Linguistic DNA, England’s Immigrants, Locating London’s Past, Digital Panopticon, Clerical Exile in Late Antiquity, Jaina Prosopography, Cine Ricordi, Casa Ricordi, and the Tudor Chamber Books.


The Digital Humanities Institute at the University of Sheffield supports the innovative use of technology and computation in arts and humanities research as both a method of inquiry and a means of dissemination. We were established in the early 1990s and since then we have been involved in the delivery of 112 projects with 125 external partners and 39 funders. We have been hosting data, online resources and back-end information management systems since the late 1990s. We currently have 59 publicly accessible online resources and an equivalent number of back-end systems. All of this we have done and continue to do whilst seeking to be largely self-funded from research income. And yet we are a team of only 5 people.

  • How do we do it?
  • What are the challenges and rewards?
  • What do we contribute to research development?
  • What lessons have we learnt and what advice would we give to anyone else building and managing a large portfolio of projects in the Digital Humanities?

This talk will present an honest account of doing Digital Humanities, as practised at Sheffield, and explore issues which perhaps have implications for the Digital Humanities community more generally.

OrganizerUniversity of Exeter Digital Humanities Lab

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