Development of the ICT methods taxonomy

The research carried out by NeDiMAH is contributing to the classification and expression of ICT methods used in the arts and humanities in a key output: an enhanced ICT methods ontology. This will formalize and codify this work, giving it greater academic credibility, and support peer-review of scholarship in this area. It will help researchers to develop, refine and share research methods to create and make best use of digital content. NeDiMAH will deliver an ontology that will support the development and uptake of digital humanities internationally. 

Chair: Lorna Hughes,

Core members: Christian-Emil Ore, Costis Dalls; Matt Munson; Torsten Reimer; Erik Champion; Leif Isaksen; Orla Murphy; Panos Constantopoulos; Luise Borek.

The cross-team working group have made steps towards this aim through a series of workshops and meetings, including Developing a Methods Taxonomy for the Digital Arts and Humanities, in London in November 2012 which included representatives from  the UK, Ireland, Germany and Norway and members of several NeDiMAH working groups.  The second Taxonomy Working Group Meeting was held in the Hague, Netherlands in January 2013.  This meeting again included representatives from five countries and brought together representatives from several NeDiMAH working groups. The third meeting of the cross-team working group on the development of an ICT methods taxonomy of digital humanities research in Europe took place in Dublin on June 2013, as a joint initiative of DARIAH VCC2 Scholarly Practices Research.

As part of the suite of NeDiMAH-related activities organised to coincide with the Digital Humanities 2014 conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, the cross-team working group offered the workshop, "What's your method?" Building an ontology for digital resarch methods in the arts and humanities which engaged participants in the theory and practice of developing an ontology for digital research methods in the arts and humanities, through an interactive modeling activity, led by a team of experts in humanities digital research methods and ontology building.  A further workshop, Are we there yet? Functionalities, synergies and pitfalls of major digital humanities infrastructure, facilitated by Lorna Hughes of the National LIbrary of Wales and Alastair Dunning of the European Library and brought together leading scholars involved in major digital scholarly infrastructure projects such as DARIAH, NeDiMAH, Europeana Cloud, ARIADNE, 3D ICONS, EHRI, DASISH, LARM, CLARIN, DiRT and DHCommons, in dialogue with practising digital humanists.

The fifth meeting will take place in The Hague, Netherlands, December 15-16 2014: Development of NeMO: the NeDiMAH Methods Ontology.  The call for participation is now open.


The work of this group has formed the basis of a chapter on 'ontologies for the digital humanities' in the new edition of the 'Blackwells Companion to the digital humanities'

The group will develop and ontology with DCU in Greece as a major output of NeDiMAH, participants from all WGs have been invited to take part in this development, and its development of a synthesis of all activities.

Workgroup News

The final research output of the European Science Foundation Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities (NeDiMAH) is the NeDiMAH Methods Ontology (NeMO), a comprehensi

Workgroup Reports

Workshop at the DARIAH 5th General VCC Meeting
22 April 2015, Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Lubljana, Slovenia

Monday December 15th - Tuesday December 16th, 2014, Koninklijke Bibliotheek/National Library of the Netherlands, Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5, 2595 BE The Hague, Netherlands.

DARIAH VCC2 - NeDIMAH workshop

Trinity College Dublin, Wednesday, 19 June 2013 Conference rooms 202 & 206, Phoenix House, 7 Leinster Street South, Dublin

The NeDiMAH Network researches the practice of, and evidence for, advanced ICT methods in the arts and humanities across Europe.