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DHO Research

A number of research projects were created in partnership with the Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO). The content is freely available for fair use under the Creative Commons Attribute-Non-Commercial-Share-Alike license. Database development followed TEI Guidelines and is presented using the Exhibit Framework from MIT's SIMILE project.

About The Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO) and Humanities Serving Irish Society (HSIS)

The Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO) was a knowledge resource providing outreach and education on a broad range of digital humanities topics. It provided data management, curation, and discovery services supporting the long-term access to, and greater exploitation of, digital resources in the creation of new models, methodologies and paradigms for 21st-century scholarship.

Humanities Serving Irish Society (HSIS) was a consortium of third level institutions funded under cycle four of the Programme of Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI). The HSIS initiative was a partnership of equals committed to developing an inter-institutional research infrastructure for the humanities. Consisting of the Royal Irish Academy, Queen's University, Belfast, University of Ulster, University College Cork, National University of Ireland Galway, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University and the University of Limerick.

The DHO and HSIS were both funded under PRTLI4 and thank the HEA, DES and the EU for the funding assistance that has made DHO: Discovery and these initiatives possible. The DHO is a member of the Humanities Serving Irish Society (HSIS).


As of August 31st, 2013, the activities of the Digital Humanities Observatory have ceased. Any queries about this project should be directed to the Royal Irish Academy at

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