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About the Digital Humanities Observatory

The Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO) is a central component within the Humanities Serving Irish Society (HSIS) initiative. The DHO was established under auspices of the Royal Irish Academy to manage and coordinate the increasingly complex e-resources created in the arts and humanities. It enables research and researchers in Ireland to keep abreast of international developments in the creation, use, and preservation of digital resources.

It fulfils these objectives by:

  • serving as a knowledge base in Ireland via consultations with project partners;
  • recommending national standards to ensure the interoperability, preservation, and long-term accessibility of digital resources;
  • providing access to a wide variety of interdisciplinary, multilingual, and multimodal digital resources created throughout the island of Ireland.

The DHO co-ordinates and consolidates initiatives in humanities digitisation so that new lines of enquiry developing from the HSIS/DHO infrastructure and research programmes will benefit all researchers in Ireland.

The staff of the DHO comprises a Project Manager and Project Manager (IT).

Given the central role that the DHO occupies in the future development of digital humanities, as well as its liaison role across higher education institutions, consortium partners have an active part in its management. This management structure is comprised of a Management Board and a Consultative Committee.

As of August 30, 2013, the activities of Digital Humanities Observatory have ceased. Read a statement in relation to the cessation of the project

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