Information Studies


Julianne Nyhan

Dr Julianne Nyhan, Professor of Digital Humanities

Profile: Professor Julianne Nyhan


Director UCL Centre for Digital Humanities

Leadership board member UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies

Module Co-ordinator: INSTG008 Digital Resources in the Humanities; INSTG008 Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities; INSTG017 Internet Technologies

Julianne Nyhan

Research Interests

  • Digital Humanities including, but not limited to, the semantic markup, modeling and analysis of historical sources and lexicographical / linguistic material
  • The history of Digital Humanities especially in terms of researching non-cannonical histories and the role that participatory approaches can play in this. My particular interest is on uncovering 'hidden', overlooked or devalued contributions to the field's emergence and development
  • Oral history as practice and also including the dissemination and analysis of oral history sources using digital methods
  • Critical Heritage Studies especially its intersections with Digital Cultural Heritage
  • The history of Computing especially in the Humanities
  • Bibliometrics, Scientometrics along with more qualitative approaches to peer review and evaluation
  • Museum studies
  • The history of information and classification architectures, especially those used in dictionaries and object catalogues
  • The Sociology of Science and Sociology of knowledge

Research Projects

  • Principal Investigator, ESRC-funded Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914 (OcEx) (2017-2019)
  • co-Investigator, Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe (CHEurope), H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action: Innovative Training Networks (2016-2020)
  • co-Investigator, Leverhulme Trust-funded Enlightenment Architectures: Sir Hans Sloane's catalogues of his collections (2016-19)
  • Expert Advisor, NEH-funded Reconstructing the first Humanities Computing Centre (2017-19)
  • Principal Investigator, EADH-funded Fr Roberto Busa and his intellectual milieu: capturing, translating and publishing community reflections (completed)

Educational Background

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, University College Cork, Ireland, 2007.
  • PhD History, University College Cork, Ireland, 2006. Thesis title: The application of XML to the historical lexicography of old, middle and early-modern Irish: a lexicon-based analysis.
  • BA (Joint Hons), History and Greek and Roman Civilisation, University College Cork, Ireland, 2000.

Publications & CV


Under peer review. Julianne Nyhan. Uncovering 'hidden' contributions to the history of Digital Humanities: the Index Thomisticus' female keypunch operators

2016. Julianne Nyhan and Andrew Flinn. Computation and the Humanities:towards an oral history of Digital Humanities. Springer. (Open Access - PDF / ePUB here)

Edited books, special issues and primary sources

2019. Nyhan J. and Passarotti, M., Roberto Busa in his own words: one origin of Digital Humanities. Springer [e-book December 2019; hardcopy February 2020]

2017. Террас, М and Найхан, Д and Ванхут, Э and КИЖНЕР, И (Eds). (2017) Цифровые гуманитарные науки Хрестоматия / Digital humanities: in search of definitions. [Book]. Издательство Сибирского федерального университета / Siberian Federal University Press: Красноярск, Россия / Krasnoyarsk, Russia. [Russian edition of Defining Digital Humanities] (Open access - PDF)

2016. Guest Editor of a special issue on the topic 'Communicating Digital Humanities Across and Beyond the Disciplines' Digital Humanities Quarterly 10.3. (Open access)

2015. Purcell E., MacCotter, P., Nyhan, J., and Sheehan, J (eds). Clerics, Kings and Vikings: essays on Medieval Ireland. Dublin: Four Courts Press.

2013. Terras, M., Nyhan, J, and Vanhoutte, E. (eds). Defining Digital Humanities: a reader. Ashgate.

2012. Guest Editor of a special issue of DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly, Hidden Histories: Computing and the Humanities c. 1965-1985

2012. Warwick, C., Terras, M., Nyhan, J. (eds). Digital Humanities in Practice. Facet. This book has been included in Seth van Hooland, Ruben Vreborgh, and Mike Ellis. The Facet Digital Heritage Collection. Edited by Ian Ruthven, G. G. Chowdhury, Claire Warwick, Melissa Terras, Julianne Nyhan, Janet Delve, David Anderson, and Samantha K. Hastings. Facet Publishing, 2015.


2020. Tito Orlandi and Julianne Nyhan. hic Rhodus, hic salta: Tito Orlandi és Julianne Nyhan beszélgetése. Helikon Review of Literary Studies 2020: 1, pp. 53-65. Translated by Maczelka, Csaba. (Hungarian Translation of Tito Orlandi and Julianne Nyhan. ic Rhodus, hic salta. In Julianne Nyhan and Andrew Flinn, Computation and the Humanities:Towards an Oral History of Digital Humanities, 75-86. Cham: Springer, 2016).

Accepted. Sloan, K. and Nyhan, J. Enlightenment Architectures and the reconstruction of Sir Hans Sloane’s Cabinets of Miscellanies. Journal of the History of Collections.

2020. Hauswedell, T., Nyhan, J., Beals, M., Terras, M. Bell, E. Of global reach yet of situated contexts: an examination of the implicit and explicit selection criteria that shape digital archives of historical newspapers. Archival Science

2019. Nyhan, Julianne; Ortolja-Baird, Alexandra; Pickering, Victoria; Sloan, Kim and Fleming, Martha; “Digital Humanities in the Memory Institution: the challenges of encoding Sir Hans Sloane’s catalogues of his collections”. Open Journal of the Humanities

2016. It is time to address the public communication of Digital Humanities. Digital Humanities Quarterly. 10:3 (Fulltext)

2016. Mahony, S, Nyhan, J, Terras, M and Tiedau. 'Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Integrative Learning and New Ways of Thinking About Studying the Humanities'.In: Clare Mills, Michael Pidd and Jessica Williams. Proceedings of the Digital Humanities Congress 2014. Studies in the Digital Humanities. Sheffield: HRI Online Publications, 2014. Available online

2015. "Scholarly Labour and Digital Collaboration in Literary Studies': An Invited Reply." Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 4, no. 5 (2015): 23-28 (Fulltext).

2015. Fay, E and Nyhan, J., Webbs on the Web: Libraries, Digital Humanities and collaboration. Library Review 64:1/2, pp.118 - 134 (MS Version).

2014. Nyhan, J and Duke-Williams, O. Joint and multi-authored publication patterns in the Digital Humanities. Literary and Linguistic Computing 29:3 

2014. Ciula, A., Nyhan, J., Moulin, C. ESF Science Policy briefing on research infrastructures in the digital humanities: landscapes, ecosystems and cultures. Lexicon Philosophicum: International Journal for the History of Texts and Ideas. 

2013. Nyhan, J. What can modern-day Digital Humanities learn from studying its past? Some recommendations and suggestions. Proceedings of CIDE.16: Dispositifs numériques : contenus, interactivité et visualisation.

2013. Nyhan, J., Flinn, A. D., Welsh, A. Oral History and the hidden histories project: towards histories of computing in the Humanities. Literary and Linguistic Computing: the journal of digital scholarship in the humanities.

2013. Salmon, J., Nyhan, J. Augmented reality potential and hype: towards an evaluative framework. JLTL Journal of Language Teaching and Learning 3(1). 

2012 Nyhan, J., Flinn, A., Welsh, A. Introduction. Digital Humanities Quarterly 6:3. 

2012 Rockwell, G., Nyhan, J., Welsh, A., Salmon, J. Trading Stories: an Oral History Conversation between Geoffrey Rockwell and Julianne Nyhan. Digital Humanities Quarterly 6:3.

2012 McCarty, W., Nyhan, J., Welsh, A., Salmon, J. Questioning, Asking and Enduring Curiosity: an Oral History Conversation between Julianne Nyhan and Willard McCarty. Digital Humanities Quarterly 6:3

2012 Short, H., Nyhan, J., Welsh, A., Salmon, J. Collaboration must be fundamental or it's not going to work: an Oral History Conversation between Harold Short and Julianne Nyhan. Digital Humanities Quarterly 6:3

2012 Unsworth, J., Welsh, A., Nyhan, J., Salmon, J. Postmodern Culture and more: an Oral History Conversation between John Unsworth and Anne Welsh. Digital Humanities Quarterly 6:3

2012 Siemens, R., Welsh, A., Nyhan, J., Salmon, J. Video-gaming, Paradise Lost and TCP/IP: an Oral History Conversation between Ray Siemens and Anne Welsh. Digital Humanities Quarterly 6:3

2012 Rockwell, G., Organisciak, P., Meredith-Lombay, M., Ranaweera, K., Ruecker, S., Nyhan, J, The design of an international social media event: a day in the life of the digital humanities. Digital Humanities Quarterly 6:2

2008. Developing Integrated Editions of Heritage Language Dictionaries: the Irish example. Literary and Linguistic Computing 23: 3-12.

2007. 'Foclóir an Duinnínigh: Cnuasaigh na nDéise agus Oirthear Chorcaí'. An Linn Bhuí: Iris Ghaeltacht na nDéise 11: 144-152. (ISSN 1393-4260).

2007. 'Dúil d'fhocail ó Thiobraid Árann'. Tipperary Historical Journal 142-144. (ISSN 0791-06550791-0655).

2006. 'Findfhocla an Chomaraigh'. An Linn Bhuí: Iris Ghaeltacht na nDéise 10: 97-111. (ISSN 1393-4260).

Book chapters, proceeding chapters and reports

McGillivray, B., Alex, B., Ames, S., Armstrong, G., Beavan, D., et al.., August 4. The challenges and prospects of the intersection of humanities and data science: A White Paper from The Alan Turing Institute. 

2020. Beals, M. H. and Emily Bell, with contributions by Ryan Cordell, Paul Fyfe, Isabel Galina Russell, Tessa Hauswedell, Clemens Neudecker, Julianne Nyhan, Mila Oiva, Sebastian Padó, Miriam Peña Pimentel, Lara Rose, Hannu Salmi, Melissa Terras, and Lorella Viola. The Atlas of Digitised Newspapers and Metadata: Reports from Oceanic Exchanges. Loughborough.

2020. Nyhan, J, Hauswedell, T. and Tiedau, U. Reflections on Infrastructures for Mining Nineteenth-Century Newspaper Data: institutional contexts and future developments. Proceedings of Digital Humanities Day at the British Library 2 May 2019. Gale Cengage. Pp. 27-38.

2020. Nyhan, J. The Evaluation and Peer Review of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities: Experiences, Discussions and Histories. In J. Edmond (Ed.) Digital Technology and the Practices of Humanities Research. Open Book Publisher. Pp. 163-179.

Accepted. Smyth, H., Nyhan., J. and Flinn, A., ‘Opening the ‘black box’ of digital cultural heritage processes: feminist digital humanities and critical heritage studies’. In Stuart Dunn and Kristen Schuster (eds), Routledge Handbook of Methods in the Digital Humanities. Routledge.

2019. Jones, Steven E. (PI), Kaplan, H. Nyhan, J. Passarotti, M., Rockwell, G. Senna, P. Sinclair, S. Terras, M. Whitepaper and Final Performance Report: “Reconstructing the first Humanities Computing Center” NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant HAA-255991-17 USF, TAMPA, FL, 2017-2019

2019. Loboda, O., Nyhan, J., Mahony, S., Romano, D. & Terras, M., Content-based Recommender Systems for Heritage: Developing a Personalised Museum Tour. Proc. 1st International ‘Alan Turing’ Conference on Decision Support and Recommender Systems (DSRS-Turing 2019). Alan Turing Institute

2019. Filgueira Vicente, R., Jackson, M., Roubickova, A., Krause, A., Terras, M., Hauswedell, T., Nyhan, J., Beavan, D., Hobson, T., Coll Ardanuy, M., Colavizza, G., Hetherington, J. & Ahnert, R. defoe: A Spark-based Toolbox for Analysing Digital Historical Textual Data. 2019 IEEE 15th International Conference on e-Science (e-Science). Pp.1-8.

2019. M., Dowell, J., & Nyhan. J. Using Personas to Model Users and Predict Personalisation Preferences for Interactive Museum Guides. The 27th ACM Conference on User Modelling, Adaptation and Personalization

2019. Passarotti, Marco, and Julianne Nyhan. ‘Introduction, or Why Busa Still Matters’. In One Origin of Digital Humanities:Fr Roberto Busa in His Own Words, edited by Marco Passarotti and Julianne Nyhan, 1–18. Springer Nature Switzerland AG: Springer International Publishing.

2019. Barras, Philip, and Julianne Nyhan.‘“A Tall, Stooping Figure in Black Crossing the Courtyard”: Philip Barras’ Recollections of Roberto Busa S.J.’ In One Origin of Digital Humanities: Fr Roberto Busa in His Own Words, edited by Marco Passarotti and Julianne Nyhan, 185–196. Springer Nature Switzerland AG: Springer International Publishing.

2018. Almeshari, M., Dowell, J., & Nyhan, J. Personalisation of Digital Museum Guides through Implicit Recognition of Visitor Personas. Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Mobile Access to Cultural Heritage co-located with 20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (Mobile HCI 2018). CEUR

2018. Loboda, O., Nyhan, J., Mahony, S., & Romano, D. Towards Evaluating the Impact ofr Recommender Systems on Visitor Experience in Physical Museums. Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Mobile Access to Cultural Heritage co-located with 20th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (Mobile HCI 2018). CEUR

2018. Kador, T., Hannan, L., Nyhan, J., Terras, M., Chatterjee, H. J., & Carnall, M. (2018). Object-based learning and research-based education: case studies from UCL curricula. In P. N. Davies J.P (Ed.), Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: perspectives from UCL (pp. 157-176). London: UCL Institute of Education Press.

2016. Melissa Terras and Julianne Nyhan. Father Busa's Female Punch Card Operatives' in Matthew K. Gold & Lauren F. Klein (Eds.) Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016. University of Minnesota Press. Pp. 60-65. 

2016. Nyhan, J. 'In search of identities in the Digital Humanities: the early history of Humanist'. In Molloy, J (Ed.) Social Media Archaeology and Poetics. MIT Press. (Manuscript version)

2016. Mahony, S; Nyhan, J; Terras, M and Tiedau, U (2016) 'Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Integrative Learning and New Ways of Thinking About Studying the Humanities'.  In: Clare Mills, Michael Pidd and Jessica Williams. Proceedings of the Digital Humanities Congress 2014. Studies in the Digital Humanities. Sheffield: HRI Online Publications, 2014. Available online

2015. Nyhan, J. 'ARCHIWA SPOŁECZNE. MODELE WSPÓŁPRACY Z PAŃSTWEM' in Katarzyna Ziętal (Ed) Archiwa społeczne w Wielkiej Brytanii: zarys problematyki FUNDACJA O ŚRODKA KARTA. PROGRAM ARCHIWISTYKA SPOŁECZNA p. 206-220. (PDF version) [Polish translation of article below]

2015. Nyhan, J, 'Community archives in the UK: an overview'. In Katarzyna Ziętal (Ed) Community Archives. Models of cooperation with the state. FUNDACJA O ŚRODKA KARTA. PROGRAM ARCHIWISTYKA SPOŁECZNA P.221-237 (PDF version)

2015. Nyhan, J., Terras, M., Mahony, S. (2014). Digital Humanities and Integrative Learning. In Blackshields, D., Cronin, J., Higgs, B., Kilcommins, S., McCarthy, M., Ryan, A. (Eds.), Integrative Learning: International research and practice. Routledge: OX and NY. Pp. 235-247

2014. Moulin, C., Nyhan, J. Digital lexicography and the Semantic Web: Dialectical, Historical and Global. In Davidhazi, P. (Ed.), New publication cultures in the Humanities: exploring the paradigm shift. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. Pp. 47-62 (PDF version)

2013. Nyhan, J., Terras, M., and Vanhoutte, E. "Introduction". In Terras, M., Nyhan, J, and Vanhoutte, E. (Eds). Defining Digital Humanities: a Reader. Ashgate: UK. Pp. 1-12.

2011. Moulin, C., Nyhan, J,, Ciula, A. ESF Science Policy Briefing 43: Research Infrastructures in the Humanities. European Science Foundation.

2011. TextGrid report 4.3.1. Marc Wilhelm Küster (FH Worms), Thomas Selig (FH Worms), Julianne Nyhan (Universtität Trier / University College London), Wolfgang Pempe (SUB Göttingen), Kathleen Smith (University of Illinois / SUB Göttingen) Bericht zu eHumanities-Themen mit Relevanz für die allgemeine Informatik / Report on eHumanities research topics relevant in Computer Science.

2012. Warwick, C, Terras, M., Nyhan, J.  "Introduction". In Warwick, C., Terras, M., Nyhan, J. (eds) (2012). "Digital Humanities in Practice". Facet: UK. Pp. xiii-xix

2012. Nyhan, J. Text Encoding and digital scholarly editions. In Warwick, C., Terras, M., Nyhan, J, (Eds.). Digital Humanities in Practice. Pp. 117-138.

 2009. 'Some Digital Humanities methodologies and their importance to Irish Studies'. In Lesser Used Languages Computer Linguistics (LLUCL): Proceedings of the LULCL Conference, November 2008. EURAC Research: Bolzano.

 2008. 'The problem of date and context in electronic editions of Irish historical dictionaries'. In Yesterday's words: Contemporary, Current and Future Lexicography, ed. Marijke and Van der Val, 319-332. Cambridge Scholar's Publishing: UK. (ISBN 978-1-8471846-9-6)


2014. Ruecker, Stan, Milena Radzikowska, Stéfan Sinclair (2011) Visual Interface Design for Digital Cultural Heritage: a guide to rich prospect browsing. Journal of Documentation 70(4).

2014. Review of Mike Ellis (2011). Managing and Growing a Cultural Heritage Web Presence: a strategic guide. Facet. Journal of Documentation 70(1).

 2010. Review of Literate technologies: Language, Cognition and Technicity, by L. Armand. Literary and Linguistic Computing Advance Access published on November 30, 2009. doi:10.1093/llc/fqp042

2009. Review of Deep time of the Media. Toward an Archaeology of Hearing and Seeing by Technical Means, by S. Zelinski, trans. by Gloria Custance. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 34.1

2008. Review of The Virtual window: From Alberti to Microsoft, by S. Freidberg S. Literary and Linguistic Computing 23: 497-499.

Conference and symposium papers

Accepted (to be presented August 2020). Flinn, A, Nyhan, J and K. Fife. Digging Where You Stand? Critical approaches to participatory and activist heritage work - Digital Digging: social movements and activist archiving in documenting injustice. ACHS 2020 FUTURES - Association of Critical Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference, UK

Accepted (to be presented July 2020). Beals M.H., Bell, E., Nyhan, J. and Hauswedell, T. "Exalting the Cult of Gentlemanly Amateurism": Improving Computational Analysis with Humanities Narrative-Building Methodologies (long presentation). Digital Humanities 2020. Ottawa, Canada.

2019. Humbel, M. and Nyhan, J. The Application of HTR to Early-modern Museum
Collections: a Case Study of Sir Hans Sloane's Miscellanies Catalogue. Digital Humanities 2019. University of Utrecht, the Netherlands

2019. Priewe, M., Cordell, R., Beals, M. H., Galina Russell, I., Nyhan, J., Priani S.E, Salmi, H.; Smith, D. Verheul, J. Terras, M. Oceanic Exchanges: Transnational Textual Migration and Viral Culture. Digital Humanities 2019. University of Utrecht, the Netherlands

2019. Ortolja-Baird A. and Nyhan, J. Digitally recovering absent voices in the British Museum. Connected life 2019: Data and Disorder. Oxford Internet Institute and LSE, UK

2018. Nyhan J., Ortolja-Baird A., Pickering A., Sloan K., and Fleming, M., Extramural Digital Humanities: Sir Hans Sloane's catalogues of his collections. EADH 2018. Ireland

2018. Gao, Jin, Duke-Williams O., Mahony S., and Nyhan, J. What do we write about in the Digital Humanities? A Comparative Study of Chinese and English publications. Digital Humanities Congress. Sheffield, UK.

2018. Gao, Jin, Nyhan, J., Duke-Williams O. and Mahony S. Visualising the Digital Humanities Community: A comparison Study between citation network and social network. Digital Humanities 2018. Mexico.

2017. Nyhan, J. The social history of Digital Humanities: an oral history perspective. The Making of the Humanities VI conference. Oxford.

2017. Nyhan, J. and Terras, M. Uncovering 'hidden' contributions to the history of Digital Humanities: the Index Thomisticus' female keypunch operators. Digital Humanities 2017. Montréal, Canada.

2017. Jones, S., Julianne Nyhan, Geoffrey Rockwell, Stéfan Sinclair and Melissa Terras. Reverse Engineering the First Humanities Computing Center Digital Humanities 2017. Montréal, Canada.

2017. Gao, J., Oliver Duke-Williams, Simon Mahony, Melanie Ramdarshan Bold and Julianne Nyhan. The Intellectual Structure of Digital Humanities: An Author Co-Citation Analysis. Digital Humanities 2017. Montréal, Canada.

2015. Julianne Nyhan and Marius Warholm Haugen, 'Digital Humanities and the academic library: a natural partnership?' UH-bibliotekkonferansen, Bergen, Norway

2014. Nyhan, J. The role of labels and metaphors in investigating interconnections between the Digital Humanities and the Humanities.The making of the Humanities IV, Rome, Italy

2014.  Mahony S., Nyhan J and Tiedau, U. Digital Humanities pedagogy: integrative learning and new ways of thinking about studying the Humanities. Digital Humanities Congress, Sheffield, UK.

2014. Flinn, A and Nyhan, J.  Whose project is this? Whose stories do we tell? Participatory frameworks for community-based oral history projects. Annual Conference of the Oral History Society "Community Voices: Oral History on the Ground", UK

2014. Nyhan J and Flinn A. Oral History, audio-visual materials and Digital Humanities: a new 'grand challenge'? 'Sound and (Moving) Image in Focus pre-Conference Workshop. Digital Humanities conference.  Switzerland

2014. Nyhan J. Facial recognition and Digital Humanities: new directions? Digital Humanities conference.    Digital Humanities conference.  Switzerland

2013 Nyhan J.  Uncovering the "hidden histories" of computing in the Humanities 1949 - 1980: findings and reflections on the pilot project. Digital Humanities conference. Nebraska, USA. 

2013 Nyhan, J and Duke-Williams O. Joint and multi-authored publication patterns in the Digital Humanities. Digital Humanities conference.  Nebraska, USA

2012. Nyhan, J and Welsh A.  Uncovering the "hidden histories" of computing in the Humanities 1949 - 1980: an overview of our key findings. Digital Humanities Congress 2012. Publisher URL

2011. Warwick, C., Mahony, S., Nyhan, J,, Ross, C., Terras, M., Tiedau, U., Welsh, A. UCLDH: Big Tent Digital Humanities in practice. Digital Humanities conference. ( pp.387-389). 

2011 Anne Welsh and Julianne Nyhan Finding feminist information in a 'gender-neutral' information environment. Feminism and Teaching Symposium, University of Nottingham

2010. Dan Blackshields, James Cronin and Julianne Nyhan. Integrative learning and technoculture: what's at stake?, National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (NAIRTL), Ireland, October 2010.

2010. Geoffrey Rockwell, Stan Ruecker, Peter Organisciak, Megan Meredith-Lobay, Kamal Ranaweera and Julianne Nyhan. What do we say about ourselves? An analysis of the Day of DH 2009 data, SDH/SEMI, Concordia, Montreal, Canada

2010. Julianne Nyhan. Tool making, technological determinism and the role of memory: absolute alphabetical organisation in medieval glossaries, Arbeitsgespr�ch zur historischen Lexikographie, Bullay, Germany

2009. Stephanie A. Schlitz and Julianne Nyhan. TEI-EJ: a quarterly publication of the TEI Education SIG to appear on the TEI website, TEI Members Meeting 2009, University of Michigan, USA (poster presentation)

2008. 'E-portfolios and the dimensions of understanding'. In International perspectives in teaching and learning in Higher Education: NAIRTL Conference proceedings November 2007, ed. Norma Ryan. NAIRTL: University College Cork (ISBN 978-0-9556109-4-3)

2007. Emerging electronic research infrastructures for Irish lexicography, Tionól symposium, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

2007. Digital futures in Irish studies, panel with Susan Schreibman and Deirdre Wildy; Susan Schreibman Chair. IASIL, University College Dublin

2007. E-portfolios and the Dimensions of Understanding, International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference, University College Cork, Ireland (poster presentation)

2006. Establishing the relative sophistication of the ordering systems used in the major glossaries of medieval Irish, Tionól symposium, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

2006. The digital Dinneen project: further avenues for CELT, Digital Humanities Conference, Paris-Sorbonne

2006. The problem of date and context: migrating an Irish language dictionary from hard copy to digital format, Third international conference of Historical Lexicography and Lexicology, Leiden University

2005. [with Gregory Toner], Enhancing scholarship through linking electronic resources, Digital Resources for the Humanities, Lancaster University

2004. Linking Dictionaries and Texts: New Avenues for CELT, Digital Image, Digital Text colloquium, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

2004. [with Peter Flynn], Ending the Tyranny of the Lemma, The 16th Joint International Conference of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing and the Association for Computers and the Humanities, Göteborg University Sweden

2004. [with Carrie Griffin], Transcending textual borders? Electronic edition as artefact, the Book as Artefact Conference, Marsh's Library Dublin

2003. [with Carrie Griffin], Digitising an Unedited Middle English Lunary from British Library Egerton MS 827, Borderlines 7, University College Cork

2002. Digitising the Dictionary of the Irish Language, Borderlines 6, Trinity College, Dublin

Plenary lectures and invited papers

January 2020. Nyhan, J. Where does the history of the Digital Humanities fit in the longer history of the Humanities? Reflections on the historiography of the ‘old’ in the work of Fr Roberto Busa S.J.  The Inevitable Turn: Challenges and Perspectives in Humanities Computing”, 15th-17th January 2020, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy [Keynote lecture]

December 2019. Nyhan, J.  Invited Lecture to New Horizons: Confronting the Digital Turn in the Humanities seminar series at the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH), University of Luxembourg.

September 2019. Nyhan, J. Critical Reflections on Enlightenment Architectures: Sir Hans Sloane’s catalogues of his collections. Collecting and Collections: Digital lives and after lives. The Royal Society, UK. [Keynote lecture]

September 2019. Nyhan, J. Digital Scholarship and the role of the research library: International Collaboration in an Academic Context.  Provider, partner, pioneer: digital scholarship and the role of the research library: An international symposium. Research Libraries UK. British Library, UK

June 2019. Nyhan, J. Hidden contribution to the deep histories of digital humanities tools. University of South Florida Digital Humanities Symposium, USA

January 2019. IHR Digital History ethics panel presentation, Institute of Historical Research, London, UK

2018. Approaches to modeling cultural heritage with the Text Encoding Initiative. University of Bamberg, Germany.

2018. Hauswedell, T., Nyhan, J., and Beales M. Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914. British Library, UK.

2018. Nyhan, J. Oceanic Exchanges, research across large-scale digital newspaper collections. STM: the Global Voice of Scholarly Publishing. UK

2018. Plenary Roundtable: 'Data in Digital Humanities' (Christof Schöch, Julianne Nyhan, Arianna Ciula and Joris van Zundert). EADH 2018. Ireland.

2018. Nyhan, J. What can the Humanities do for digital technologies? thinkBIG Workshop on the Digital Humanities and Computational Social Sciences. Cumberland Lodge, Windsor.

2018. Nyhan, J. Voices heard, voices silenced: on hidden contributions to the emergence of Digital Humanities c.1954-67. British Society for the History of Mathematics meeting, History of Computing beyond the computer", Oxford University, UK.

2018. Sloane, K., Nyhan, J., Ortolja-Baird A. and Pickering, V. 'Enlightenment Architectures: Sir Hans Sloane's Catalogues of his collections'. Presentation to the Board of Trustees, British Museum.

2017. Nyhan, J. Digital Humanities approaches to the formation and transformation of knowledge: a critical analysis. Birmingham University, UK.

2017. Nyhan, J. What are the longer-term origins of the asymmetrical power structures that shape so much of the practice of Digital Humanities? ITUG-Jahrestagung, Technischen Universitaet Darmstadt (Keynote). 

2017. Nyhan, J.  ''Techies' versus scholars: Roberto Busa's Index Thomisticus project and its role in the establishment of the iniquitous power structures of Digital Humanities'. Digital Humanities at Siberian Federal University Conference. Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

2017.  Sloan, K, Nyhan, J. & Pickering, V. (2017) 'Enlightenment Architectures: Sir Hans Sloane's Catalogues of His Collections'. Animating the archive: Enlightenment lives and letters. Research Workshop. Centre for Enlightenment Studies at King's & Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies.

2015. Nyhan, J. 'Archives and Digital Humanities: new pathways, new kinships?' Archive and Education conference. University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

2015. Nyhan, J.  'Knowledge organisation systems and Digital Humanities: looking back in order to look forward.' ISKO Knowledge organization systems and digital humanities. Strasbourg, France. (Keynote)

2015. Nyhan, J. 'New paths through the histories of Digital Humanities: uncovering hidden contributions to Busa's Index Thomisticus' International Symposium of Information Science, University of Zadar Croatia (Keynote).

2015. Nyhan, J. An introduction to the Histories of Digital Humanities. University of Babes-Bolyaiy / Transylvanian Digital Humanities Centre, Romania

2015. Nyhan J. Collaboration and Digital Humanities: two studies and a plea. Technospaces. Persistence - Practices - Procedures - Power. University of Darmstadt, Germany

2015. Nyhan J. Were Humanists and Digital Humanities always so very different? An investigation of the earliest contributions to Humanist. Department of Digital Humanities public seminar series. King's College London, UK 

2015. Nyhan J. Invited panel member. TALK ART/TALK SOCIETY Merging technology and historical research: What are the future archives like? The Finnish Institute in London, UK.

2015. Nyhan J. Digital Humanities: origins and future directions. Invited research seminar: University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

2014. Nyhan J.  Collaboration and Digital Humanities: on the past, present and future. Transforming Digital Methods conference. University of Exeter.

2014. Nyhan, J. 'About the book as data'. The Post Digital Scholar. Lueneburg, Germany. 

2014. Nyhan, J 'Community Archives in the UK: an overview'. International conference on Community Archives: models of cooperation with the state. Poland.  

2014. Nyhan, J. 'Digital Humanities'. Knowledge Machines: the potential of the digital. Symposium on alternative practices in Humanities research. University of Kent. UK

2014. Nyhan, J. 'Digital Humanities, Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity' penal member. Pushing the boundaries: Early Career research and interdisciplinarity. British Academy event for Early Career researchers. Open University. UK

2014. Nyhan, J. The application of facial analysis techniques to the research of ancient seals: some preliminary considerations. 'Digitization in the Round' workshop. Ashmolean Museum / Wolfson College, University of Oxford. UK

2014. Nyhan, J. Uncovering the socio-cultural contexts of the emergence of Digital Humanities and their enduring significance. Conference on cultural heritage research and innovation. Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Germany

2014. Nyhan, J. Fr Roberto Busa: founder of Digital Humanities? University of Trier Digital Humanities seminar.Germany

2014. Nyhan, J. Digital Humanities: an introduction. DARIAH-GR opening workshop. Academy of Athens.  Greece

2014. Nyhan, J. On the Digital Humanities and the necessity of thinking historically. Opening event Forschungsverbund MWW, Berlin. Germany

2014. Memory, narrative and disciplinary identity: an investigation. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano. Italy

2014. Nyhan, J. Analyse, sort, classify and mark up: text encoding and its debt to historical dictionaries and word lists. Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, University of Oxford. UK

2014. Nyhan, J. Arts and Humanities research data: a few idiosyncrasies. DigitalHSS Lunchtime Seminar: Managing Humanities Research Data. University of Edinburgh. UK 

2013. Nyhan, J. What can modern-day Digital Humanities learn from studying its past? Some recommendations and suggestions. CIDE.16: Dispositifs numériques : contenus, interactivité et visualisation. France (Keynote)

2013. Julianne Nyhan, Through memories and times: reflections on reflecting on the histories of computing in the Humanities. Humanities Unbound, University of Lausanne. Switzerland. (Keynote) 

2013. Julianne Nyhan. A researcher's view on Arts and Humanities data management/sharing (with a focus on infrastructure needs and wants) RDMF10: Research data management in the Arts and Humanities: St Anne's College, Oxford. UK

2013. Julianne Nyhan, Text, Image and Sound: where we are and where we are not in Digital Humanities. Future Digital Conference. Open University. UK. (Keynote)   

2012. Research Infrastructures in the Digital Humanities [round table discussion and presentation]. Leipzig University, European Summer School of Culture and Technology evening lecture. Germany

2012. Digital Humanities: histories or memories and what in between?. Leipzig University, European Summer School of Culture and Technology. Germany

2012. Contributions towards a history of computing in the Humanities. University College Cork, School of Historical Sciences Seminar Series. Rep. of Ireland.

2012. What is oral history and what role can it play in the history of Digital Humanities? Universitatet Trier, Digital Humanities Seminar Series. Germany.

2011. Nyhan, J., & Welsh, A. Hidden Histories: Computing and the Humanities c.1949-1980. In London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship. School of Advanced Studies, Institute of English Studies, University of London. UK

2009. Teaching and Learning TEI: an introduction to TEI-EJ, TEI Praxis Symposium, Cologne Centre for e-Humanities, Germany.

2009. [with Oliver Schmidt]. TextGrid tools and concepts: present and future, Tools for Collaborative Scholarly Editing over the Web, University of Birmingham, UK

2008. The advantages and disadvantages of the application of XML to medieval inflected languages: a case study of electronic resources for medieval Irish, Lesser Used Languages and Computer Linguistics (LULCL) II, European Academy, Bolzano. South Tyrol, northern Italy.

2008. Encoding Old Irish glossaries with TEI P5, Old Irish Glossary Symposium, Cambridge University. UK

2008. This history, context and organisation of the European Reference Index for the Humanities, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal.

2007. Electronic lexicography: medieval and modern, Trinity College Dublin, Seminar in Medieval History. Rep. of Ireland

Guest presentations 

2012. Oral Histories live. AHRC Digital Transformations Moot. November 2012. 

2012. An introduction to TEI. ThatCamp Luxembourg. 

2010. All the world exists to end up in a dictionary, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities Painless introduction to Digital Humanities series. 

2010. Nyhan, J., & Ciula, A. DARIAH community engagement mechanisms: possible models. In DARIAH Funders round table meeting. Paris: France

2009. An introduction to TextGrid, NEH funded TILE symposium, MITH, University of Maryland

2007. Historical dictionaries versus Literary works?, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA

Conference and symposium organisation

2018. Co-convenor of Early Modern Collection Catalogues: Open Questions, Digital Approaches, Future Directions. British Museum. Funded by the British Museum Research fund.

2011. Co-organiser of the 6th Interedition Development Bootcamp at the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt 28th Feb - 4th March.  


External teaching

2015. Workshop: digital tools for researchers in the Humanities. Queen Mary University of London.

2011. Text Encoding Seminar. Digital Methods and Tools for Historical research Departamento de História da FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. November 2011. http://digital-methods-and-tools-for-history.blogspot.com/

2011. An introduction to Digital Humanities. Libraries and Publishing in the Information Society MA module. City University

2010. [with Dot Porter]  Digital History and Culture: methods, sources and future looks' at the European Summer School of Culture and Technology. Universitaet Leipzig.

Electronic resources

Submitted. An enhanced, TEI-encoded edition of Patrick S. Dinneen's Foclóir Gaedhilge agus Béarla [An Irish-English Dictionary], Irish Text Society: Dublin. 1936 to be published on the CELT website

2007. A prototype electronic lexicon of Medieval Irish: contribution I, based on a re-edited subset of Marstrander, C. J. S., et al. (ed), Dictionary of the Irish language based mainly on Old and Middle Irish materials (compact edition). Dublin: 1988.

Numerous TEI-encoded editions of Irish, English and Latin texts of Irish literature, politics and history on the CELT website. See individual TEI headers on the published page.

2006. Griffin, Carrie and Julianne Nyhan, 'Transcending Textual Borders? Digitising a Middle English Lunary from British Library Egerton MS 827, and a brief introduction to XML mark-up in the Humanities'. In Proceedings of Borderlines Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference 2003, ed. Julianne Nyhan, Carrie Griffin and Kenneth Rooney. Electronic Publishing Unit: University College Cork.(ISBN 978-0-9552229-8-6).


2006. Nyhan, Julianne, Carrie Griffin and Kenneth Rooney (eds), Proceedings of Borderlines Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference 2003. Electronic Publishing Unit: University College Cork.  (ISBN 978-0-9552229-8-6).

Other Scholarly activity and service

2018. Turing Data Science and Digital Humanities group member. The Alan Turing Institute

2018. Programme Committee, Corpus-based Research in the Humanities" (CRH-2). Austria.

2018. Programme Committee, EuropeanaTech Conference 2018. Netherlands.

2018. Corresponding member of advisory board. Workshop on behalf of the Software Sustainability Institute. Oxford e-Research Centre and the Centre for Digital Scholarship in the Bodleian Libraries.

2016-19. Affiliate, Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum

2015. Peer reviewer, New Media and Society journal.

2015. Peer reviewer, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

2015. Peer reviewer, Ubiquity press.

2015 - Peer reviewer, Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen raum.

2015. Peer reviewer, Routledge.

2014-17. External Examiner, BA in Digital Humanities and Information Technology, University College Cork, Ireland. 

2015. Advisory Board Member, Ivar Arosenius digital project, Gothenberg University, Sweden

2015. Advisory Board Member, Belgrade Centre for Digital Humanities, Faculty of Media and Communication, Singidunum University.

2015. Peer reviewer, INTERACT conference 2015

2015.   Expert External Evaluator, appointment panel, University Goettingen  

2014.   Expert External Evaluator, Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften e.V

2014 -  Peer Reviewer, Estonian Research Council

2014 -  Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Open Humanities Data 

2014 -  Member of the Bibliometrics Working Group of the UCL Library Committee

2014 -  Peer Reviewer, COST EU

2014 -  Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA) supervisor.

2015 -  Internal PhD examiner, Department of Information Studies, UCL

2014 -  Internal PhD examiner, Department of Information Studies, UCL

2011-2015  Peer Review College Member, Arts and Humanities Research Council 

2012 -  Communications editor,  Interdisciplinary Science reviews. Maney Press.

2012 -  Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Data Mining & Digital Humanities 

2012-13  Member of Review Board, Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Scholarship 

2011 -  University College Cork QS Academic Peer List member

2011 - 2012 Member of Expert Advisory Panel to UCL the UCL 'Montefiore Testimonials Digitization  project: digitising, transcribing, translating the Montefiore testimonials' project

2011-12 Member of the ESF Working Group on Digital Infrastructures in the Humanities  http://www.esf.org/research-areas/humanities/strategic-activities/resear...

2010-2011 Member of Expert Advisory Panel to the LSE 'Webbs on the Web' project

2011- European liaison manager, UCLDH

2011 External Assessor on the Selection Committee for the post of  Research Officer, College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences, UCC, Ireland 

2007- Peer reviewer, Digital Humanities Quarterly, http://www.digitalhumanities.org/

2012- Peer reviewer, Literary and Linguistic Computing 

2013- Peer reviewer, The Computer Journal 

2010- Peer reviewer, Digital Humanities conference 

2013. Peer Reviewer: iConference 2013, Fort Worth, Texas. 

2012. Peer Review: iConference 2012, Toronto.  

2009-2011. Elected Member of the TEI Council http://www.tei-c.org/

2008 - 2012 Book Reviews editor, Interdisciplinary Science reviews. Maney Press.


2018. Data Science and Digital Cultural Heritage: facilitating new connections between the disciplines and professions that can transform the Global Data Context. UCL Grand Challenges Dynamics of Globalisation. £2250.

2017. British Museum Research Fund. £7,500 for the Enlightenment Architectures workshop and symposium.

2013. Fr Roberto Busa and his intellectual milieu: capturing, translating and publishing community reflections. European Association for Digital Humanities (1732.75 euro) 

2012. University of Trier's Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Forschungszentrum (HKFZ) for publications related to the history of computing in the Humanities (c.1949-1980) project (5000 euro)

2011. (with Anne Welsh)  University of Trier's Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Forschungszentrum (HKFZ) for a pilot study of the history of computing in the Humanities (c.1949-1980). (5000 euro)


2014. Member of A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities (Day of DH) project team  (2009-2012) who won the 2014 CSDH/SCHN Outstanding Contribution Award.

Public Engagement and Media

2018. (Interview) Hypertext und Soutane. Der Jesuitenpater Roberto Busa als Vordenker des WWW. Austrian Public Radio, Radio Österreich 1

2015. (Interview) Julianne Nyhan wanted to reveal the history of Digital Humanities. University of Gothenberg news interview. March 12, 2015.

2014. (Interview) Julianne Nyhan on "Books as Data" Hybrid publishing lab: researching new forms of scholarly communication in the digital age. 

2014. [with Oliver Duke-Williams] Is Digital Humanities a collaborative discipline? Joint-authorship publications patterns clash with defining narrative.  LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog, 10th September 2014. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2014/09/10/joint-authorshi...

2014. Public engagement session on Francis Galton's 'Pricker Gloves' at "The Thing is", Universities Week, Natural History Museum, London

2013. Quoted in "Hacking and Yacking About the Digital Humanities" The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 3 2013 by William Pannapacker


Research students

Primary Supervisor to:

Paolo Casani, Information technology and the transformation of perception: the experience of the self in digitally-mediated environments

Marco Hubmel, OpenGLAM in independent heritage organisations

Deborah Leem, Technical approaches to the information architectures of Hans Sloane.

Olga Loboda, The transformation of user experience with recommender systems in the museum environment

Ananda Rutherford, Critical approaches to museum documentation and the effect of digitisation on object records in two UK heritage collections, The Geffrye Museum of the Home and the Galton Collection, UCL.


Secondary Supervisor to:

Moneerah Almeshari (primary supervisor John Dowell, UCL Computer Science), Adaptive Visitor Guides and Cultural Heritage.

Kirstie Fyfe, Challenging Voices: Documenting, Collecting and Archiving UK-Based DIY Music Subcultures

Jin Gao, Mapping the Digital Humanities Community

Ashleigh-Louise Hudson, A New Authority? Exploring Self-Regulating User-Generated Oral History in the Digital Age

Bethany Johnstone, Accessibility of Dance archive

Hannah Smyth, The intersections of digital archives and cultural heritage in the Decade of Centenaries project in Ireland and their role in the mediation, construction and articulation of Irish identities, with a focus on female identity.



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