Digital Humanities

The University Library aims at providing researchers with content for Digital Humanities - digital and computer based research in the Humanities – that is as sustainable, varied and accessible as possible.

The UL provides assistance in three areas:

1.    Data
We collaborate with researchers to provide and maintain data for Humanities research; e.g. by digitalizing content from our Special Collections on request, as well as offering assistance in acquiring datasets. We make our own data as widely available as possible, preferably as Linked Open data following the Fair principle (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable).

2.    Infrastructure
UL Image Database offers an infrastructure for digitized content from the Special Collections and Geoplaza is our platform for (visualization of) geodata.

3.    Information services and advice
The UL offers information and advice on such matters as licenses, copyright and metadata as well as on how to use data in the Humanities. Through our network within the Vrije Universiteit and elsewhere, we are able to bring researchers together to share expertise and knowledge, not only through scientific literature, but by sharing directly with each other.

For some of these topics, the UL has extensive experience. We welcome any opportunity to discuss all topics with researchers and explore how we can contribute to research while at the same time expanding our own expertise, e.g. on metadata or data-visualization.

The UL also offers more general research support with relevance to the Humanities, such as Open Science or compiling Research Data Management Plans. For more information see our page on Education and Research Support.

The Faculty of Humanities maintains an extensive workbench on Digital Humanities, designed to give information about approachable digital methods and techniques for research in the humanities.

For further information please contact Michiel Cock (Head of Education Support & Collections)