Esteban Romero Frias March - New Trends in eHumanities

Esteban Romero Frías, University of Granada


March 13, 2014


GrinUGR, a Co-Laboratory on Digital Cultures in Social Sciences and Humanities

GrinUGR (; @grinugr) is defined as a Co-Laboratory on Digital Cultures in Social Sciences and Humanities. GrinUGR was created after the experience that Esteban Romero-Frías had in 2010 visiting the Virtual Knowledge Studio in Amsterdam. GrinUGR has a hybrid identity: not being part of the formal structure of the University of Granada but being able of generating projects and getting people together.
The presentation has two parts. Firstly, Esteban will explain the experience of creating this group: problems, challenges, projects, etc. Among the main projects already developed is worth mentioning:

Secondly, he will present an agenda of undergoing research projects, focusing on two of them:
1.- “Atlas of Digital Humanities and Social Sciences in Spanish and Portuguese” ( this is a project that aims to give visibility to the Spanish and Portuguese speaking community of digital scholars.
2.- “Exploring social impact and engagement of Digital Humanities Centers (DHC) through Social Media”: this is an study in progress that intends to analyse the missions of Digital Humanities Centers in relation to their presence in Social Media. Are DHCs really changing the way academia engage with the general public?

Here you can find the presentation slides.


Assistant Professor at the Department of Finance and Accounting at the University of Granada
Visitor eHumanities Group  9-14 March 2014
Esteban Romero-Frías ( is Assistant Professor at the Department of Finance and Accounting at the University of Granada (Spain). He carries out research in three main fields: (1) the application of Webometric techniques to social sciences, (2) the impact of Social Web in higher education (including Personal Learning Environments & MOOCs), and (3) digital cultures in higher education, particularly within the frame of Digital Humanities and Social Sciences.
From 1997 to 1999, he studied Humanities (Spanish Language and Literature) at the University of Granada (Spain). Following these studies, he graduated with a degree in Business Administration. In 2004, he moved to the University of Valencia (Spain) to undertake his doctoral courses at the most reputed department of Accounting in Spain. In 2007, his interest for international organizations and politics led him to the European Commission in Brussels (Belgium), for a 6-month traineeship. At that time, he could observe first-hand the impact of the emergence of Web 2.0 with many different cultures and traditions increasingly interacting, through digital media, in a complex decision-making process that was very relevant in political, economic and social terms. After this experience he decided to adopt e-research methods to research the complexity of networked economy and politics.
In 2010 he achieved his doctorate from the University of Granada, with a thesis entitled ”A Webometric Approach to Business Studies”, that was supervised by professor Liwen Vaughan from the University of Western Ontario (Canada).
He visited different research centers in Canada (University of Western Ontario, 2009), United Kingdom (Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group at University of Wolverhampton, 2009), The Netherlands (Virtual Knowledge Studio in Amsterdam, 2010), France (Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire at Université Paris Descartes, 2011) and Mexico (Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, 2012/13),
Since 2011 he coordinates GrinUGR – Collaboratory for digital cultures in social sciences and humanities, at the University of Granada. In 2013, he was the main researcher on a project entitled “Digital Social Science and Humanities: cases, management and business models” funded by the Campus de Excelencia Internacional BioTic Granada (CEIBioTic Granada). In December 2013 he organised THATCamp UGR 2013.
Currently he is focused on studying digital cultures in Humanities and Social Sciences.
A list of journal papers and conference papers, among other activities can be consulted at: