KNAW Initiative

The e-Humanities Group is an initiative of the KNAW that brings together expertise and research in the development and use of digital technologies in the humanities and social sciences. Researchers in KNAW institutes collaborate with universities in order to develop innovative tools and theories for understanding what computational approaches can mean for research and scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.

Focus on Computational Humanities and Cultures of e-Humanities

The Group has two strands which will be integrated intellectually, physically and organisationally over the course of the five-year programme (2011-2015). The first strand focuses on Computational Humanities in which technical experts will work together with scholars in the humanities in order to develop new tools, methods, and approaches for gathering, storing, processing, documenting and representing data (including text, numbers, images and sounds). The second strand examines Cultures of e-Humanities by exploring what such new developments mean for the ways in which those engaged in the humanities and social sciences conduct their research, including questions around new research questions and methods, interdisciplinary and international collaboration, and novel forms of output and dissemination.

Prizes and awards

Meroño-Peñuela, Albert. 2013. has been awarded with the Best PhD Symposium Paper of ESWC 2013, with the paper Semantic Web for the Humanities. This paper discusses novel opportunities for the Semantic Web, inspired by research questions arisen from CEDAR and other related projects, especially around the problems of representation round-tripping and concept drift.
The paper and the presentation at the symposium can be found here.

Wyatt, Sally. Killam Visiting Scholar Award 2010, University of Calgary, taken up January-April 2012

Passi, Samir. 2012. ‘Slide to Unlock?’ – Mobile convergence and collapsing contexts. Workshop on Internet Trust, Reputation, Identity and Privacy (TRIP), Lausanne. Switzerland (Best Presentation Award). December. Link to abstract and presentation


Membership in editorial boards of journals or book series

Wyatt Sally. Big Data & Society, Routledge, member of editorial board, 2013-cont.

Wyatt Sally. Science, Technology & Human Values, Sage, contributing editor, 2012-cont.

Wyatt Sally. Health, Technology and Society, book series, (Palgrave-Macmillan), founding co-editor with Andrew Webster, 2004-cont.

Wyatt Sally. Graduate Journal of Social Science, member of editorial board, 2004-cont.

eHumanities Staff

Professor Sally Wyatt is the Group leader.

Dr Andrea Scharnhorst is the scientific coordinator for the Computational Humanities programme.

Jeannette Haagsma is the organisational coordinator and Anja de Haas the secretary of the e-Humanities Group.

More details about these people and others working with the eHumanities Group can be found by clicking on ‘people’ above.

The e-Humanities Group is located in the same building as the Meertens Institute

Academic roles

Wyatt, Sally. Academic Director, Netherlands Graduate Research School for Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC) (also member), Chair of International Advisory Board, Netherlands e-Science Center (NWO-SURF), Member of Board, CLARIAH (Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) until 2015. Member of Advisory Board, Infoscape Research Lab, Ryerson University, Toronto, 2012-cont.

eHumanities Library

eHg has its own small but interesting library.

News & Events

eHumanities eMagazine 7