Digital Humanities at Saint Louis University supports scholarship in the humanities through the use of computing tools that develop research and pedagogical projects for presentation in a digital environment. By assisting with digital contribution, annotation, collaboration, and publication, Digital Humanities encourages the development of new scholarship, expands the parameters of new research, and extends the lifespan, influence, and audience of academic conversation.
In 1999, the Center for Digital Humanities was born as the Institute for Digital Theology with funding from the British Academy. The first project provided electronic access to the Latin works of Robert Grosseteste and set the tone of ambition, innovation, and exploration that has guided us ever since.
Digital Humanities has received major grants from public and private organizations in the United States and abroad. Several private institutions have contracted us for specific tools for education, access, and interaction with their collections. Members of our staff have presented at academic conferences and are active contributors to many digital standards, building tools that not only make compliance automatic but also represent unique cases of content producers as contributions to community conversations in digital development.
Completed projects have already made the Digital Humanities a leader in transcription, Medieval text studies, palaeography education, and editorial notation. Active projects, such as Tradamus, illustrate the simplicity with which interoperable web standards enhance digital annotation and publication. Through consulting projects, our relationships with major repositories and universities has expanded the scope of our tools into multimedia annotation and attribution, music and poetry, sigillography, and classical and pre-modern manuscripts. Every project is created with openness, interoperability, and accessibility baked right into the design.