centerNet is an international network of digital humanities centers formed for cooperative and collaborative action to benefit digital humanities and allied fields in general, and centers as humanities cyberinfrastructure in particular. Anchored by its new publication DHCommons, centerNet enables individual DH Centers to network internationally — sharing and building on projects, tools, staff, and expertise. Through initiatives such as Day(s) of DH and Resources for Starting and Sustaining DH Centers, centerNet provides a virtual DH center for isolated DH projects and platform for educating the broader scholarly community about Digital Humanities.

centerNet’s History

centerNet developed from a meeting hosted by the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of Maryland, College Park, April 12-13, 2007 in Washington, D.C., and is a response to the American Council of Learned Societies report on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences, published in 2006. Since its inception in April 2007, centerNet has added over 200 members from about 100 centers in 19 countries to our International Directory of Digital Humanities Centers. Regional centerNet affiliates have been established in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, and the U.K. and Ireland, each with a steering committee.

In 2009, centerNet became a founding member with DARIAH, CLARIN, PROJECT BAMBOO, and ADHO of CHAIN: the Coalition of Humanities and Arts Infrastructures and Networks. In June 2010, centerNet formally affiliated with the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) in order to pursue an ambitious agenda of initiatives on matters of mutual interest. Together, the two organizations are fostering disciplinary innovation and transformation in the humanities.

centerNet Founding Centers

When centerNet started to take on new responsibilities and initiatives, some of the most prestigious Digital Humanities Centers worldwide showed their support by becoming our founding members. These centers are:

Canadian Institute for Research in Computing and the Arts (University of Alberta, Canada)
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (Nebraska, USA)
Center for Digital Scholarship (Brown, USA)
Centre for Open Electronic Publishing [Cléo] (France)
Department of Digital Humanities (King’s College London, UK)
Digital Humanities Center for Japanese Arts and Cultures (Kyoto, Japan)
Digital Humanities Hub (Australian National University)
Digital Humanities at Oxford (UK)
Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (University of Victoria, Canada)
Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities (Germany)
HAVLab (McGill, Canada)
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (Maryland, USA)
Matrix (Michigan State, USA)
Print Culture eResearch Hub (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ)
Research Center for Digital Humanities (National Taiwan University)
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (George Mason, USA)
Scholars’ Lab (Virginia, USA)
University College London Centre for Digital Humanities (UK)

centerNet's International Executive Council

Paul Arthur and Laura Mandell, co-chairs

Elise Bohan , Executive Secretary

Worthy Martin, Treasurer

Council Members

Name Center Term
Paul Arthur Edith Cowan University After DH2018
Francesca Benatti Open University After DH2019
Francesco Berretta Laboratoire de recherche historique Rhones-Alpes After DH2019
Elena Gonzalez-Blanco UNED After DH2018
Mitsuyuki Inaba Reiksmeikan University After DH2019
Laura Mandell Texas A&M University After DH2019
Karlheinz Moerth University of Graz After DH2018
Elli Mylonas Brown University After DH2019
Kiyonori Nagasaki University of Tokyo After DH2018
Geoffrey Rockwell Univerisity of Alberta After DH2018
Sinai Rusinek Digital Humanities Israel After DH2018
Ray Siemens University of Victoria, BC After DH2019
Katherine Walter University of Nebraska, CDRH After DH2018


ADHO – Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations


CHAIN – Coalition of Humanities and Arts Infrastructures and Networks

CHCI – Consortium of humanities centers and institutes

CLARIN – Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure

DARIAH – Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities