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 Katherine Walter, co-chairs

Meral Karrasch, Executive Secretary

Worthy Martin, Treasurer

Council Members

Name Center
Paul Arthur Western Sydney University
Francesca Benatti Open University
Francesco Berretta Laboratoire de recherche historique Rhones-Alpes
Neil Fraistat University of Maryland, MITH
Elena Gonzalez-Blanco UNED
Jieh Hsiang National Taiwan University
Mitsuyuki Inaba Reiksmeikan University
Frederic Kaplan EPFL, Switzerland
Inna Kizhner Siberian Federal University
Laura Mandell Texas A&M University
Worthy Martin University of Virginia, IATH
Paul Miller University of Canterbury, NZ
Karlheinz Moerth University of Graz
Elli Mylonas Brown University
Kiyonori Nagasaki University of Tokyo
Geoffrey Rockwell Univerisity of Alberta
Brian Rosenblum Kansas University, IDRH
Sinai Rusinek Digital Humanities Israel
Ray Siemens University of Victoria, BC
Katherine Walter University of Nebraska, CDRH
Sally Wyatt KNAW, eHumanities Group


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