In this issue, we re-visit some long-standing debates not only in the field of digital humanities, but more broadly in academic life, including interdisciplinarity, the position of women, and the future of open access and peer review. In the featured article, Albert Meroño-Peñuela reflects on the similarities and differences between the ways of working and thinking of computer scientists and humanities scholars. Interdisciplinarity is the theme of reports of other events, by Jacqueline Hicks and myself who attended events organised by the Netherlands eScience Centre, and my own experiences at conferences in Canada and the US. Corina Koolen reports on the event held every three years to reflect on the position of women in Dutch academia. The latest figures show some progress in the proportion of women professors (now 17.1% – still one of the lowest in Europe) but at this rate of improvement it will be 2055 before there is gender equality. We need to pay attention to the gender balance in digital humanities, as the traditions are very different between computer science and most of the humanities. We also need to pay attention to how gender gets analysed and represented in digital humanities, and to other aspects of diversity. Digital technologies are not only used in the production of knowledge, but they also affect its distribution. Openness has long been one of the normative ideals of science, and the internet was heralded as the perfect medium for providing free and equal access to data and publications. Many authors, individually and collectively, have been exploring the use of digital technologies to share work in innovative ways, e.g. embedding large-scale data and visualisations in publications, and facilitating peer review in a process of ‘open social scholarship’. In January, an international group of researchers, policy makers, publishers and other stakeholders came together to debate these issues in Mainz, at an event co-organised by Andrea Scharnhorst.
On 20 May, we will be marking the end of the Computational Humanities programme and the eHumanities group. In the morning, each of the four projects will present highlights of their work and provide hands-on demonstrations of the data and tools they have developed. The focus will be on the legacy of the projects for other researchers and other possible users. Until 21 April, we still have an exciting programme for the ‘New Trends in eHumanities’ meetings held on Thursday afternoons (details on the website). You can also read more about specific events organised by each of the projects later in this issue. But this is not the end. On the afternoon of 20 May, we will launch CHAT-NL (Netherlands Centre for Humanities and Technology), a national platform to promote further work in this flourishing field, bringing together many universities, KNAW institutes, and others (for more details about CHAT-NL, see the item in this issue). Keynote lectures will be given by Franciska de Jong, Professor for e-Research for the Humanities at Utrecht University, and Ray Siemens, Canada Research Chair in Computational Humanities at the University of Victoria. Further details about the 20 May programme and how to register will soon be on our website.
We are very pleased that we have been nominated for the DH Public Engagement Award, and that our nomination was selected by the international nominations committee. This nomination reflects the commitment of the eHumanities group to openness, that ideal mentioned above, and also appreciated by Allen Riddell, our 2015 visiting fellow who reports on his time here elsewhere in this issue. In our activities and communication, we have always tried to be inclusive, to reflect the many different perspectives on DH. You can read more about the award in this issue, and you can still vote until 27 February.