The European Academies constitute a unique pan-European knowledge base that is trusted, non-partisan and long-term. The Academies therefore have an important contribution to make to debates regarding sustained digital infrastructures and project-funded artefacts, the achievement of long-term durable digital preservation, and the societal responsibility for preservation of our digital cultural heritage.

The E-Humanities Working Group is charged with identifying and raising awareness for priorities and concerns of the Digital Humanities, and contributing to the Open Access agenda from a Humanities and Social Sciences perspective, and building consensus for common standards and best practices in E-Humanities scholarship and digitisation. The Group’s first publication, Going Digital: Creating Change in the Humanities, made recommendations around archival sustainability and data training required for achieving Open Access and Open Data goals across the Humanities.

Humanities data can be rich and complex, non-standardised in format, without common or consistent metadata and ontologies, and can be subject to complex rights issues. Consensus and best practice regarding digitisation and metadata standards for common usage, that still retain the richness of different disciplines and data types, could enable open access to Humanities data, and facilitate data exchange and sharing between the wealth of archives, repositories and libraries across Europe.

Going forward, the E-Humanities Working Group is focusing on the European Open Science and Open Research agendas, identifying growth opportunities for Humanities scholarship, as well as the contributions Humanities methodologies can make to truly opening research.


  • Dr Natalie Harrower (Chair) – Royal Irish Academy
  • Dr Beat Immenhauser – Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences
  • Professor Gerhard Lauer – Chair of Digital Humanities, University of Basel (Special Member)
  • Dr Maciej Maryl – Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Professor Tito Orlandi – The National Academy of the Lincei 
  • Professor Bernard Rentier –  The Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium
  • Professor Laurent Romary (Special Member) – DARIAH
  • Professor Andreas Speer – Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities
  • Dr Eveline Wandl-Vogt – Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • Dr. Lisa Griffith (Secretariat) – Royal Irish Academy


Previous Members

  • Dr Sandra Collins (past Chair), Royal Irish Academy
  • Dr Dag Trygve Truslew Haug, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
  • Gehard Lauer (Union of German Academies)


Selected Recent Publications


Front Page Going digital report Going Digital: Creating Change in the Humanities (2015)


Recent Meetings

5 December 2017
Meeting at the Royal Irish Academy

16-17 January 2017
Meeting of AGATE Scientific Advisory Board and AGATE workshop, Berlin

27-27 June 2016
Open Science and Ireland workshop – First national visit of the European Open Science Cloud HLEG Chair, sponsored by ALLEA E Humanities Working Group, Dublin

7 May 2015
Launch of report “Going Digital: Creating Change in the Humanities” with SASSH project,  Brussels

4 December 2014
Meeting of the ALLEA E Humanities Working Group,  Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, Bern

26 May 2014
Meeting of the ALLEA E Humanities Working Group, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome

6 May 2014
Meeting with Research Data Alliance European Steering Forum, Brussels

6 February 2014
Consultation with the EU Commission ERA DOERs Group, towards the development of a European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures,  Brussels

27-29 January 2014
Meeting with the ALLEA WG for Social Sciences and Humanities, and the Advisory Group for the ALLEA SASSH project, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin