Participating Institutions


The Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC) is one of eight IUMRI’s or Landmark Research Areas to receive major university funding as part of its Academic Master Plan. Here is our mission statement, authored by Maura Ives and Laura Mandell:

  • To perform research on the global impact of computing, digitization, cyber-worlds, and digital communication on culture by fostering collaboration among various disciplines housed in different colleges across the University;
  • To participate in creating a cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities, which is to say, a structure capable of making the human record accessible and usable by new computing technologies that will allow performing the new kinds of research that have been impossible up to now;
  • To foster among faculty at Texas A&M University inter-institutional and international relationships for the sake of maximizing the use of expertise and resources devoted to research in the Humanities, new media, and art.
  • ECCO at Gale-Cengage Learning

    Consisting of every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas, Eighteenth Century Collections Online was the most ambitious single scholarly digitization project ever undertaken. Bearing witness to what many scholars consider the three most significant events in world history — The American Revolution, The French Revolution and The Industrial Revolution — this two-part resource features:

    • Full-text search capabilities
    • Canonical titles of the period as well as contemporary works that analyze and debate those titles
    • Works by both well-known and lesser-known authors

    From books and directories, bibles and sheet music, to sermons and pamphlets, Eighteenth Century Collections Online features a variety of materials to provide a critical tool for both faculty research and classroom use. With more than 50,000 new titles of previously unavailable or inaccessible materials, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Part II is an essential addition for current owners of Part I. The cumulative resource, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Part I and II is now available to new customers.

    Cushing Memorial Library and Archives

    The Cushing Memorial Library and Archives is the rare books, special collections, manuscripts, and archival repository for Texas A&M University Libraries. The collections of the Cushing Library reflect the comprehensive nature of the educational and research enterprise at A&M as well as the wide diversity of interests found among current and former students, faculty, staff and friends. By preserving and making these collections accessible, the Cushing Library, like the University, seeks to promote intellectual inquiry, cultural enrichment, and the creation and dissemination research and new knowledge. The Library serves the students and faculty of Texas A&M as well as the community of scholarship, learning, and culture beyond the physical boundaries of the campus.

    The collections span the breadth of recorded history, from Sumerian clay tablets dating from 2400 BCE to contemporary science fiction paperbacks. These collections comprise over 22,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival material, approximately 200,000 printed volumes, over 250,000 photographs, hundreds of original works of art ranging from oil paintings to pastels to sculpture, and many individual artifacts. The collections include works on paper, film, tape, CD, and other media. Collection strengths and interests of the Cushing Library include military history, science fiction, western Americana, 19th-century American prints and illustrators, modern politics, Texana, natural history, Africana, Hispanic studies, ornithology, nautical archaeology, 18th-century French history and culture, Mexican colonial history, the history of books and printing, the history of Texas A&M, and selected literary collections (including Miguel de Cervantes, John Donne, Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham, the Powys family, Christina Rossetti, and Walt Whitman) in addition to other subjects.


    PRImA is a group of researchers at the University of Salford in Manchester aiming at developing world-class Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis techniques for real-world problems.

    Techniques developed by PRImA members and their associates have gained international academic standing and are currently in use in Industry. PRImA has participated in many large-scale European OCR projects including IMPACT and Europeana Newspapers, and have produced widely renowned OCR tools such as Aletheia.

    KB National Library of the Netherlands

    The work on eMOP is carried out within the Research Department of the Innovation and Development Section of the KB National Library of the Netherlands. Over the years the KB has taken part in many innovative projects, such as in the area of digital preservation, the development of innovative tools for OCR and language technology as well as many TEL and Europeana-related projects. The KB National Library of the Netherlands is a research library with a broad collection in the fields of Dutch history, culture and society, and as national library collects and maintains all publications that appear in the Netherlands, as well as a part of the international publications about the Netherlands. The mission of the KB is to bring people and information together, not only by offering everyone everywhere access to everything published in and about the Netherlands but also by playing a central role in the (academic) information infrastructure and promoting permanent access to digital information nationally and internationally.

    The KB was the coordinator of IMPACT (Improving Access to Text, 2008 - 2012), a project funded by the European Commission to significantly improve access to historical text and is one of the founding members of the impact Centre of Competence. By participating in eMOP, the KB also aims to foster a sustainable cooperation between eMOP/IDHMC and the Impact Centre of Competence.

    Contact: (impact [at] kb [dot] nl)

    Professor Raghavan Manmatha

    Professor Manmatha is located at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.


    The Software Environment for the Advancement of Scholarly Research (SEASR), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provides a research and development environment capable of powering leading-edge digital humanities initiatives.

    SEASR fosters collaboration by empowering scholars to share data and research in virtual work environments. This eases scholars’ access to digital research materials, which currently are stored in a variety of incompatible formats. SEASR is designed to enable digital humanities developers to rapidly design, build, and share software applications that support research and collaboration.

    Performant Software Solutions LLC

    Performant Software Solutions specializes in developing web applications and interactive user experiences. The Performant team has a long tradition of supporting digital humanities research, and they have developed projects funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Performant Software will be working with the IDHMC at TAMU to create a document-processing workflow, automate document evaluation, develop two systems from the EEBO and ECCO case study, and handle all software development tasks.

    EEBO at ProQuest

    Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700. From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare, this incomparable collection now contains more than 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement. Libraries possessing this collection find they are able to fulfill the most exhaustive research requirements of graduate scholars - from their desktop - in many subject areas, including English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science.

    The Text Creation Partnership (TCP)

    The Text Creation Partnership began in 1999 as an experimental partnership among the University libraries of Michigan and Oxford, ProQuest, and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The initial goal of the project was to produce standardized, encoded electronic text editions of 25,000 selected titles from ProQuest’s Early English Books Online (EEBO). In the last dozen years, funded by the contributions of more than 100 libraries around the world, EEBO-TCP has keyed and encoded more than 44,000 EEBO titles, and continues to work toward a goal of 70,000 texts: one transcription for each unique work in EEBO. The rights to these texts are shared among all of the libraries that contributed to their creation, and the texts will ultimately be made available to the public.

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