Digital Harlem, Visualization, and Data in the Humanities

On February 3, 2017, I delivered the keynote address at the 9th Annual Bridging the Spectrum Symposium on Scholarship and Practice in Library and Information Science at the Catholic University of America. The talk, entitled “Digital Harlem, Visualization, and Data in the Humanities,” located Digital Harlem as part of two larger trends produced by the adoption of digital technology in the humanities – the visualization of information, and the creation of humanities data. Both trends have been slow developing, but promise significant transformations in humanities scholarship that will offer new roles for librarians.

It was a good time to talk about Digital Harlem as the site had just received a face-lift: a new interface that is a customised view of our research database, which now uses the Heurist knowledge management system (, developed by Ian Johnson and Artem Osmakov (University of Sydney Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences).