Daniel O'Donnell

FORCE11 Member since November 7, 2011
  • Organization/Institution: University of Lethbridge


I am a Professor of English at the University of Lethbridge, where I teach Old English, History of the Book, Medieval Literature, Language, and Digital Humanities. I am a former department chair, past chair (2005-2011) of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium (TEI), founding director of the Digital Medievalist Community of Practice, and founding editor of the Digital Medievalist journal.

I am currently involved in three main projects:

  • The Visionary Cross project (PI). An international project that is using cutting edge techniques in the Digital Humanities to study the "Visionary Cross" cultural matrix in Anglo-Saxon England. The first stages of this project--a 3D scan and edition of the eighth-century Ruthwell Cross Monument and an edition and (2D) facsimile of the Vercelli Book Dream of the Rood poem (led by Roberto Rosselli Del Turco)--are nearing completion.
  • Global Outlook::Digital Humanities (GO::DH) (Founding chair). The purpose of GO::DH is to help break down barriers that hinder communication and collaboration among researchers and students of the Digital Arts, Humanities, and Cultural Heritage sectors in High, Mid, and Low Income Economies. It does this by leveraging the complementary strengths, interests, abilities and experiences of Digital Arts, Humanities, and Cultural Heritage participants through core activities of Discovery, Community-Building, Research, and Advocacy: it encourages collaboration among individual projects, institutions, and researchers, helps its members learn more about digital work in the Arts, Humanities, and Cultural Heritage sectors, fosters collaboration and cooperation across regions and economies, coordinates research on and in support of the use of technology in these areas across the globe, and it advocates for a global perspective on work in this sector.
  • The Lethbridge Journal Incubator (PI). The Lethbridge Journal incubator is an experiment in the sustainability of academic publishing. The incubator attempts to ensure this sustainability by aligning the publishing processes with the research, teaching, and service missions of the University. Instead of drawing resources away from these central missions, academic communication under this model become a resource that materially improves the University’s ability to carry out these core functions.

Beyond these activities, I am currently co-president (English) of the Canadian Society of Digital Humanities/Société canadienne des humanités numériques (CSDH-SCHN), and editor-in-chief of the journal Digital Studies/Le champ numérique

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