DIGHUMLAB is an abbreviation of Digital Humanities Laboratory. Established in 2012, DIGHUMLAB is a digital community set out to facilitate knowledge sharing in digital humanities research.

DIGHUMLAB supports and organises activities in the field of digital humanities such as networks, conferences,  communities, education, and competency development.

Press release

PRESS RELEASE FROM Aarhus University: By Signe Hvid Maribo, Head of Communication, AU ARTS, August 2012

Monday marked the opening of Denmark’s first digital laboratory for humanities by Education Minister Morten Østergaard and Mette Thunø, chairman of DIGHUMLAB’s steering committee. DIGHUMLAB is a new ambitious project heralding a completely new digital agenda within humanities research.

Photo from left: Jens Erik Mogensen, Vice Dean KU, Lone Dirckinck-Holmfeld, Dean AAU, Flemming G. Andersen, Dean University of Southern Denmark, Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, Rector AU, Morten Østergaard, Education Minister, Mette Thunø, Dean AU and chairman of the DIGHUMLAB steering committee, Erik Champion, project manager DIGHUMLAB. Photo: AU Communication Lise Balsby

The Ministry of Education and Research has allocated 30 million DKK for the establishment of a Danish Digital Humanities Laboratory (DIGHUMLAB).

No White Coats Needed

“A laboratory doesn’t need to be filled with microscopes and white coats to be a real laboratory. Natural sciences no longer have a monopoly on laboratories, but must make room for social sciences and humanities,” said Education Minister Morten Østergaard in his speech at the DIGHUMLAB opening seminar.

“Good research infrastructure is to a researcher what a road is to a car,” the minister stated, highlighting a solid infrastructure as a prerequisite for Denmark to compete with the best humanities research environments at a European and global level. However, the project should also result in ordinary students and school pupils being able to examine texts, media, and audio files in digital microscopes and discover new connections directly from their own computer.

With an Avatar in Ancient Rome

Mette Thunø, chairman of the DIGHUMLAB steering committee and dean at Aarhus University, showcased at the opening several foreign examples of digitalized humanities research. A virtual model of ancient Rome and digital maps with arrows showing how Rousseau and Voltaire’s ideas spread across Europe during the Enlightenment. The maps were generated based on digitized text sources.
“In Denmark, we have been slightly lagging in this field, and I am very pleased that with the new DIGHUMLAB, we have the opportunity to develop the area and join the forefront of the international scene,” said Dean Mette Thunø.


DIGHUMLAB is a national consortium consisting initially of four universities, Aalborg University, Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen, and University of Southern Denmark, which in collaboration with the State Library and the Royal Library will promote access to digital research resources, development of research tools, establishment of education, and anchoring in international networks.

The Ministry of Education and Research has allocated 30 million DKK for the establishment of a Danish Digital Humanities Laboratory (DIGHUMLAB). DIGHUMLAB was prioritized in the ministry’s Roadmap for Research Infrastructures in 2010 and aims to promote humanities and social science research, education, and knowledge sharing through access to digital resources and the development of new methods and research practices.


DIGHUMLAB is a national consortium of five institutions:

All institutions share a common mission, vision and values that all revolve around promoting access to digital research resources, developing research tools and education and strengthening ties to international networks.

DIGHUMLAB is the preferred community in Denmark for:

– Inspiration and personal support for digitally enabled research
activities within the humanities and the social sciences

– Recommendations for and access to tools and data

To enhance and facilitate digital research activities within the humanities and the social sciences in Denmark.

To contribute to greater interdisciplinary cooperation, widespread knowledge transfer and global orientation as well as increased internationalisation of both research and education.

Research driven – to ensure relevance of tools, data and related activities

Accessible and Usable – to ensure uptake and provide access to digital facilities and online materials

Open – to allow others to do research based on digital tools and data supported by DIGHUMLAB

Excellent – to allow researchers to perform cutting edge research

Inspirational – to demonstrate the potential of digital methods and activities

Ethical – to assist on how to conduct ethical digital research

Sustainable – to give stability


Digital Humanities Lab Denmark

Aarhus University
Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4
DK-8000 Aarhus C