So yesterday, I was having a relatively laid back day, rolling about the living room with the bairns, occasionally seeing what was happening on the twitters. A few people were retweeting How To Design Your Own Infographics and I thought “hey, I should make an infographic.” I concede that the world does not need any more infographics, but its just my line of work that it pays to play and tinker with these kind of things, before we start talking about them in class. What should I make an infographic about? I thought. Digital Humanities, of course!
But then you run into the problem… where are the stats about Digital Humanities that could be used for such a thing? There is nothing about it on the (problematic) wikipedia page, and facts and figures arent terribly close to hand. Now, I may never get round to making that infographic, but it would pay, I think, to start to gather up information about our discipline. Here is a list of some things I have come up with – or at least, could track down pretty quickly. I also asked the twitters, so have credited some people, below, who were quick to answer.
The growth in interest could be charted by the growth in subscriptions to the Humanist discussion list, 2002 onwards, which is available here, although Willard would have to be prodded for the more up to date figures, or they could be gleaned from the AHDO minutes from the past few years. (Willard has emailed me stats – current subscription is 1831 on the list!).
Update: Willard has provided me with the number of posts to humanist over the years:
Willard has also supplied the number of members of the list:
Lou Burnard has also pointed me to a report he made about early use of Humanist, between August 1987 and January 1988. There are some crucial stats there about both individuals and topics in that period. As Lou says… “I leave it to the reader to determine whether anything much has changed“.
The number of submissions to the DH annual conference (formerly ALLC/ACH), compared with the acceptance rate, could be gathered, from the ADHO minutes. (I’m digging on this. Paul Spence has told me there are just under 400 submissions for dh2012).
John Unsworth gave me the keys to the kingdom to generate the stats from conftool myself:
DH2011 was the first conference to have short paper formats in addition to the long papers: 57 were submitted. 21 of those were accepted, which was an acceptance rate of 36.8%. (Thanks, Matthew Jockers for the prod on that one).
The number of people on twitter identified as Digital Humanities scholars, in Dan Cohen’s comprehensive list. (It currently stands at 359 individual scholars doing Digital Humanities who are on twitter).
The number of people subscribing to Literary and Linguistic Computing, which means they are part of at least one membership association tied to the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations, and the individual numbers for ALLC, ACH, and Sedi/semi. Dave Beavan has responded: as 2 Nov 2011 @LLCjournal subscribers: ACH 89, ALLC 78, SDH-SEMI 36, joint 172. Total is 375! (will dig out historical figures to show the trajectory).
Update: here is a table showing the growth in membership of ADHO through subscription to LLC, culled from Dave and I’s membership reports:
Update: Edward Vanhoutte tells me that as of December 6th, there are now 378 Subscribers to LLC. There are also 3,018 institutional subscriptions.
Edward has also provided some statistics regarding the home countries of authors who submit to the journal:
In 2011, the breakdown of the submitted papers per country shows that although most submissions come from Europe (81) and the US & Canada (27 & 14), Asia is
following with 22 submissions. There is potential growth in South America (3), the
Arab world (3), Africa (2) and Australia (1).
He also provided an overview of growth of total submissions to the journal:
2008 (65), 2009 (47), 2010 (41), 2011 (123).
The acceptance rate for papers submitted to LLC in 2010 was 54.84% coming down from 63.16% in 2009 and 71.70% in 2008. The acceptance rate for 2011 is 55.10%.
The annual hits and downloads to LLC online are thusly:
|Home Pages||TOC pages||Abstracts||HTML Full-text||PDF Full-text||Total Full-text|
A list – and $ total – of all the grants that the National Endowment for the Humanities, from the Office of Digital Humanities. This is via @brettbobley. I’m getting a total of 250 projects, with an outright award of $15,268,130 total (although I’m doing this on a tiny screen, so do correct me if I’m wrong, I need to see the spreadsheet on a much larger monitor to make sure that is correct!).
wow. thats a lot.
The list – and $ total – of the joint NEH and JISC grants awarded for Digital Humanities projects (via @brettbobley, and @alastairdunning ). I’m getting 8 projects with an outright award of $966,691 (although again, teeny screen and large spreadsheet issues, do check my working).
There is a list here of 330 projects funded by the AHRC between 1998 and 2004 that had some form of digital output. They dont include the funding amounts in the spreadsheet though (why? scared?) – I contacted them, and Ian Broadbridge, Portfolio Manager for the AHRC, provided me with this information
A list of AHRC-funded digital research resources is available on line at http://www.arts-humanities.net/ahrc. As you can see, it includes a wide range of browsing, sorting and filtering options, and connects to detailed information about each project, including content type and methods used. A report on this site gives a some brief statistical information about the costs of the projects involved. All these DRR projects also represent a significant investment of public money, to a total cost of approximately �121.5m across all the years and schemes covered. Taking, once again, Standard Research Grants for the years 2000-2008 as the more reliable basis for illustration, we can see that the average cost of DRR projects is significantly higher than that of all projects in this group taken together: �309,110 as against �232,948. The average costs increased substantially from 2006 because of the move to full-cost funding: in 2008 the respective figures for Standard Research Grants were �413,838 and �324,703: the cash difference remains in line with the overall figures, though the proportional difference is reduced as a result of a larger overhead element. The ICT Methods Network Award was �1,037,382 The Award amount for the ICT Strategy Projects is �979,364 The Award Amount for e-Science Workshops is �65,498 The Award amount for Research Grant (e-Science) is �2,014,626 The details of all of the individual value of the grants is obtainable from http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundedResearch/BrowseResearch.aspx
There is also a review, by David Robey, of the AHRC ICT Programme here.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fund a large amount of projects in the Humanities which have a digital component. Their Scholarly Communication and Information Technology strand of funding paid $30,870,567 to projects in 2010 (gleaned from their grant report). I’m asking about previous years, as their reports work differently across other years.
Lisa Spiro identified 134 courses in Digital Humanities worldwide in her 2011 paper at DH. This can be compared to the 9 institutions offering courses in 1999 from McCarty and Kirschenbaum’s overview of Humanities computing units and institutional resources in 1999, which I had to claw from the wayback engine. This needs a closer looking at, to see what comparisons can be made.
Mark Sample has been charting the growth of Digital Humanities sessions at MLA over the past few years. 2010: 27, 2011: 44, 2012: 58/753.
There is the uber cool Network Visualisation of DH2011 which could be used to generate some useful stats, such as where everyone who came to DH2011 came from. which I have used above in this post. This was created by Elijah Meeks.
Centernet – an international network of Digital Humanities centres – “has over 200 members from about 100 centers in 19 countries”.
I cant see any easy way to get an exact figure from the listings. I emailed them – there are currently 167 digital humanities centres that are members of Centernet and “we get another couple every few weeks or so”. Neil Fraistat has added “Member centers come from 26 countries and currently 247 folks are on its listserv”. Karen Dalziel pointed me to the google map which plots all these centres. Should be relatively easy to export the KML file and datamine it to get the co-ordinates if you want to plot it in any other software.
Kristel Pent has pointed out that there is another list of centres of Digital Humanities on the ALLC pages, and these should be cross referenced with the list on Centernet.
28,837 unique visitors to DH Answers in the first year
from 164 countries
969 registered DH Answers users
contributing 1387 posts on 223 topics
And here are the numbers of Humanities Computing / Digital Humanities-related sessions held at MLA — by count of the ACH: http://ach.org/mla-pages
604 panels over 13 annual conventions
Day of DH 2009: 103 Registered (83 participated) Day of DH 2010: 154 Registered Day of DH 2011: 244 Registered
There are some interesting visualisations of the Day of DH up there, too.
James Cummings tells me there are 700 subscribers to the Digital Medievalist Discussion List. Further details: DM-L started in 2003. 15th Jan 2005 there were 306 members, 28th April 2010 537 members, 27th August 2011 672 members, 5th December 2011 700 members.
There are also 584 followers of the twitter account.
James also gave me access to the user statistics of the Digital Medievalist website:
in 2011 there were 16,808 Visits, from 12,763 Unique Visitors, with 35,546 Pageviews. 25% were returning visitors.
James also gave me access to the stats for the Text Encoding Initative‘s website:
in 2011 there were 176,469 Visits from 107,320 Unique Visitors, with 537,750 Pageviews. 40% were returning visitors.
Aug 2006 - 3 Jan 2008 - 180 Jan 2010 - 264 Dec 2011 - 330
last month the DHNow website had 14.5K visits from 5K unique visitors, and 48K page views.
@DHquarterly has 688 followers on twitter. A quick look at google analytics tells me that in the past 6 months (when google analytics was switched on in DHQ) there have been 23,636 visits from 15,547 Unique Visitors who have looked at 52,370 pages in total (average of 2 and bit pages per visit). There have been visits from 137 different countries.
@LLCJournal has 513 followers on twitter.
Boone Gorges provided me with some stats about the code behind Anthologize – code lines, files, and commits another great way to measure intellectual investment in DH! (It was Bethany Nowviskie who suggested this, actually). There are 61 files, with 8693 lines of code, and 1722 comments. That’s some programming.
DHSI people stats: 2012 (300+ confirmed so far), 2011 (230), 2010 (180), 2009 (150), 2008 (125), 2007 (115), 2006 (95), 2005 (80), 2004 (75), pre-2004 (35-40 at each offering). 540 twitter followers @DHInstitute, 1429 members on the email announcement list.
Elisabeth Burr has told me that the European Summer School “Culture & Technology” at Leipzig had 85 students in 2009, and 2010, and 21 lecturers, from 21 different countries
(Brazil, Burkina Faso, Germany, Finland, France, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Canada, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Hungary, USA, Cyprus)
Julianne Nyhan has provided me with stats about the Computers and the Humanities journal (commonly known as CHum) which ran from 1997 to 2004.
There were 1244 papers published in total, from 811 single authors, and 433 joint authors.
What other facts and figures exist about DH? I’m looking for some other stats that “exist” – ie, dont tell me “count all the projects that say they are DH!” – erm, yeah. Tell me the count, and how you worked it out. Otherwise its a research project, rather than a “grab the existing stats” thing, which we should, as a community, be able to do, right? right?
I’ll ask the twitters, and DHanswers, but if you tweet me or message me or leave a comment here, I’ll update the list, above. Maybe someone will make that infographic…
Update: Desmond Schmidt did an analysis of the jobs posted to Humanist
“There have been a lot of advertisements for jobs lately on Humanist.
So I used the Humanist archive to do a survey of the last 10 years.
I counted jobs that had both a digital and a humanities component, were
full time, lasted at least 12 months and were at PostDoc level or higher”.
2008: 27 (incomplete – 1/2 year)
2011: 65 so far
Breakdown by country:
Normalised by population:
You can also see the Digital Humanities job trends from indeed.com but the percentages are so small I’m not sure its statistically worth including.