Royal Historical Society elects SAS digital humanities chair to its council

Tuesday 2 August 2016

Professor Jane Winters, chair in digital humanities at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, has been elected a council member of the UK’s leading organisation for historians, the Royal Historical Society (RHS).

The RHS, which was founded in 1868, is the leading society in the UK that works with professional historians to advance the scholarly study of the past. Professor Winters will serve for four years from 25 November.

As a learned society with charitable status and worldwide membership of more than 3,700, the RHS is increasingly at the forefront of policy debates about history education. It works closely with the Historical Association, the body that leads on history in schools, the Institute of Historical Research, a central hub for the provision of research resources, and History UK (HE), a council of representatives of UK university history departments.

Professor Winters will contribute expertise in three main areas: publishing and scholarly communication; the challenges and opportunities of working with new kinds of digital sources for historical research; and supporting early career researchers in developing skills and exploring career options.

Speaking about her appointment, Professor Winters said: ‘I’m very honoured to have been elected to the RHS Council, and enormously grateful to everyone who took the time to vote. I’m looking forward to working with colleagues to help promote history, and particularly digital history, in the UK’.

Professor Winters has played a major role in developing digital resources for historians and is at the forefront of national and international debates on the future of digital publication and the handling of ‘big data’. She has been exploring how to transform the way in which humanities researchers work with large datasets through groundbreaking projects like Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities, Digging into Linked Parliamentary Metadata and Traces through Time: Prosopography in Practice across Big Data.

Most recently, she was awarded funding to develop a research network investigating ‘Born-digital big data and methods for history and the humanities’. Professor Winters is currently leading on the development of an open-access books publishing service within the School of Advanced Study.

Further information
Professor Jane Winters’ profile
Royal Historical Society website
Big UK Domain Data for the Arts and Humanities
Digging into Linked Parliamentary Metadata
Traces through Time: Prosopography in Practice across Big Data
Born-Digital Big Data and Methods for History and the Humanities