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GO::DH Election Results 2015

Over the past few weeks GO::DH held its second executive committee elections. With such a great slate of candidates, the election results were very close, but we are now pleased to announce the four elected candidates for the 2015-2017 term. In alphabetical order:

Gimena del Rio
Alex Gil
Dan O’Donnell
Padmini Ray Murray

Our voter turnout was a bit lower than we had expected, and we would like to encourage everyone on the list to get involved in any way you may wish. Our collective participation is crucial to make our initiatives as far reaching and relevant as possible.

We would like to thank all of the candidates for their enthusiasm and willingness to serve as part of GO::DH.

We also thank everyone who voted at these elections, the returning officers and nominations committee, and especially the outgoing GO::DH executive committee members who have worked tirelessly and made a great impact in the group.

The new executive will take office in the next few days, appoint a chair, vice-chairs and officers and will make the news available to the group.

Call for nominations: GO::DH Executive Committee

Global Outlook::Digital Humanities is holding its second Executive Committee elections. From this election on, according to the approved bylaws that establish procedures by which GO::DH is governed, four out of eight of the seats on the executive committee are up for election each year. When we elected the first executive last year, four of the candidates were elected for a one-year (renewable) term: Alex Gil, Daniel O’Donnell, Barbara Bordalejo, and Domenico Fiormonte. The other half, Elena González-Blanco, Élika Ortega, Maria Clara Paixão de Sousa, and Øyvind Eide were elected to a two-year (renewable) term.

The four positions held by officers appointed to a one-year term are now up for election to a two-year (renewable) term. Élika Ortega and Roopika Risam are serving as the returning officers and nominations committee for this year’s election. Élika is a current member of the executive committee, and Roopika served on the returning and nominations committee for last year’s election. We would like to open nominations for candidates for the executive of GO::DH.

Any member of our mailing list may stand for election and self-nominations are very welcome. If you would like to nominate somebody for election (including yourself), please email Élika Ortega and Roopika Risam at We will need the name and email address of the nominee, along with a brief bio and short candidate statement (200 words maximum). Please ensure that your nominee is willing to stand for election.

In keeping with the goals and mandate of GO::DH, we strongly encourage diversity in our nominees: there are no linguistic, geographic, rank, or other requirements for office, and we encourage nominees from all countries and speakers of all languages to apply. To encourage diversity among our candidates, we ask all members to circulate this call for nominations and also to paraphrase it or translate it into other languages to encourage participation from underrepresented groups.

Nominations will close February 20th. A ballot will then be prepared with the candidates’ names and sent to all GO::DH members (everyone subscribed to the mailing list) where they will be asked to select up to four names for election. The ballot will close one week after it opens and the newly elected GO::DH executive committee members will be announced. The executive will later on choose a chair from among its membership and appoint all the officers the organization requires.

We look forward to your nominations and self-nominations at Please feel free to contact us with any questions you have.

GO::DH at DH2014

As many of you know DH2014 took place in Lausanne, Switzerland earlier this month. During the days of the conference many GO::DH members got together (in some cases met for the first time) and were hard at work talking about everything that was done last year, making sure that our group’s infrastructure is up to speed and facilitates exchanges among all of us, implementing ongoing initiatives, and pushing forward new ones. All in all, our days there promise to keep us even busier that we have been and to continue our efforts moving towards a more global DH. Below is a summary of the conversations, sessions, and projects that took place during those days.

GO::DH panel

On July 9th, a pretty big crowd got together to hear about the first 18 months of GO::DH. Presentations by Alex Gil, Roopika Risam, Paul Spence, and Elena González-Blanco led everyone through some of the main concerns that the SIG has been working to address, among others, the problems of thinking about DH so that it encompasses a wide variety of projects around the world; issues of inequality in digital infrastructure and adopting principles of minimal computing; the different accents and languages of DH; the need to be self-critical as a DH practitioner/evaluator; and finally, highlighting the work done at AroundDH and at DH communities gaining global prominence as is the case of the Iberian peninsula.

DH Whisperers, Multilingualism Toolkit, and Translation Commons

We are happy to report that the “I whisper___” GO::DH initiative that took place during DH2014 was widely successful. For a detailed account you can read Élika Ortega’s post about it. Suffice it to say that the warm welcome received by the initiative has resonated and GO::DH has been asked to prepare a “translation and language best practices toolkit” proposing mechanisms that can be used to translate both formally and informally. We will be crowdsourcing this effort through our Translations Commons in the very near future.


As previously announced, James O’Sullivan has joined the GO::DH ranks as our web editor. During DH2014 there were some conversations with him about redesigning our web presence a bit. More importantly, however, the new website features will make sure that the infrastructure can facilitate the working groups’ efforts and support new ones as they take shape. Furthermore, regarding issues of sustainability, we are negotiating with Chris Meister to migrate our site to ADHO servers, and doing that we can change the mailing list to in order to ensure long term brand consistency and ease transitions as they happen.


Last but not least, conversations with various members moved forward towards the formation of self-organized networks according to self-determined regions. In other words, networks will be groups of people interested in ensuring a certain topic isn’t ignored in our efforts, and willing to provide input. The ideas behind the networks are several: a) to establish stronger relationships with DH communities around the world; b) to increase the diversity in the group at large (but also in the Executive Committee) in order to help push the conversation towards the global we claim for ourselves; c) to develop initiatives that more consistently move towards inclusion; and d) to better fulfill our mission learning from knowledge and experiences from all over the world.

Up to now, there are three groups that have started coming together, the South Asian network led by Padmini Murray; the Portuguese speaking network that’s coming out of AHDig already in place between Brazil and Portugal promoted by María Clara Paixão de Souza; and the African networks (based on the South/West/East Africa model which has worked for other organizations). Because much work is already being done in Cape Town, it will be South African network (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, etc.) that will start out the strongest. Øyvind Eide agreed informally to help out those efforts.


As you can see, after a very busy week in Lausanne, we all have our hands full. There is work for everyone who wants to raise their hand and propose a new working group, help out with the translation toolkit draft, organizing a network. So you are all invited to take part in any of the initiatives outlined here, or come up with a new one.