No matter how digital humanities is defined, the development of research agendas encompasses the planning, organizing, motivating, and use of finite resources to achieve a greater understanding of the humanities and the human condition. provides the intellectual and strategic scaffolding to aid researchers in successfully completing their research endeavors. Responding to the increasing number of first-time digital humanists who are initiating projects, as well as the growing mandate from Universities and Colleges to undertake digital humanities-based research and teaching, DevDH introduces a series of resources to aid those who might be seeking assistance. is the brainchild of Simon Appleford and Jennifer Guiliano, who collectively have over a decade working in digital humanities project development, management, and grant writing. DevDH (or develop DH) was built to respond to the growing demand for digital humanities training in that area but also as an online repository of training materials, lectures, exemplars, and links that offer best practices to beginner, intermediate, and advanced digital humanists. As a visitor to the site, you’ll have access to a number of presentations, guides, and examples that we’ve created or selected for their contribution to digital humanities as a discipline.

The materials designed for this digital resource draw from over a combined decade of experience from four different types of digital humanities centers as well as independent digital humanities projects. They were initially constructed as a lecture series for a co-taught Digital Humanities Winter Institute course, Project Development. The materials included in this “beta” release were created and/or recorded during that five-day long training event. They have been augmented with additional resources and readings to provide greater context for the scope of what can be done with digital humanities projects and teams.

We invite you to explore the resources consisting of slidedecks, bibliographies, digital templates, and podcasts. It is our hope that these materials spark a conversation about best practices and standards within the digital humanities writ large. And more specifically, we anticipate that these could jumpstart conversations about not just what the products of digital humanities research are but the process by which we get to those end results. We believe these lessons can be a starting point for conversations and hope that you’ll join us discussing how to build and sustain the digital humanities.

To cite, please use:

Appleford, Simon, and Jennifer Guiliano. “DevDH: Development for the Digital Humanities.”, 2013.

About Us

Simon Appleford is Assistant Professor of History at Creighton University and Associate Director of Creighton’s Digital Humanities Initiative. Simon received a Masters of Arts in Modern History and a Masters of Literature in Modern American History from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland before completing his PhD in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to joining Creighton University in 2014 he was Associate Director for Humanities, Arts, and Social Science at Clemson University’s CyberInstitute (2011–2014) and Assistant Director at the University of Illinois’ Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (2005–2011).

Simon’s research focuses on the intersections of digital humanities, visual culture, and 20th-century U.S. cultural and intellectual history. His current research uses digital technologies to explore how the political cartoonist Herbert Block articulated and channeled the currents of postwar liberalism. He has also worked on and led numerous funded research projects and has written articles for publications as diverse as The DATA BASE for Advances in Information SystemsCTWatch Quarterly, and Toward the Meeting of the Waters: Currents in the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina (University of South Carolina Press, 2007.) Together with Jennifer Guiliano, he is the co-author of, an online resource for digital humanities project development, and the forthcoming book Getting Started in the Digital Humanities.

Dr. Jennifer Guiliano received a Bachelors of Arts in English and History from Miami University (2000), a Masters of Arts in History from Miami University (2002), and a Masters of Arts (2004) in American History from the University of Illinois before completing her Ph.D. in History at the University of Illinois (2010). She currently holds a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

She has served as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant and Program Manager at the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (2008-2010) and as Associate Director of the Center for Digital Humanities (2010-2011) and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of South Carolina. She most recently held a position as Assistant Director at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland where she also served as an adjunct instructor in the Department of History and the Digital Cultures program in the Honor’s College.

Dr. Guiliano currently serves on the Association for Computing in the Humanities (ACH) Executive Council (2013-2016), as co-director with Trevor Muñoz of the Humanities Intensive Teaching + Learning Initiative (HILT), and as co-author with Simon Appleford of, a resource for digital humanities project development.

An award-winning teacher and scholar, Dr. Guiliano is currently in-press with her forthcoming monograph An American Spectacle: College Mascots and the Performance of Tradition, which traces the appropriation, production, dissemination, and legalization of Native American images as sports mascots in the late 19th and 20th centuries. She is also completing her co-authored work Getting Started in the Digital Humanities.

Page Citation

Appleford, Simon, and Jennifer Guiliano. “About DevDH.Org.”, 2013.