LINHD is UNED’s research center on digital humanities that works as a hub for innovation, consultancy and training to support researchers and projects in Spain and Spanish speaking countries.
At the moment, the research regarding digital humanities faces several challenges:
- Researchers don’t have access to suitable infrastructures at their workplace or research centers in order to develop new technological projects.
- Humanists have few opportunities to get specific technical training that can be applied in their field of work and knowledge is generally acquired through self-learning.
- The current organisation of universities and research centres hinders the creation of interdisciplinary, hybrid teams that encourage the collaboration between technicians and humanists and the achievement of real interactions between both fields.
- Most of the time, the teams of humanists contract necessary IT services from a company or external technician that have no knowledge of the research topic, which also leads to paying an exaggerated amount of money just because of this lack of understanding of both fields.
- There is no interaction between the different research teams on digital humanities. They do not share information about the tools they use, hence, small-scale interoperability protocols are scarce.