I’m a professor of English at the University of Lethbridge, where I teach courses in the Digital Humanities, Old English Language and Literature, Book History, Medieval languages and literature, English syntax and morphology, and the History of the English language.
I am currently co-president (English) of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs and editor of its journal, Digital Studies/Le champs numérique. I am also an associate editor (and formerly founding editor) of the Digital Medievalist Journal and part of the ad hoc steering group of the nascent Alberta Digital Arts and Humanities (ADAH) initiative. I am a past chair and CEO (2005-2011) of the Text Encoding Initiative, founding Director of the Digital Medievalist Project, founding co-chair the Medieval Academy of America‘s Digital Initiatives Advisory Board. From 2006-2009, I was chair of the University of Lethbridge’s Department of English.
In addition to this work in research Administration am usually busy with a number of projects and organisations, particularly in the Digital Humanities, Anglo-Saxon, and Cultural Heritage Studies. Some of the projects and organisations I am currently active with include:
- The Visionary Cross Project. This is a new type of edition that takes advantage of the full power of contemporary internet-based technologies. The project uses semantic web technologies to provide a framework for connecting editions of texts and objects from Anglo-Saxon England together along multiple planes. It is also stretching the idea of the “edition,” by expanding it to include non-textual objects and artefacts. Most recently, we completed a 3D laser scan of the eighth-century Anglo-Saxon Ruthwell Cross. Associated projects include 3D photography of the eleventh-century Anglo-Saxon Brussels Cross and 2D photography and an XML edition of the late tenth century Vercelli Book.
- The Lethbridge Journal Incubator. This project is concerned with ensuring the sustainability of scholarly and scientific publishing and the development of technological skills among humanities and social science graduate students. The project, which is co-sponsored by the University of Lethbridge Library and the School of Graduate Studies, trains graduate students in technological, administrative, and intellectual aspects of scholarly publication while supporting scholarly journals and their editors with training and substantial in-kind support.
- What Every Humanist should know about the Digital Humanities. This is a broad introduction to the use of Digital Humanities co-edited with Lynne Siemens of the University of Victoria.
- Digital Humanities, Challenging the North-South Divide. A project looking at the challenges of fostering the development of the Digital Humanities in the Global South and encouraging collaborations that cross the North-South divide.