The ANU Centre for Digital Humanities Research (CDHR), established in January 2010, is part of the Research School of the Humanities and the Arts.

The CDHR is a hub of research and teaching activity that includes researchers and developers with expertise in areas ranging from literature and art history to anthropology and web science. The CDHR recently established a Digital Humanities Lab that provides students and researchers with access to cutting-edge technologies and methodological expertise that will support the next generation of humanities researchers. 

The Centre links researchers and graduate students across the university working with digital technology in a range of disciplines, including anthropology, visual arts, museums and collections, social and environmental history, literary studies and linguistics.


The current centre builds upon the work of CRIO (the Consortium for Research and Information Outreach) to include a broader range of digital media activities. CRIO was a pioneer in the innovative use of digital media from 2001 to 2009. The team attracted significant ARC funding; supported doctoral students; established new Masters courses; and contributed to the development of digital media research methods in ethnographic fieldwork, collections-based research and the mapping of cultural data.


The CDHR supports a range of research projects across the ANU, that range from digital mapping in art history, linked open data, computational analysis of historical texts, best practice in curating, and researching and publishing digital collections. Current projects include a number of ARC-funded Discovery, Future Fellowships, and DECRA projects. See our Research Project page for more detail. We welcome proposals for research collaboration from researchers and potential HDR students, both from ANU and externally, so if you are interested in learning more about the use of digital humanites tools and methodologies in research please contact us.

Study Options

Digital Humanities at ANU supports students and researchers working with digital technology in a range of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences. The ANU is one of only a few universities in the world to offer both undergraduate and graduate programs in Digital Humanities. These programs offer unique opportunities to apply digital methods to the study of traditional humanities disciplines, and also encourages students to turn a critical eye upon the rapidly changing digital world in which we live. To learn more about studying digital humanities at ANU, see our Study With Us page.

Key Research areas

  • Digital Art History
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linked Data & Knowledge Representation
  • Literary History
  • Collections-based Research
  • Social and Environmental History
  • Visual Culture Research and Visual Anthropology

Updated:  2 November 2020/Responsible Officer:  Centre Director/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications