The objective of this program is to provide an overview of the various fields of digital humanities: digital processing and editing of text and images and its application in areas such as literature and art, use and design of databases in humanities, knowledge of digital tools for building virtual cultural projects and web development as well as tools for data processing and visualization. This program will allow students to supplement their education and open new perspectives both academic research and for their integration into the labor market in which the demand for technology training applied to the humanities is increasing.


The teaching methodology is remote, following the system of virtual education and e-learning at UNED, through the completely online aLF platform. Specific digital materials will be offered, some prepared by the staff faculty and other academic quality materials available as open digital, audiovisual materials and forums and chats as primary tools of communication between students and faculty.


Evaluation will be raised through work, supervised and corrected by the faculty members and surveys through the platform. Knowledge gained from reading materials will be evaluated, but the work will have a very practical orientation, focused on the application of technological tools studied to specific and real problems in different areas of humanities (text editing, digital imaging, virtual libraries , etc).


The EPHD lasts 6 months, starting 15th December 2014 and lasts till the end of June 2015. It has 30 credits spread over two periods from December to March / March-June, and it covers the following courses and topics:

Introduction to Digital Humanities (6 cr)

Concept of Digital Humanities, History of academic discipline worldwide, main areas of activity, description of tools, software and staff expertise, application in research, thought, and digital humanities.

Introduction to digital text editing: TEI-XML (3 cr)

The digital edition of texts is one of the pillars of the Digital Humanities. This course will provide an introduction to the standard markup language for text humanities TEI-XML, as well as utilities and application systems (guidelines, modules, processing and schema configuration possibilities of this type of labeling).

Advanced digital processing encoded text: XML-based Languages (3 credits)

This course is the logical continuation of the digital editing of texts in TEI-XML. Having established the basics of the markup language, this course aims to go beyond discussing the different possibilities for consultation, representation and display of text marked in languages such as XML using XPath and XSLT and XML native database eXist. They are also described -some based on this type of language tools- aimed at visualizing and publishing web content (such as XTF).

Storage and management of digital content in the humanities: Introduction to Databases (3 cr)

Databases are another pillar of digital humanities projects and any other project. This course provides an introduction to the basics, types, models, queries and utilities databases, as well as to the main building and query languages like SQL.

Semantic Web and Linked Data projects Digital Humanities (3 credits)

The Semantic Web is a relatively new concept that is having a strong impact in all areas, and especially on the Internet searches using Linked Open Data (Linked Open Data). In the field of Digital Humanities, a great example of this technology is shown in projects like Europeana. This course will review the technological foundations upon which the Semantic Web based deployment, such as the creation of controlled vocabularies and ontologies to OWL and RDF (at a basic level) in XML and a review of existing tools to create this metadata, as well as some of the major projects in the humanities such models are applied.

Open standards for digital libraries (3 cr)

This course is focused on the study of standards used by digital libraries. It is focused on analyzing free software tools, like Koha, Omeka or XTF in order to provide students with useful tools to create, organize and build their own digital collections and libraries.

Digital art and culture and copyright (3 cr)

This course deals with the implications of legal aspects, such as copyright and their influence in digital art and humanities fields, due to the changes that the digital world has marked in the last years. Concepts like copyright copyleft and free software licenses will be revised.

Management and publishing accessible web content in HD (3 cr)

This course describes the whole technological process related to the installation site of a Digital Humanities project, from how to set up a CMS on a server to design a website with a basic understanding of the operation and main programming languages used (HTML, CSS, PHP) and web publishing of digital content, with a special focus on accessibility.

Humanities and Visualization (3 credits)

The display content on the web is a key aspect to consider any proposed Digital Humanities. This course will deal with analyzing various types of data visualization systems (maps, charts, tables), as well as technologies and basic tools used to create them and their different way of working.


-There is no need to meet any academic requirements to access the course. It is intended primarily for:

Students with training in various areas of Humanities who wish to acquire technological expertise to meet the new challenges of today’s digital culture, supplement their education and open new perspectives for both academic research and for insertion into the market.

-Researchers currently working on projects in different humanities disciplines (philology, art, history, philosophy …) want to catch up on existing tools and technology perspectives in order to apply them to their actual research projects.

-Professionals working in the field of humanities (mainly GLAM: Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) wish to enhance their digital skills to apply them in their own work.

People from other disciplines interested in learning about the Digital Humanities and approach a kind of interdisciplinary new work.



Each teacher indicated on the website their preferred schedule and tutorial system.

For questions regarding the general operation of the course, you can contact:


Elena González García-Blanco



(English translation: Arantxa Serantes)