Laboratory of Innovation in Digital Humanities

An innovation laboratory that unites humanities and technology

The UNED Digital Humanities Laboratory (LINHD) arises from the need of the Philology, Philosophy and Geography and History faculties to take full advantage of the potential of new technologies, with the support of the Headquarters Library and the Computer Engineering ETS In recent decades, research in the field of Humanities has taken a substantial turn with the possibilities of analysis, organization and management of resources that technology provides as a means to get the most out of traditional sources.

From LINHD we try to promote research, encourage interdisciplinarity and guarantee the development and dissemination of content and resources that we put at the service of society The LINHD is a confluence of paths to promote new ideas, knowledge and resources that contribute to the development of humanity.

The LINHD is also a mechanism for dissemination that tries to bring the world of business and business closer to the university, in an emerging area such as the Humanities that is emerging as an engine for the economic development of the country on the path of transformation towards a knowledge society This Laboratory hopes to be an active agent in research, the dissemination of knowledge and the generation of wealth.


LINHD is an international research center in Digital Humanities of the UNED that establishes itself as a benchmark for innovation, research, dissemination, advice and training for researchers and projects in the humanities, as well as a pole of attraction for cultural activities aimed at bringing the humanities closer to the society.

Therefore, the laboratory not only promotes the use of technologies in the areas of knowledge of Humanities, but also promotes the dissemination and presence of the Humanities throughout society, promoting knowledge of the story, criticism as a backbone of social thought and serving as an open door to the dissemination of different artistic and cultural expressions.

LINHD, was also born with an integrating and decentralized will of the University that houses it.


The LINHD mission is therefore twofold In the first place, it aspires to redefine the way of working in the humanities from innovation and technologies within the framework of the new information society. LINHD wants to give a new approach to research, making it collaborative, interdisciplinary, without barriers, non-hierarchical, and based on innovation and the exchange of ideas as a source of enrichment through a flexible system adaptable to the needs of the person and the individual moment. In this sense, LINHD wants to respond to the growing needs that the new modes of transmission of knowledge are imposing For this, it offers solutions for the development of research projects and infrastructures both individually for researchers and teachers who wish to train in Digital Humanities, as well as for companies, institutions and organizations that have the need or desire to adapt to new changes and trends in technology applied to the humanities, from the systems traditionally used in the library or information science fields, to the most recent technologies based on artificial intelligence, language processing, visualization and semantic web

Second, LINHD aspires to be a benchmark in artistic and cultural transmission, promoting different actions that bring the humanities closer to society


The LINHD therefore aims

1.- To be a pole of cultural and social attraction to foster a critical spirit and contribute to the knowledge of the different stories of society

2.- Provide technological infrastructures to research groups in the areas of humanities

3.- Encourage the creation of interdisciplinary research teams promoting both national and international competitiveness.

4.- To become a reference and a means of disseminating activities related to Digital Humanities through the scientific community.

5.- Train researchers, students and professionals who work in GLAM institutions (libraries, archives, museums) in order to acquire sufficient skills to carry out Digital Humanities projects and have a knowledge of the area that allows them to raise and develop new projects for the advancement of knowledge.

6. – Promote open access to research content, contributing to equal access to knowledge.

International projection

The laboratory has been recognized as Clarin-K center together with two UPF and UPV centers, constituting the first “Knowledge Center” of an ERIC-European Research Infrastructure Consortium in Spain. https://www.clarin.eu/ . LINHD also collaborates with the DARIAH Digital Research Infrastructure in Arts and Humanities, which seeks to improve and develop digital humanities research in Europe, https://www.dariah.eu/ and participates in the Time Machine project. https://www.timemachine.eu/ which aims to use technology to preserve European cultural entities.

One of its main projects is POSTDATA ERC Starting Grant. http://postdata.linhd.uned.es a digital platform developed within the framework of the Horizon 2020 program, which allows comparing poetic traditions using web semantic technologies. It is aimed at both academics and users not experienced in the subject or companies that want to reuse these resources to create applications for cultural, educational and tourist purposes. LINHD currently aspires to be a focus for attracting international talent for cutting-edge research in technology and digital humanities It is open to new researchers who want to share ideas and projects, disseminate them or seek collaborators,

LINHD in the Transfer to Company

Word processing has a great application in various productive sectors and is one of the fundamental elements for the use of new assistant technologies such as Alexa, Siri and Google.

For the implementation of new products, the most used techniques are related to machine learning, deeplearning, data Science and Big data.

As one of the lines of research is word processing, this allows us to tackle similar problems from different languages. (Spanish. Galician, Basque, Catalan, etc)

The use of artificial intelligence techniques applied to languages requires a series of tools that allow the advancement of this area. Without them, the application of AI to the language becomes complicated if not impossible. These tools are among others:

Annotated corpus. On the one hand, a corpus of works, texts, etc. in the language itself and also, as far as possible, annotated. These annotations range from dictionaries, polarity, sentiments, synonyms, etc … all in electronic format. These annotations range from dictionaries, polarity, sentiments, synonyms, etc … all in electronic format.

Language models: Spacy, Word Embedding: preprocessed values of the words of a language: BERT

LINHD in the Transfer to Company

Having these digital infrastructures would definitely boost the use of AI in these languages. Once the infrastructure is generated, these techniques have multiple uses:

Machine translation, document classification, document recognition

Tourism: AI-based tourist guides. Creation of tourist routes based on texts, tourist chatbot, artificial helpers in museums, archives….

Educational applications: helping the student, Ibooks, smart books, beyond the ebook

Identification of named entities

Creation of virtual museums and exhibitions.


Sentiment analysis with multiple applications applied among other sectors to marketing and sales

LINHD as a pole of cultural diffusion

One of the most important facets of a laboratory is the dissemination of its results This mission is of greater interest if the laboratory is dedicated to the humanities for two reasons. Without a doubt, disseminating the results of the projects of the humanities projects contributes to a better knowledge of society in all its artistic and social facets, but it also has the responsibility of generating an intellectual pole accessible to all sectors of society by reaching not only the results of the investigations but proposing knowledge to our society.

For this, the laboratory must articulate, workshops, workshops thematic conferences of a transversal nature with the aim of making knowledge accessible to all of society.

An example is found in the Long Room Hub at Trinity College of Dublin.https://www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/whats-on/sponsored.php https://www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/whats-on/sponsored.php



LINHD is a virtual innovation laboratory that functions as a unifying nucleus of Digital Humanities infrastructures and tools, which aims to:

· Carry out specific interdisciplinary research in order to create and design technological tools for application in the Humanities.

· Work on the development of a series of highly specialized tools and projects in Digital Humanities that can constitute an

instrument of exchange with other services offered in the different European and Latin American centers.

· Create an infrastructure for data management in Humanities that groups digital resources, projects and tools so that they form part of the same researcher’s desk, thus facilitating unified access to data and allowing its sharing and reuse on a national scale.


LINHD presents a wide range of advisory, consulting and IT services for:

· Advise researchers who wish to undertake projects that include digital content.

· Improve existing projects in terms of their technological implementation.

· Ensure the use and dissemination of existing standards in Digital Humanities projects and legitimize these practices in Spanish worldwide.

· Offer hosting, maintenance, dissemination and preservation services for digital projects in Humanities, as well as promoting their open access and making their code available so that it can be reused by other projects, thanks to platforms such as GitHub.

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