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We’ve got quite a bit going on. Metro Map uses seven subway lines to describe the broad themes of our research, but also a tramway for Digital Infrastructures, and Rail to indicate our Project Collaborations outside of our Metro.



The representation and analysis of sound and image has been a defining movement in late 20th century scholarship. Now, with the aid of digital tools and technology, McGill scholars dig even more deeply into these ideas, researching new ways of “hearing” and “seeing”.


Cultural Archives and Curation

The selection, preservation and access of diverse materials, from physical audiotapes to digital content, is a primary concern in contemporary research. How and what should be preserved? Can we increase access to otherwise little known bodies of work? Teams at McGill seek to answer these and other questions through the development of innovative databases and search tools, many of which are freely available for public use.


Knowledge Environments

Digital technologies present new challenges to the way scholarship is conducted and disseminated. McGill researchers are developing and testing tools and methods to foster collaborative and participatory scholarship that will address the needs and desires of a new generation of learners.


Networks & Publics

How people gather and form associations around media, objects of interest – whether scholarly, artistic, scientific, or business – and how these groups change over time, lies at the heart of social media. McGill scholars are investigating the ways networks emerge, and how biographical data intersects with novels, historical manuscripts, and teaching.


Text & Language Interaction

With huge amounts of data available for analysis, scholars can now consider new avenues of interaction between texts and the language used in them. McGill scholars combine cutting-edge data mining techniques with humanistic approaches to create sophisticated textual analysis tools. The capacity of these tools to process large, multidimensional data sets expands analytic possibilities available to researchers.



The study of how humans process and interact with visual representations of large data sets is of increasing interest to scholars across the humanities and social science disciplines. At McGill scholars are driving both the demand for, and development of, advanced applications for compiling, rendering, interacting with, and evaluating large, non-numeric data sets.


Spaces & GIS

Understanding the idea of intellectual or cultural spaces and the way individuals interact within and across them is a primary focus of humanities scholars from a variety of disciplines. With the support of McGill, scholars in a wide range of fields are considering the notions of “space” and “geography” in new and highly innovative ways.


Digital Infrastructures

Digital Technologies and Media require new ways of thinking about resources and infrastructures for humanistic scholarship and teaching. Under the leadership of the McGill Library, we’re making sure that our scholars and students have the best resources and infrastructures they need to pursue digital scholarship.


Project Collaboration

McGill’s researchers not only lead digital projects, they’re heavily involved in projects based across Canada and around the globe.