John A. Walsh


John A. Walsh is the Director of the HathiTrust Research Center and Associate Professor of Information and Library Science in the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University. His research applies computational methods to the study of literary and historical documents. Walsh is an editor of digital scholarly editions, including: the Petrarchive, the Algernon Charles Swinburne Project, and the Chymistry of Isaac Newton. He developed Comic Book Markup Language (CBML) for scholarly encoding of comics and graphic novels, and TEI Boilerplate, for publishing documents encoded according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange. He is the founding Technical Editor and a current General Editor of Digital Humanities Quarterly, an open-access online journal published by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations. Walsh’s research interests include: computational literary studies; textual studies and bibliography; text technologies; book history; 19th-century British literature, poetry and poetics; and comic books.

selected publications

  1. "It Was as Much Ours …": Reader Contributions to Teen Humor Fashion Comics
    John A. Walsh
    Inks: The Journal of the Comics Studies Society, 2022
  2. "The Spider’s Web": An analysis of fan mail from Amazing Spider-Man, 1963–1995.
    J. A. Walsh ,  Shawn Martin ,  and  Jennifer St. Germain
  3. "Images of God and friends of God": The holy icon as document
    John A. Walsh
    Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci., 2012
  4. Digital humanities in the iSchool
    John A Walsh ,  Peter J Cobb ,  Wayne Fremery , and 8 more authors
    Journal of the Association of Information Science and Technology, Jun 2021
  5. Digital Representations and the Pivotal Instability of "Donna mi venne spesso ne la mente" in the Study of the Fragmenta
    Isabella Magni ,  and  John A. Walsh
    Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Cultures, Jun 2016
  6. "The library is open!": Open data and an open API for the HathiTrust Digital Library
    J. A. Walsh ,  G. Layne-Worthey ,  J. Jett , and 4 more authors
    In Computational Humanities Research , Jun 2023
  7. Comic Book Markup Language: An Introduction and Rationale
    J. A. Walsh
    Digital Humanities Quarterly, May 2012