What is NINES?

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NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship) is a scholarly organization devoted to forging links between the material archive of the nineteenth century and the digital research environment of the twenty-first. Our activities are driven by three primary goals:

  • to serve as a peer-reviewing body for digital work in the long 19th-century (1770-1920), British and American;
  • to support scholars’ priorities and best practices in the creation of digital research materials;
  • to develop software tools for new and traditional forms of research and critical analysis.

The NINES Collex interface is at the center of these efforts. It aims to gather the best scholarly resources in the field and make them fully searchable and interoperable; and to provide an online collecting and authoring space in which researchers can create and publish their own work.

NINES was formerly home to Juxta, a tool for comparing and collating multiple documentary instances of the same work; and to Ivanhoe, a collaborative game-space for interpreting textual and other cultural materials.



Each summer, NINES hosts a summer workshop to assist scholars in their development of digital research projects in nineteenth-century studies. Our goal is to encourage attention to data structureinteroperability, and sustainability as these projects go forward.

Because of our NEH-funded Summer Institutes on Evaluating Digital Scholarship in 2011 and 2012, NINES has created a scholarship program with the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) at University of Victoria in lieu of hosting our own event.



Collex SearchUse the tabs above to search peer-reviewed scholarly projects online and other contextual information, browse the NINES tag cloud, and read essays or Exhibits, written by members of the NINES community. With a free account, you can save useful searches, collect objects of interest, tag them and even create your own exhibits to share with other users. The new My 9s page provides your very own workspace within NINES, so that you can manage your online research in one central location.

If you’re looking for more tips on how to navigate the features of the NINES site, a group devoted to Using NINES is available. Keep checking in for more guides and tutorials, or ask a question in the Discussion area to get expert advice from the R&D team.


We are always working to make the NINES site better. Please contact us at inquiries@nines.org with your feedback.