Susan Hockey

MA Oxf

Susan Hockey

Emeritus Fellow 



Fellow 1979 - 1991; Computing Officer in the Arts 1975 - 1991

Susan Hockey joined the Atlas Computer Laboratory at Chilton in Oxfordshire. She became a founding member of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC) in 1973 and in 1975 she joined Oxford University Computing Services. At Atlas she developed software for the display of non-Western characters. At Oxford she was instrumental in developing the Oxford Concordance Program from COCOA, an early piece of software used in humanities computing. These tools have become central to the practice of the digital humanities in the United States and UK.

From 1991 to 1997 Hockey was director of the Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities at Rutgers and Princeton Universities in New Jersey. From 1997 to 1999 she was Professor and Director of the Canadian Institute for Research Computing in Arts at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. In 2000 she joined University College London as Professor of Library and Information Studies, and from 2001 was Director of the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies at UCL. She retired in 2004.

In 2004, Hockey was awarded the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations's Roberto Busa Prize in recognition of "outstanding lifetime achievements in the application of information and communications technologies to humanities research".

She is a founding member of several major digital humanities-related associations such as the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC), 1973, and the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), 1978, and an editor of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC) Bulletin, 1979–83, chair of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC), 1984–97 and member of the steering committee of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), 1987–99.