I’m very much looking forward to the symposium being organized at the Maryland Institute for Technology and the Humanities next week, Shared Horizons:Data, Biomedicine and the Digital Humanities. The involvement of such important sponsors as the NEH, the US Department of Health and Research Councils UK make this a particularly exciting and enticing event. Ever since I participated in a pioneering symposium on Reconnecting the Science and Humanities through Digital Libraries organized by my friend Kevin Kiernan at the University of Kentucky in 1995, it has been clear to me that one major role of the digital humanities is to be at the forefront of building links between the arts, humanities and sciences so as to create new methods and insights across a range of disciplines. The digital humanities is potentially a bridgehead between the sciences and the arts and humanities, and Shared Horizons is one of the most exciting and ambitious attempts yet to realize this vision. I’m attending the event on behalf of Research Councils UK, but in preparing myself for the symposium, my thoughts inevitably ran towards the history of my own Institution, King’s College London. King’s College includes the celebrated medical schools at Guy’s Hospital (where Keats studied medicine), at St Thomas’s Hospital (founded in 1173 in honour of the recently martyred Becket) and King’s College Hospital itself (where Lister introduced antiseptic surgery), as well as the world famous Institute of Psychiatry. There could hardly be a better place in the world to think about links between the humanities and biological sciences than King’s College London.