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Digital Humanities: DH Tools

DH - Digital Humanities

DH Tools for Beginners



  • HistoryPin: A collaborative tool to share the history of images across time and space, and place those memories on maps and timelines (See tutorials here)

  • NeatLine: Allows scholars, students, and curators to tell stories with maps and timelines. It also has add-on tools for Omeka.

  • StoryMap JS: Looking for an easy to use tool in your class? This is it! Requires login via your Google account.

  • TimeMapper: Timelines on the go via Google Drive (See tutorial here).

  • Timeline JS: TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables you to build visually-rich interactive timelines and is available in 40 languages. Created by Northwestern University's Knight Lab.

  • Tiki-Toki: Tiki-Toki is web-based software for creating beautiful interactive timelines that you can share on the internet.


Visualization Tools

  • Carto: Carto is an online mapping platform that offers a diverse array of options for visualizing, storing, querying, and analyzing geographic datasets.
  • D3: D3.js is a JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data. D3 helps you bring data to life using HTML, SVG, and CSS. D3’s emphasis on web standards gives you the full capabilities of modern browsers without tying yourself to a proprietary framework, combining powerful visualization components and a data-driven approach to DOM manipulation.
  • Gephi: Visualization and exploration software for all kinds of graphs and networks. Gephi is open-source and free.
  • FilmStrips: Interactive timeline based visualization of Hollywood film economics.
  • Information is Beautiful: Data, information, knowledge distilled into graphics & diagrams.
  • MapStory: Mapping tool. MapStory is the free atlas of change that everyone can edit with the aim to collect shared knowledge about how the world evolves geographically over time, and to make this knowledge easily accessible as an open educational resource.
  • NGram Viewer:  A Ngram, is a statistical analysis of text or speech content to find n (a number) of some sort of item in the text.The search item could be all sorts of things, like phonemes, prefixes, phrases, or letters.
  • Paper Machines: a plugin for Zotero that makes cutting-edge topic-modeling analysis accessible to humanities researchers without requiring extensive computational resources or technical knowledge.
  • Textal: Free smartphone app to analyze websites, tweet streams, & documents. You can generate graphs and statics, and share data and visualizations as you like.
  • Voyant: Open-source, web-based application for performing text analysis. It supports scholarly reading and interpretation of texts or corpus.
  • WorldMap: Build your own maps. WorldMap is open source software.


Web Publishing Tools & Content Management Systems

  • DH Box: Setting up an environment for digital humanities computational work can be time-consuming and difficult. DHbox addresses this problem by streamlining installation processes and providing a digital humanities laboratory in the cloud through simple sign-in via a web browser.

  • DH Press: An open-source Wordpress plugin that enables users to mashup and visualize a variety of digitized humanities-related material, including historical maps, images, manuscripts, and multimedia content without any coding background.

  • Drupal: Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world but does require significant set-up and skills (See tutorial here).

  • Mukurtu: Mukurtu (MOOK-oo-too) is a grassroots project aiming to empower communities to manage, share, preserve, and exchange their digital heritage in culturally relevant and ethically-minded ways.

  • Wordpress: Open-source blogging software that is free and easy-to-use. Can also be used to build websites with a variety of features, though not quite as versatile and robust as Drupal (See tutorial here).

  • Omeka: Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Its “five-minute setup” makes launching an online exhibition as easy as launching a blog.

  • Omeka-Based: Curatescape: Curatescape is a set of tools for the Omeka CMS, including mobile apps for Android and iOS devices, for building walking tours and other history-organization type sites and exhibits.

  • Omeka Everywhere: The Omeka Everywhere suite of tools allows institutions to create a rich and accessible online presence, and use the same content for unique in-gallery and mobile experiences for visitors.

  • Scalar: Great tool for non-linear narratives. Options and support available for the novice and the more advanced users.

Digital Tool: Palladio

Digital Tool: Text Technologies

Tool Boxes, Registries, Crawlers, & more!

  • Bamboo DiRT: A registry of tools, services, and their reviews.
  • Bibliopedia:  Bibliopedia will perform advanced data-mining and cross-referencing of scholarly literature to create a humanities-centered collaboratory.
  • Color Brewer:  Find the right color palette for your maps and mapping tools.
  • Digital Toy Chest for Humanists:  Alan Liu's tool box
  • TextGrid:  Project and tools for a digital ecosystem (Since 2006)

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