DH Tookits, Tools, Content Management Systems and Web Publishing, Data Visualization, Timeline and Mapping Tools (CDHI)

The Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) at UNC has a great page with a summary of the main DH Toolkits and Tools.  It provides a good starting point for our group to investigate and discuss what is out there.  I’ve just sent a page with more detailed material we can explore to critique and discuss Scalar.

Link to CDHI Tools Page:  http://digitalhumanities.unc.edu/resources/tools/

DH Toolkits

  • Scalar
    A free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.
  • Omeka
    A project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Omeka’s Showcase includes projects powered by Omeka. Triangle-based projects that put Omeka to work include the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies and The State of History.
  • Neatline
  • A suite of add-on tools for Omeka, Neatline allows scholars, students, and curators to tell stories with maps and timelines.
  • DH Press
  • DH Press is a flexible, repurposable, extensible digital humanities toolkit designed for non-technical users. It enables administrative users to mashup and visualize a variety of digitized humanities-related material, including historical maps, images, manuscripts, and multimedia content. DH Press can be used to create a range of digital projects, from virtual walking tours and interactive exhibits, to classroom teaching tools and community repositories
  • Viewshare
  • A free platform for generating and customizing views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) that allow users to experience your digital collections.

Data Building/Cleaning

  • Google Refine
  • A tool for working with data, cleaning up data, transforming it from one format into another, extending it with web services, and linking it to databases.
  • XML
  • eXtensible Markup Language. A markup language designed to store and transport data. It’s easy to learn, and tags can be customized by the user.

Wireframing Tools

  • Balsamiq
  • A web-based wireframing and mock up tool.
  • Visio (Requires a PC)
  • A tool for creating and sharing diagrams and flowcharts.

Collaboration Tools

  • Google Drive
  • A free web-based tool for storing, accessing and sharing files.
  • Trello
    A free, web-based project management application which helps you keep track of and organize tasks.
  • Zotero
  • A free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials
  • Evernote
  • A suite of software and services designed for notetaking and archiving.

Content Management Systems and Web Publishing

  • WordPress
  • A free and open source blogging tool and content management system, whose flexibility as a digital humanities tool stems from its extensive library of plugins. DH Press–a project of the Digital Innovation Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill–is built on the WordPress platform and its plugin-based architecture.
  • Tumblr
  • A blogging and social networking website
  • Commentpress
  • An open source theme and plugin for the WordPress blogging engine that allows readers to comment paragraph by paragraph in the margins of a text.
  • Drupal
  • Drupal is a free, open source software package that allows you to easily organize, manage and publish your content, with an endless variety of customization.
  • Drupal for Humanists
    A guide geared specifically at humanists that details how to shape Drupal core and its community-developed “modules” into web environments that are highly customized for use in the humanities, but don’t require code-writing expertise to develop or maintain.
  • ScholarPress
  • A set of WordPress plugins developed by the Center for History and New Media for scholarly and pedagogical purposes.

Data Visualization

  • Tableau Public
  • A free data visualization software. It allows users to connect to a spreadsheet or file and create interactive data visualizations for the web
  • Palladio
  • A web-based platform for the visualization of complex, multi-dimensional data.
  • Voyant
  • A web-based text reading and analysis environment.
  • Raw Density
  • A tool for creating vector-based visualization based on data
  • Simile
  • A collection of free, open-source web widgets, mostly for data visualizations.

Timeline Tools

  • Chronos Timeline
  • Designed specifically for needs in the humanities and social sciences to represent time-based data. Chronos allows scholars and students to dynamically present historical data in a flexible online environment. Switching easily between vertical and horizontal orientations, researchers can quickly scan large number of events, highlight and filter events based on subject matter or tags, and recontextualize historical data.
  • Dipity
  • A tool for creating interactive timelines.
  • Simile Widget 
  • A suite of free, open-source web widgets, mostly for data visualization.
  • TimeGlider
  • A web-based timeline builder.
  • Timeline Builder (Neatline)
  • Create timelines for Omeka
  • TimelineJS
  • An open-source tool for creating interactive, visually-rich timelines.
  • TimeToast
  • A tool for creating timelines which can be added to a website or blog.
  • ViewShare
  • A free platform for generating and customizing views, such as interactive maps and timelines.
  • XTimeline
  • A tool for creating timelines on the web.

Mapping Tools

  • ArcGis Explorer Online
  • A client for using, creating and sharing ArcGIS maps online.
  • InnovationGeo
  • A suite of tools for creating and sharing maps online
  • MapAList 
  • A tool for creating customized Google maps from lists of address.
  • Historypin
  • A digital, user-generated archive of historical photos, videos, audio recordings and personal recollections. Users are able to use the location and date of their content to “pin” it to Google Maps.
  • Neatline
  • A suite of add-on tools for Omeka that allows users to create timelines.
  • QGIS
  • A cross-platform free and open source desktop geographic information systems (GIS) application that provides data viewing, editing, and analysis capabilities.
  • PLOTS Map Knitter
  • An easy-to-use DIY tool for combining (“stitching”) maps together

Network Analysis

  • NodeXL
  • A free and open-source network analysis and visualization software package for Microsoft Excel 2007/2010.
  • Gephi
  • An open-source software for visualizing and analyzing large networks graphs.


  • Digital Research Tools (DiRT)
  • A tool, service, and the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. Developed by Project Bamboo, Bamboo DiRT makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software.
  • WraggeLabs Emporium
  • A free suite of tools designed for digital historians. It was designed especially to meet the needs of Australian historians but is open to all.
  • Tales of Things
  • Allows users to link any object to a video or text which provides further description for that project. It makes use of QR codes.
  • QueryPic
  • Provides a new way of seeing, searching and understanding the digitized newspapers made available by Trove and Papers Past.
  • Idea Sketch
  • An intuitive iPhone and iPad app that allows users to create concept maps. Faculty Focus provides a handy review of the app.
  • MIT App Inventor
  • A tool for android app development that requires little programming knowledge.
  • PhoneGap
  • Create mobile applications for iOS, Android, Blackberry Windows Phone, Palm WebOS, Bada and Symbian using HTML5, CSS and Javascript.

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