DH Tools Part 1: Off-the-Shelf

You don’t have to learn an entirely new programming language to do cutting edge digital humanities work. There are many sophisticated, useful off the shelf tools that you can use for your research. Many of them are as simple as using a web browser and can produce thoughtful, well-designed, and interactive research outputs. If your research requires some coding know-how, read our post on tutorials and resources for acquiring programming skills. 

As always, be sure to read the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for any tool you use. Seek to understand how your data will be stored, shared, or if your final output is made public. Part of good data management is understanding how your tools handle your data and making responsible choices about what tools you select.

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DH Tools Part 2: Moving Computationally

For scholars in the humanities, digging into computational approaches, tools, and methods can open new possibilities for exploration and building more tailored outputs. Below, we’ve collected a few trusted resources that can help get you started. This post is dedicated to programming tools that can help automate tasks, analyze data, or create projects. If you don’t have the time to invest in learning a programming language, follow this link to read our post on “off the shelf” DH tools.

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Look to Open Source Options for GIS Software

Topographic map of a hiking trail made using QGIS

Creating maps as a way to communicate data is becoming increasingly popular across and integrated into a broader set of academic disciplines. In the humanities, mapping is often used to create visual and interactive objects of  scholarship from research in subjects such as history or literature; in public health, maps can be used to show the spread or prevalence of disease. Certain mapping and geospatial data management software is prohibitively expensive, but some equally powerful open-source options have emerged, making the incorporation of mapping into research workflows more easily accessible and available. Continue reading to discover some of the most popular open-source options for geospatial data analysis and visualization. (more…)

Refresh Your Data Management Savvy This New Year

Happy New Year’s! The start of a new year and a new semester are as good a time as ever to evaluate your data management practices. Here are some reminders about data management best practices, groups on campus who can help you with managing your data, and some upcoming opportunities for you to sharpen your skills.

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Tool: Scalar

What Is Scalar?

Scalar is a free and open-source authoring and publishing platform that allows users to integrate multiple media types into born-digital scholarly works. Built by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, Scalar allows users to create publications that would be the length of an essay, article, or even a book. Scalar’s flexible content management structure means that it allows users to adapt its features for their own needs.

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