DH Tools

There are many digital tools available for use in the digital humanities, some made specifically for dh and others that can be re-purposed quite effectively for Humanities research. This list includes both tools that Duke supports and tools that have been used by Duke digital projects. This is not an exhaustive list of tools available for use in digital humanities research. For a more extensive list of tools, check out the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative tools webpage, Alan Liu's DH Resources for Building Projects site, or Miriam Posner's DH101 Resource Guide.

Oculus Rift screenshot
Oculus Rift is a virtual reality system used for gaming, simulations, and modeling.  
Find help using tool at Duke: Yes
Stage(s) in research process to use: publication
Omeka screenshot
Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions.
Find help using tool at Duke: Yes
Stage(s) in research process to use: collection, publication
OpenRefine screenshot
OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a powerful tool for working with messy data: cleaning it; transforming it from one format into another; and extending it with web services and external data.  OpenRefine can be used to scrape data from websites or convert data between formats.  It also makes it easy to save the processing steps to a file that can be loaded back into the tool at a later time, making it easy to repeat the process again on a different set of data.
Find help using tool at Duke: Yes
Stage(s) in research process to use: collection, analysis, management
QGIS screenshot
Qgis is desktop software for performing geospatial analysis. The application can be used to explore such things as the distribution of information on a map and overlaying historical maps on modern maps.
Find help using tool at Duke: Yes
Stage(s) in research process to use: analysis
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Shiny is an open source R package that provides an elegant and powerful web framework for building web applications using R. Shiny helps you turn your analyses into interactive web applications without requiring HTML, CSS, or JavaScript knowledge
Find help using tool at Duke: Yes
Stage(s) in research process to use: analysis, publication
Scalar screenshot
Scalar is 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.
Find help using tool at Duke: Yes
Stage(s) in research process to use: publication
SketchUp screenshot
SketchUp is a free 3D modeling software that is both powerful and easy to learn. It is best applied in architectural (historical or contemporary) contexts. 
Find help using tool at Duke: Yes
Stage(s) in research process to use: collection, analysis, publication
Social Feed Manager screenshot
Social Feed Manger is an application for harvesting tweets by Twitter users and hashtags.
Find help using tool at Duke: Yes
Stage(s) in research process to use: collection
Tableau screenshot
Tableau Software helps people see and understand data. Tableau helps anyone quickly analyze, visualize and share information.
Find help using tool at Duke: Yes
Stage(s) in research process to use: analysis, publication
TimelineJS screenshot
TimelineJS is an open-source, interactive timeline-building tool from the Knight Lab.
Find help using tool at Duke: Yes
Stage(s) in research process to use: publication
Book on ipad
Software for presenting scanned books.
Find help using tool at Duke: No
Stage(s) in research process to use: publication
Unity 3D screenshot
Unity 3D is game-design engine used to develop video games and simulations.
Find help using tool at Duke: Yes
Stage(s) in research process to use: publication
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The Versioning Machine is a framework and an interface for displaying multiple versions of text encoded according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines, and is P5 compatible. While the VM provides for features typically found in critical editions, such as annotation and introductory material, it also takes advantage of the opportunities afforded by electronic publication to allow for the comparison diplomatic versions of witnesses, and the ability to easily compare an image of the manuscript with a diplomatic version.
Find help using tool at Duke: No
Stage(s) in research process to use: analysis, publication
Voyant screenshot
Voyant Tools is a web-based text reading and analysis environment. It is a scholarly project that is designed to facilitate reading and interpretive practices for digital humanities students and scholars as well as for the general public.
Find help using tool at Duke: Yes
Stage(s) in research process to use: analysis
Wordpress screenshot
WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app.
Find help using tool at Duke: Yes
Stage(s) in research process to use: collection, publication

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