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Digital Humanities

This guide provides an introduction to digital humanities (DH) theory and practice and an overview of DH methods, tools, and resources.

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Popular Tools - Free

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Web Design & Prototyping - Free & Fee-Based

Free: A collection of 867 simple CSS, HTML5 & responsive site templates, released for free under the Creative Commons.

Coding & Programming Resources - Free

Learn to code interactively, for free.

DocNow is a tool and a community developed around supporting the ethical collection, use, and preservation of social media content.

A basic coding introduction for all ages and skill levels.

The basics of Java, an object-oriented programming language.

A language-independent collaboratively edited question and answer site for programmers.

Selected Books

undefinedFree eBook: Eloquent Javascript

Author Marijn Haverbeke immerses you in example code from the start, while exercises and full-chapter projects give you hands-on experience with writing your own programs.

Oral Histories & Podcasts - Free


TheirStory is an easy-to-use, web-based interviewing and storytelling platform for collecting and transcribing oral history (testimonies, one-on-one interviews, and group interviews.) UCI Libraries maintains a subscription with a limited storage capacity.


Free, open source, cross-platform audio software. Audacity is an easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems. Developed by a group of volunteers as open source.

Hindenburg | Radio & Podcast editing software

Intuitive audio editing for storytellers. Hindenburg Journalist lets you concentrate on your story while we ensure audio quality.

Hindenburg in the Field

This is a companion app for recording on the iPhone. Be ready when the story happens. Record/Edit/Share.

Oral History in the Digital Age

Go to Getting Started to find easy to follow "playlists" that will help you to start a project, improve your video techniques, and much more.  Or you can browse the  micro-essays that address a number of issues about collecting, curating, and disseminating oral histories.

Collaboration Tools - Free

Take notes anywhere. Find information faster. Share ideas with anyone. Meeting notes, web pages, projects, to-do lists.

Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible, and rewarding way.

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.

Copyright & Fair Use