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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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Visualization Tools & Apps - Free

Airtable works like a spreadsheet but gives you the power of a database to organize anything. Sign up for free.

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Display Spreadsheet Data in beautiful and functional views. Awesome Table lets you display the content of a Google Sheet into various types of views: From a simple table to people directories, Gantt chart views, Google Maps, card views…

Bl.ocks (pronounced “Blocks”) is a simple viewer for sharing code examples hosted on GitHub Gist. It's a way to see visualization code and to reuse for your own projects.

Cytoscape is an open source software platform for visualizing complex networks and integrating these with any type of attribute data. A lot of Apps are available for various kinds of problem domains, including bioinformatics, social network analysis, and semantic web.

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.

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DataBasic is a suite of easy-to-use web tools for beginners that introduce concepts of working with data. These simple tools make it easy to work with data in fun ways, so you can learn how to find great stories to tell.

Create infographics and data visualizations without programming - a research collaboration between Adobe and Georgia Tech!

Not sure what kind of visualization to use? The Data Visualization Catalogue is a project developed by Severino Ribecca to create a library of different information visualization types.

At Gapminder World, you can view preloaded data using their visualization software. This a great tool for beginners to see what viz is all about.

Gephi is a tool for data analysts and scientists keen to explore and understand graphs. Like Photoshop™ but for graph data, the user interacts with the representation, manipulate the structures, shapes and colors to reveal hidden patterns.

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Map networks, together.Transform your data into interactive maps, untangle complex relations that impact you and your communities.

Create online flowcharts, diagrams, UML sketches, and ER models.

The missing link between spreadsheets and data visualization.

Visualization Tools & Apps - Fee-Based

This color wheel tool will help you choose color palettes for visualizations or other uses.

Tableau is free software that can allow anyone to connect to a spreadsheet or file and create interactive data visualizations for the web.

Interactive Timelines & Displays - Free

Chronos allows scholars and students to dynamically present historical data in a flexible online environment.

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

Selected Books

Fundamentals of Data Visualization: A Primer on Making Informative and Compelling Figures

ISBN-13: 978-1492031086

Publication Date: 2019-04-23

How Charts Lie:  Getting Smarter about Visual Information

ISBN-13: 978-1324001560

Publication Date: 2019-10-15

The Truthful Art: Data, Charts, and Maps for Communication (Voices that Matter)

ISBN-13: 978-0321934079

Publication Date: 2016-02-28

Knowledge is Beautiful

ISBN-13: 978-00074277925

Publication Date: 2014-11-25

Graph-Based Clustering and Data Visualization Algorithms

ISBN-13: 978-1447151577

Publication Date: 2013-05-06