The number and variety of tools available to the Digital Humanities community has been growing exponentially in recent years. Many have been developed by DH scholars and are freely available to anyone with an internet connection. There are currently 700 entries in DiRT – a database of tools for the Digital Humanities community. If you are new to DH it can be hard to know where to begin. Even with experience it’s not always easy to find the right tool for the job. Which is one reason for the proliferation of tools – sometimes you have to create your own.
For those new to the field, I’ve selected a few tools that might be a good place to start, found related resources that provide more information and put them together in the virtual tour presented above. In addition to a screenshot and link to the DiRT database, the tour includes screencasts that provide overviews of: OMEKA – an easy to use platform for creating collections of digital objects and mounting digital exhibits, LORE – a Zotero based tool for annotating digital objects, VOYANT – a suite of tools for exploring texts, TAPoR – an online environment for text analysis, and Scalar – a non-linear multimedia platform for scholarly publishing. For inspiration I’ve added videocasts with information on two well known projects: “Transcribe Bentham” and “Digital Thoreau”. But that’s just the beginning … a wealth of tools, methods and inspirational projects are just waiting to be discovered.