Digital Tools

Openly Available (Online or Downloadable)

These tools are freely available online, either as a platform or for free download; dSHARP personnel have some experience or facility and can help you learn to use the basics.

Data preparation, Analysis and Visualization

  • dimple is a JavaScript library that provides features including: tooltips that appear on mouse-over and intelligent rendering of bar labels—if there isn’t enough room to display them horizontally, it will automatically display them vertically. Warning: a fair amount of customization and DIY.
  • CartoDB is a cloud-based mapping, analysis and visualization engine that lets users build spatial applications using a web interface to input tabular data to then construct interactive visualisations.
  • Gephi is opensource software to visualize data and perform network analysis. Gephi requires download and installation.
  • Google Refine is a tool for working with data, cleaning up data, transforming it from one format into another, extending it with web services, and linking it to databases.
  • Jsfiddle is an online code editor and “sandbox” to test JavaScript, CSS, HTML or CoffeeScript.
  • OpenRefine
  • Plotly is an online charting platform with paid and free tiers, and it boasts all the slickness and bells and whistles you’d expect from a commercial product. This online platform makes it easy for anyone to turn spreadsheet data into a slick graph; their  javascript core is open source.
  • The Science of Science (Sci2) Tool is a modular toolset specifically designed for the study of science. It supports the temporal, geospatial, topical, and network analysis and visualization of scholarly datasets at the micro (individual), meso (local), and macro (global) levels.
  • Storymap.js is a free online tool to help tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events. It is a new tool, yet stable in our development environment, and it has a friendly authoring tool.
  • Tableau Public Data allows the opening, exploration, and visualization of data, with options to use a Downloadable app or web-interface (Tableau online) that may require a subscription for access to more functionality.
  • Tabula is a tool for liberating data tables locked inside PDF files.
  • Timeline.js is an open-source tool that allows publishers to quickly and easily create interactive, media-rich timelines using nothing more than a Google Spreadsheet.

Data Harvesting

  • Import.io offers the crreation of an API to crawl an entire website by using a web-interface that enables “webscraping” to extract web data and use it in many ways.

Digital Publishing

  • Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. A number of project examples can be seen in the Omeka Showcase.
  • Neatline is a suite of add-on tools for Omeka. Neatline allows scholars, students, and curators to tell stories with maps and timelines.
  • Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform for online, long-form, born-digital scholarship. Users assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.
  • WordPress.com began as a blogging system, but has evolved into a content management system with optional features provided by thousands of plugins and widgets and themes.

Geographic Information System Data and Visualization

  • QGIS is a free and open source desktop GSI tool that can be downloaded and installed on Win, MacOS, Linux, BSD, and Android.
  • Google Earth: online, browser-based geodata visualization tool.

Network Visualization

  • Network Workbench is a large-scale Network Analysis, Modeling and Visualization Toolkit for Biomedical, Social Science and Physics Research. This project will design, evaluate, and operate a unique distributed, shared resources environment for large-scale network analysis, modeling, and visualization, named Network Workbench (NWB).
  • Palladio is a tool to visualize complex historical data using lists, graphs, and maps.

Text Comparison and Analysis

  • Juxta is an open-source tool for comparing and collating multiple witnesses to a single textual work. Originally designed to aid scholars and editors examine the history of a text from manuscript to print versions, Juxta offers a number of possibilities for humanities computing and textual scholarship.
  • Mallet is a Java-based package for statistical natural language processing, document classification, clustering, topic modeling, information extraction, and other machine learning applications to text.
  • Textable is an open source program that offers a set of basic text-analysis components using a visual interface.
  • Voyant Tools  is a web-based reading and analysis environment for digital texts.

CMU Community

Computing Services provides access to a range of software packages and applications for the students, faculty, and staff of Carnegie Mellon University. Their licensed software list details the applications available for download, which are available in the Computer Lab, and what can be accessed via Virtual Andrew.

Tool Directories

Although there is no single comprehensive site for all of the tools used in digital research, two sites offer a greater range than most:

The Data Visualisation Catalogue is a project developed by Severino Ribecca to create a library of different information visualisation types.
The DiRT Directory is a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. DiRT makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software.