Software and hardware available in the Scholarly Commons and around the web to do Digital Humanities research and analysis.
Software in the Scholarly Commons
A qualitative data analysis packaged that allows for mixed-method research, ATLAS.ti allows you to “code” various kinds of documents and run text matching and word counts over your corpus.
- NVivo 10
NVivo is a software program used for qualitative and mixed-methods research. Specifically, it is used for the analysis of unstructured text, audio, video, and image data, including (but not limited to) interviews, focus groups, surveys, social media, and journal articles.
An open source, statistical data analysis and graphics platform, R is both a software environment as well as a programming language. R allows you to analyze data and plot them in charts and graphs. There are many plugins available that lend themselves to various statistical processes, graphical visualization tools, and even a qualitative data analysis plugin with a GUI (RQDA).
- ABBYY FineReader
ABBYY FineReader is an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) program that makes images machine readable. You could “read” a PDF of old newspaper clippings in order to convert them into a text file for machine processing. The Scholarly Commons also has multiple scanners if you need to make a printed book machine readable.
Hardware in the Scholarly Commons
The Scholarly Commons has three high-end scanners for use in digitizing analog items. All of these scanners can work in tandem with ABBYY Fine Reader (see above) to scan directly into this program and streamline the machine reading process. See our Digitization Page for more information on our scanners.
The Scholarly Commons has 2 Mac computers, each with a wireless keyboard and mouse.
Dual Monitor PCs
The Scholarly Commons has 8 dual monitor PCs that can assist you with your research and/or projects.
This workstation is synced with the Usability Lab for optimal convenience and research capability.
The Scholarly Commons has many assorted accessories to help with research and projects. Some include USB Headsets, microphones and stand for voice recordings, and thumb drives.
Software Available Online
Note: some of these tools require an additional fee, but many are free to use.
Directory of Software Tools
TAPoR, housed at the University of Alberta, is an index of tools that can be used for text and network analysis, data visualization, and other common DH methods.
- ACTION Toolbox
The Audio-visual Cinematic Toolbox for Interaction, Organization, and Navigation, is a computational set of tools used for automated cinema analysis.
AntConc is a free corpus analysis software for concordancing (listing occurrences of a word alphabetically based on surrounding words).
Gephi is an open graph visualization platform supporting exploration of all kinds of networks and complex systems.
GloVe is an unsupervised machine learning algorithm for obtaining vector representations of words. Pre-trained algorithms are available for download.
- Google Ngram Viewer
Searches the entire corpus of Google Books to show frequency of phrases throughout history.
MAchine Learning for LanguagE Toolkit is a popular downloadable, Java-based tool for statistical natural language processing, such as topic modeling, cluster analysis, information extraction, and other machine learning applications.
Mathematica is a proprietary tool developed by Wolfram Research for technical computing. It is a very resourceful tool for creating networks and visualizing your digital humanities research.
ORA is a meta-network and analysis tool developed by the Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems (CASOS) at Carnegie Mellon University.
RAWGraphs is an open-source, web-based data visualization platform where users can create graphs and other visualizations. The RAWGraphs Gallery is used to showcase work.
Meant as an open-source alternative to Mathematica, SageMath builds on other open-source packages like SciPy, matplotlib, and R to create a technical computing application.
Voyant is a free, web-based text analysis application that provides visualization tools like word clouds, graphical frequency counts, and data on recurring phrases.
- World Maps
World Maps is an initiative of Harvard University that makes available a repository of digitized world maps from throughout history. The site offers functionality to create your own maps using the historical ones, and is useful for GIS and spatial humanities projects.