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Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities Tools

Below are various free, open-source tools for creating and developing digital  humanities projects, along with relevant tutorials and examples of projects created with those tools.  

3D Modeling

Audio Editing

Creating Presentations

Data Analysis

  • PhiloLogic3
    The primary full-text search, retrieval and analysis tool developed by the ARTFL Project and the Digital Library Development Center (DLDC) at the University of Chicago.

E-Literature Managers


Research and Collaboration



  • ArcGIS Explorer Online
    Connect people, locations, and data using interactive maps. Work with smart, data-driven styles and intuitive analysis tools. Share your insights with the world or specific groups.
  • Chronos Timeline
    HyperStudio’s Chronos Timeline is designed specifically for needs in the humanities and social sciences to represent time-based data.
  • Gephi
    The leading visualization and exploration software for all kinds of graphs and networks. Gephi is open-source and free.
  • Neatline
    A free, online tool for creating interlinked timelines and maps as interpretive expressions of the literary or historical content of archival collections.
  • Palladio
    Visualize complex historical data with ease.
  • Stackla
    Discover, manage and display the most engaging visual content across all your marketing touchpoints with Stackla's AI-powered enterprise platform.
  • Tableau Public
    Tableau Public is a free data visualization software. It allows users to connect to a spreadsheet or file and create interactive data visualizations for the web.
  • TagCrowd
    A web application for visualizing word frequencies in any text by creating what is popularly known as a word cloud, text cloud or tag cloud.
  • Tiki-Toki
    Online timeline maker software for creating beautiful interactive timelines that you can share on the web. Tiki-Toki's free account lets you create a fully-functional timeline that you can share with friends and colleagues.
  • Timeline
    An open-source tool that enables anyone to build visually rich, interactive timelines. Beginners can create a timeline using nothing more than a Google spreadsheet. Experts can use their JSON skills to create custom installations, while keeping TimelineJS's core functionality.
  • TimeMapper
    An open-source project of Open Knowledge Foundation Labs. Create elegant timelines and maps in seconds.
  • Voyant
    Voyant Tools is a web-based text reading and analysis environment. It is a scholarly project that is designed to facilitate reading and interpretive practices for digital humanities students and scholars as well as for the general public.

Website Development

Web Publishing

  • Drupal
    An open-source CMS for ambitious digital experiences that reach your audience across multiple channels.
  • Manifold Scholarship
    The result of a three-year long collaboration between two public universities and a digital development agency staffed with humanities scholars. Manifold is designed to provide a solid, robust publishing platform that is easy to install and use.
  • Scalar
    A free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online.

Looking for More?

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 mind-mapping software.