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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

  • Art of Illusion
    • Art of Illusion is a free, open source 3D modelling and rendering studio. Many of its capabilities rival those found in commercial programs
  • OpenSCAD
    • Free software for creating solid 3D CAD objects using Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and Mac OS X.
  • SketchUp Free
    • ​​​​​​​SketchUp Free is the simplest free 3D modeling software on the web — no strings attached. Bring your 3D design online, and have your SketchUp projects with you wherever you go.
  • Wings 3D

Audio Editing

Creating Presentations

  • Chronozoom
    • An educational tool for teachers and students who want to put historical events in perspective.
  • Prezi
    • Presentation software that uses motion, zoom, and spatial relationships to bring your ideas to life and make you a great presenter.
  • Canva
    • ​​​​​​​An online template editor app for creating social media graphics and presentations.

E-Literature Managers


  • ArcGIS StoryMaps
    • Transform your maps and geographic information system (GIS) work into interactive content
  • Leaflet
    • The leading open-source JavaScript library for mobile-friendly interactive maps. Leaflet is designed with simplicity, performance and usability in mind. It works efficiently across all major desktop and mobile platforms.

Research and Collaboration

  • Trello
    • Trello lets you work more collaboratively and get more done. Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible and rewarding way.
  • Zotero
    • ​​​​​​​Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.
  • Evernote


  • Scripto
    • A free, open source tool enabling community transcriptions of document and multimedia files.


  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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

  • Bluefish
    • A powerful editor targeted towards programmers and web developers, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code.
  • Jekyll
    • ​​​​​​​A simple, blog-aware, static site generator for personal, project, or organization sites.
  • Omeka Classic
    • ​​​​​​​A web publishing platform for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits.
  • WordPress
    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Open source software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app. Beautiful designs, powerful features, and the freedom to build anything you want. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

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.

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