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A Guide To...Digital and Emerging Scholarship

This guide is dedicated to the advancement of digital and emerging scholarship at the College of the Holy Cross.

Looking to use digital tools to expand and present your research but don’t know where to start? Below is a beginner’s list of some popular digital tools to explore.

Feel free to reach out to the Archives staff for inquiries about potential access to software through the Library.

Content and Database Management

Historypin is a place for people to share photos and stories, telling the histories of their local communities.
Omeka provides open-source web publishing platforms for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits.
WordPress is open source software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app.

Data Organization

ACS Research Data Center A data packaging tool to assist authors in zipping their FID files, acquisition data, and processing parameters along with other appropriate FAIR metadata such as a SMILES or InChI for submission.
DMPTool Data management planning.
Project Jupyter An open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. Uses include: data cleaning and transformation, numerical simulation, statistical modeling, data visualization, machine learning, and much more.
OpenRefine Working with messy data.

GIS (Geographic Information System) Mapping

ESRI ArcGIS Online A browser-based version of professional GIS platform
QGIS Create, edit, visualize, analyze and publish geospatial information on Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD (Android coming soon).

Story Mapping and Timelines

Neatline Neatline allows scholars, students, and curators to tell stories with maps, images and timelines.
StoryMapJS Easily create story maps in your browser.
TimelineJS Create digital chronologies.
MapBox Precise location data and powerful developer tools to change the way you navigate the world.

Text Analysis

NodeXL NodeXL Basic is a free, open-source template for Microsoft® Excel® 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 that makes it easy to explore Network Graphs.
TaPoR TAPoR is a gateway to the tools used in sophisticated text analysis and retrieval.
Voyant Tools 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.

3D Modeling and Virtual Reality A web framework for building virtual reality experiences.
Kubity AI-Powered Interactive 3D Models from your SketchUp files.
Metashape Photogrammetric processing of digital images and 3D spatial data generation.
SketchUp is 3D modeling software that’s easy to learn and fun to use.

Visualization Tools

Awesome Table Display Spreadsheet Data in beautiful and functional views. Awesome Table lets you display the content of a Google Sheet into various types of views.
DataBasic is a suite of easy-to-use web tools for beginners that introduce concepts of working with data.
Google Charts Google chart tools are powerful, simple to use, and free. 
R R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics.
RAW Graphs RAW Graphs is an open source data visualization framework built with the goal of making the visual representation of complex data easy for everyone.
Tableau Tableau software programs are transforming the way people use data to solve problems. They make analyzing data fast and easy.