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Launching the Digital Humanities Toolbox

August 11th, 2020

Researchers at Purdue University have a new resource to help them imagine new digital scholarship projects. The Digital Humanities Toolbox is a central site to access and explore various tools and resources, many of which are newly available to scholars and students at Purdue. Through a partnership between the College of Liberal Arts and the Libraries and School of Information Studies, our project team compiled a list of tools for various methods prominent in digital scholarship, including text analysis, network analysis, content management, digital publishing, social media analysis, and more.

The project was launched by Dr. Matthew Hannah (LSIS) with generous funding from the Integrative Data Science Education Ecosystem and was managed by Brandon Kerns (CLA IT) and Ryan Martin (CLA IT) and built by Ben Lamb (CLA Marketing and Communications). The toolbox features a collection of internal resources hosted by CLA IT, including Omeka S, Mukurtu, Scalar, Lacuna Stories, Nvivo, and WordPress. These platforms are fantastic resources for scholars who want to build digital archives and publications, either as part of a research project or for an innovative class assignment. Because CLA IT has hosted these platforms on their servers, researchers have access to powerful resources for free without the need to host and manage the platforms.

But the toolbox also provides access to external resources too, software that is freely available for researchers online. Most of these resources include instructions for how to download or create a free account, but all of these tools are freely available for the general public. PULSIS hosts workshops on these tools periodically for scholars who want help, and many include online tutorials as well. Furthermore, we’ve curated some key resources for scholars who want to learn more about DH, including sites for tutorials and other resources.

For questions about the Digital Humanities Toolbox, please contact Dr. Matthew Hannah at