Digital tools and more

I’ve pulled together a list of Digital Humanities resources in case you want to explore some tools that you can use as a vehicle for your final presentation instead of a written essay. They’re all open  source and in most cases require little advance set up, though you may be required to register for an account.  Most of the presentation tools host your projects but offer little in the way of additional features with a free account.

Omeka  You know this one. It can be used to create exhibits, build archives, etc.  Jeff has set up an Omeka environment for the class, but you can also use omeka.net.  Omeka.net provides some of the same functionality as Omeka,org, but does not require that you host the platform or maintain an installation. Digital Dos Passos: A digital engagement with the media of the U.S.A. trilogy is an example of a site relevant to the topic of the course.

Slideshare is  a community for sharing presentations. If you build a presentation in PowerPoint or Keynote you can upload it to Slideshare to share outside the class.

Prezi enables you to build dynamic presentations, an alternative to the standard PowerPoint style.

Twine is an interactive storytelling and gamemaking tool. You do not need to register an account, but you do need to need to host your work somewhere for others to see it.

Tumblr This microblogging platform has a focus on sharing between individual blogs.

VoiceThread  Upload images, documents video and add voice comments. You can open your VoiceThread up for others to comment. Register for a free account.

Viewshare – Generate and customize views of interactive maps, timelines, facets and tag clouds.

Storify  Tell stories using social media, using photos and videos. Easy drag and drop features to build timelines.

StoryMap JS  Tell stories by using maps with a simple authoring tool.

Timeline JS Build a presention using a timeline

Mediathread  Explore, analyze and organize web-based multimedia content. In Mediathread, items can be clipped, annotated, organized and embedded into compostions and other written analysis.

Image Map Tool  Easily create clickable image maps to link to other sites.

Tag Crowd is a web-based word cloud generator.

DM: Tools for Digital Annotation and Linking  This environment is used for the study and annotation of images and texts. It is a suite of tools that allow users to mark segments in manuscrips, print materials, photographs, etc. and provide commentary. I’m not sure how accessible a tool it is, but it is worth looking at the use cases at the bottom of the page.

I’ve culled most of these from the DiRT Directory, a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use.  Take a look if you want to see more.  For some suggestions on Digital Humanities projects and technologies, check out Miriam Posner’s blog post,  “How did they make that?“.  If you’re interested, I can point you to others.

I want to emphasize the great resources you’ll find in Professor Allred’s Research Guide. There are links to databases and to his collection of citations in Zotero. These will be helpful as you build your annotated bibliographies.

Finally, I mentioned issues regarding copyright restrictions. As long as you are not using resources from subscription-based sources, I think you have a good case for Fair Use.

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