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DH Toolbox


The following is a list of tools that was created during the HASTAC Scholars Unconference at Michigan State University on May 27, 2015. The descriptions of the tools below are mainly copied taglines from the website, combined with some comments from scholars at the unconference.

The list in a work-in-progress, and please provide any additional tools in the comments below!

Media Creation/Annotation (Video/Audio/Image)

TwitchTV — the world's leading video platform and community for gamers

Acclaim — annotate and collaborate around media files, easily used in the classroom

InqScribe — digital media transcription software, does not look like it's free

ImagePlot — a plugin/macro for ImageJ software which plots out the course of an entire film or game, a distant reading of visual media

ELAN — a professional tool for the creation of complex annotations on video and audio resources.

Project Management

Trello — desktop workflow program

Asana — collaboration software for teams, where you can assign tasks, etc. Developed by one of the Facebook developers.

Slack — chat system for smaller teams.

Subtask — a web-app for organizing and structuring your projects using mind maps.

Text Processing/Annotation

TEI — standard for the representation of texts in digital form

TEI Validator Tool — a web-based validation service to make sure the XML in TEI-encoded files is correct

Oxygen XML editor — a complete XML development and authoring platform, that can work to create TEI-encoded files.

TextWrangler — free capable text editor that can be used to edit any text files, formatted according to file ending! Works fine to create TEI-encoded files

Genius — annotate any text, originally created to annotate rap lyrics but can work with anything!

Annotation Studio — a suite of collaborative web-based annotation tools currently under development at MIT.

Voyant Tools — a web-based reading and analysis environment for digital texts.

EXMARaLDA —  a system for working with oral corpora on a computer. It consists of a transcription and annotation tool (Partitur-Editor), a tool for managing corpora (Corpus-Manager) and a query and analysis tool (EXAKT).

Reference System

Zotero — a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

Mendeley — free reference manager, similar to Zotero, but also an academic social network.

VOSViewer — a software tool for constructing and visualizing bibliometric networks.

Archive/Content Management Systems

Omeka — archive management system which can create complex narratives and share rich collections, adhering to Dublin Core standards.

Scalar — technological platform for born-digital, open source, media-rich scholarly publishing "as easy as blogging," according to the website.










Other Relevant Websites

GitHub — coding/collaboration

Behance — inspiration

Delicious — link sharing



Great resource! Many thanks to the #HASTAC15 team for this list and many thanks to you, Kalle, for posting! I'll be sharing this widely ASAP.

Amanda Starling Gould


Nice collection! I'll look through it for our own list of +475 tools for scholarly communication:

Also, DIRT Directory lists an extensive collection of DH tools: 
Many (but not all!) tool mentioned here are incuded.


I have used TextWrangler, but am lately preferring Brackets ( as a text editor for the web. It is open source, and has a lot of useful features when you hover over scripts (like a pop-up display for hex color). 

Toggl ( is another free project management tool that times you while you work (or you can also add time manually). You can keep track of hours across projects and export timesheets to other people on your team. 

295 -- looks like an interesting tool to create simple non-linear stories.


Hi! I recently compiled a list of tools / links showcasing particular tools for an information session at a local Boston event called Data Day. I focused specificly on tools used by projects at Northeastern University / tools we tended to gravitate towards in Digital Humanities Open Office Hours sessions here: this list is by no means comprehensive or exhaustive:


Another resource that's been super helpful for me is It lets you highlight and annotate anything on a webpage. It works for Mac (safari) and Chrome, as well as other browsers, I belive. Definitely worth checking out.