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Introduction to Digital Humanities (DH): DH Software & Tools

Many digital tools and software are developed by researchers and scholars to facilitate digital humanities research.  Below are some examples for assisting different types of analysis. 

Geo-spatial Analysis Tools

Text Analysis Tools

NVivo is a software for qualitative analysis. It can work with different text formats and even multi-media materials. Nvivo helps organizing, analyzing and finding insights in unstructured, or qualitative data such as interviews, open-ended survey responses, articles, social media and web content.


Voyant Tools
Voyant Tools is a free web-based tool allowing users to quickly visualise and analyze text data.


MARKUS is web-based tool for tagging personal names, place names, temporal references, and bureaucratic offices automatically in classical Chinese files uploaded by user. The datasets include China Biographical Database (CBDB) and China Historical GIS developed by Harvard University. Users can also tag words or expressions by uploading their own lists or by using regular expressions. 

CORPRO (庫博中文獨立語料庫分析工具) is an analytical tool designed for Chinese texts. Professor Chueh Ho-chia, one of the speakers of CUHK Library Digital Scholarship Symposium 2019, is one of the developers of CORPRO in Taiwan. Using corpus linguistics as the foundation, this text analyzing tool can generate statistics of word appearances as well as analyze connections between characters.

Prof. Chueh has been invited to conduct a CORPRO workshop for CUHK community and welcome to learn online (in Chinese).



Online Display and Exhibition Tools

Omeka refers to a series of web tools for showcasing collection by making online exhibition webpage. Omeka is a project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University.


Story Maps
Story Maps is an online platform developed by Esri, the software company of ArcGIS. It presents stories with maps applying web ArcGIS. The Story Maps Gallery lists out some excellent practices of GIS projects in different disciplines. Subscribers of ArcGIS can use it freely with restricted content, while others can create open public accounts.

Multi-media Production Tools

Blender is a free and open source 3D creation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, as well as video editing and game creation. It can be run on Linux, Windows, and Macintosh computers.