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Resources for Digital Humanities

See also the UW Libraries Digital Scholarship site.

What is Digital Humanities?

The definitions for digital humanities (DH) vary depending on who you talk to, but these resources are a great introduction to what people mean when they talk about DH, and a few of the major professional organizations that support DH work.

What is Digital Humanities and What is it Doing in the English Department?
In 2011, Matthew Kirschenbaum, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Maryland and Associate Director of the Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities (MITH), wrote this short piece to give an overview of the history and current state of DH. Aimed primarily at faculty in English, this piece provides an excellent, brief argument for DH in academia.

Getting Starting in the Digital Humanities
Lisa Spiro is a consultant and researcher who has written on technology in higher education, including digital humanities, digital pedagogy, and scholarly communications. Her 2011 post on her blog, Digital Scholarship, outlines some ways and various resources to get involved in DH.

Digital Humanities Now
Digital Humanities Now is an online news source, which aggregates and highlights news from around the web about digital humanities. A great way to introduce yourself to the newest projects, issues, and discussions within the field.


Several organizations have taken up the cause of digital humanities, and these provide just a sampling of the major organizations that promote DH.

Discussion Groups

  • Digital Humanities Questions & Answers
    Got a question about the field? What tools are other people using? Need some input from other scholars in the field as to what software or hardware to use for your project? Digital Humanities Questions & Answers is an active online forum for people looking to connect with other digital humanists on a variety of topics and questions.
  • Humanists Discussion Group
    The Humanist discussion group is by far one of the largest listservs dedicated to digital humanities topics. Find out what other people are working on, their questions, and post your own!
  • UW Digital Humanities Listserv
    Specific to the UW community, the Digital Humanities listserv aims to connect people and projects across campus.

Resources for Digital Humanities at the University of Washington

  • Digital Initiatives
    Digital Initiatives has had a hand in assisting many digital scholarship projects at UW over the years, and are available for consultations in areas such as digitization, digital platforms, and project management.
  • UW IT
    UW IT also offers consultations for digital projects, including software and hardware selection, and web development.
  • UW Libraries
    The UW Libraries are a great source of information in areas such as metadata creation and support, copyright issues, and research support. Your department liaison can connect you with librarians on campus who can offer support and consultation in these areas.
  • Digital Scholarship at UW Libraries
  • Learning Technologies
    Learning Technologies, a division of UW IT, often holds workshops on such topics as design, digital audio, digital video, document creation, and web publishing. Check their calendar for upcoming workshops and register!
  • GIS Lab
    Located in Suzzallo Library, the GIS Lab supports locating geospatial data, integrating data into GIS projects, and basic ArcGIS functionality.

Other Resources

Outside of UW, there are many ways to dig in to the various technologies utilized in DH. These are just a few of the tools and resources available.


  • Digital Humanities Summer Insitute (DHSI)
    Held in June at the University of Victoria, the Digital Humanities Summer Institute offers 5-day intensive workshops on topics ranging from introductory (past offerings included: basics of digitization, text analysis, coding) to advanced (past offerings included: advanced topics in TEI, digital pedagogy, augmented reality). This is the place to be for new and seasoned digital humanists.
  • The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp)
    THATCamp is an umbrella organization out of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. Organized in the “unconference” model, THATCamps are now being supported all over the world on a variety of topics. Check out their schedule to see upcoming camps, or plan your own!


  • Bamboo DiRT
    Need some help deciding what software to use in your project? Bamboo DiRT is a repository of digital tools for scholars, and can help you decide on what programs to use based on your needs.

Below are some other frequently utilized tools from around the web that are being utilized by digital humanists for projects:

Learn to Code & More

  • W3Schools
    W3Schools is a web developer learning and reference site, providing a wide variety of courses aimed at teaching web development skills and best practices. These lessons are free to use.
    For a low-monthly cost you can have access to high-quality instructional videos on a wide range of technological topics at all skill levels.
  • CodeSchool
    Looking to learn some basic coding skills? CodeSchool offers engaging courses in HTML/CSS, Javascript, Ruby, and iOS development.
  • Skillshare
    Skillshare offers a range of online courses and tutorials ranging from basic to advanced web development and technologies to graphic design and digital video production.
  • SmartScholar - Computer Science Education Research Guide
    This guide contains great introductory resources, practical coding resources, study resources, and lists of podcasts and blogs.

Content Management

  • Scalar
  • Omeka will host your content for you on their server, while allows you to download the program for use on your own server.
  • ContentDM
  • Drupal
  • WordPress
    An extremely popular blogging and content management program, will host your content on its server and provide a URL. also provides support for hosting the program on your own server.

Text Analysis

Data Visualization


Data Sharing

Other DH Guides from Around the Web