Research Tools: Resources for Humanities Computing

There is a constant flow of new tools for digital scholarly work, from software companies, research groups, open source consortiums, and individual developers. Humanities computing relies on a wide variety of tools that take advantage of innovative technologies in all the areas of humanities research. IATH uses a combination of proprietary and open source tools, some of which are designed and built by our Fellows and their project staff. Some of these tools are described here, along with links to other tools of particular interest to humanities computing.

Applied Research in Patacriticism

Jerome McGann: NINES

Technologies Used by the Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library

David Germano: THDL Technologies

Digital libraries such as THDL are only possible through recent developments in computer technology. These new technologies provide the infrastructure and mechanisms necessary for an interactive repository of scholarly knowledge that has no corresponding analog in traditional libraries of printed material. Not only do such technologies allow for immediate interaction between the scholar and the collections of data, but they also permit collaboration between scholars separated by vast distances. While the casual user interacts with THDL through the standard HTML web-pages, the active collaborator who is creating resources within THDL will find it helpful to understand the Library's architecture in order to make the best use of the available tools for building collections and resources. The interested observer might also wish to know how a digital library actually works for their own reasons. The technologies section of the THDL toolbox provides such information.


Summit on Digital Tools for the Humanities

September 28-30, 2005
University of Virginia

Summit Objective: Digital tools and the underlying cyberinfrastructure expand the opportunities for humanistic scholarship and education. They enable new and innovative approaches to humanistic scholarship. They provide scholars and students deeper and more sophisticated access to cultural materials, thus changing how material can be taught and experienced. They facilitate new forms of collaboration of all those who touch the digital representation of the human record.

For more information See "Summit on Digital Tools for the Humanities". Or download summit announcement [Word Doc] | [PDF]