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Digital Research Tools

The DiRT Directory is a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use.

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This Group’s Tools

Members of this group use 29 tools from the DiRT Directory:

  • WordPress is an easy-to-use web publishing platform originally designed around blogging that has now evolved with functionality as a robust content or learning management system, with many themes and plugins for extra functionality.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Microsoft Excel is spreadsheet software with calculation, graphing tools, and pivot table options for analyzing data. A cloud-hosted version is available as part of Office 365.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Google Docs is an online environment for editing and sharing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, drawings, and tables. Google Docs documents can be public or private, or shared with anyone with a Google account, e-mailed, or downloaded in various formats, including conversions to PDF and other formats not identical to the original or to the proprietary format used at creation. Designated people with whom items are shared can be given permission to comment or edit the files, thus providing a quick way to collaborate on creating and editing documents and presentations.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Available as a web-based service and as an app for iOS, Mac, PC, and Android, Google Drive allows users to create, store, edit, and share files across all their devices. Online and offline file access available. Requires a Google account for use, but allows files from Drive to be shared with non-Google users.

    Drive allows users to upload, store, and share any type of file (e.g., JPEG, MP4, JS, INDD, AI). The majority can be previewed, and many can be edited within Drive. Some files (e.g., DOCX, XLSX, PPTX) can be converted into compatible file types for editing, commenting, and more. Drive is the platform for Google Sheets, Docs, Slides, and many other approved applications. Files saved in Drive sync to all other devices, with an activity monitor that can be useful for version control (see what edits have been made and when, and revert back to previous instances if needed).

    Offers both free and paid accounts, priced by data capacity: 15 GB (free), 100 GB ($1.99/month), 1 TB ($9.99/month), 10 TB ($99.99/month), 20 TB ($199.99/month), 30 TB ($299.99/month). Teams with more than five people can purchase unlimited storage for $10/user/month.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Twitter allows users to send 140-character messages. There is a thriving digital humanities community of Twitter users. This tool is great for communicating and sharing ideas, micro-blogging, real-time communication. You can follow tweets about digital humanities https://twitter.com/hashtag/digitalhumanities.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Voyant Tools is a web-based reading and analysis environment for digital texts.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group member Manuel C. Co Jr.Show all users
  • Anthologize is a WordPress plugin that allows users to outline, order, and edit content into a single volume that can be exported as PDF, TEI or epub.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group member Matthew K. GoldShow all users
  • Project management software for sharing files, messages, and task management, including options for daily update emails, and real time document editing.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • BuddyPress is a variant of WordPress that includes social networking features.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group members Matthew K. Gold, Test StudentShow all users
  • Commentpress is a theme and plugin for WordPress that enables granular public commenting on texts.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group member Matthew K. GoldShow all users
  • CBOX offers a unique suite of features designed to give users of all skill levels the ability to create vibrant online communities. Essentially a WordPress plugin, its intuitive, out-of-the-box set-up tool guides site administrators through each step of installation. Its powerful theme, developed for Commons In A Box in collaboration with PressCrew and their Infinity Theming Engine, lets users fully customize their sites. The plugins it manages are totally configurable from the CBOX dashboard, which controls updates and compatibility issues. The sitewide wiki enables members to collaboratively build a knowledge repository.

    There is a dependency on having a full local or externally hosted wordpress installation availableLearn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Dropbox is a file hosting service that includes cloud storage, personal cloud, file synchronization, and client software across multiple platforms. Dropbox allows users to create a folder on each of their computers where any type of file can be saved, synchronized, and made available across all computers. Contents of the Dropbox folder are also accessible via dropbox.com and mobile applications. Individual files and folders can be shared with other Dropbox users or made publicly accessible.

    Dropbox for Business is a paid service targeting organizations by providing administrative controls and auditing functionality while allowing users to create a work account that is completely separate from their personal account but the two are viewable side by side.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Evernote is note-taking software in the cloud, with options for private and shared notebooks. Users can take text notes, and upload files to attach them to notes. Evernote has built-in OCR for images with printed or handwritten text. A premium account allows access to notebooks offline, as well as more storage and embedded PDF search.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group member Matthew K. GoldShow all users
  • GitHub is a web-based repository service which offers the distributed revision control and source code management (SCM) functionality of GIT with a graphical user interface, desktop, and mobile integration. It also provides collaboration tools such as access control, wikis, task management, code review, bug tracking, and feature requests. It offers free accounts, often used to host opensource software projects, and private (paid) repositories.

    Projects on GitHub can be accessed and manipulated using the git command-line interface and all of the standard git commands work with it. GitHub also allows registered and non-registered users to browse public repositories on the site. Multiple desktop clients have also been created by GitHub and other third parties which integrate with the platform.

    GitHub is mainly used for code but can also be used for non-code files, it supports the following formats and features:

    3D render files
    Photoshop's native PSD format can be previewed and compared to previous versions of the same file.
    Nested task-lists
    Documentation and wikis
    Small websites can be hosted from public repositories on GitHub. The URL format is http://projectname.github.io.
    Issue tracking (including feature requests)
    Visualization of geospatial data
    Gantt charts

    GitHub is a heavily used in the opensource development community but does not require hosted projects to meet the definition of Open Source.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Full-featured app for reading, annotating, organizing, and sending PDFs. Offers ability to annotate PDFs with pen, highlighter, audio recordings, and photos. For iPad or Android tablet.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group member Matthew K. GoldShow all users
  • Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group member Matthew K. GoldShow all users
  • MediaWiki is a free software open source wiki package written in PHP, originally for use on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation projects. It is designed to be run on a large server farm for a website that gets millions of hits per day.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group member Matthew K. GoldShow all users
  • Share a project action board in real time, see milestones and upcoming goals. Easy-to-use features allows for edits in the project timeline, and the tracker predicts timeline for next goal achievement based on previously entered data. You can create individual project lines, or stories, that come together to create an epic, or larger project. There are charts showing your historical trends and anything else you'd like to monitor. This tool works with various other apps, listed here: http://www.pivotaltracker.com/community/app-bazaarLearn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group member Matthew K. GoldShow all users
  • Skype allows free voice and video computer-to-computer calls, and calls to phone numbers for a fee. Video is only available for person-to-person calls, but multiple users can join a voice call. Skype can be used for free by educators in the classroom: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/06/complete-guide-to-use-of-skype-in.htmlLearn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Slack is a team-based communication and archiving platform. It allows for both synchronous and asynchronous communications, channels for managing specific streams, full user management and integration with a wide variety of social media and storage providers. It is free for limited (rather generous) use and provides one the best means to allow for individual communication patterns within a managed project to be facilitated. Allowing for the quick and informal communications, hashtagged for quick scanning and searching as well as targeted messaging makes it a very compelling project tool. The addition of specific mobile clients with notifications makes it a very effective project management tool.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group member Matthew K. GoldShow all users
  • Storify is a way to tell stories using social media, including photos and videos. You can search multiple social networks from one place, drag individual elements into your timeline, and create a story. You can re-order the elements and also add text to give context to your readers. There are built in features to notify your followers of a story update.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Zotero is a free tool that collects, manages and cites research sources. It stays on your web browser where you do your work and it's easy to use. It's being downloaded as a firefox extension, used with the chrome and safari browsers or used as a standalone tool. It allows you to attach pdfs, notes and images to your citations, organise them into easily searchable collections for different projects, and open office using any of over 2800 citation styles. references can be added to a zotero library in many different ways: directly from databases, journal websites, google scholar or the library catalogue, by referencing file import ( for example from an Endnote library), by dragging in pdfs from your hard drive, and by entering them manually.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group member Matthew K. GoldShow all users
  • Balsamiq Mockups is a simple, flexible, and collaborative software for building wireframes for websites, apps, and other digital media. Users may purchase a desktop license or pay a monthly subscription fee for the web app. Free desktop software is available for classroom use.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group member Samantha RaddatzShow all users
  • Simple and flexible HTML, CSS, and Javascript for popular user interface components and interactions.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group member Samantha RaddatzShow all users
  • Camtasia is Mac/Windows software for recording screencasts and editing video. Videos can be sent directly to YouTube or integrated with Google Drive. Camtasia is the high end of a suite of screen capture products. SnagIt is a cheaper alternative with fewer features. Jing, the most basic of the TechSmith screen capture products, is free.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group member Samantha RaddatzShow all users
  • OmniGraffle is a comprehensive diagramming and drawing application. Drag and drop to create wireframes, flow charts, network diagrams, UI mockups, family trees, office layouts, etc.. Upgrading to OmniGraffle Pro adds Visio support, shared layers, presentation mode, object-geometry controls, AppleScript and Actions support and more.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group member Samantha RaddatzShow all users
  • Content curation and topic discovery website based primarily on publishers the user follows through social media.

    Upon signing up, users are asked to select a number of topics that fall within their fields of interest. Relevant content is shown in a vertical feed. Users have the option to recommend, comment, share, remove the content from their feed, or save it. Prismatic "learns" from your behaviour which topics and publishers are of most interest to you. They say the more people who use it the better it gets, as recommendations figure greatly into popularity rankings. There are no human editors, just algorithms.

    Promoted features include connecting with communities who share your interests, learning from users who work in your field, the ability to share your discoveries with friends, and taking a "deep dive on any topic."

    According to Aria Haghighi, one of the founders "...we have an architecture similar to a search engine: polling and crawling the open web and activity on social networks." A 2013 article on Slate.com refers to Prismatic as "the world's smartest news reader". It's a good addition to other search and curation tools such as Google Alerts and saved Twitter hashtag searches. It aims to be better than the rest through use of parameters that are not static; it adjusts to your preferences as well as trending content on other social media sites.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group member Samantha RaddatzShow all users
  • Simple screencasting and image capture tool. SnagIt is part of TechSmith's family of screen capture and video editing products. Jing offers fewer features, but is a free alternative. Camtasia is the most fully featured of the products, but also the most expensive.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group member Samantha RaddatzShow all users
  • Trello is a web-based project management and collaboration tool that allows users to organize projects in a dashboard view, containing one or more project-oriented boards. The dashboard provides a real-time overview of what is being worked on, who is working on what, and overall progress toward project milestones. Useful for organized task management, delegation, communication, and collaboration across teams.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by group member Samantha RaddatzShow all users
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