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Digital Humanities

Digital Publishing

figshare is a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner. All file formats can be published, including videos and datasets that are often demoted to the supplemental materials section in current publishing models. Users of the site maintain full control over the management of their research while benefiting from global access, version control and secure backups in the cloud.

Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables you to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with your own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.

SlideShare is a slide hosting service. You can upload files privately or publicly in a variety of formats including PowerPoint and OpenDocument presentations, Word Documents, and PDFs. YouTube videos can also be embedded in slidedecks.


ArcGIS is a desktop mapping and spatial data analysis application. It allows you to create your own maps from scratch starting with geographic data in electronic form and to analyze data that has a locational component. This introductory guide will help you get started and provide details about how Duke students, faculty, and staff can access ArcGIS.

CartoDB is a cloud based mapping, analysis and visualization engine that lets you build spatial applications for both mobile and the web. You can input tabular data and then construct an interactive visualization using the web interface. CartoDB provides step-by-step video tutorials for easy, medium, and advanced features.

Google Earth is a 3D mapping program from Google that provides access to satellite images of (almost) the entire planet. The premium version, Google Earth Pro, provides additional tools and is available for free. To get more information, check out this introductory guide.

Text Analysis

Juxta Commons is a web-based tool that allows you to compare and collate versions of the same textual work, create visualizations, and share your work with others. If you prefer to use a standalone desktop application, you can also download the legacy version of Juxta.

Overview is a tool that lets you search, analyze and cull huge volumes of text or documents. It was originally built for investigative journalists, but it's been adopted by a wide array of people including scholarly researchers and social media analysts. Overview provides this step-by-step guide to get you started.

Voyant is a web-based text analysis and reading environment that's designed to make it easy for you to work with your own text or collection of texts in a variety of formats. Voyant provides a range of tools for analysis and visualization. To learn more about Voyant, check out this getting started guide.