Software

Digital Exhibit and Presentation Tools

What are ArcGIS Story Maps?

ArcGIS Story Maps is a tool to create immersive and interactive maps. Through the tool, you can create a “story” by combining images and text with the locations on your map. It also supports videos and audio files. ArcGIS has a near infinite amount of customization, including how your story looks and how the map is displayed. 

Resources

Official site: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/ 

About Page: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/9a500acb526f4be8b0a3c66ffa8e53fa 

Overview Video: ArcGIS StoryMaps: Storytelling that Resonates

What is Omeka?

Omeka is software that allows the user to create collections of information. After creating a collection, the user can then show their project to others online. Omeka offers several different versions of the software depending on what type of organization is using it and what they will be using the software for. Omeka is also open-source. 

The official website: https://omeka.org/

What is ThingLink?

ThingLink is a resource for educators to create immersive and interactive teaching materials. This includes modules such as hands-on skills development and virtual labs, as well as virtual field trips. Through ThingLink, you can also create interactive maps for events, such as campus tours or virtual “escape rooms”. The software is compatible with VR technology for an even more immersive experience. The pricing options vary depending on what you want to do with ThingLink. 

Resources

Official Site: https://www.thinglink.com/higher-education 

Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@ThingLink_EDU/videos

What is TimelineJS? 

TimelineJS is a tool for creating interactive event timelines. To use the tool, you will need to fill out a Google Spreadsheet template, which you can then upload to the TimelineJS site as a base for your timeline. You can upload images to your timeline to make it more immersive. Then, you can share your timeline using a link or embed it onto a website. 

Resources

Official site: https://timeline.knightlab.com/ 

How-To Video: https://vimeo.com/143407878

Digitization and Optical Character Recognition

What is Transkribus?

Transkribus is an innovative AI tool used to scan documents. It is tailored towards interpreting historical documents. It transcribes the document and then determines the text’s layout. You can also search the document using keywords. With Transkribus, you can collaborate on your transcription with others and share the final transcription online. 

Resources

Official Site: https://readcoop.eu/transkribus/ 

Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-txVgM31rDTGlBnH-zpPjA

Visualizing Data and Network Analysis

What is Constellate?

Constellate is a way to streamline your research. You can use keywords in the dataset builder to find articles about your topic. You can also display the frequency of words used in those documents. Constellate lets you filter what type of media you are looking for (books, academic articles, etc.) You can also filter by databases or by categories. 

Resources

Official Site: https://constellate.org/ 

Dataset Builder: https://constellate.org/builder?unigrams=patients,%2520students

What is Gephi?

Gephi is a way to visualize data. It creates networks of information, allowing you to analyze the connections. The creators of Gephi describe it as being “like photoshop, but for graph data”. It is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. 

Resources

Official Site: https://gephi.org/ 

About Page: https://gephi.org/features/ 

How-To Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXtbL8avpik

What is Graph Commons?

Graph Commons is a way to create and visualize networks of data. You can use Google Sheets or Excel to enter your data. Then, Graph Commons makes this data interactive by creating a web of connections. You can share your graph with others and collaborate. Once completed, you can publish your graph online. 

Resources

Official site: https://graphcommons.com/ 

Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@graphcommons/videos

What is Tableau?

Tableau can help you visualize your data in new ways. Currently, Tableau is experimenting with AI to create insights on the data you provide. This AI can also predict trends in your data. Tableau is easy to learn, as it is designed for users of varying experience levels . Tableau offers pricing options depending on how you will be using the software. 

Resources

Official Site: https://www.tableau.com/ 

Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/tableausoftware/videos

Text Mining, Analysis, and Editing Tools

What is AntConc?

AntConc is a tool used to analyze text. It offers multiple visualizations of your text, includinga chart showing words in context, a graph displaying the frequencies of the words used, word “clusters”, and word clouds. AntConc works with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. 

Resources

Official Site: https://www.laurenceanthony.net/software/antconc/ 

How-To Video: AntConc 4 (ver 4.0) Getting started

What is Oxygen?

Oxygen is a streamlined way to edit XML code. Oxyegn has many options tailored to your experience level and what you will be using the code for. Their products are not free, but they are comprehensive and contain many useful features. These features include a validation feature that can check the code, and multiple ways to view the code. Oxygen is compatible Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. 

Resources

Official site: https://www.oxygenxml.com/ 

Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@oxygenxml/videos 

What is Voyant Tools?

Voyant Tools is a new way to visualize and analyze text. When you upload a corpus, Voyant offers numerous features to better understand the text. This includes a word cloud thatdisplays the most frequently used words, a summary of the text, a word trends graph showing commonly used words, and a “word correlation” chart which shows how words are used in context. But these are only the default visualizations, as Voyant offers many more tools to use. 

Resources

Official site: https://voyant-tools.org/ 

About Page: https://voyant-tools.org/docs/#!/guide/about 

How-To Video: Introduction to Voyant Tools: Basic Distant Reading of Literature