Getting started in DH: resources I’ve found useful

So, as we get ready for Snowmageddon I thought I’d share some DH resources that I’ve found especially helpful. Some are “magic formulas”, as in “here’s a step-by-step guide to achieve x.” Others are resources that are great for browsing. Some are just great fun. A couple are heavy-going, but rewarding.


Digital Medievalist: “an international web-based community for medievalists working with digital media.”

DiRT Directory: “a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use.”  This is a most awesome site indeed, very intuitively organized.

Two major German DH sites: DHd: digital humanities im deutschsprachigen raum. And DARIAH-DE: Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities.

HASTAC: Humanities, ARts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory. Lot of stuff on here, on both the practical and theoretical side of the equation.

DH Programs and Syllabi, at the CUNY Academic Commons. Very helpful on many levels.

Johanna Drucker’s 2013 Introduction to Digital Humanities course. I’m a huge fan of this syllabus, which is a resource of its own.

The Historian’s Macroscope: Big Digital History. If you’re wondering about the how and why of starting a DH project, this text can answer most of your questions. I’ve found it both simple and easy to navigate, but also profound and thought-provoking for methodological questions outside DH. Lots of discussion of network analysis, which leads to the next section:


NodeXL: some resources for working with NodeXL, which is one of my favorite programs.

Historical Network Research: “Network analysis in the historical disciplines.”  Great resources and bibliography.

“Who is central to a social network?” A nifty article explaining the core ideas of network analysis.

The Central Node: A Network Science Information Aggregator. The West Point Network Science Center’s blog.

Code School: Try R. Good, simple tutorials until you’re ready to start studying R with the R program and a book or two.


Mapping Gothic France. I’m in love with this project, seriously.

ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World. This site is just such tremendous fun.

Virtual Plasencia Portal: “a geovisual re-creation of the medieval city of Plasencia, Spain.” Really, really impressive site, and it continues to develop.

Six Degrees of Francis Bacon: Reassembling the Early Modern Social Network. Keep a very close eye on this project. Jessica M. Otis’ post from November 24 is excellent reading about the practical issues of working with network data.

2 Replies to “Getting started in DH: resources I’ve found useful”

  1. Great Post, Dan! If you like Mapping Gothic France, you may also enjoy some of the sites on this list of HGIS websites that I’ve put together:

    Other sources people may find helpful:
    The Programming Historian and the Geospatial Historian offer easy-to-follow introductory programming and HGIS lessons designed especially for historians.

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