General Resources

General Resources

Digital Methods Initiative (DMI)

Founded in 2007 but in development since the later 1990s, DMI is a collaborative project out of the University of Amsterdam. DMI is a "contribution to doing research into the 'natively digital'". The goals of the project are twofold: firstly, the projects aims to interrogate virtual methods in order to evaluate the differences this new media makes and, secondly, the project aims to create a platform here display the tools and sources that can be used in digital research.


"R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics". R facilitates a wide variety of statistical and graphical techniques for data manipulation, calculation, and graphical display. R is characterized as an environment as opposed to being a tool because it is a "fully planned and coherent system, rather than an incremental accretion of very specific and inflexible tools". "One of R's strengths is the ease with which well-designed publication-quality plots can be produced, including mathematical symbols and formulae where needed.

TAPoR (Text Analysis Portal for Research)

The Text Analysis Portal for Research (TAPoR) is "both a resource for discovery and a community". "The TAPoR team has created a place for Humanities scholars, students and others interested in applying digital tools to their textual research to find the tools they need, contribute their experience and share new tools they have developed or used with others". TAPoR is a comprehensive database of textual analysis tools: programs that leverage computational methods to manipulate, visualize, edit, categorize, and search texts.

Digital Research Tools (DiRT)

The DiRT Directory "aggregates information about digital research tools for scholarly use". DiRT is an evolving project originally founded by Lisa Spiro. The aim of DiRT is to make it easy for digital humanists and other scholars conducting digital research to source out the necessary tools for their project. DiRT facilitates access to a wide variety of digital scholar tools ranging from blogging platforms to linguistic research tools to annotation resources to data visualization.