LATtice is a free visualization program designed for exploring and comparing texts across a body of work. LATtice is structured to allow users to analyze texts from both the macro and the micro levels by creating summative visualizations but also allowing users to "'drill down' to the level of individual LATs to ask exactly what rhetorical categories make texts similar or different". LATtice also allows users to create multiple visualizations in tandem, thereby facilitating comparative perspectives on the same data set (often revealing different details).


TextDNA is a free tool designed to facilitate large-scale analysis projects of linguistic data. Using the Sequence Surveyor system, "TextDNA supports the comparison of ordered sets of linguistic data by visualizing the sequences as colored rows and elements within the set as colored blocks within each row". TextDNA identifies pattens within a dataset and enables users to compare across corpora. TextDNA is compatible with the data stored in Google N-Grams.


"NodeXL is a free, open-source template for Microsoft® Excel® 2007, 2010 and 2013 that makes it easy to explore network graphs". NodeXl transforms user-input network edge list's into sophisticated graphs all within the familiar Excel environment. NodeXL can easily import or export graphs from GraphML, Pajek, UCINet, and matrix formats, and features direct connections to various social media platforms allowing users to simply create social networks in seconds. With flexible layouts, zoom functions, and scalability, NodeXL is easily manipulated to create a user-friendly environment.

IBM Many Eyes

IBM Many Eyes is a free, online collection of data visualization tools. Entirely user-friendly, Many Eyes uses a three-step process to upload, visualize, and share user-specified data. Through their collection of various visualizations, users can choose to structure and create their diagram in numerous ways - bar graph, word cloud, geographical map etc. Many Eyes also features a growing database of user-created visualizations and facilitates an online community as users comment on each other's work.


TextArc is a free program that allows users to represent their text in a unique combination of an index, a concordance, and a summary. Visualizing the entire text on single page, TextArc leverages the user's eye to determine juxtapositions and negotiate meaning. TextArc's web-based application includes thousands of texts collected from Project Gutenberg - providing a ready-access source for literary scholars.

SIMILE Widgets: Timeline

Timeline is one of the four free, open source SIMILE Widgets designed for data visualization. Timeline allows users to "visualize temporal information on an interactive drag-able timeline". Timeline uses JavaScript and web markup in HTMl and XML. The clean graphic uses horizontal bars along the top and the bottom of the visualization to measure time and large middle portion to plot points of interest. Timeline can accommodate massive projects including several hundred events occurring over several thousands of years.

MONK (Metadata Offer New Knowledge)

MONK (Metadata Offer New Knowledge) is a digital environment for humanities scholars. It is desgined to assist with the discovery and analysis of patterns within texts, incorporating full text content from corpora such as ECCO, EEBO and Early American Fiction directly into the tool. The MONK Workbench is the primary environment, permitting users to create worksets, perform analytics and save their results. In addition, the MONK workbench can be used in conjunction with the Flameco faceted browser and Zotero. [Credit to TAPoR for this exceptional annotation]


Wordle is a tool for generating word clouds. Word clouds are visual graphics that "give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text" - the more common the word within a document, the larger that word will appear in the visualization. Wordles is easy to use and facilitates direct input of text or scrapes information from a given URL. Wordle allows the users to customize the colours, fonts, and layouts of their visualizations or randomize for a different effect.


Advene - Annotate Digital Video, Exchange on the Net - is an application that enables users to create and share annotation on digital video documents. Additionally, Advent allows users to compile, edit, and visualize hypervideos generated from their individual annotations. The purpose of Advene is to facilitate communities of online users and provide them with the opportunity to share "their audiovisual 'readings', and to envision new editing and viewing interfaces for interactive comment and analysis of audiovisual content".