Digital Humanities

This page offers a basic overview of the wide field of Digital Humanities, albeit no more than a kind of web directory with some comments. There are three main sections: a general section with also attention to structures and organizations, a section on a number of themes with special attention to text editing and digital philology, and a section with overviews of relevant projects. Some websites might figure easily under two or more headings or under a different heading. A number of themes and aspects clearly deserve more attention here. You are welcome to suggest any additions.

I created the first version of this page in German during the summer 2019 at my blog Glossae about a twelfth-century fragment of the Digest with early glosses. The overview seemed to fit here equally, with of course updates and some adjustments.


Introductions and basic guides


Introductory books


Repertories for DH-tools


Digital Humanities Now is a blog aggregator with a very large list of blogs and feeds.

Structures for and in Digital Humanities


National organizations

DH laboratories – a selection

Education and training


Special journal issues about DH

Discussion forums and news lists


Some themes

Bibliographic tools

Books on Digital Humanities and history

The portal CLIO Online offers a number of guides in German on digital methods and techniques for history.

Data Curation

Data Visualisation

  • Selected tools,
  • Data Visualisation, The Digital Panopticon: Tracing London Convicts in Britain & Australia, 1780-1925 – an introduction with a tools overview and a concise bibliography

Digital Preservation

Digital public history

History of DH


  • RetroReveal – an online tool to enlarge contrast of images; access after free registration – freeware
  • Colourise SG – an online tool for moderately colouring black-and-white photographs – freeware
  • ImageJ – a tool for editing images
  • Metabotnik – an online tool for reliable enlarging of images while maintaining sharpness – freeware

Open Data

Some tools for Linked Open Data:

Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

Spatial history


Studies and book series

Single books:

Digital editing and philology

Auxiliary tools for text editions

Books on digital editing

Collation software


Platforms for digitally editing texts in manuscripts and prints

Text analysis

Tools for digital editions

  • Archetype – a toolkit
  • Digital Mappa – another toolkit
  • Oriflamms – a toolkit from France, now used for dealing with medieval manuscripts, accompanied by a blog
  • T-PEN: Transcription for Palaeographical and Editorial Notation

Overviews of projects


Country overviews

Digitized manuscripts

Examples of digital editions

HISGIS projects

Historical datasets

Linked Open Data

Open Access

The Bielefeld Academic Searche Engine (BASE) offers three overviews of the digital repositories it harvests, most of them in open access.

Spatial data

Other overviews