A space to collect all of my materials related to the digital humanities in all its infinite varieties. See also a page with all of my DH scholarship. 

Sections on this page:
Digital humanities in the wild
Data Viz Tools & Resources
Grant Writing Guide

Digital humanities in the wild

NEH Office of Digital Humanities grants http://neh.gov/divisions/odh

DH Summer Institute http://dhsi.org

HILT http://dhtraining.org/hilt/

DH Debates 2012 + 2016 editions http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/

DH Awards  http://dhawards.org/

A sample of DH Conferences (click to expand)

DH2017 https://dh2017.adho.org/

Digital Humanities Forum 2017 (Kansas) https://idrh.ku.edu/dhforum2017

KeystoneDH http://keystonedh.network/2017/

Digital Frontiers 2017 (U of North Texas) www.library.unt.edu/events/digital-humanities-collaborative-programs/digital-frontiers-2017-exploring-edges-pushing

“Race, Memory, and the Digital Humanities” (recent symposium) oieahc.wm.edu/conferences/supported/race/index.html

Our (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing and Social Justice Community (Lehigh 4/18) wordpress.lehigh.edu/odh2018/about/

Brose the many varieties of digital humanities

My fuzzy not-at-all-standard categories:


text encoding: The Walt Whitman Archive & Women Writer’s Project

text mining: Quantifying Kissenger

text collation: Vincent Van Gogh Letters

text analysis: The Viral Texts Project

topic modeling:  Mining the Dispatch

Data visualization & Analysis

networks: Six Degrees of Francis Bacon, Belfast Group Poetry|Networks

maps: Borderlands Archives Cartography, Slave Revolt in Jamaica, 1760-1761

timelines: Nelson Mandela’s Extraordinary Life: An Interactive Timeline

story maps: Restoring Old Havana, Place | Poem

Embodied data viz: Dear Data, Data Cuisine

physical computing: “Pu Gong Ying Tu (Dandelion Painting)” by Jie Qi

metadata as research data: Using Metadata to find Paul Revere, Collections as Data

Data curation

digitization: Digital Public Library of America, NYPL Digital Collections, Digital Aponte

transcription: Smithsonian Transcription Center, DIYHistory, Transcribe Bentham, Zooniverse

collecting: Wearing Gay History, Curatescape, Boston Marathon Digital Archive, HistoryPin

refining: Curating Menus, DH Data Curation

linked open data: Pelagios – Recogito, LinkedJazz

Digital connections

pedagogy: Hybrid Pedagogy, The American Yawp

crowdsourcing: What’s on the Menu?, Beyond Words, Scribes of the Cairo Geniza

social media: Every Three Minutes, MobyDickatSea, Documenting the Now

oral history: StoryCorps, Bracero Archive

Wikipedia: Feminist Wiki-Storming, edit-a-thons

games: Reacting to the Past, ex: Greenwich Village, 1913

community archives: DC Punk Archive, Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal

Public voices

podcasts: Left of Black, Ben Franklin’s World

e-literature: game, game, game and again game by Jason Nelson, Twine, The Electronic Literature Lab Catalog

user interfaces/UX/design: Generous Interfaces for Digital Cultural Collections,

digital exhibits: Mall History, Performing Archive: Curtis + “the vanishing race”

blogging: Black Perspectives, The Junto

Twitter suggestions: Miriam Posner @miriamkp, Bethany Nowviskie @nowviskie, UMD African American Digital Humanities @UMD_AADHum, Borderlands Archives Cartography @BACartography, Steven Lubar @lubar, Brett Bobley @brettbobley, and many, many others.

Emerging areas of critical emphasis:

Black Digital Humanities Projects & Resources: http://bit.ly/Black-DH-List

US Latinx DH Projects: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wtOeETfLvCv4ZYKxj0xiB6mqh3GfFqvRv8U9LVr_OkM/edit?usp=sharing

Digital Native American and Indigenous Studies | dNAIS http://digitalnais.org/

Add’l Resources & Guides

Public Humanities

Reading group, “What can the public digital humanities be?”

Imagining Personas & Publics for a Digital Humanities Project

Learn more about digital methods

Programming Historian https://programminghistorian.org/

Project management

DevDH http://devdh.org

Project Management for the Digital Humanities https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/pm4dh/


Data Viz Tools & Resources

Data Viz Tools on the Web

Google Fusion Tables – graphs & charts

Voyant – text analysis & graphs

Palladio – maps, network graphs, gallery views

RAW by Density – flexible graphs

Datawrapper – flexible graphs with labels

Flourish – flexible graphs easy to embed as html

Historypin – online maps with a focus on historical subjects

TimelineJS – timelines

Timeline Storyteller – multi-faceted timelines

Timeline.knightlab.com – timelines through a template

Juxta Commons – compare versions of texts

StoryMaps – story map

OdysseyJS – story map

ESRI StoryMaps – story map

TimeMapper – maps with timelines


Data Viz tools that need to be installed or downloaded

Omeka/Neatline – collecting items, maps with timelines

Gephi – network graphs


Related Tools for Processing Data

OpenRefine – like spell check for datasets

See: Getting Started with OpenRefine, by Thomas Padilla

Geocodio – easiest & cheapest option to translate place names into GPS coordinates

School of Data Essentials – key skills to understand, manage and work with data


Find even more tools:

Tooling Up for Digital Humanities

Catalog of tools by Alan Liu, Dept of English, UCSB

A Survey of Data Visualisation

A Tour Through the Visualization Zoo

Resources for ‘Data Visualisation for Analysis in Scholarly Research’ by Mia Ridge

Stanford’s Tooling Up for Digital Humanities

A collection of resources for learning Data Visualization

Elliott, “39 studies about human perception in 30 minutes” 

Tableau, Which chart or graph is right for you?

Rost, “Your Friendly Guide to Colors in Data Visualisation”

Abela, The Chart Chooser

Cairo, The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization

Grant Writing Guide

I’ve often joked that writing grants is a mix of near-future science fiction and math. To that end, here are a few resources that help with the often-confusing process of writing and developing proposals for grants in the humanities.

Grants are a social process: Try to start talking with your institutional grant office as soon as possible. They may be able to help you in many ways, including in the relationships your organization might have already with funders and foundations. They can often help you craft a letter of inquiry (LOI) before the grant proposal stage, saving time & focusing your efforts. At most national funding agencies and foundations, the program officers will be invaluable sources of advice, feedback, and encouragement. Consult their websites and CFPs closely. Seek out examples of previously funded proposals. Part of the program officer’s job is to help people secure funding — they are there, after all, to give money to people doing great work.

I have co-authored more than a dozen grant proposals in the last few years, and I’m always happy to talk shop, share examples, etc. I may also be available for workshops on the art of grant writing.

Workshop slides: bit.ly/cdh-grants-workshop-2018.

This page contains:
1. Crafting grant proposals
2. External grant opportunities
3. Additional Resources & Guides

Crafting grant proposals

Suggested timeline
At least 3-4 months before deadline
brainstorm ideas for grant-funded activities
identify funding source requirements
coordinate collaborators

3 months before deadline
draft proposal and budget
coordinate with internal/external partners

6 weeks before deadline
share proposal for feedback

Preparing proposals
Read the call for proposals carefully
Read their mission statement
Seek out examples of successful proposals
Anticipate the reviewer’s rubric from the CFP

Organizing proposals
Study the guidelines in the CFP carefully
Incorporate the language of the CFP into your proposal
If the CFP has section, use those section headings
Start with the budget as early as possible

Making the case
What is unique about your proposed activities?
What are we going to learn that we do not know now?
Why is it worth knowing?
Why will over-worked reviewers care?

Drafting the proposal
In the opening section:
Establish the importance for non-specialists
What is unique or original about this project?
Why is this project needed?
If useful, why hasn’t this project been attempted before?

Details to include in the proposal
Where are you going to do this work? (Fields, places, ideas)
What, specifically, are you going to do during the grant period?
What will you produce in outcomes?
Why are the funds crucial?
How are you going to do it? (Methods, collaborators, etc)
How do you know the scope & ambition is appropriate?
Who is going to do this work? How are they qualified?
Who and how will the project be sustained? (E.g. data management plans)

Tips for proposals
Title should describe your project to a lay audience
Write in the future tense “I will…” or “We will…”
Short paragraphs, succinct sentences, skip the jargon
Share a prototype or early samples
Avoid just creating a to-do list
Where useful, try posing questions instead of assertions
Don’t explore, ponder, or meditate — do it!
Be realistic & enthusiastic
When in doubt, use a hero narrative

External grant opportunities

National Endowment for the Humanities

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration



Additional Resources & Guides

Writing Effective Grant Proposals for Individual Fellowships in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Susan Stanford Friedman

Some Candid Suggestions on the Art of Writing Proposals
Adam Przeworski and Frank Salomon, Social Science Research Council

Taking public history for granted: A grant-writing guide for public historians
Sonya Lovine

Over 300 examples of funded grants in the humanities
Published in the University of Florida Institutional Repository

Additional Resources about Grants and Grant Writing (lists several great books)
UW Madison Writing Center