Intersections, Innovations, and Inspirations in Digital Humanities

Margot Lyon
Submitted by Margot Lyon, ATLA Director of Business Development

As chair of the NFAIS Humanities Roundtable committee for the past two years, I’ve been honored to collaborate with ATLA’s peer organizations in the humanities, including organizations such as the Modern Language Association, the Getty Conservation Institute, and Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale. ATLA also recently hosted and co-sponsored an NFAIS event in Chicago entitled Digital Humanities & Digital Publishing: Global Opportunities and Challenges.  I also recently participated in the Digital Humanities Forum 2015: Peripheries, Barriers, Hierarchies: Rethinking Access, Inclusivity, and Infrastructure in global DH Practice, at the University of Kansas. As part of these activities, I’ve been inspired by some new digital humanities (DH) tools and initiatives. While most of these initiatives aren’t directly related to the fields of religion or theology, sometimes we learn the most by reaching beyond our boundaries. I encourage you to spend a few minutes as a virtual tourist in some of these innovative spaces.

The DiRT Directory makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software.

The Mukurtu Community. Mukurtu (MOOK-oo-too) is a grassroots project aiming to empower communities to manage, share, preserve, and exchange their digital heritage in culturally relevant and ethically-minded ways.

The Xiangtangshan Caves Project was conceived as a collaborative initiative to further the understanding of the rich art and visual culture of the late Northern Dynasties Period in early medieval China. This project digitally reconstructed and reunited these caves and sculptures using 3D technology.

This is the twitter storify feed of T-Kay Sangwand’s keynote at University of Kansas’ Institute for Research in Digital Humanities: “Decolonizing archival practice through survivor centered postcustodial human rights archiving.”

The Dynamic Table of Contexts (DToC) is a text analysis tool that combines the traditional concepts of the table of contents and index to create a new way to manipulate digital texts. More specifically, DToC makes use of pre-existing XML tags in a document to allow users to dynamically incorporate links to additional categories of items into the table of contents.

Thicket is an audiovisual playground that allows anyone to create beautiful sounds and pictures from simple finger touches. For users of all ages, this generative art and sound app immerses you in song-like audiovisual pieces called modes. When “playing” a mode, you both react to and create the music and graphics that you experience. Each mode is its own art generator, interactive toy, musical instrument, even performance tool depending on how you use it. And with new modes to be developed and released every few months, Thicket functions an expandable platform in the exciting new genre of handheld interactive art. has quickly become the go-to site for users to create eye-catching, informative, and fun graphics on the web. Traditionally, making infographics in order to share things like statistics, lesson plans, and business presentations took time, money, and graphic design skills, but has made it possible for anyone to design their own custom infographic in minutes. The best part? It’s free.

Solve for X: a community of scientists, inventors, engineers, artists, thinkers, doers, the young, the wise, men and women from every background across every geography connected by a shared optimism that science and technology can cause radically positive things to happen in the world.

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