CIRCA:Basic Digital Humanities Technologies


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It is useful to list basic technologies that most people know (or can learn quickly) because a lot can be done with these basic tools. What constitutes basic tools changes with time and in different research communities.


Productivity Tools

  • Word Processor including Microsoft Word. Alas so many people use Word that you should be able to use it even if it isn't your preferred word processor. It is also
  • Presentation tools like Microsoft Power Point or Prezi
  • Adobe Acrobat (and Reader)

Web Browsers and Utilities

  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Chrome

Web Tools and Services

Google Docs

You can create and share the editing of web pages using Google Docs. Google Docs can be used for collaborative writing, but also to create web pages. Some project uses of Docs:

  • Draft proposals
  • Log what has been achieved and what has to be done
  • Write and publish documentation
  • Use spreadsheets to keep track of what is done

There is also Google Sites that can be used for entire web sites <>


For more on setting up a blog on a campus server talk to ARC. Alternatively you can set one up at:

WordPress: <>
Blogger: <>

CIRCA also has a web site built on WordPress with a shared blog. Become a CIRCA collaboratory and share our blog.


CIRCA and ARC have Wikis that you could use. You can also get one set up on a server. There are free wiki services like<> and Google Sites can be used like a wiki.

For a review of online wiki services (wiki farms) see: <>

Two examples of research wikis include <> and <>

Bibliographic Management

See also Advanced Tools for more tools that could be useful.

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