Digital Humanities

Digital humanities is a broad term that encompasses multiple disciplines within the humanities, including history, art history, African and African American studies, women and gender studies, English language and literature, writing and rhetoric, and more. At the most basic level, digital humanities simply refers to the use of digital tools and methods to further scholarship. At its more complex, digital humanities involves re-imagining the way we approach sources and data, research, narrative, and the publication and interpretation of scholarship.

DiSC and GMU Libraries support digital humanities research and scholarship in a variety of ways:

  • access to and support for visualization and analytical tools such as Gephi, Palladio, NVivo, GIS, Tableau, and Voyant
  • support for Omeka users
  • workshops and tutorials on digital humanities platforms, software, and skills, including programming languages like R
  • access to content from selected full text primary source databases in a form that can be data mined
  • consultations on using and adapting metadata schema
  • access to Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software such as ABBYY FineReader
  • access to scanners and related equipment

Resources for the Digital Humanities:

Data Visualization

Digital Humanities

Geospatial Data & GIS

Humanities GIS

Learn R

Omeka Classic

Software for Digital Scholarship

Text & Data Mining

Working with Data

Local Digital Humanities Project Examples:

Transatlantic Encounters: Latin American Artists in Interwar Paris
Michele Greet, Mason History and Art History Department

Elizabeth Fairfax Cookbook
Mason Libraries Arts & Humanities Team
Launching soon, this project will include an Omeka site with recipe transcriptions and images, background context, and data visualizations.

Appalachian Trail Histories
Mills Kelly and his students, Mason History and Art History Department

Digital Humanities at Mason:

Graduate certificate in digital public humanities

Digital humanities-based coursed offerings

Roy Rosenweig Center for History and New Media


Alyssa Fahringer, Digital Scholarship Consultant