List of Resources for getting started with (teaching) digital methods

Having just attended a talk in an event on Digital Humanities and Neo-Latin, I was inspired to share a short list of introductory resources on DH, especially for teachers who feel more like Humanities scholars and don’t have tons of time to learn everything autodidactically. They can use those resources to learn for themselves and pass on this knowledge or pass on this link. But also, since you’ve found this blog, you’re already on a great path to learning DH! 🙂

I’ll try to keep this updated – and it’s not really done yet, so feel free to contribute.

Discipline-independent DH

  1. dariahTeach: great MOOCs on many topics
  2. Source criticism in a digital age
  3. DARIAH-EU DH course registry
  4. EADH Courses List

Digital Classics

  1. Article by yours truly in German: Digitale Lernplattformen und Open Educational Resources im Altsprachlichen Unterricht I. Technische Spielräume am Beispiel des ›Grazer Repositorium antiker Fabeln‹ (GRaF). It contains a few resources on digital resources and digital teaching, mostly with Classics in mind.
  2. Perseus Digital Library
  3. Review of said Perseus Digital Library by yours truly which explains Perseus as a resource (what are the feature, what’s it about) – this is particularly relevant as I feel many non-mainly-digital Classicists don’t really understand what Perseus is and what it isn’t.
  4. Corpus corporum: Primary texts
  5. List of digital resources for teaching Classics (more at a school level) – it contains a lot of resources, also many older ones which aren’t specifically DH or not maintained anymore. There is a little commentary with each (in German) but can easily be used without understanding the German commentary.
  6. SunoikisisDC page
  7. The Digital Classicist, its Wiki – and don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter to stay up-to-date with what’s going on. And the Digital Classicist London Youtube channel with seminars.
  8. On this blog: Teaching Materials: Intro to basic NLP in CLTK for Classicists


  1. Carlson 2017: Quantitative Methods in Archaeology using R
  2. On this blog: An easy intro to 3D models from Structure from Motion (SFM, photogrammetry)

Resources in German

  1. KONDE (=Kompetenznetzwerk Digitale Edition) Weißbuch: has short definitions to a plethora of important concepts and provide basic literature references.
  2. ForText – introductions on many technologies, mostly for quantitative text analysis and digital edition
  3. Organization Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum (DHd)
  4. Digitale Geisteswissenschaften Blog (Standard, run by ZIM Graz)
  5. Digital Humanities. Eine Einführung (Jannidis, Kohle & Rehbein, Hgg. 2017)
  6. On this blog: My (video) intro to XPath and XSLT


  1. Sprachtechnologie in den DH (Coursera)
  2. Knowledge Graphs (OpenHPI)
  3. Linked Data Engineering (OpenHPI)
  4. Semantic Web Technologies (OpenHPI) & another one
  5. Web Technologies (OpenHPI)
  6. Datenbankmanagement mit SQL (OpenHPI)
  7. Intro to DH (MyMOOC)
  8. Harvard Intro to DH (edX)
  9. OpenLearn DH class (OpenLearn)
  10. dariahTeach: great MOOCs on many topics (dariahTeach)

Intros to Programming

  1. PythonHumanities (there’s Youtube channel to go with it)
  2. Karsdorp Python Course for DH
  3. Carpentries Github Python for Humanities
  4. 2018 Book Guide to Programming in DH by Brian Kokensparger
  5. Lauren Tilton and Taylor Arnold, Humanities Data in R (2015 book)
  6. Jockers, Text Analysis with R for Students of Literature (2014 book)
  7. On this blog: Algorithms, Variables, Debugging? Intro to Programming Concepts
  8. Another list of resources: How to improve at programming when your current position doesn’t require it & Online Learning Resources
  9. On this blog: Is learning how to program like learning a foreign language?
  10. W3Schools courses (not for free though, their other materials is free –> here): Learn XML, web dev (html, frontend development), SQL, etc.
  11. On this blog: Learning Programming from Video Tutorials

Tools or lists of tools

  1. DH at UMD tools list
  2. Duke DH tools list
  3. MIT Text Analysis Tools list
  4. UPenn list (stronger #scicomm focus, I feel)
  5. USC List (bad overview but good content)
  6. TAPoR: Discover research tools for studying text (now includes DIRT directory as well; TAPoR lists sub-page)
  7. Digital Research Tools Directory (DiRT)
  8. DH resources for project building (bad overview but lots of material)

Categories on this blog you might want to watch

  1. The general DH category (with everything, both for beginners and for DHers)
  2. “Beginner friendly” tag
  3. Lists of resources category

Introductory blogposts on this blog

  1. What are ‘real’ Digital Humanities and how to get started?
  2. The question of questions: Am I ‘techie’ enough for (a) Digital Humanities (degree)?
  3. Transdisciplinary crossovers into the DH – The Don’ts and what can go wrong
  4. Join the #100DaysofDH Challenge!
  5. Formulating Research Questions For Using DH Methods
  6. Looking at data with the eyes of a Humanist: How to apply digital skills to your Humanities research questions
  7. Three typical conflicts between DH and ‘Normal Humanities’
  8. Don’t call it a database!
  9. Should I start doing DH?
  10. Upcoming post on “Should I include DH in my grant proposal?”

Tutorials on here to learn specific technologies

  1. How to historical text recognition: A Transkribus Quickstart Guide
  2. Machine Learning for the Humanities: A very short introduction and a not-so-short reflection
  3. An easy intro to 3D models from Structure from Motion (SFM, photogrammetry)
  4. Teaching Materials: Intro to basic NLP in CLTK for Classicists
  5. Algorithms, Variables, Debugging? Intro to Programming Concepts
  6. The post on How to apply digital skills to Humanities research questions includes an introductory exercise to digital research using Voyant Tools; another similar exercise which can be done using Voyant is included in
  7. Formulating Research Questions For Using DH Methods
  8. Learning Programming from Video Tutorials –> if you like the idea of learning from videos I also want to point you to the BlondieBytes Youtube channel: She has 5-10 min videos where you can learn web basics (like intro to HTML in 5 minutes or a whole series guiding you through 30 Days of Code on Hackerrank (using Java) etc.). Highly recommended!


  1. German: Schools of Institut für Dokumentologie und Editorik (Digital Editions, XML)
  2. List of schools on the EADH page
  3. Many more on a DH training network list
  4. I know about schools regularly being organized by ÖAW-ACDH Vienna, ZIM Graz (LiSeH = Linked Data & the Semantic Web for Humanities Research), Leipzig DH, DH@Oxford, Venice, … (please sugest any more which happen regularly).
  5. DHSI = Digital Humanities Summer Insitute (CA)

  1. Blogpost How to not teach DH (Ryan Cordell, 2015)
  3. Blogpost (what is DH, why to study DH, DH jobs – more for students looking for a suitable degree programme)
  4. UCL Short Courses

So I hope this helps you out and if you have any other resources you’d like me to share or highlight on here, please let me know. Either contact me directly if you have my contact data or write in the comments 😉


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