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Common Tools for Teaching & Learning DH

This guide is a compilation of tools and resources for teaching and learning common Digital Humanities and Digital Scholarship platforms supported by NYU's Digital Scholarship Services.

Which Tool is Right for Me? A Quick Comparison

Choosing the right tool can often be the hardest part of getting start with a Digital Scholarship project. Below is a overview of some of the features of the three most popular apps available through NYU Web Hosting service.
Additional details are available on each tool's page--just click on the tool name or the tabs in the left-side menu.

App/Plugin Name

Omeka Scalar Wordpress
Best For:

Digital collections and exhibits, object-based studies/assignments, walking-tours (if Curatescape plugin also used), interactive maps (if Neatline Plugin also used).

Media rich digital scholarly publishing, including annotation of images/audio/videos. Well-suited for learning modules or interactive books. Static or interactive websites, blogs. Projects with a wide variety of embedded code.
Learning Curve & Resources: - Allow 1 hour of training/tool instruction.

Omeka Classic - Allow 1-2 hours of training/tool instruction.

Omeka S - Allow at least 3-5 hours of training/instruction.

Various teaching and training tools available on this LibGuide.

Allow 1-2 hours of training/tool instruction.

Live webinars offered each semester; recorded webinars available year-round.

Depends upon the template used and scope of the site being creation.

Allow at least 1-2 hours of training/tool instruction for basic use.

Full training classes available on LinkedIn Learning.


Multiple users with varying permissions for each installation.

Displays items, collections, and pages (i.e. webpages), with additional features (e.g. maps, timelines) available through plugins.

Incorporates library/museum quality metadata at the item level but requires that the user provide it.

Multiple users with varying permissions for each "book" or project.

Allows creation of "book" projects with "pages" and "paths" (chapter/tracks). Accepts iFrame and HTML embed code for media, widgets, etc.

Excellent built-in attribution tools and includes metadata automatically for embedded objects; handles Fair Use media well.


Multiple users with varying permissions for each site.

Allows for creation of pages and posts. Has a number of built-in widgets. Thousands of plugins (free and paid) available.

All attribution and crediting must be done manually.


What's the App for That?

What's the best app or tool for a particular course assignment or scholarly activity?

Here's a list of some of the most common activities with suggestions of widely used and stable tools. For individual recommendations, reach out to your team of Digital Scholarship specialists at NYU Libraries! 

Tool Recommendation
Write a series of short-form writing WordPress;; Static pages (such as HTML)
Invite others to comment and discuss writing WordPress + CommentPress; most platforms with
Collaborative writing, without needing much design MediaWiki, PBWiki
Create non-linear paths for reading long-form narrative Scalar
Publish collections with standards-based metadata (out-of-the-box) Omeka,, Scalar
Publish cultural heritage collections from indigenous communities Mukurtu
Create a mobile heritage site Mbira (in development, not readily available)
Create narratives based on digital items Omeka,, Scalar
Create and publish visualizations Scalar, Tableau
Mapping items, and creating custom maps for narratives Omeka (with Geolocation, Neatline, or Curatescape plug-ins),, StoryMap.JS, CartoDB
Timelines Timeline JS
Collecting from online audiences Omeka,, Google Online Form
Publish a large amount and many types of content, including a blog, and collections, and customized applications, (like a museum might)

Drupal; Joomla



Our list is adapted/built upon a list originally found here:


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Ashley Maynor. Original work in this LibGuide is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.