IntroDH: Required readings and downloads

In preparation for the Introduction to Digital Humanities workshop, please read the following articles and install the required software and files before joining the course on Monday 14th.

Building blocks for DH

Install Zotero and set up an account for the Zotero online services. You can either install the Firefox add-on or the standalone version. Both are available at

Please also read the following article, available Open Access:

Whitelaw: ‘Generous Interfaces for Digital Cultural Collections’.

Information visualisation

No required reading. If you want to get a sense of the range of data visualisations around, you can go to .

Digital texts

Please download and install AntConc for PC or Mac. Both are available at

Download the following novels by Jane Austen from Project Gutenberg’s Jane Austen page in plain text (.txt) format: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion. Please ensure you download each novel as a separate file.

Bookmark the following websites in your browser of choice:

Voyant Tools

TEI by Example

Google Books N-gram Viewer

Digital images

Please read the following articles:

Bookmark the following websites:


RKD Netherlands Institute for Art History –

Flickr (British Library) –

Conceptual thresholds

Please read the following article:

Meyer, J.H.F. and Land, R. (2003) Threshold concepts and troublesome knowledge: linkages to ways of thinking and practising,
In: Rust, C. (ed.), Improving Student Learning – Theory and Practice Ten Years On. Oxford: Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD), pp 412-424. [See an on-line version: Enhancing Teaching-Learning Environments in Undergraduate Courses, ETL Project, Occasional Report 4, May 2003]







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Dr Francesca Benatti is a Research Fellow in Digital Humanities at The Open University and runs the Digital Humanities at The Open University Research Collaboration.

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