DiRT is good

As a one time field archaeologist I can say whole heartedly that dirt (known to some as soil) is good. But this post is about the Digital Research Tools (DiRT) wiki that has been garnering some attention over in the Digital Humanities circuit, but it is a great site for anyone who is doing research whether digital or not. The description of the wiki is:

This wiki collects information about tools and resources that can help scholars (particularly in the humanities and social sciences) conduct research more efficiently or creatively. Whether you need software to help you manage citations, author a multimedia work, or analyze texts, Digital Research Tools will help you find what you’re looking for.

In some cases there are reviews of the sites and software listed, other times it is still just a link, but since the wiki is still new expect to see more content coming on-line in the future. It is a great resource, one that definitely outstrips our own (out of date) attempt at collate desktop GIS applications as it covers a wealth of areas from text analysis, to dynamic maps, to data visualization. Head over to check it out.


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Jesse is Instructor in Geography and a PhD candidate in Geography focusing on the integration of phenomenology and geospatial technologies to study prehistoric cultural landscape. He is a GIS Professional and Registered Professional Archaeologist and holds an MA in Geography and a BS in Anthropology with a concentration in archaeology.