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Digital Humanities Tools Workshop Series

Free training for popular academic social media platforms and research tools used and supported by the Center for Digital Humanities. We will take you from a place where you may be completely unfamiliar, and bring you to a place where you are comfortable exploring on your own - just enough to get dangerous.

All faculty, staff and students are invited to learn and grow their technology skills; think critically about digital information, tools and culture; conceptualize and collaborate on research and pedagogy projects; and participate in interdisciplinary seminars and discussions.



Please register for the the workshops using this link.


An open source digital publishing platform for websites, blogs, and apps.

Led by Eric Parton, Digital Strategist at

WordPress is software designed for everyone, emphasizing accessibility, performance, security, and ease of use. WordPress works with minimum set up, so you can focus on sharing your story, product, or services freely. The basic WordPress software is simple and predictable so you can easily get started. It also offers powerful features for growth and success.


Social Network Analysis

Led by Dr. Matthew Brashears and Dr. Deigo F. Leal, Sociology

SNA is the process of investigating social structures through the use of networks and graph theory. It characterizes networked structures in terms of nodes (things within the network) and the ties, edges, or links (relationships or interactions) that connect them.

The workshop will introduce participants to the theoretical and methodological foundations of SNA, as well as provide a hands-on experience in network data analysis.  The workshop will cover key concepts and terms in SNA, the how-tos in data collection, and demonstrate analysis methods using popular SNA software.



A cataloguing and digital collections digital publishing platform

Led by Dr. Allison Marsh, History

Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and media-rich online exhibitions. Omeka was developed specifically for scholarly content, with particular emphasis on digital collections and exhibits. Developing content in Omeka is complemented by an extensive list of descriptive metadata fields that conforms to Dublin Core, a standard used by libraries, museums and archives (for more on metadata and creating a data repository, click through to the creating a repository section).  This additional layer helps to establish proper source attribution, standards for description and organization of digital resources–all important aspects of scholarly work in classroom settings but often overlooked in general blogging platforms.

Example project - Handheld Art


A long format collaborative digital publishing platform

Led by Dr. Michael Gavin, English Language and Literature

Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.

More fundamentally, Scalar is a semantic web authoring tool that brings a considered balance between standardization and structural flexibility to all kinds of material. It includes a built-in reading interface as well as an API that enables Scalar content to be used to drive custom-designed applications. If you’re dealing with small to moderate amounts of structured content and need a lightweight platform that encourages improvisation with your data model, Scalar may be the right solution for you.

Example project - The Digital Piranesi


Led by Kevin Remington, USC Campus GIS Coordinator

This workshop will introduce participants to the wide-ranging applications of geospatial technology - including data capture and management, cartography and visualization techniques, spatial data analysis, and emerging web-based GIS resources, applications, and techniques.