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We integrate many different components and tools during the course of a Digital Humanities project to bring it to fruition. Here are a selection of some core tools we utilise, along with some others you might find interesting.

Core tools:

The eXtensible Text Framework (XTF) is an open source platform for providing access to digital content. Developed and maintained by the California Digital Library (CDL), XTF functions as an access technology for Cambridge Digital Library, The Darwin Correspondence Project and some of our other partner projects.

The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) is a consortium which collectively develops and maintains a standard for the representation of texts in digital form. Representatives from several parts of the Library actively engage with this consortium to develop standardised formats for our data.

Cambridge Digital Library uses this open-source, web-based viewer to present high-resolution zoomable images, a core element of many digital humanities projects.

Oxygen XML Editor
Many XML editors are available and suitable for the type of XML work flows common in Digital Humanities. Many of the projects we collaborate with find Oxygen comprehensively fulfils their needs.

Other tools:

Arthur Schnitzler digital ( is using the Transcribo software to produce a digital transcription and annotation of both typescript and manuscript material. The application is being developed specifically by a team at University of Trier/Centre for Digital Humanities in collaboration with Arthur Schnitzler digital.

Omeka is a flexible open source web-publishing platform aimed at the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. Whilst the Library aims to provide platforms for this activity, there might be occasions when alternatives like Omeka could be worth considering.

Vogon is a desktop application used to annotate texts with contextualised relationship triples, so-called “quadruples.” Quadruples form semantic networks that can be used to analyse and visualise data.

Transcription Desk
The Transcription Desk is the heart of a major online initiative to transcribe the manuscripts of Jeremy Bentham from the archives of University College London ( The code for Transcribe Bentham's MediaWiki-based transcription interface is available for reuse and customisation, on an open source basis.