Digital tools used in the arts and humanities

This is a catalogue of software tools used at different stages of the research lifecycle in the arts and humanities. The tools were selected from those used in research projects included in our database. We are constantly adding new tools.

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The Entity Authority Tool Set (EATS) is a web application for recording, editing, using and displaying authority information about entities. It is designed to allow multiple authorities to each maintain their own independent data, while operating on a common base so that information about the same entity is all in one place.

EATS also comes with client tools for automatically looking up entities in a text by name and adding appropriate TEI markup.


QuarkXPress desktop publishing software is commonly used to create page layouts for a variety of print publications such as books, newspapers, magazines, posters and brochures.

Similar in function to InDesign, the main differences are Quark's unique features for exporting documents as interactive webpages as well as its widespread use by printers, typesetters and page designers.

GIMP: GNU Image Manipulation Program

A multi-platform software application primarily used for image composition and editing. The basic tool may be augmented by plug-ins and extensions that allow the use of new file formats, effects filters and batch processing capabilities. GIMP was initially created to manipulate raster images, but has been extended to provide limited vector image and moving image support.

Mercury Amira

Mercury Amira is a multifaceted tool that allows for integration, manipulation, and visualisation of large sets of data. Automatic and interactive segmentation tools support processing of 3D image data.


ArcGIS is a suite of software that comprises of Desktop GIS, Server GIS, Mobile GIS, and Online GIS. ArcGIS is a platform for building a complete geographic information system (GIS) that lets you easily create, edit, and analyse geographic knowledge on the desktop; publish data, maps, globes and models to a GIS server and/or share them online; and use them on the desktop, on the Web, or in the field.