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.

Recently added/updated tools:


A tool capable of transforming a collection of TEI encoded XML records into a web site. To perform the process, the tool requires a set of valid XML files, a configuration script that indicates the relationship between files and a ‘personality pack’ (CSS and image files) that determine its visual appearance.


Melita is a text annotation tool that uses Adaptive Information Extraction to identify text of relevance to user-defined scenarios. In the initial stages of use the user trains the tool to annotate sections of text, which are recorded as a set of rules. The rules may be revised and refined over time to improve accuracy and subsequently applied to similar texts. The application is now discontinued and has been replaced by AKTive Media.

Chicken of the VNC

A VNC (Virtual Network Computing) client that allows one to display the screen of a remote computer on a local machine. The remote computer may be controlled using the keyboard, mouse, or other peripheral on the local machine. Both local and remote systems must operate VNC software and be appropriately configured to allow access. The title of the software application is a play upon 'Chicken of the Sea', a brand of canned tuna sold in the US.

oXygen XML editor

A cross-platform XML editor that may be used to create and validate XML documents and associated schema. It fully supports XSL (both XSLT and FO), DTD, Schema (Relax RNG and W3C), Database, XQuery, XHTML and CSS.


RivEx is a river network tool designed to run under ESRI ArcMap 9.1. It allows for quality control and analysis of the river network and creation of node layers.