Histore is now live

After some slightly frantic last-minute corrections and checking, we have published the three main outputs of the project today.

These are:

1. Two free online training courses, introducing historians to semantic markup and text mining.

2. Case studies illustrating how historical projects have used various digital research techniques.

3. A tools audit, listing some of the most common digital tools for historical research (most of which are free).

The courses are the most substantial part of the project, and we hope that they give historians a solid basis for going further with semantic markup and text mining if they think these approaches would be useful to their research.

We originally promised five case studies and we have published four. That is because our favourite historical visualisation site, Mapping the Republic of Letters, is currently being revamped. We will put up a case study on this site as soon as the new version is finished.

Finally, the tools audit is by no means comprehensive. We never intended it to be, and too many tools may make the audit less useful, but if there is a tool that you think we really should have included then let us know (either in the comments below or using the webform for the audit) and we’ll certainly look into it.