Digital Resource Guide

Online Resources by GC Digital Fellows

Please consult these blog posts, handouts, workshop outlines, articles, and tutorial slide decks

Digital Scholarship Lab Physical Library

The Digital Scholarship Lab has a collection of useful books for reference. Topics include design, infrastructure, theory, and activism.

Useful External Resources

In addition to online resources for research protocol that students should consider as they undertake digital projects, we offer a digest of resources for cloud computing and linked data.

Lightbulb Rainbow

Digital Fellows post handouts, tutorials, and articles. These resources address a range of topics and accommodate a range of student experience.


Intro to Data Cleaning and Visualization Tools Handout A.L. McMichael
Linking Outside the Box (Linked Data for the Uninitiated, Part 2) A.L. McMichael
Linked Data for the Uninitiated (Part 1) A.L. McMichael
The mostly non-STEM guide to data literacy Hannah Aizenman
data debugging Workshop Outline Hannah Aizenman
Finding Digital Archives Jeff Binder
Digital Tools for Qualitative Data Analysis Patrick Sweeney
Organizing Image Collections handout A.L. McMichael
data visualization Workshop Outline Hannah Aizenman
Fun Times with SQLite! Or, a Beginner’s Tutorial to Data Management and Databases with SQL Ian Phillips
Databases for Smart People Who Are Scared of Databases Keith Miyake


DH and Design A.L. McMichael
A Crash Course in Digital Photo Editing A.L. McMichael
Introduction to Image Editing Handout A.L. McMichael
Illuminating the Challenges of Web Design Laura Kane


Treebanking with Arethusa Jeremy March
Intro to Mapping with CartoDB Keith Miyake
Learning to Map with ArcGIS StoryMaps Keith Miyake


On Choosing a Mobile Platform in the Digital Humanities Jeremy March
Set up a development environment Evan Misshula
iOS Jeremy March
Intro to the Command Line Keith Miyake
Python workshop Michelle McSweeney
Speaking of ‘Speaking in Code’ (Part 2) Micki Kaufman
Speaking of ‘Speaking in Code’ (Part 1) Micki Kaufman
Python resources Patrick Smyth
Programming with Python workshop materials Patrick Smyth
Python resources Patrick Smyth
Python Workshop Outline Patrick Smyth
How to Python Hannah Aizenman


Github Mary Catherine Kinniburgh
Evernote Guide Erin Glass
project management, or, your hand is not your dayplanner Erin Glass
Research Management Tools Keith Miyake
Getting started on github Patrick Smyth
“Research Management” handout Erin Glass


Tool refresh: a crash course Erin Glass
Turning an idea into a tool Erin Glass
MEDIA RES #2: NYC DH Lightning Talks Erin Glass
Is this what reading looks like? Erin Glass
Your Most Valuable Resource…People! Ian Phillips
The Complexity of Machine Writing Jeff Binder
Teaching Ancient Greek with iOS and Android Jeremy March
The Contours of Community: Recap of “CUNY DHI, Building a DH Community” Lightning Talks Mary Catherine Kinniburgh


Getting the Most out of a Humble Technology: Word Search Jeff Binder
Text Analysis with MALLET Michelle McSweeney


What’s in a Wiki? A.L. McMichael
Create Your (FREE) Website Using Github and Jekyll Keith Miyake
Introduction to Web Frameworks Keith Miyake
An Introduction to Web Servers Keith Miyake
Learn Bootstrap Part 3: Customize Bootstrap and Add a Header Keith Miyake
Learn Bootstrap Part 2: Adding Bootstrap to WordPress Keith Miyake
Learn Bootstrap Part 1: Getting Acquainted with Bootstrap Keith Miyake
WordPress 3 Workshop Outline Keith Miyake
WordPress 2 Workshop Outline Keith Miyake
Introduction to Web Scraping for Researchers Michelle McSweeney
WordPress 2: Categories, Menus, and Widgets Michelle McSweeney
Intro to GitHub, Part I Patrick Smyth
Twitter API Outline Patrick Smyth
Bootstrap Workshop Outline Patrick Smyth
HTML CSS Workshop Outline Patrick Smyth
Handout for Establishing an Academic Digital Identity: WordPress 1 Patrick Sweeney
Organize your WordPress blog posts with the List Category Posts plugin!
Ian Phillips

Digital Scholarship Lab Physical Library

The Digital Scholarship Lab has a number of books available for reference.

Berry, David M. Understanding Digital Humanities. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

Blum, Andrew. Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet. New York: Ecco, 2012.

Bringhurst, Robert. The Elements of Typographic Style. Point Roberts, WA: Hartley & Marks, Publishers, 2004.

Burdick, Anne, and Johanna, Lunenfeld, Peter Drucker. Digital_humanities. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012.

Cohen, Daniel J, and Tom Scheinfeldt. Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities, 2013.

Coleman, E. Gabriella. Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.

Duckett, Jon. HTML & CSS: Designing and Building Web Sites. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2011.

Eskilson, Stephen J. Graphic Design: A New History. New Haven: Conn.: Yale University Press, 2012.

Gold, Matthew K. Debates in the Digital Humanities. Minneapolis: Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2012.

Hirsch, Brett D. Digital Humanities Pedagogy: Practices, Principles and Politics. [Cambridge]: OpenBook Publishers, 2012.

Lupton, Ellen. Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.

Manovich, Lev. The Language of New Media. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2002.

Montfort, Nick. 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1));:GOTO 10. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2013.

Rubin, Jeffrey, and Dana Chisnell. Handbook of Usability Testing How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley Pub., 2008.

Tidwell, Jenifer. Designing Interfaces. Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly, 2011.

Tufte, Edward R. Envisioning Information. 2nd ed. Cheshire, Conn.: Graphics Press, 2011.

———. The Visual Display of Quantitative Informations, 2nd Ed. Cheshire, Conn.: Graphics Press, 2001.


In addition to resources they produce, the Digital Fellows aim to help students navigate other web services.

Research Protocols and Regulations

FERPA Guides

These digital resources are helpful for people interested in incorporating student activity in their research. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law that pertains to the release of and access to student educational records. The law, which seeks to protect the rights of students and to ensure the privacy and accuracy of education records, applies to all schools that receive funds under applicable programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA – MoodleDocs.” Accessed March 4, 2013.

FERPA and Teaching With Technology – Digital Teaching Strategies.” Accessed March 4, 2013.

FERPA Considerations in Blackboard.” Accessed March 4, 2013.

Guidelines for Public, Student Class Blogs: Ethics, Legalities, FERPA and More | HASTAC.” Accessed March 6, 2013.

Missouri, University of. FERPA Considerations in Blackboard. Accessed March 4, 2013.

Zotero | Groups > FERPA Guides > Library.” Accessed December 16, 2013.

IRB Guides

The Institutional Review Board oversees the protection of human research subjects. Help with these protocols can be found through CUNY’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and constituent CUNY campus programs.

The University of Tennessee Knoxville also provides a useful aggregation of historical documents that inform current practices, Institutional Review Board Online Resources. Accessed May 9, 2017.

Cloud Resources

Free and Low-Cost Cloud Hosting Services for Students

Many free and low-cost options exist for students who need a home in the cloud for their digital projects. For most web projects, managed or shared hosting is the way to go.  The managed/shared host will handle most of the routine maintenance on the server allowing you to focus your efforts on building your project.  In contrast, hosting your project on a dedicated server will give you more control over the server, but also the responsibility to perform all of the maintenance.  Unless you need to install non-standard or custom software for your project, it will generally be much easier and cheaper to use a shared/managed host.  Managed/shared servers will generally come pre-installed with many standard software options to choose from.  You will often want a web server, typically Apache.  Many web applications will require a database to store your data such as MySQL or PostgreSQL.  Dynamic websites will typically require a server-side scripting language such as PHP, Python, or Ruby.  Some sites which want to run Javascript on the server-side will need Node.js installed.  Most managed/shared hosts will offer many of these options, but be sure that the specific requirements for your site are offered by the host you choose.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

AWS is an industry leader in cloud hosting platforms.  It provides hosting for very large companies in addition to smaller companies and individuals.  AWS’s main strengths are the number of different server configuration, storage options, etc, available as well as its ability to scale from a very small server instance with low bandwidth to huge multi-processor servers capable of serving websites with lots of web traffic.

For the first year after you create your AWS account, users are eligible for a free tier of services.  This gives a user a chance to explore a wide range of AWS offerings without having to spend a lot of money.  This level of hosting is often sufficient for small projects or the development and testing phases of larger projects.

Find out more about AWS’s free tier here.  And read about some of the limitations of the free tier here.  AWS has a useful calculator which allows you select from all of their services and determine the monthly cost.

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure offers many of the same cloud hosting services as AWS. In addition it also offers access to many Microsoft APIs, services, and suites of specialized software, such as the Azure Machine Learning Studio.  Students can participate in Azure’s Dreamspark program for discounts on Azure services and software.  In addition, teachers are eligible discounts for themselves and their students through the Microsoft Educator Grant Program.  Through this program educators can receive a 12 month, $250/month account and their students can receive a 6 month, $100/month account.

Digital Ocean

Digital Ocean offers virtual private servers (VPS) which have some of the advantages of dedicated servers such as root access and also some of the advantages of shared/managed servers such as easy installation of pre-configured software.  There are somewhat fewer options than AWS or Azure, but that is not necessarily a bad thing as the options they provide will fit most users’ needs.  Digital Ocean participates in Github’s student developer program which gives discounts to students for server space.  Find out more about Digital Ocean’s participation in GitHub’s Student Developer Program here.


Software projects, especially collaborative projects, should be stored in a version control system on the cloud.  Git is by far the most popular version control system.  Github hosts git repositories which can store source code and other materials for a software project.  Github offers a Student Developer Pack which includes discounts on git hosting as well as many other services.  Apply using your email account ending in edu.


Bitbucket is another cloud host for Git repositories.  Bitbucket offers unlimited free git repositories for academic users.  Just sign up using your email account ending in edu.  Find more information here.

Linked Data Bibliography

Linked Data is a philosophy applied to web development. It incorporates best practices through links (that are both human- and machine-readable) to build connections between projects and data sets. The most effective scholarship acts as a springboard for other researchers who cite the work and build on its ideas. To maintain its relevancy, research must be published and shared. The same goes for data collected in support of that scholarship. Linked Data allows institutions and individuals to share resources in order to make data available to many users, all remixing or reinterpreting it to produce new scholarship.  – A.L. McMichael in “Linked Data for the Uninitiated
Further reading suggestions from the blog posts “Linked Data for the Uninitiated” and “Linking Outside the Box”:

Acheson, Phoebe. “LAWDI Conference on Linked Open Data for Ancient Studies.” Becoming a Classics Librarian. Accessed October 6, 2013.

Conroy, Melanie. “Part One: Linked Data for Individual Use, An Introduction | HASTAC.” HASTAC, August 14, 2013.

Davis, Ian. “The Real Challenge for RDF Is Yet to Come | Internet Alchemy.” Internet Alchemy, August 18, 2011.

Dodds, Leigh. “How Do We Attribute Data? | Lost Boy.” Lost Boy. Accessed October 6, 2013.

Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. “Presentations and Authors.” DCMI International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, 2013.”

Europeana Professional – Linked Open Data.” Accessed December 12, 2012.

Heath, Tom, and Christian Bizer. Linked Data Evolving the Web into a Global Data Space. San Rafael, Calif. (1537 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 USA): Morgan & Claypool, 2011.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). “Learning Linked Data.” Planning activity for Learning Linked Data Project.” Learning Linked Data. Accessed August 21, 2013.

Learning Linked Data.” Accessed December 12, 2012.

Linked Ancient World Data Institute – DigitalClassicist.” Accessed December 12, 2012.

Linked Data | Linked Data – Connect Distributed Data across the Web.” Linked Data. Accessed September 5, 2013.

Linked Data Platform.” Accessed December 12, 2012.

Linked Data, Open Data: Towards a Semantic Web of Anglo-Saxon England : Visionary Cross.” Accessed December 12, 2012.

Linked Data: Evolving the Web into a Global Data Space.” Accessed August 21, 2013.

Linked Open Data – What Is It? On Vimeo.” Accessed December 12, 2012.

Linked Open Data at Museums and the Web at LODLAM.” Accessed December 12, 2012.

Linked Open Data for Public Sector Information: Sharing My Thesis – From Head to the Web.” Accessed December 12, 2012.

LinkedData – W3C Wiki.” Accessed August 21, 2013.

Linking Lives: Linked Data Interface.” Accessed December 12, 2012.

McMichael, A.L. “Linked Data for the Uninitiated,” (Part 1 and Part 2).

NEH Grant Details: NYC Chronology of Place, a Linked Open Data Gazetteer.” Accessed December 12, 2012.

PELAGIOS.” Accessed December 12, 2012.

Radically Open Cultural Heritage Data on the Web |” Accessed December 12, 2012.

Sporny, Manu. “RDFa Basics – YouTube.” YouTube video. Accessed July 30, 2013.

———. “What Is JSON-LD? – YouTube.” YouTube video, 2012.

———. “What Is Linked Data? – YouTube.” YouTube video, 2012.

TAI CHI Webinar Series.” OCLC Research. Accessed October 6, 2013.

WordPress › Ancient World Linked Data for WordPress « WordPress Plugins.” Accessed December 12, 2012.

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