Our Tools

Here are some of the tools we apply to humanities projects. To learn more about a given platform, click on its logo:

omeka.orgOmeka – a content management system. Essentially a framework for making a website that organizes content (like pictures and their metadata). Omeka’s content organization style centers on collections and exhibits. For a look at Omeka in action, visit Global Religions.


WordPress – another content management system. Instead of revolving around collections and exhibits, WordPress uses posts as its main content unit. Though many WordPress users host blogs, it is possible to use WordPress to make other kinds of simple website. The page you are reading now, and the website it lives on, are both hosted in WordPress.


ArcGIS – a mapping software. With ArcGIS, a user creates digital maps in order to visualize and analyze spatial information. ArcGIS has been used in a variety of our projects, both past and present. Projects include a Story Map of the 2010 Northfield Flood, mapping ritual masks in Ota, Nigeria, and exploratory maps for Project Workhouse.


SketchUp – 3D modeling software. We use SketchUp to model historic architecture and furniture to be used in Project Workhouse. Now that the IdeaLab has a new 3D printer, we can also use SketchUp to create 3D models of smaller objects and print them.


Unity – a game engine that supports both 3D and 2D games. After importing objects and buildings modeled in SketchUp, Unity allows real-time interaction with them: using Unity you can take a walk through a house you built in SketchUp. The virtual environment of Project Workhouse is built in Unity.