Author Archives: Ben Johnston

New Software in the HRC

A variety of new software has recently been installed in the HRC.

Abbyy FineReader – OCR software that allows scans, PDFs and digital photographs into searchable and editable documents.

AntConc – A concordance program that lets you create word lists and search natural language text files for words, phrases, and patterns.

Final Draft – Is  specifically designed for writing movie scripts, television episodes, and stage plays. It combines word processing with professional script formatting.

Gephi – Is open-source software for visualizing and analyzing large networks graphs.

Office Proofing Tools – Installed for a variety of languages allows you to check spelling or grammar, hyphenate text and look up words in the thesaurus.

Oxygen XML Editor – This editor will provide full operational support of schemas, XSL, XSLT, XQuery and XPath.  It is designed to test documents for validity, color code elements, number lines, highlight syntax errors and more.

Scrivener – A content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. Scrivener provides the tools you need to prepare your manuscript for submission or self-publishing.

For more information about these programs and many more stop by the HRC and speak to one of our staff members.

Linguistics in NYC

There are few places in the world where so many different languages are spoken than New York City. This article from describes an organization called the Endangered Language Alliance seeking out speakers of some of the more unusual languages among the city’s residents:

A Summer of Digital Humanities

There is a lot of talk this summer about digital humanities.  As William Pannapacker points out in his Chronicle article, ‘Big Tent Humanities, a View from the Edge, Part 1’, “the digital humanities has exploded into academic consciousness as the
Next Big Thing at a time when the humanities seem to be in big trouble”. Trouble or not, there is tremendous interest in digital humanities work, particularly among graduate students and post docs, and the field is expanding by leaps and bounds. Take a look at the list of abstracts from the Digital Humanities 2011 conference that took place this summer.

Big Tent Humanities, a View from the Edge, Part 1