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Digital Humanities Toolbox: Digital Humanities

Welcome to Digital Humanities at Xavier University of Louisiana

 Welcome to  the first wave of digital humanities at Xavier!  XU's Core Curriculum Enhancement committee received a Mellon Foundation grant to fund digital humanities projects in conjunction with preparation for the debut of the enhanced Core Curriculum. 

The Library Resource Center is excited to work with you and would like to offer you some tools to work with as you progress through your projects. You will find image editing, video capture and editing, and sound editing tools as well as suggestions for how and where to store and present your projects. Librarians are available for consultation  in order to explore your research questions as well as for the choice and use of digital tools  to serve your project goals.

Digital Humanities at XU--Home

Creative Commons Licensing

The Creative Commons is a global network providing free  easily understood copyright licenses for  original content. The group's stated goal is to "... legally share your knowledge and creativity to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world." It offers creators of original content a variety of copyright licenses to help you assert your moral right to be identified as the author of a work and extend your rights to others to reuse, distribute, and modify your work.

Types of CC Licenses

CC BY (Attribution) 

CC BY-SA (Attribution-Share Alike)

CC BY ND (Attribution - No Derivatives)

CC BY NC (Attribution - Non Commercial)  

CC BY NC SA (Attribution - Non Commercial - Share Alike) 

CC BY NC ND (Attribution - Non Commercial - No Derivatives) 


Choose the right kind of license with their handy licensing tool.

Copyright Issues

Fair use is our academic 'super power'. In education, the need to reproduce and share information is our daily round. But copyright law, which would otherwise restrict this privilege, allows for us to go beyond the usual boundary of law and share information in order to teach. For a description and guidelines to establishing fair use, please check this page. Pay special attention to the five rules listed. These are our 'get out of jail free' card, so to speak, but ignoring them and posting copyrighted content  beyond its fair use can result in a 'notice of infringement' or a lawsuit. 

Searching for Open Content: When the need arises to use an image or other item, many students simply search Google and copy something, heedless of the intellectual property rights of the owner. In an effort to curb this behavior and instill awareness and respect for others's work, guide students to sources like the Wikimedia Commons, Flikr, Jamendo, or Google (Advanced Search--filter by usage rights). Many items posted there use a Creative Commons license and can be reused with attribution. 

What is Metadata?

Metadata is most commonly described as 'data about data', i.e. a descriptor that enables creators to describe their projects and potential users to discover them. Including metadata is crucial for increasing your project's discoverability online. Most of the common platforms will ask you to fill out WYSIWIG metadata fields (author/creator. title, date of creation, format, rights, etc.) in order to identify items you include in your project and allow search engines like Google to discover your site and its contents, and increase interoperability your site and other applications. Fortunately, there are professional metadata standards you can learn and apply to your work such as the Dublin Core standards or OAI-PMH

Handy guide to Dublin Core fields