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Tools for Digital Scholarship & Data

This guide is a curated list of tools for digital scholarship and research data projects.

Digital Mapping

The University of Kentucky is a participating institution in the Kentucky Statewide Esri Postsecondary Site License Agreement. Through this license agreement, Esri Geographic Information System (GIS) software products are available to UK faculty, registered students, and staff for teaching, research, or restricted administrative purposes.


ArcGIS Online

Part of the Esri Geospatial Cloud, ArcGIS Online enables you to create maps by dropping in your spreadsheet and mashing it up with other location data included in ArcGIS Online. You can also share your maps with anyone, anywhere and work collaboratively to build maps and apps. With ArcGIS Online you are able to add context to your data by combining it with Esri’s demographic and lifestyle data.


ArcGIS Pro

Part of the Esri Geospatial Cloud, ArcGIS Pro is Esri’s single desktop GIS application. ArcGIS Pro supports data visualization, advanced analysis and authoritative data maintenance in both 2D and 3D. ArcGIS Pro is tightly coupled with the ArcGIS platform supporting data sharing across ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise through Web GIS.


Story Maps

Esri Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content.



is a free and open source Geographic Information System. You can visualize, manage, edit, analyze data, and compose printable maps.



is a geotemporal exhibit-builder that allows you to create complex maps, image annotations, and narrative sequences from Omeka collections of archives and artifacts, and to connect your maps and narratives with timelines. Neatline lets you create interactive stories as interpretive expressions of a single document or a whole archival or cultural heritage collection. You can import these documents (georeferenced historical maps, manuscripts, high-res photographs, etc.) from an existing collection, or create a new digital archive, yourself.



is a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events.


Google My Maps

is a free tool to create and share custom maps.