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Recommended tools to get started in digital history

Digital Archives

The Wayback Machine is a digital library of Internet sites. As a non-profit, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, students, and the general public. Many of our students have used this tool as a starting point for their independent research projects.

Go to the Wayback Machine

Teaching Resources

The Ranke.2 teaching resource is the result of a project initiated by the Director of the C2DH , Andreas Fickers, with the generous support of the Rectorate at the University of Luxembourg. The aim of the project is to develop an open-source online teaching platform for digital source criticism. Ranke.2 is particularly designed to reach out to lecturers and students by offering teaching content that can be easily integrated into academic curricula.

Go to Ranke.2

Research Tools

Tropy is an open source, downloadable tool for creating a digital library of archival photographs. It helps you organize, group, describe, and search your research photos. We highly recommend this tool for a streamlined workflow for historians! 

Go to Tropy's website

Transkribus is a comprehensive platform for the automated recognition, transcription, and searching of historical documents. Using AI, it supports the transcription of historical, printed, or handwritten documents. A lite version is freely accessible online. 

Go to Transkribus Lite