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Data Management Resources

Jessica Parr offers the following list to supplement her 2019 THis Camp presentation, “Data Management for Historians.”

Storage tools

Zotero handles multiple types of media, and can be either cloud-based or local on your computer. I recommend a cloud-based storage so that you can access it from any computer with web access.

Zotero also offers tutorials (with videos) that go beyond what I covered for those who need more detail.

Tropy lives locally on your computer and organizes your “stuff” by project. It can be useful for visual media.

Annotation/Digital Note Taking

Hypothe.sis can be used to annotate webpages and PDFs (including those locally stored). They also offer tutorials and documentation on their plug-ins.

Another tool for note-taking on PDFs in a Google Drive is docdrop.


The THis Camp workshop stressed the importance of consistent file names and tagging vocabulary to ensure that you can find everything. You can make your own vocabulary, or draw from existing guides, such as Nomenclature.

The Getty Museum has a set of thesauri useful for art, architecture, place names, cultural objects, and iconography.

The British Museum has a thesaurus of object names used in the museum.

This Anthropology thesaurus from the American Museum of Natural History is especially useful for ethnohistorians.

And then there are always the Library of Congress subject authority files.

For those who are collaborating, it might be useful to have a link to The Programming Historian’s tutorial on Linked Open Data.


The Library of Congress has the most up-to-date research on sustainability of digital assets and current format standards.

For those working with grants, most agencies now require a project-specific data management plan. This DMP tool can walk you through the requirements for various institutions and funding agencies.