DiRT Directory

Research IT staff are involved in managing the DiRT (Digital Research Tools) directory, a longstanding, well-regarded source of information about tools available to support scholarship in the humanities. Originally developed as a wiki, DiRT was completely rebuilt in 2011, allowing each tool to have a unique "profile" page. The new structure enables browsing, sorting and searching the entire directory using granularly-stored information including tool category, cost, license, and developer.  

DiRT is led by an international steering committee, and will be maintained by an editorial board. The directory is often used in classroom assignments, as a way to familiarize students with available resources, or as a starting point for having students write tool reviews.

Research IT staff have partnered with developers at the City University of New York (CUNY) on an initiative to develop an API for DiRT, and connect it to other resources such as the Commons In A Box scholarly networking platform, and the DHCommons project/collaborator directory.