Finding new and intriguing patterns and knowledge in existing research data is powering innovation in digital humanities practice. For the past decade, Exhibit, originally developed by the SIMILE projects at MIT has provided a simple, but powerful means for scholars to analyse and display the relationships between their data, using timelines, and maps and with little or no programming experience. Exhibit allows researchers to share their data by simply presenting it through a browser window without the need to work with sophisticated server configurations.
Emerging from the innovative Mapping the Republic of Letters project at Stanford, Palladio has been only recently made publicly available to allow humanities researchers everywhere to explore their own data through timelines, maps, relationship diagrams and to share their findings through a relatively simple web interface. The sophisticated visualisations possible with Palladio belie its simple and approachable web interface.
Both of these tools provide an opportunity to scholars to explore their own research data in new and potential beneficial ways.