Storify and the Digital Humanities

Using Storify to explore the Digital Humanities


  1. Storify is a tool that interested me since I first clicked on it in week 1, but I didn't feel ready or able to fully explore it just yet.
  2. Now that I understand a bit more about digital humanities and its applications, I returned to Storify to explain how it can help digital humanists who are interested in integrating various types of social media into their research and reporting.
  3. Storify is a very easy way to write an article and drop in social media, videos, pictures, and more. As you write your article on the screen, there is a panel on the right side with a list of social media websites, gifs, videos, and more that you can quickly search for and drag right into your story.
  4. For example, I did a quick Twitter search of "digital humanities" and "storify" right in the Storify site and found two tweets regarding Storify stories written about the digital humanities: Digital Humanity Trends and Intersectionality in Digital Humanities Conference. Both of these Storifies are great examples of articles that rely on social media to tell a story.
  5. You can also link a YouTube video that is pertinent to your article. Storify allows you to view the video right there in the article, so you don't have to go through the trouble of opening a new window or losing the article you are currently reading.
  6. This video that I included is about collections in the digital age, which is something that we all discussed in class last week. (Nicki Saylor believes that there is room for both digital and non-digital collections, by the way, and discusses how they can be dependent upon each other. Can't we all just get along??)
  7. Studio Talk: Nicki Saylor and the Future of Collections in the Digital Age
  8. You can add podcasts from SoundCloud, too, like the one I posted below, "The Commons and Digital Humanities in Museums." In this recording, William Noel, director of the Pennsylvania Library, discusses the relationship between digital humanities and the preservation of old and rare documents.
  9. You can also add links to websites, which you can obviously do in any word processing application. But what makes Storify so neat is the presentation style. Rather than having a hyperlink that runs right into your text, Storify presents links in an easy-to-read manner. It's clear that Storify doesn't expect readers to drag through a lot of text to get to the point. It's easy to simply scroll down a Storify article and understand that point by just looking at the social media alone.
  10. And that's it! Once you click "Publish," your article is published on Storify, and you are also given the code to embed your article into your own blog or site. Unfortunately, Wordpress blocks this site from being embedded into a blog post since it's own by a competitor, so the best I can do right now is link to it. I suppose that's another negative of digital humanities. If everyone doesn't work together, then we can be limited in how we link different forms of digital communication.
  11. Speaking of working together, Storify also allows viewers to leave comments on text using livefyre. It then becomes a socially collaborative site itself!
  12. In all, though, I am really enjoying Storify. There is just so much information available online, and Storify allows users to curate and present information in a fun and interactive way. This would be such a great assignment for undergraduate students, too!