Voyant, CartoDB, and Palladio are all digital tools to help the public humanists to create visualizations of the data they have collected. Voyant helps users examine the usage of words throughout text-heavy documents. CartoDB helps users map data on a geographic map and share the information presented on those points. Palladio allows users to create network visualizations of data sets, and examine the complex relationships. All three tools are incredibly helpful for the digital public humanists. All three are fairly user-friendly, as well.
Each tool reveals something different about a given data set, depending on what the user wants to examine. Some researchers may want to simply see a geographic map and the data points layered over it, therefore they would use CartoDB. Other researchers may want to see the regularity of word usage, in order to examine trends in an overall document, therefore they would utilize Voyant. Even more researchers may want to examine the networks and relationships between the data points given, not necessarily worrying about the geographic locations given maps, therefore they would use Palladio. It would be possible to combine the different tools to create a hybrid of the data presented, such as a network visualization layered over a geographic map, both to see the locations and relationships given in the data set. Voyant could help the user note the major topics covered, which then could be used as data sets for Polladio, which would help visualize the relationships between those topics and other data points. Polladio could be used to visualize networks that could be also visualized on a geographic map. The different tools can complement each other well, while revealing new points of view to analyze. These three tools are incredibly valuable for a digital public humanist.