What kind of data should the tool work with?

Serendip-o-matic extracts keywords from your Zotero library or from text that you've pasted into the web interface, and finds related content in locations such as the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Europeana, and Flickr Commons, including photographs, documents, maps and other primary sources.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Aeon Timeline is more like an abstract temporal entity management program. I t happens to use a visual timeline, but it allows for conceptual linking of people, places, events in a rather clever fashion. It is intended for brainstorming and collecting via flexible input and export.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 6 May 2016

Text 2 Mind Map is a web-based tool for mind mapping. Very basic interface and functionality. Requires users to structure information in a linear text outline, which it returns as a diagram.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 22 Mar 2016

Exploratree is a web-based library and editing application for "interactive thinking guides," which are templates useful for mind mapping, brainstorming, planning, and visualization. Originally developed for use in the classroom, to help students refine and focus their ideas, as well as manage plans to further their investigation. Thinking guides can be edited, printed, and downloaded directly from the browser.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2015

MindJet MindManager is visual brainstorming software for Windows.

Last updated: 7 Oct 2015

online brainstorming and mind mapping tool

Last updated: 6 Aug 2015

Coggle is a web-based tool for non-linear structuring and visualization of information. Easy to create visually appealing diagrams with little to no technical expertise. Supports Markdown and LaTeX formatting (use LaTeX via the \\( \\) or \\[ \\] escape sequences). Users can add images by dragging and dropping them in the browser, view change history for each diagram and revert to previous states, and download their work as PDFs or images. Also enables real-time collaboration with others.

Possible use cases for Coggle may include:

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 9 Jun 2015

What is Padlet? It is an online environmentally friendly online sticky note spot! This tool allows you to create a wall to collaborate with students, teachers, parents and others in the community. Go to to build your own wall. Add sticky note like electronic messages including text, websites, images and videos. Now you may be asking “What can you do with Padlet?” well, you can brainstorm on any topic, plan and organize a collaborative project and list websites to use for research,

Last updated: 31 May 2015

A free browser-based brainstorming tool that lets you create visually interesting mind maps quickly and intuitively. Similar to other mind-mapping or brainstorming tools (ex. and FreeMind), MindMup has lots of options for embedding,sharing, or saving maps. Maps can be saved to Google Drive or to MindMup. Includes extensions to allow users to collaborate on maps in real time.

Last updated: 17 May 2015

HUBzero is a web publication platform and content management system designed to facilitate collaboration on research and learning. In addition to standard blog and discussion features, HUBzero's most distinctive traits are a built-in environment that can run interactive software that scholars have developed within the browser, a tool development area, and the ability to share data and documents privately between members of the hub.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 9 May 2015 is a web-based mind mapping tool, useful for organizing ideas, brainstorming, analyzing relationships, and visualizing data. Simple interface, with basic and easily understood functionality. Free to try without creating an account. Also available as an iOS application for iPad.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 9 May 2015

Popplet is an online mind mapping and collaborative brainstorming tool.

Last updated: 8 May 2015

NovaMind is mind mapping software.

Last updated: 8 May 2015

CMAP allows users to create, navigate, and share concept maps that can easily be displayed online using HTML and Javascript.

Last updated: 19 Mar 2015

The Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) is concept mapping software that can integrate with multiple repositories to pull in, organize, and analyze data. Multiple features for advanced management of digital resources for teaching, learning, and research.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Instaviz is a pocket whiteboard for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. You sketch rough shapes and lines, and Instaviz transforms them into laid-out diagrams.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

All Our Ideas is a research project that seeks to develop a new form of social data collection by combining the best features of quantitative and qualitative methods. Using the power of the web, we are creating a data collection tool that has the scale, speed, and quantification of a survey while still allowing for new information to "bubble up" from respondents as happens in interviews, participant observation, and focus groups.

Code license: Open source, BSD
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Trello is a web-based project management and collaboration tool that allows users to organize projects in a dashboard view, containing one or more project-oriented boards. The dashboard provides a real-time overview of what is being worked on, who is working on what, and overall progress toward project milestones. Useful for organized task management, delegation, communication, and collaboration across teams.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Project management software for sharing files, messages, and task management, including options for daily update emails, and real time document editing.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
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