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The goal of the Alpheios project is to help people learn how to learn languages as efficiently and enjoyably as possible, and in a way that best helps them understand their own literary heritage and culture, and the literary heritage and culture of other peoples throughout history. One of the principal tools, a Firefox plugin, allows a reader to browse a web page with Latin, ancient Greek, or Arabic, click on a word, and get a definition and morphological analysis of the word.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 5 Jul 2015

BatchGeo is an online service that maps address data as points. The cut and paste interface makes it easy to convert a spreadsheet of street addressed into a map can be embedded or downloaded as a KML file. A limited number of addresses can be mapped for free; large files require a subscription.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

CartoDB makes data-driven map visualisation tool. It's very easy to upload a couple of spreadsheets of data, with latitudes and longitudes or addresses, and turn them into clickable markers on maps. There are several types of pre-canned visualisation, such as categories, choropleths or even animated "torque" maps. It's also a sophisticated platform allowing complex visualisations to be built up using Javascript and the CartoDB API.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Crowdmap allows the investigator to set up a Web map around a particular topic and invite multiple users (participants, research subjects, collaborators, multiple assistants) to contribute information to the map on their own time and from their own device.

For $10/month, users can buy fee-based services including private maps and custom branding.

Code license: GNU LGPL
Last updated: 22 Mar 2015

GapVis is an interface for exploring and reading texts that reference ancient places. It includes maps and data visualizations that show what locations are referred to a different points in the narrative and allows you to dig into the details to learn more.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

A global geographical database that may be used to identify and tag all references to location. The database contains over 8 million entries, each of which possesses a geographic name (in various languages), latitude, longitude, elevation, population, administrative subdivision and postal codes and information on unique features.

Features:

Last updated: 2 Aug 2015

Geographically Encoded Objects for RSS feeds. GeoRSS was designed as a lightweight, community driven way to extend existing feeds with geographic information.

As RSS and Atom become more prevalent as a way to publish and share information, it becomes increasingly important that location is described in an interoperable manner so that applications can request, aggregate, share and map geographically tagged feeds.
RSS Map of Digital Humanities centers

Last updated: 2 Aug 2015

Google Maps is a web mapping service application that includes street maps, satellite images, street view perspectives, as well as web functions such as routing and geocoding. The API can be used outside of the normal Google Maps interface for other projects.

Last updated: 25 Jun 2015

GPS Visualizer is a free, easy-to-use online utility that creates maps and profiles from GPS data.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

GPS Visualizer is a free, easy-to-use tool for creating maps from GPS data, driving routes, street addresses or co-ordinates.

Data is uploaded into the utility and displayed in a format specified by the user. A wide range of data formats may be uploaded into the tool, including .GPX, .KML and .CSV files. Some of the formats in which GPS Visualiser displays the data include Google Maps, Google Earth, SVG drawings, elevation profiles, image files, plain text files or GPX files.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

HEURIST is a database management system designed specifically for Humanities data. Any confident researcher can design, create, manage, analyse and publish their own richly-structured database(s) through a simple web interface, without programmers or consultants. They can get started with the free online service hosted by the University of Sydney Data Centre to build a new database in minutes and a complete application in hours.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL, GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 23 Mar 2015

Kartograph is a new framework for building interactive map applications without Google Maps or any other mapping service. It was created with the needs of designers and data journalists in mind.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

This JavaScript library can be used to create mobile-friendly interactive maps. It does not provide data to map, but can be used to map spatial data in GeoJSON format, or display tiles from other sources such as MapBox.

Code license: BSD
Last updated: 2 Aug 2015

This is an open source platform for georectifying scanned images of maps, so that they can be displayed in web maps or used in GIS applications. It could be particularly useful for creating map overlays for Google Earth or similar applications, without using specialized desktop software. Map images must first be uploaded and made publicly available, and then by aligning with Open Street Map reference data, the maps are warped into georeferenced images. Georectified images are downloadable as GeoTIFF, PNG, or KML files, along with map tiles or WMS capabilities.

Code license: MIT License
Last updated: 4 Jul 2015

Mapline (previously Topo.ly) is a free and paid online service for capturing and geocoding spatial data from spreadsheets and creating point, territory and heat maps. It is free for limited use (quite generous) and paid when you need to map significant (we are talking substantial) datasets. It's intuitive, easy to use and produces high quality interactive maps. Free service has only minimal map customization options and does not include the visual analysis that is included with the fee options.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 2 Aug 2015

Mapstraction is a Javascript library. It provides developers with a single interface for a wide variety of Javascript map APIs including Leaflet, Google, Bing, OpenLayers and ESRI's ArcGIS.

A key benefit is that once a developer has loaded Mapstraction, s/he can to switch from one map API to another quickly and easily - often only needing to change a few lines of code.

Mapstraction displays points, lines, polygons and markers on the maps, and also allows developers to add base maps and overlays.

Code license: BSD
Last updated: 1 May 2015

Modest Maps is a small Javascript library for interactive tile-based maps that can display maps from external sources (e.g. OpenStreetMap, but not commercial layers like Google Maps), enable panning and zooming, and track the position of points based on XML data. It is designed to be lightweight and offer a minimal set of features, and therefore has less functionality than Leaflet, a similar tool.

Code license: Open source, BSD
Last updated: 2 Aug 2015

Visualizes a series of events across both time and space. Allows researcher to create of an interactive timeline and map that are linked together. Users of the timeline can press "play" to watch the timeline scroll forward and the map zoom from place to place as they highlight each event (and the researcher's attached images and text) in turn. Users can also pause the progress of history, move forward or back at their own pace, and zoom in or out of either the map or timeline to examine areas of interest.

Compare to: StoryMap JS, MapStory, Odyssey.js

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 12 Jul 2015

NewRadial is an interactive visualization environment that uses an adapter system to display and combine content from remotely-served or locally situated databases. Although initially designed for use with image-based databases, NewRadial’s capabilities have been extended to handle the manipulation and annotation, in a visual field, of text-based databases.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL, GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 22 May 2015

OpenLayers is a Javascript library that can display map tiles and markers loaded from any source in web browser. It provides an API for building rich web-based geographic applications.

Code license: Open source, BSD
Last updated: 4 Jul 2015

The OpenZoom SDK is a free and open source toolkit for Flash for developing Zoomable User Interfaces (ZUIs) for high-resolution images.

Last updated: 8 May 2015

Open source data visualization and analysis for novice and experts. Data mining through visual programming or Python scripting. Components for machine learning. Add-ons for bioinformatics and text mining. Packed with features for data analytics.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

ORBIS is an "interactive scholarly work" that allows a user to determine the cost, time, and distance of various land, sea, and river routes among hundreds of sites in the ancient world, at various times of day and in various seasons. The work can be (and has been) used as a tool to study questions in various fields of study about antiquity, including trade and social interaction.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 22 Mar 2015

Polymaps is a free JavaScript library for making dynamic, interactive maps in modern web browsers. Polymaps provides speedy display of multi-zoom datasets over maps, and supports a variety of visual presentations for tiled vector data, in addition to the usual cartography from OpenStreetMap, CloudMade, Bing, and other providers of image-based web maps.
Birmingham Airport Parking

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

SepiaTown is a cultural history project that aims to provide a window to the past by merging photography, geography, and technology, by acting as a forum for institutions and individuals to share and map historical images.

Once they have signed up, users may upload historic images to the site individually or in batches. Each image is given a title, description and keywords, as well as a spatial location represented by a marker on a map.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Silk is a platform for sites that contain collections of information. It's like the Tumblr for websites that have structured content–like software reviews, information about designers, a site with UN datasets, and more.

Last updated: 22 May 2015

StoryMapJS is a project by KnightLab which aims to help journalists and historians tell stories by using maps using a straight-forward and simple authoring tool. It is constructed around a framework of highlighting the locations of a series of events. As an editing tool, it is relatively intuitive and easy to use.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 25 Jun 2015

Timemap.js is a Javascript library that helps you to produce online maps (such as Google, OpenLayers, and Bing) along with a SIMILE timeline. You can load one or more datasets (in JSON, KML, or GeoRSS) onto both a map and a timeline simultaneously. By default, only items in the visible range of the timeline are displayed on the map.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

UMapper allows users to create embeddable, interactive Flash maps and geo-games from within their browser. There is a free option available with limited customization, and a more flexible paid option; see the feature comparison.

Last updated: 8 May 2015

Ushahidi is an open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping, to build tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories. It has been used for election monitoring, crisis and emergency response, civil society, city/community building, arts and even where to find the best burger.

Specific tools:

Crowdmap: A simple map-making tool, built on an open API, that allows for collaborative mapping

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 22 Mar 2015

Viewshare is a free web application for creating interfaces and visualizations of cultural heritage collections. It can create interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds, histograms, and image galleries. The intended users of Viewshare are individuals managing and creating access to digital collections of cultural heritage materials. Viewshare is offered as a software as a service (SaaS), email ndiippaccess@loc.gov to request a free account.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Easy-to-use web-based software for creating infographics and data visualization, including a platform to share your work and discover works by others.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

WorldMap is a web-based map collaboration platform hosted at Harvard, which allows anyone to store, organize, visualize, edit, collaborate, and publish geospatial information. Upload your own map layers or use maps others have contributed.

The system attempts to fill the growing gap between powerful desktop-bound mapping applications, and lightweight web map solutions with limited storage capacity.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 22 Mar 2015

ZeeMaps quickly maps point data on Google base maps in two ways:
1) The user uploads a .csv file of data points and their locations.
2) A group of users all add their own data location points to the map, on their own time from their own devices.

Each point can include text, video, image, or audio annotations.

Basic functionality is free; larger uploads and large numbers of maps require a paid subscription.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 2 Aug 2015
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