HEURIST is an extremely flexible data management system designed specifically for Humanities data - see http://HeuristNetwork.org. It is available as a free web service for researchers (hosted at the University of Sydney Data Centre) or for local installation (Open Source). Any confident researcher can design, create, manage, analyse, visualise and publish their own richly-structured database(s) through a simple web interface, without programmers or consultants. Quite complex databases can be built in a few hours through borrowing structures and vocabularies published by other users. Databases can be designed and built incrementally, as existing data are not affected by changes in structure. Advanced features include record linking, drilldown facet searches, rule-based queries, custom reports, linked map-timelines, network visualisation, normalised spreadsheet import, crosstabulation, XML feeds, XSLT transforms.
MyIndicators (http://myindicators.net/) is a digital, easy-to-use tool allows researchers, educators, students or anyone, to build their own tailored indicators (e.g. goals, strategies, parameters, survey, questions, calories intakes, alcohol consumptions or quantified self in terms of training, mood tracking or sleeping quality etc.)
GeoParser is a text analysis tool that may be used to identify and tag references to geographic location in a text resource using Natural Language Processing to analyse the composition of a resource and identifying words that match its geographic database. The approach is useful for processing names that may have one of several locations (e.g. Belfast in Ireland, New Zealand and Canada) and distinguishing names that may be confused with other common words (e.g. Reading in Berkshire and reading as an activity).
Papers helps users collect and curate the research material that they're passionate about. From citations to search, Papers will improve the way users find, organize, read, and cite.
Federated search across 25+ search engines. From PubMed and Scopus to arXiv and Google Patents.
Focus on reading with the full-screen reader, which supports highlights, annotations, and tabs.
Throw out those folders of uncategorized PDFs and let Papers organize your documents.
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.
SuperMemo is a learning software that is devoted to increasing the speed of learning and heightening the level of knowledge retention.
Bitly is a link shortening service that also helps you share, track, and analyze your links. Now includes "bundles" which can be public or private, to gather your links by categories you choose. A social network style feed of other people's bitly links can be added to your dashboard.
An iOS app is available for iPhone. Wordpress plugin and API are available. Site includes a sub-site about the API for developers here: dev.bitly.com
Editors' Notes is an open-source, web-based tool for recording, organizing, preserving, and opening access to research notes, built with the needs of documentary editing projects, archives, and library special collections in mind.
Snapzen is a browser tool that is used to collaborate with others about the information on any web page - right from your browser.
Discuss information on web pages with your colleagues, friends or family. It is easy to collaborate with others because they see exactly what you see on the web pages.
If you still use copy and paste, screenshot tools, email or chat to discuss web pages, Snapzen will show you a better way.
The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free, open source tool designed to help researchers manage the entire research workflow: planning, execution, reporting, archiving and discovery. It is part collaboration software and part version control system. The OSF can be used to manage individual projects or large collaborative ones. Privacy and sharing settings allow for fine-grained control over access to files and materials stored on the platform - share privately with collaborators or publicly with the community at large.
Zotero is a free tool that collects, manages and cites research sources. It stays on your web browser where you do your work and it's easy to use. It's being downloaded as a firefox extension, used with the chrome and safari browsers or used as a standalone tool. It allows you to attach pdfs, notes and images to your citations, organise them into easily searchable collections for different projects, and open office using any of over 2800 citation styles.
Dropbox is a file hosting service that includes cloud storage, personal cloud, file synchronization, and client software across multiple platforms. Dropbox allows users to create a folder on each of their computers where any type of file can be saved, synchronized, and made available across all computers. Contents of the Dropbox folder are also accessible via dropbox.com and mobile applications. Individual files and folders can be shared with other Dropbox users or made publicly accessible.
Projects allows researchers to organise and manage all their research outputs in a safe, simple and structured way. It’s designed to help academics, at any stage of their career, keep track and stay on top of all their results. It’s a light, useful and slick application that integrates into a researcher’s existing workflow to help them work more efficiently and ensure they have more time for making discoveries.
bubbl.us 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.
A digital repository software package that may be used to accept, manage and publish digital objects. It is widely used in academia as a system to manage academic research papers, electronic theses and other distinct digital resources. EPrints offers an extensible plug-in architecture, enabling data processing activities to be tailored to the requirements of the institution.
Balsamiq Mockups is a simple, flexible, and collaborative software for building wireframes for websites, apps, and other digital media. Users may purchase a desktop license or pay a monthly subscription fee for the web app. Free desktop software is available for classroom use.
OmniGraffle is a comprehensive diagramming and drawing application. Drag and drop to create wireframes, flow charts, network diagrams, UI mockups, family trees, office layouts, etc.. Upgrading to OmniGraffle Pro adds Visio support, shared layers, presentation mode, object-geometry controls, AppleScript and Actions support and more.
Web-based tool for managing courses (especially online courses) that allows you to save grading feedback, discussion reply posts, files, lectures, and so forth. Features a user community to discuss the tool, teaching in general, and includes a job board.
Apache Subversion Version System (SVN) is an open source version control system. Access and revision to objects are carefully controlled, to prevent unauthorized access and alteration. Developers use SVN to maintain current and historical versions of files such as source code, web pages, and documentation.
XSugar is a proof of concept tool for mapping textual content between a flat file schema and XML format. It performs statistical analysis to establish if transformations between the two formats are bi-directional, enabling content that has been converted into an XML format to be re-exported to the original flat file structure, or vice-versa. To validate the conversion, a schema must exist for source and destination formats, e.g. a bespoke XFlat encoded XML document that contains a definition of the structure of a class of flat files, an XML schema.
Adobe Bridge is a media management application used for organizing, browsing, locating, and viewing creative assets. It was provided as a part of the Adobe Creative Suite, beginning with CS2, and is now in version CS5
- Tightly integrated with other Adobe suite software (except for the standalone version of Adobe Acrobat 8)
MLA, APA, Chicago / Turabian and most-common Bluebook forms as an integrated citing and note-taking platform for individual or group projects. Prompts for analysis of source types and is unique in offering teaching support and personal help on any citation. Instructor / librarian view allows teacher to comment on work-in-progress providing just-in-time feedback in-context. Archives copies of web pages and pdfs which can be annotated. Dashboard provides long-term access to a portfolio of work.
PersonalBrain is a mind mapping and brainstorming application that helps users visualize their ideas. PersonalBrain applies visualization to your content, in order to great a digital map visualization of networked information.
Yojimbo is an information organizer software that allows you to store text, images, PDFs, and passwords; organize information with tags and labels; export a copy of your data to your mobile device; and search all of Yojimbo content. Licenses available for individual, family, or educational use.
askSam is an application to organize information. You may use askSam to turn email, word processing documents, text files, spreadsheets and Web pages into a searchable database.
Journler is a daily notebook and entry based information manager. Scholars, teachers, students, writers, and everyday users may use this on a daily basis to integrate their notebook content to other sources of media such as audio and video.
The site has not been updated since 201. It looks like Journaler is now available open source though the option to purchase is still displayed.
NoteBook is an application that offers a notebook-like interface for organizing digital information. Technical features include the ability to take notes and edit, add sticky notes, copy/paste information, diagram and sketch, annotate, import/export files, and more.
Pliny is a scholarly note-taking and annotation tool. It may be used with both digital (web pages, images, PDF files) and non-digital (books, printed articles) materials, run as a desktop application on the user's computer. Pliny is useful for taking and managing annotations and notes while reading, as well as subsequently developing and presenting an interpretation.
Put the internet to work for you by creating tasks that fit this simple structure: if this then that. Think of all the things you could do if you were able to define any task as: when something happens (this) then do something else (that).
Archive-It is a subscription web archiving service from the Internet Archive that helps organizations to harvest, build, and preserve collections of digital content. Through our user friendly web application Archive-It partners can collect, catalog, and manage their collections of archived content with 24/7 access and full text search available for their use as well as their patrons. Content is hosted and stored at the Internet Archive data centers.
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.
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.
Readability is a web & mobile app that zaps online clutter and saves web articles in a comfortable reading view.
SpiderOak provides an private and secure online backup, sync, sharing, access & storage solution for all file and data types. It was designed with a 'Privacy-as-a-Platform' approach. The 'Zero-Knowledge' privacy cloud technology provides a central, private place to store data, free from surveillance by private and public entities. Data is fully encrypted end-to-end (not only during transit) and only the user is able to unlock it using their password. Passwords are never stored by SpiderOak and the company cannot see the names of files or folders in your account.
WikiPack is a web based personal information organizer and Markdown editor that uses Dropbox for synced storage. Using plain text Markdown files and WikiWords, WikiPack gives information context and links entries together by turning your Markdown pages into a private, password protected wiki. The easy to use Markdown language lets you create and edit your wiki pages without having to learn complex wiki syntax.
Available as a web-based service and as an app for iOS, Mac, PC, and Android, Google Drive allows users to create, store, edit, and share files across all their devices. Online and offline file access available. Requires a Google account for use, but allows files from Drive to be shared with non-Google users.
Archivematica is a digital preservation system that is designed to maintain standards-based, long-term access to collections of digital objects. It uses a micro-services design pattern to provide an integrated suite of software tools that allows users to process digital objects from ingest to access in compliance with the ISO-OAIS functional model. Users monitor and control the micro-services via a web-based dashboard. Archivematica uses METS, PREMIS, Dublin Core and other best practice metadata standards.
Insync extends Google Drive's web functionality to your desktop by integrating with Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. Insync allows for built-in sharing without a browser, multiple account support, on-demand shared file syncing, desktop notifications and more.
Zotero add-on for Firefox to manage your attachments: automatically rename, move, and attach files to Zotero items, sync PDFs from your Zotero library to your (mobile) PDF reader (e.g. an iPad, Android tablet, etc.) and extract annotations from PDF files.
- Attach New Files to Zotero Items
- (Batch) Rename and Move Attachments based on Zotero Metadata
- Sync PDFs with your iPad or Android tablet
- Extract Annotations from PDF Files
News and RSS reader designed for iOS and Android mobile devices. Has been replaced by Google Play Newsstand (https://play.google.com/store/newsstand?hl=en)
Web-based service to keep track of the status of your writing submissions
The Protege Project offers WebProtege and Protege Desktop, which are free and open source ontology editing applications.
The DocScanner app uses a device's built-in camera to scan documents. Features include image optimization, OCR, document type recognition (document, business card, receipt, etc.), autosorting, and ability to upload documents to Evernote, Dropbox, and Google Drive.
Project management software for sharing files, messages, and task management, including options for daily update emails, and real time document editing.
Designed for journalists, a web-based service for working with primary sources that features search and analysis, highlighting and annotation, and document sharing. Uses Tesseract for OCR and allows users to upload documents and search other its document collection.
Mediathread is an open-source platform for exploration, analysis, and organization of web-based multimedia content. It interoperates with a variety of image and video collections (such as YouTube, Flickr, library databases, and course libraries), enabling users to lift items out of these collections and into a scholarly analysis environment. In Mediathread, items can then be clipped, annotated, organized, and embedded into compositions and other written analysis.
LitBlitz is free beta Chrome extension that aims to improve how students and researchers manage their notes for literature reviews, assignment research and more by simplifying pdf management, allowing capture and annotation of document snippets
LitBlitz v1.0 is currently available as a Google Chrome extension.
LitBlitz, while still available on the Google Chrome store no longer appears to be under development, and the company url redirects to a Japanese language web page.