What kind of data should the tool work with?

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)
  • Extensible through use of Javascript
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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.

Their Vision:

Code license: Apache License
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 21 Apr 2015

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

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.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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 and mobile applications. Individual files and folders can be shared with other Dropbox users or made publicly accessible.

Code license: Closed source, GNU GPL v2
Last updated: 22 May 2015

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.


Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 1 May 2015

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.

Last updated: 1 Sep 2016

HEURIST ( is an extremely flexible, end-user oriented, web-based data management system designed specifically for Humanities data. Developed since 2005, it has been in active use across many projects since 2009. It is available both as a free web service for researchers (hosted at the University of Sydney Data Centre) or for installation on a physical or virtual server (Open Source on gitHub).

Researchers can design, create, manage, analyse, visualise and publish their own richly-structured database(s) through a simple web interface, without the need for a programmer(s). Quite complex databases can be built in a few hours by 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. Databases created by Heurist are stored in MySQL with a repeatable structure facilitating independant access by other software.

Advanced features include record linking, graph structure, drill-down facet searches, rule-based queries, custom reports, linked map-timelines, network visualisation, normalised spreadsheet import, crosstabulation, XML feeds, XSLT transforms. The team provides initial email and skype assistance for project setup at no cost, and special customisations at modest cost.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL, GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 13 Oct 2017

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.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

There is an unlimited number of videos, PDFs, etc. that can be used for education, training, instruction, or professional development.

Finding and curating them into playlists, integrating with existing workflow, and sharing with others is time consuming, inefficient, and often limited by ‘vendor lock-in.’

Media Share is a productivity tool that saves time, requires no training to use, and does not limit how or where content can be used.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 25 Oct 2017

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.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 May 2016

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.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

The Protege Project offers WebProtege and Protege Desktop, which are free and open source ontology editing applications.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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.

Code license: Closed source, GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

SuperMemo is a learning software that is devoted to increasing the speed of learning and heightening the level of knowledge retention.

Last updated: 1 Dec 2015

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
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
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