Scholarly and social networking

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Academia.edu is a social platform that allows academics to share research papers, gray literature, reviews and other scholarly materials. The site provides user statistics on the number and geographic origin of profile and document views. Academic affiliation is displayed in a tree-like format, grouped by universities and departments.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 3 Jan 2015

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

The Altmetric Explorer is a powerful web app that allows you to track the conversations around scientific articles online. Altmetric collects and analyzes hundreds of thousands of postings about tens of thousands of articles and datasets each month. It makes this data available to end users through an intuitive user interface and to developers through an API.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Artifex Press is a publishing and technology company that digitally publishes catalogues raisonnés, a comprehensive, annotated documentation of all of the known artworks by an artists. They have developed a proprietary, patented software platform and a dedicated publishing program in order to create digital catalogues raisonnés. They offer both their own digital catalogues raisonnés and the ability to licence the software to produce your own projects.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

arts-humanities.net aims to support and advance the use and understanding of digital tools and methods for research and teaching in the arts and humanities by providing information on projects creating and using digital content; tools and methods to answer research questions; a listing of expert centers and individual researchers; and a library documenting lessons learned through case students, briefing papers, and a bibliography.

Last updated: 3 Jan 2015

BibApp allows you to promote your research, find collaborators on your own campus in your research area, in order to make research more accessible in general. BibApp identifies which publications should be placed on the Web for greater access, and can place publications directly into an institutional repository.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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

Last updated: 22 Mar 2015

BuddyPress is a variant of WordPress that includes social networking features.

Code license: GNU GPL
Last updated: 23 Mar 2015

Cestagi is a collaborative platform that connects interdisciplinary communities. You can create a CV, share contributions, ask questions, learn about upcoming events, search employment opportunities, and track information.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

CiteULike is a free service to help you to store, organise and share the scholarly papers you are reading. When you see a paper on the web that interests you, you can click one button and have it added to your personal library. CiteULike automatically extracts the citation details, so there's no need to type them in yourself. It all works from within your web browser so you can access it from any computer with an Internet connection. CiteULike supports annotation and rating of items, and upload of attachments (e.g. PDF file). (Attachments are only accessible privately by individual users).

Code license: GNU GPL
Last updated: 22 Mar 2015

Part-of-Speech (POS) tagging software for English - the classification of words into one or more categories based upon its definition, relationship with other words, or other context, also known as wordclass tagging. CLAWS (Constituent Likelihood Automatic Word-tagging System) uses several methods to identify parts of speech., most notably a system called Hidden Markov models (HMMs) which involve counting examples of co-occurrence of words and wordclasses in training data and making a table of the probabilities of certain sequences of words.

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Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 11 Feb 2015

A statistical natural language parser for analyzing text to determine its grammatical structure.

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

CBOX offers a unique suite of features designed to give users of all skill levels the ability to create vibrant online communities. Essentially a WordPress plugin, its intuitive, out-of-the-box set-up tool guides site administrators through each step of installation. Its powerful theme, developed for Commons In A Box in collaboration with PressCrew and their Infinity Theming Engine, lets users fully customize their sites. The plugins it manages are totally configurable from the CBOX dashboard, which controls updates and compatibility issues.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

DSpace is the software of choice for academic, non-profit, and commercial organizations building open digital repositories. It is free and easy to install "out of the box" and completely customizable to fit the needs of any organization.

DSpace preserves and enables easy and open access to all types of digital content including text, images, moving images, mpegs and data sets. DSpace has an active community of developers and is used by thousands of institutions worldwide.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Edit Flow gives you custom statuses, a calendar, editorial comments, and more, all to make it much easier for your team to collaborate within WordPress.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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.

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

Eventseer is a personalized tracker that alerts you when a new event matches your interests (people, topics, organizations). You may contribute material on your personal research whiteboard, such as job offers, requests for reviewers, or information about software releases, workshops, conferences and seminars

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Google Scholar Citations lets you track citations to your publications, check who is citing your publications, graph your citations over time, compute citation metrics, and view publications by colleagues.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Social networking platform, not unlike Facebook, that works with other Google services and allows users to connect with and see what friends are doing. Users can create posts and share links or multimedia items with select groups (called Circles). The Hangouts feature allows group video chat.

Last updated: 27 Jan 2015

H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Web by providing curated lists and web sites publishing peer reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussion.

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

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: 29 Dec 2014

IssueLab is an online research archive in the nonprofit sector. In addition to archiving social policy research by nonprofits at no cost, IssueLab distributes this research online with a broad audience via e-newsletters, RSS feeds, and social media. Additionally, IssueLab advocates for the broad use of open licenses and the overall adoption of open access standards, to allow people to find and reuse nonprofit materials.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

myPeers is a scholars social network that allows you follow your peers' research, get notified when their papers are published, and have access to their published work.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Netvibes offers a free personal web dashboard for following feeds, friends and using the provided apps. A premium account includes functionality for analytics, tagging, curation, alerts, sentiment analysis, and search.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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: 29 Dec 2014

Ning is a social website that brings together people in various realms, including education, social service work, tools, and music.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

A statistical package that may be used to compare quantified assemblages of broken and incomplete objects, such as ceramics, glass and bones. Pie-Slice uses Estimated Vessel Equivalent (EVE) as a base form of measurement, in which each measurable fraction is scored as a fraction of a complete vessel. It also trials the use of a new statistical transformation - the pseudo-count transformation - which converts EVEs into Pottery Information Equivalents (PIEs). The latter enables assemblages to be compared using techniques such as log-linear and correspondence analyses.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Share a project action board in real time, see milestones and upcoming goals. Easy-to-use features allows for edits in the project timeline, and the tracker predicts timeline for next goal achievement based on previously entered data. You can create individual project lines, or stories, that come together to create an epic, or larger project. There are charts showing your historical trends and anything else you'd like to monitor.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Publish or Perish is a software program that retrieves and analyzes academic citations. It uses Google Scholar to obtain the raw citations, then analyzes these and presents the statistics.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

The ScholarPress Researcher WordPress plugin displays a user's Zotero library within WordPress.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Slack is a team-based communication and archiving platform. It allows for both synchronous and asynchronous communications, channels for managing specific streams, full user management and integration with a wide variety of social media and storage providers. It is free for limited (rather generous) use and provides one the best means to allow for individual communication patterns within a managed project to be facilitated. Allowing for the quick and informal communications, hashtagged for quick scanning and searching as well as targeted messaging makes it a very compelling project tool.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

SlideShare is a community for sharing presentations. You can use this free online service to share slides from a talk, share lesson plans, or disseminate information.

Last updated: 3 Jan 2015

Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid, global dissemination of social science research. The SSRN electronic library consists of an abstract database containing abstracts on over 574,300 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers, as well as an electronic paper collection with over 475,8000 downloadable, full-text PDF documents.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

A software application for the playback of audio recordings. SoundScriber offers specific functionality for researchers that wish to transcribe a recording. It was originally developed for use in the Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE) project and released for use by academics performing similar work.

Features:

  • Audio playback via installed audio codecs (e.g. Wav, MP3)
  • Variable speed playback
Code license: GNU GPL, Open source
Last updated: 29 Jan 2015

Storify is a way to tell stories using social media, including photos and videos. You can search multiple social networks from one place, drag individual elements into your timeline, and create a story. You can re-order the elements and also add text to give context to your readers. There are built in features to notify your followers of a story update.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

TagCrowd is a web-based word cloud generator that can accept a URL, text, or an uploaded plain text file. Options are provided to show word frequency, exclude particular words, and more.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

VoiceThread is a collaborative slide show that allows people to navigate slides and comment in five different ways (using voice, text, audio, or video). VoiceThreads can be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites, and exported to play as archival movies.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

WordPress is an easy-to-use web publishing platform originally designed around blogging that has now evolved with functionality as a robust content or learning management system, with many themes and plugins for extra functionality.

Code license: GNU GPL v2
Last updated: 23 Mar 2015

Wordpress.com provides free ad-supported hosting for basic WordPress sites, with paid options for premium features (custom domain, extra storage, custom design, no ads, etc.)

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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.

Code license: GNU Affero GPL
Last updated: 29 Jan 2015
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