Visualization

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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: 28 May 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

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

Lexos is an online tool that enables you to "scrub" (clean) your text(s), cut a text(s) into various size chunks, manage chunks and chunk sets, and choose from a suite of analysis tools for investigating those texts. Functionality includes building dendrograms, making graphs of rolling averages of word frequencies or ratios of words or letters, and playing with visualizations of word frequencies including word clouds and bubble visualizations.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 17 May 2015

PhiloGL is a framework for data visualization using WebGL, a library that extends Javascript to allow it to generate interactive 3D graphics.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 17 May 2015

JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit enables users to create interactive web-based visualizations; the demos page has some good examples along with the underlying code.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 17 May 2015

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: 9 May 2015

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.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 9 May 2015

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: 9 May 2015

Zoho provides a drag-and-drop interface for creating database-driven applications, such as forms.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 8 May 2015

Cytoscape is a platform for complex network analysis, visualization, and annotation.

Code license: GNU LGPL, Open source
Last updated: 8 May 2015

Graphviz is open source software for graph visualization, representing structural information as diagrams of abstract graphs and networks. The package includes web and interactive graphical interfaces, and auxiliary tools, libraries, and language bindings.

Last updated: 7 May 2015

Juxta is an open-source cross-platform desktop tool for comparing and collating multiple witnesses to a single textual work. The software allows you to set any of the witnesses as the base text, to add or remove witness texts, to switch the base text at will, and to annotate Juxta-revealed comparisons and save the results. New in version 1.6.5 is the ability to upload your comparison sets to a free online workspace called Juxta Commons where you can analyze your data privately or choose to share visualizations of your work with anyone on the web.

Code license: Open source, Creative Commons
Last updated: 4 May 2015

Leximancer is text analysis software that can create topic and concept based network visualizations and includes a sentiment analyzer.

Last updated: 2 May 2015

A platform for visualizing and analysing networks of historical data. Palladio is web-based tool that allows a user to upload structured data, graphically establish context within Palladio and then choose from a variety of innovative spatial, temporal and network visualisations to analyse and present research findings.

Last updated: 1 May 2015

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.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 6 Apr 2015

Creately is a web based diagramming tool with real-time collaboration to work together on diagrams. If you're not comfortable storing data on the cloud you can use the desktop version. It lets you create workflows, mind maps, concept maps, business process models, wire-frames, org charts and many more diagram types useful in research projects.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 24 Mar 2015

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

The Science of Science (Sci2) Tool is a modular toolset supporting temporal, geospatial, topical, and network analysis and visualization of datasets at the micro (individual), meso (local), and macro (global) levels. Users of the tool can:

  • Access science datasets online or load their own
  • Perform different types of analysis with the most effective algorithms available
  • Use different visualizations to interactively explore and understand specific datasets
  • Share datasets and algorithms across scientific boundaries
Code license: Open source
Last updated: 23 Mar 2015

TimeRime is a web-based tool allowing people to create, view, and compare interactive timelines.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 23 Mar 2015

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: 23 Mar 2015

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: 22 Mar 2015

Quadrigram describes itself as a "visual programming environment" for living data. It is a web-based tool for data visualization that allows the user to customize and publish interactive visualizations with a range of data types. Visualization possibilities range from basic charts and graphs (e.g., pie chart, bar graph), to more sophisticated visualizations for exploring complex datasets (e.g., networks, geo-data, zoomable tree map, quadrification, stacked flow).

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 22 Mar 2015

VisualEyes is web-based authoring tool developed at the University of Virginia to weave images, maps, charts, video, and data into highly interactive and compelling dynamic visualizations.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 22 Mar 2015

QGIS is a user-friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). It runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, Windows and Android and supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities.

Last updated: 22 Mar 2015

Weave (Web-based Analysis and Visualization Environment) is a visualization platform designed to enable visualization of any available data by anyone for any purpose. Weave is an application development platform supporting multiple levels of user proficiency — novice to advanced — as well as the ability to integrate, disseminate and visualize data at “nested” levels of geography.

Last updated: 22 Mar 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: 22 Mar 2015

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

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: 22 Mar 2015

TImeline is an open source framework for visualizing data files and data feeds in a variety of formats via an aesthetically pleasing web display. Timelines are interactive and media rich.
User creates timeline by completing a google sheets template. The Timeline then processes and generates the code for display. Minimal programming knowledge is required.

Code license: Mozilla Public License
Last updated: 22 Mar 2015

OpenRefine (formerly Google Refine) is a tool for cleaning messy data (e.g. fixing inconsistencies), transforming it between different formats, and exploring data.

Code license: Open source, BSD
Last updated: 22 Mar 2015

Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.

Scalar can also be used to assemble and annotate video content, and combine in with text to create a rich media document

Last updated: 17 Mar 2015

Create interactive charts and perfect dashboards through an intuitive drag and drop interface. Switch from basic tables to sophisticated data visualizations in a single click. Powerful filters let you slice and dice your data, and you can drill down into most charts without configuring a thing.
Chartio currently provides nine essential visualization types that can be tweaked, designed, and iterated in any number of ways.

Last updated: 15 Jan 2015

Time Flow is an open-source timeline built to help journalists analyze temporal data. The application offers several view modes--timeline, calendar, list, table--to help explore thousands of data points. It is not a web-based tool--it is a desktop application that can run off a thumb-drive and is built to handle large datasets, and timeline events that may include approximate dates or date spans.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Gephi is graphing software that provides a way to explore data through visualization and network analysis.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

CATMA (Computer Aided Textual Markup & Analysis) is a free, open source markup and analysis tool from the University of Hamburg's Department of Languages, Literature and Media. It incorporates three interactive modules: (1) The tagger enables flexible and individual textual markup and markup editing. (2) The analyzer incorporates a query language and predefined functions. It also includes a query builder that allows users to construct queries from combinations of pre-defined questions while allowing for manual modification for more specific questions.

Code license: GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Weka provides machine learning algorithms in Java for data mining and predictive modeling tasks. These algorithms can either be incorporated into other Java code or called from the Weka Workbench, a GUI environment.

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

The MONK workbench provides 525 works of American literature from the 18th and 19th centuries, and 37 plays and 5 works of poetry by William Shakespeare, along with tools to enable literary research through the discovery, exploration, and visualization of patterns.

Users affiliated with CIC (Big Ten) schools can access a larger data set that includes about a thousand works of British literature from the 16th through the 19th century, provided by The Text Creation Partnership (EEBO and ECCO) and ProQuest (Chadwyck-Healey Nineteenth-Century Fiction).

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Voyeur is a web-based text analysis environment where users can apply a wide variety of tools to any text they import.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

CulturalAnalytics is an R package containing functions for statistical analysis and plotting of image properties, including statistics such as the standard deviation and mean in the RGB and HSV color spaces, image entropy and histograms in greyscale (intensity) and color, and for plotting color clouds and image scatter charts.

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

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

Mercury Amira is a multifaceted tool that allows for integration, manipulation, and visualisation of large sets of data. Automatic and interactive segmentation tools support processing of 3D image data.
Features:

  • One platform for visualizing, analyzing and presenting
  • Very large data sets are easily accessible with specific readers
  • C++ coding wizard for technical extension and customization
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

MMax2 is a text annotation tool for creating and visualizing annotations. It has advanced and customizable methods for information and relation visualization.
Features:

  • Determination of the word class / part of speech (POS) for words in a text
  • Determination of word senses, including the disambiguation of homonymous and polysemous words
  • Detection of anaphoric expressions and identification of their antecedents
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Flare is an ActionScript library for creating visualizations that run in the Adobe Flash Player. From basic charts and graphs to complex interactive graphics, the toolkit supports data management, visual encoding, animation, and interaction techniques. Flare features a modular design that lets developers create customized visualization techniques without having to reinvent the wheel.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Create simple charts.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

ColorBrewer is a web tool for selecting color schemes for thematic maps, most usually for choropleth maps. It includes 35 basic schemes with different numbers of classes for over 250 possible versions. Each scheme has CMYK, RGB, Hex, Lab, and AV3 (HSV) specs for the colors. The software is designed simply to list color specs for a scheme you find useful so you are able to create these colors in the mapping software you are using.

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

Software for creating data dashboards. Many of the sample galleries portray corporate financial data.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Exhibit 3.0 is a publishing framework for large scale data-rich interactive Web pages. The beta version is scalable up to 100k items.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Autodesk 3ds Max (formerly 3D Studio MAX) is an open source graphics software tool used by video game developers, motion picture studios and architectural visualisers for modelling and animation projects. One of the most advanced 3D modelling tools in the industry, 3ds Max has been utilised by many CGI-animated films such as Avatar and 2012 to generate computer graphics alongside live acting.

Features:

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

A software application that is used for analysing and visualising multi-volume seismic data.

Features:

  • Visualization and analysis of 2D and 3D seismic data in a single survey
  • 2D and 3D horizon tracking including auto-tracking, plane-by-plane, line and manual tracking
  • On-the-fly calculation and visualization of various attributes and filters
  • Plug-in architecture
Code license: GNU GPL, Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

A variety of visualisation tools are available for use with existing datasets, or upload your own.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

A software tool for the creation of 3D interactive environments. It may be used to model and interact with physical objects that currently or have previously existed in the real world, or create virtual environments that have not previously encountered. VirTool player software is available for Microsoft Windows, Apple MacOS X, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox 360.

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

Xalan is an XSLT processor for transforming XML documents into HTML, text, or other XML document types. It implements XSL Transformations (XSLT) Version 1.0 and XML Path Language (XPath) Version 1.0.

Features:

  • Conversion between structured markup formats
  • Stylesheet validation
Code license: Apache License, Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

TurnTool is a suite of tools that enable 3D models to be created and viewed in a low-bandwidth environment. The suite consists of two components: a TurnToolBox plug-in for integration with 3D Studio Max, Autodesk Viz, Cinema4D and ArchiCAD that allows these software applications to export objects into the TurnTool format; and a TurnTable Viewer plug-in that is able to recreate the 3D model in a windowed environment or web browser.

Features:

  • 3D modelling
  • ActiveX viewer
  • Low bandwidth use
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

A digital asset management system for the storage, management and delivery of raster images, audiovisual content, documents and other digital asset types. The software provides limited eCommerce functionality for use by institutions that wish to use the system to sell digital products. It may be installed in-house on a Windows/Linux/Unix system or hosted on a system operated by the developers.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

After Effects is a digital motion graphics and compositing software. After Effects allows users to animate, alter, and composite media in 2d and 3d space with various built-in tools and third party plug-ins, as well as individual attention to variables like parallax and user-adjustable angle of observation. The latest version, CS5.5, is the twentieth generation in the product line.

Features:

  • Tightly integrated with other Adobe suite software
  • Searchable timelines and projects
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

InDesign is a desktop publishing (DTP) software application which can be used to create periodical publications, posters, flyers, brochures, magazines and books. The latest version, InDesign CS5.5 , is the twelfth generation in the product line.

Features:

  • Tightly integrated with other Adobe suite software
  • Dynamic cross-reference support that updates content when moved within a document
  • Spread rotation
Last updated: 30 Jan 2015

Adobe Illustrator is a comprehensive vector graphics environment that is ideal for all creative professionals, including web and interactive designers and developers, multimedia producers, motion graphics and visual effects designers, animators, and video professionals. Adobe Creative Suite products, including Illustrator, have recently moved to a subscription based service model. Adobe Illustrator CS6 was the last version released on disk. Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud is now available starting at $19.99/month.

Features of Adobe Illustrator CC include:

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

A software suite for displaying, converting and editing still images stored in a raster image format. Image manipulation may be performed via the command line, API libraries, or through a simply graphical user interface.

Features:

  • Software control through API and command line
  • Format conversion
  • Image transformation
  • Transparency support
  • Format identification
  • Text to image conversion
  • Read, process, or write mega-, giga-, or tera-pixel image sizes
  • Distributed pixel cache
  • Perceptual hash
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Pattern is a Python web mining module with tools for data retrieval (Google + Twitter + Wikipedia API, web spider, HTML DOM parser), text analysis (rule-based shallow parser, WordNet interface, syntactical + semantical n-gram search algorithm, tf-idf + cosine similarity + LSA metrics) and data visualization (graph networks).

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

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

yWorks is a powerful set of tools for creating diagrams using any number of frameworks. There are tools for working with HTML, FLEX, AJAX, Silverlight, Java and .NET.

yEd is also available from the yWorks site. This free graph editor can be used to create diagrams manually, or to import data for analysis.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

D3.js is a data visualization library by Mike Bostock, who is also the primary creator of Protovis, which D3 is designed to replace.

There is a great introductory tutorial available from Luke Franci. It is one of many other tutorials linked to from Bostock's D3 wiki.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Protovis composes custom views of data with simple marks such as bars and dots. Unlike low-level graphics libraries that quickly become tedious for visualization, Protovis defines marks through dynamic properties that encode data, allowing inheritance, scales and layouts to simplify construction.

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

Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions. Initially developed to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context, Processing also has evolved into a tool for generating finished professional work. Today, there are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning, prototyping, and production.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

TimeGlider is a data-driven interactive timeline application built using JavaScript. You can "grab" the timeline and drag it left and right, and zoom in and out to view centuries at a time or just hours. TimeGlider allows you to create event-spans so that you can see durations and how they overlap. Being web-based, TimeGlider lets you collaborate and share easily.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 31 Jan 2015

TXM

TXM is a free and open-source cross-platform Unicode, XML & TEI based text/corpus analysis environment and graphical client, supporting Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It can also be used online as a J2EE standard compliant web portal (GWT based) with access control built in.

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

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

Gliffy is a tool that makes it easy to create, share, and collaborate on a wide range of diagrams. Gliffy works directly in your browser and can be used to build flow charts, organization charts, network diagrams, workflows, technical drawings, and wireframes.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Neatline is a tool for the creation of interlinked timelines and maps as interpretive expressions of the literary or historical content of archival collections.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Yutzu is a collaborative tool that allows people in the creative industries to collect, share, and publish multimedia content in an easy-to-use and intuitive way.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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

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

GRASS GIS is free and open source software used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization. GRASS is currently used in academic and commercial settings around the world, as well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting companies.

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

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

Voyant Tools is a web-based reading and analysis environment for digital texts.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Improvise is a fully-implemented Java software architecture and user interface that enables users to build and browse highly-coordinated visualizations interactively. By coupling a shared-object coordination model with a declarative visual query language, users gain precise control over how navigation and selection affects the appearance of data across multiple views, using a potentially infinite number of variations on well-known coordination patterns such as synchronized scrolling, overview+detail, brushing, drill-down, and semantic zoom.

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

ANNIS2 is an open source, versatile web browser-based search and visualization architecture for complex multilevel linguistic corpora with diverse types of annotation. ANNIS, which stands for ANNotation of Information Structure, has been designed to provide access to the data of the SFB 632 ("Information Structure: The Linguistic Means for Structuring Utterances, Sentences and Texts").

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

This online tool can be used for a wide variety of annotation tasks, including visualization and collaboration.

brat is designed in particular for structured annotation, where the notes are not freeform text but have a fixed form that can be automatically processed and "interpreted" by a computer. brat also supports the annotation of n-ary associations that can link together any number of other annotations participating in specific roles. brat also implements a number of features relying on natural language processing techniques to support human annotation efforts.

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

TimelineJS can pull in media from different sources. It has built in support for: Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Wikipedia, SoundCloud and more media types in the future. Creating one is as easy as filling in a Google spreadsheet or as detailed as JSON.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

The cross-platform Advene application allows users to easily create comments and analyses of video documents, through the definition of time-aligned annotations and their mobilisation into
automatically-generated or user-written comment views (HTML documents). Annotations can also be used to modify the rendition of the audiovisual document, thus providing virtual montage, captioning, navigation... capabilities. Users can exchange their comments/analyses in the form of Advene packages, independently from the video itself.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL v2
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

QDA Miner is an easy-to-use mixed-methods qualitative data analysis software package for coding, annotating, retrieving and analyzing small and large collections of documents and images. QDA Miner may be used to analyze interview or focus-group transcripts, legal documents, journal articles, even entire books, as well as drawing, photographs, paintings, and other types of visual documents.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

ImagePlot is a free software tool that visualizes collections of images and video of any size.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

WordCruncher is a text retrieval and analysis program that allows users to index or use a text, including very large multilingual Unicode documents. It supports the addition of tags (such as part of speech, definitions, lemma, etc), graphics, and hyperlinks to text or multimedia files. In addition to supporting contextual and tag searching, WordCruncher also includes many analytical reports, including collocation, vocabulary dispersion, frequency distribution, vocabulary usage, and various other reports.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Meld is a visual diff and merge tool targeted at developers. Meld helps you compare files, directories, and version controlled projects. It provides two- and three-way comparison of both files and directories, and has support for many popular version control systems.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL v2
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Kaleidoscope is one of the world's best tools for spotting differences in images and text, and now it supports merging of files and folders, too. Kaleidoscope integrates directly with Git, Subversion, Mercurial, and Bazaar to fit perfectly in your workflow.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Textexture is a tool for visualizing any text as a network. The resulting graph can be used to get a quick visual summary of the text, read the most relevant excerpts (by clicking on the nodes), and find similar texts.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

draw.io is an online diagramming application built for speed, reliability and simplicity. It features the full range of visual configuration you expect, as well as web application features such as a full range of export options, a large collection of icons, real-time collaboration and embedded widget sharing. It features particularly notable integration with a variety of collaborative platforms including Google Docs/Apps.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Circos is a software package for visualizing data and information. It visualizes data in a circular layout — this makes Circos ideal for exploring relationships between objects or positions. There are other reasons why a circular layout is advantageous, not the least being the fact that it is attractive.
Circos is ideal for creating publication-quality infographics and illustrations with a high data-to-ink ratio, richly layered data and pleasant symmetries. You have fine control each element in the figure to tailor its focus points and detail to your audience.

Code license: GPL
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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: 29 Dec 2014

From the website: NodeXL is a free, open-source template for Microsoft® Excel® 2007 and 2010 that makes it easy to explore network graphs. With NodeXL, you can enter a network edge list in a worksheet, click a button and see your graph, all in the familiar environment of the Excel window. (http://nodexl.codeplex.com/)

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

The Juxta family of software (Juxta, Juxta WS, and Juxta Commons) allows you to compare and collate versions of the same textual work. Juxta Commons is an online space powered by the open-source Juxta Web Service that lets you collate sets of two or more texts and share online visualizations of the differences between them.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Statwing is an easy-to-use, web-based tool for data analysis and visualization. Upload data, select variables of interest, and Statwing automatically selects statistical tests and visualizations, then distills the results into plain English sentences (as well as traditional statistical output for those so inclined).

Free trial available, as well as multiple pricing plans:

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Ptolemaic is a computer application for music visualization and analysis written in the Java programming language. The software is designed to aid in the analysis of all types of Western music using established analytical techniques, including tonal functional analysis (Harrison 1994), pitch-class set analysis (Forte 1973), hierarchical linear analysis (Schenker 1935, Jones 2002), tonal pitch-space analysis on the Tonnetz (Riemann 1915), pitch-class set analysis (Forte 1973), and transformation analysis (Lewin 1987).

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

"Sheetsee.js is a JavaScript library, or box of goodies, if you will, that makes it easy to use a Google Spreadsheet as the database feeding the tables, charts and maps on a website. Once set up, any changes to the spreadsheet will be auto-saved by Google and be live on your site when a visitor refreshes the page.
Using Google Spreadsheets as the backend database is awesome because it is easy to use, share and collaborate with." -- website

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

NodeBox is an application for creating 2D graphics and visualizations. It provides a visual and process-based editor for an underlying Python-based analysis and visualisation package. It is developer-described as a generative design app and this really taps into the serendipitous nature of the environment. The user constructs models and can tweak them in real time via the interface and see the resulting changes too the output.
It has been described as being "similar to Processing, but without all the interactivity".

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Bokeh is a Python interactive visualization library for large datasets that natively uses the latest web technologies. Its goal is to provide elegant, concise construction of novel graphics in the style of Protovis/D3, while delivering high-performance interactivity over large data to thin clients.

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

CartoDB is a cloud based mapping, analysis and visualization engine that lets users build spatial applications for both mobile and the web. Users input tabular data and then construct an interactive visualisation through the web interface. It provides automatic georeferencing functionality and provides APIs for mobile data collection and dissemination.

Use is free for up to five tables; after that, there are monthly pricing plans.
Development was funded through EU and Spanish research programmes.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

VSim facilitates the real-time exploration of highly detailed, three-dimensional computer models in both formal and informal educational settings.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Gerbil is a generic framework for visualization and analysis of multispectral and hyperspectral data that strives to both bring new innovations in analysis capabilities and be of use in a wide range of hyperspectral data applications. In a nutshell, Gerbil lets you…

Code license: GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
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