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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.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL, GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 31 Mar 2017

Topincs is a online database software. Given a data model, it allows

Last updated: 28 Mar 2017

Recogito is an online platform for collaborative document annotation.

Recogito provides a personal workspace where you can upload, collect and organize your source materials - texts and images - and collaborate in their annotation and interpretation. Recogito enables you to make your work more visible on the Web more easily, and to expose the results of your research as Open Data.

Code license: Open source, Apache License
Last updated: 21 Dec 2016

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: 7 Jun 2016

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: 7 Jun 2016

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: 7 Sep 2016

Maphub in a web portal for georeferencing and annotating digitized historic maps. Georeferencing transforms the map image to align with real world geographic coordinates, while the annotations are overlaps plus notes. Maphub suggests possible tags for the annotation based on its text and location; tags link to related Wikipedia articles. Once created, user-contributed annotations are shared via the Maphub Open Annotation API.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Freebase "is an open, Creative Commons Attribution (aka CC-BY) licensed collection of structured data," and a "platform for accessing and manipulating that data" via API. Almost 40 million entities and assertions about those entities are stored within a graph database. The database was built by pulling in open data and relies on community contribution to stay updated. Freebase is part of the semantic web and emits Linked Open Data (via RDF) for all its entities.

Last updated: 29 May 2016

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.

Features:

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 3 May 2016

DM is an environment for the study and annotation of images and texts. It is a suite of tools, enabling scholars to gather and organize the evidence necessary to support arguments based in digitized resources. DM enables users to mark fragments of interest in manuscripts, print materials, photographs, etc. and provide commentary on these resources and the relationships among them.

Last updated: 1 May 2016

Annotum is an open-source, open-process, open-access scholarly authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 20 Apr 2016

Online Digital Asset Management (DAM) and collaboration platform for business use. Offers user management, custom branding and password-protected folders.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 27 Mar 2016

nodegoat is a web-based data management, analysis & visualisation environment.

Using nodegoat, you can define, create, update, query, and manage any number of datasets by use of a graphic user interface. Your custom data model autoconfigures the backbone of notegoat's core functionalities.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 17 Aug 2015

DEVONthink is a database that helps users organize, manage and collaborate on digital files, including Office files, links, e-mails, research data and PDFs.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 10 Aug 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: 3 Aug 2015

Omeka is a content management system designed for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 2 Aug 2015

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.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 8 Jul 2015

Paperpile is a web-based commercial reference management software with special emphasis on integration with Google Docs and Google Scholar. It imports data from academic publisher websites and from databases such as PubMed, Google Scholar, Google Books, and arXiv. Paperpile can retrieve and store publication PDF files to the user's Google Drive account.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 8 Jul 2015

Microsoft OneNote is a digital notebook that allows you to gather notes and information in a central environment, and search across your shared notebooks to better manage information and work with others. OneNote used to be available as paid software, but is now free across platforms.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 5 Jul 2015

This is a simple tool for creating custom notetaking sheets (ie blank, ruled, or graph style). You may automate the generation of the sheets to customize them with your name, date etc.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 16 Jun 2015

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.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 15 Jun 2015

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.

Code license: Apache License
Last updated: 14 Jun 2015

Weft QDA is a free and open-source tool for the analysis of textual data. You may import documents from plain text or PDF, apply character-level coding, category and document memos, retrieve coded text, apply simple coding statistics, apply free-text search, and export to HTML and CSV formats.

Last updated: 23 May 2015

HyperRESEARCH enables users to code and retrieve, build theories, and conduct analyses of your data. You may work with text, graphics, audio and video sources.

Last updated: 23 May 2015

Qualrus is an innovative qualitative data analysis tool that helps you manage unstructured data. Additionally, Qualrus learns your coding trends, provides a visual semantic network display, and gives advice and technical support.

Last updated: 22 May 2015

CAT is an environment for group coding and analyzing data sets, including computing inter-rater reliability. Users can create a free account, or download the ASP.NET tool suite to run independently.

Last updated: 9 May 2015

Omeka.net provides a web-publishing platform to curate collections and create exhibitions of digitized content. Omeka.net has grown out of the Omeka project. Omeka.net provides some of the same functionality as Omeka, but does not require the user to provide hosting or to maintain their installation in any way. However, use of Omeka.net limits customization, and hosting more than 500MB of content requires a paid account.

Code license: GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 7 May 2015

Cross-platform app for analyzing text, video, and spreadsheet data (analyzing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research)

Last updated: 2 May 2015

Evernote is note-taking software in the cloud, with options for private and shared notebooks. Users can take text notes, and upload files to attach them to notes. Evernote has built-in OCR for images with printed or handwritten text. A premium account allows access to notebooks offline, as well as more storage and embedded PDF search.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 2 May 2015

Full-featured app for reading, annotating, organizing, and sending PDFs. Offers ability to annotate PDFs with pen, highlighter, audio recordings, and photos. For iPad or Android tablet.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 1 May 2015

NB

NB is designed for faculty and students to collaboratively annotate PDFs in an online environment. The faculty member can upload course material (e.g. readings), and make it available to their students. Students can then create public and private annotations on those PDFs. NB includes a feature for faculty and (optionally) students to download the resulting fully-annotated PDFs.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 29 Apr 2015

OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) inexpensively and efficiently enhances access to oral history by providing users with word-level search capability and a time-correlated transcript or indexed interview connecting the textual search term to the corresponding moment in the recorded interview online.

OHMS is an open source, web-based application designed to improve the user experience you provide for oral history, no matter what CMS or repository you use. There are 2 main components of the OHMS system

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 6 Apr 2015

Commentpress is a theme and plugin for WordPress that enables granular public commenting on texts.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 6 Apr 2015

TAMS Analyzer is a program that works with TAMS to let you assign ethnographic codes to passages of a text just by selecting the relevant text and double clicking the name of the code on a list. It then allows you to extract, analyze, and save coded information.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 24 Mar 2015

Praat is software for the phonetic analysis of speech, including support for articulatory and speech synthesis.

Code license: GNU GPL v2
Last updated: 19 Feb 2015

AGTK is a suite of software components for building tools for annotating linguistic signals, time-series data which documents any kind of linguistic behavior (e.g. audio, video). The internal data structures are based on annotation graphs. Annotation Graphs are a formal framework for representing linguistic annotations of time series data.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 11 Feb 2015

The UVic Image Markup Tool allows you to "describe and annotate images, and store the resulting data in TEI XML files," all within a "simple enough interface that it can be used by people with little or no experience in editing XML code." Designed to be Windows-only, but can be successfully run on Linux using Wine. Guenther Goerz has created a Mac version of the Image Markup Tool using Wine Bottler (it's a large download).

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

Skim is a PDF reader and note-taking software, with different colors of highlighting, annotation, sticky notes, numerous export formats and searching and filtering notes.

Code license: BSD
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Image Map Tool allows you to upload an image (or specify the URL of an image found online) and turn it into a clickable image map.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

QuarkXPress desktop publishing software is commonly used to create page layouts for a variety of print publications such as books, newspapers, magazines, posters and brochures. Similar in function to InDesign, the main differences are Quark's unique features for exporting documents as interactive webpages as well as its widespread use by printers, typesetters and page designers.
Features:

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Qiqqa is a research management software that allows you to organize large numbers of papers; find new papers to read and new information about papers you already have; review materials and create annotation reports. Qiqqa has several PDF tools that also allow you to convert from PDFs to text, and use a clipboard function to cut and paste text into your document.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

MediaWiki is a free software open source wiki package written in PHP, originally for use on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation projects. It is designed to be run on a large server farm for a website that gets millions of hits per day.

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

Noter is a to-do list application for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. You may open up Noter on your iPhone or sync with your computer.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Digress.it is a WordPress plug-in that allows paragraph-level commenting in the margins of a text. Use digress.it as a collaboration tool for blog-style comment threads off individual paragraphs. Host your project on digress.it or download it for use with your own WordPress installation.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

eLaborate is an online work environment in which scholars can upload scans, transcribe and annotate text, and publish the results as on online text edition which is freely available to all users.

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

A.nnotate.com allows you to annotate documents and images online. You may also collaborate on documents and index files. A.nnotate.com supports PDF and MS Office file formats, and runs on all common web browsers.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

The Annotator's Workbench is a software tool that enables users to create a collection from a set of existing video files, segment that collection, create annotations and assign vocabulary terms to the segments, and control access. This tool is part of the Ethnographic Video for Institution and Analysis (EVIA) Digital Archive Project at Indiana University and the University of Michigan.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Annozilla allows you to view and create annotations associated with a web page. To use Annozilla you need to install the packages and get set up with an account with the W3C test server.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Co-ment is a text annotation and collaborative writing tool. Co-ment provides a friendly graphic user interface for text annotation, collaboration and writing texts online.

Code license: GNU Affero GPL v.3
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

MyStickies allows you to place virtual sticky notes on websites, viewable each time you visit the page. Requires users to create an account, and install either a browser extension or bookmarklet. When logged in, MyStickies provides an interface to browse, search, sort, and edit existing sticky notes. May be useful for annotating research from multiple online resources, or for collaborative, interactive editing across a team.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Notational Velocity is open-source software that allows you to search across thousands of notes. You may create a new note or view or edit an existing note.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL v3
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

Project Pad is web-based system for media annotation and collaboration for teaching and learning and scholarly applications. Project Pad provides tools for browsing and working with audio, video, and images from digital repositories. The user may organize and annotate excerpts within their own "online notebook." Available as a standalone web application or set of Sakai tools.

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

Scribe is a note-taking program that allows you to manage your research notes, quotes, thoughts, contacts, published and archival sources, digital images, outlines, timelines, and glossary entries. You can create, organize, index, search, link and cross-reference your note and source cards.
Further information about Scribe can also be found at http://echo.gmu.edu/toolcenter-wiki/index.php?title=Scribe, 23.05.2014.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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.

Code license: Closed 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

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

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: 1 Dec 2016

Windows tool for annotating, editing, and sharing screen shots and images.

Code license: GNU GPL
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

A Web-based image annotation tool, built specifically for integration with existing Web pages or portal environments. Annotorious is also available as a plugin to the Annotator Web annotation system by the Open Knowledge Foundation.

Code license: MIT License
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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.

Code license: GNU GPL v2
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Digitate is a free application designed for use on the iOS platform, specifically on iPad devices. The application allows scholars and enthusiasts with an interest in the visual and material elements of a cultural artefact to make notes and annotations directly on an image of such an artefact.

For example, a literary scholar might use it to annotate the material or bibliographic elements of a rare text or first edition, while an art historian might do the same on an image of a painting.

Code license: Open source, Creative Commons
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

Annotation Studio is an open source, web-based annotation application that integrates a powerful set of textual interpretation tools behind an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. Users can upload their own texts, and annotate with styled text, video, images, and weblinks. To date, the project has been used with great success in disciplines such as Writing, Literature, Foreign Languages, Anthropology, Film and Media Studies, and others at institutions including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT, Barnard College, and Washington University.

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

NowComment makes it easy to have rich, engaging discussions of online documents no matter how large (or small) your class or collaboration group. It's fast, powerful, and feature-rich: you can sort comments, skim summaries, create assignments, hide comments, highlight with multiple colors and meanings, and much more. Integrates to any LMS via LTI. Used in universities and K12 schools for the past 6 years.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

The AVA (Advanced Video Annotations) project is a video annotation service that is suitable for research, teaching or learning. Architected as a stand-alone service, AVA can be integrated with most video players, video management systems, learning management systems, and lecture capture systems.

An implementation is done with
a) SWITCHcast: http://www.switch.ch/cast
b) Opencast Matterhorn: http://opencast.org/matterhorn/

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

BLLIP Parser (or Charniak-Johnson parser) is a statistical natural language parser for analyzing text to determine its grammatical structure. Grammatical structures are provided in Penn Treebank format.

Code license: Apache License
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Annotating documents with highlights and notes can quickly clutter the page. Annotations simplifies adding and managing notes to texts while keeping the documents clear and readable.

Features

  • Highlight text with colours, assign custom keywords or add notes
  • Auto-completion to match existing keywords as you type
  • Organise and filter annotations by collections, type, keywords or matching search criteria
  • Create relationships between different annotations
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
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