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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 2018

CloudConvert supports the conversion between more than 200 different audio, video, document, ebook, archive, image, spreadsheet and presentation formats.

The CloudConvert API offers the full functionality of CloudConvert and makes it possible to use the conversion services in your own applications.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 10 Mar 2016

Pachyderm is a web-based rich-media interactive presentation authoring and publishing system that meets most accessibility requirements. It works off of an extensible template system. Pachyderm allows users to upload multimedia (images, audio, video) and publish them online using pre-defined templates or download them for use on their own website, or on a CD or DVD. Version 3 (released June 2014) now also supports iOS and other non-Flash devices using HTML5, and appears to be a major upgrade. Requires Apache HTTP or Tomcat web server installation (WAMP or MAMP is fine).

Code license: GNU GPL v2
Last updated: 22 Feb 2016

EXMARaLDA is a system for working with oral corpora on a computer. It consists of a transcription and annotation tool (Partitur-Editor), a tool for managing corpora (Corpus-Manager) and a query and analysis tool (EXAKT).

EXMARaLDA supports the time-aligned transcription of digital audio or video, a flexible annotation for freely choosable categories, the systematic documentation of a corpus through metadata, a flexible visualisation of transcription data in different layouts and document formats, as well as the computer-assisted querying of transcription, annotation and metadata.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 21 Oct 2015

DH Press (originally called diPH) is a toolkit conceived as an easy-to-use WordPress plugin which allows potentially every kind of user to visualise and mashup historic and geographic information, documents and various types of multimedia content to develop digital humanities project.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 10 Aug 2015

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

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 8 Jul 2015

VoxcribeCC has the most accurate speaker-independent and topic-independent desktop speech recognition technology. It is used for media (audio\video) transcription and video-captioning.

Please watch VoxcribeCC Usage Video to learn using VoxcribeCC just in 2 minutes.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 16 Jun 2015

InqScribe is a low-cost, easy-to-use software for creating transcripts from video or audio files. It has a lot of simple customization features which make it easy to use, but not a lot of extra stuff that might bog a new user down. It's best for transcription, but it can also be used for creating subtitles for videos (it can be set up to export a video with the transcript overlaid on it during playback) and even for coding data (best for codes that do not need durations associated with them). It exports to a range of formats (like CSV) for easy analysis.

Last updated: 14 Jun 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

Gallery is an open source web-based photo album organizer that enables the integration of albums into websites. The newest edition includes video and audio sharing.

Last updated: 8 May 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

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

A software tool for the manipulation of audio recordings. Wavesurfer provides basic audio editing function, such as excision, copying, pasting, zero-crossing adjustment, and effects such as fading, normalization, echo, inversion, reversal, replacement with silence, and DC-removal.


Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Capture Fox is a Firefox plugin that allows the user to record their voice and their sccreen.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

StoryKit allows you to create an electronic storybook.

Code license: Closed source
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

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder

Code license: Open 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

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

Easiest to use music notation software

“Like Google Translate for music”
ScoreCloud instantly turns your songs into sheet music. As simple as that!

- Instant Score from MIDI or Audio
- Arrange and Edit your Score
- Print, Export and Share

Ideal for musicians, students, teachers, choirs and bands as well as composers and arrangers.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
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