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HEURIST (http://HeuristNetwork.org) 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

TravelTime Maps make it possible to create isochrones (travel time areas) on a map by selecting a start point, the maximum travel time and preferred transport mode. For example users can visualise all locations within 15 minutes drive time from their current location. It also uses walking, cycling and public transport times. It' also possible to download a CSV of all postcodes that fall within this area on request or export to a KML.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 17 May 2017

FabulaMaps is a completely online, code-free, map making tool that allows anyone to make interactive story-maps right in their browser window. It's different from other GIS tools due to it's ease of use, making it fairly approachable for any one that has no technical experience. Fabula can be used as either a classroom tool, perhaps as a lecture aid or to collaborate with students, or as a place to record on-going data.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 6 Oct 2016

Recollection is a platform developed by Zepheira for the Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), allowing users to create and share embeddable interfaces to digital cultural heritage collections. The Library of Congress released its latest version of Recollection as Viewshare, built to increase the ease of finding, using, and sharing the project's software.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 6 Jul 2016

OpenLayers is a Javascript library that can display map tiles and markers loaded from any source in web browser. It provides an API for building rich web-based geographic applications.

Code license: Open source, BSD
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Modest Maps is a small Javascript library for interactive tile-based maps that can display maps from external sources (e.g. OpenStreetMap, but not commercial layers like Google Maps), enable panning and zooming, and track the position of points based on XML data. It is designed to be lightweight and offer a minimal set of features, and therefore has less functionality than Leaflet, a similar tool.

Code license: Open source, BSD
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

ERDAS Imagine is a suite of geospatial data authoring software. The suite contains a raster graphics editor and remote sensing application that performs advanced remote sensing analysis and spatial modelling to create new information. ERDAS IMAGINE can also visualize results in 2D, 3D, video, and on cartographic quality map compositions. It is primarily designed for geospatial raster data processing and the creation of digital images for mapping use in GIS or CAD software.

Features:

  • Image Analysis, Remote Sensing
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

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: 7 Jun 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

Ushahidi is an open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping, to build tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories. It has been used for election monitoring, crisis and emergency response, civil society, city/community building, arts and even where to find the best burger.

Specific tools:

Crowdmap: A simple map-making tool, built on an open API, that allows for collaborative mapping

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

ArcGIS is a suite of software that comprises of Desktop GIS, Server GIS, Mobile GIS, and ArcGIS Online. ArcGIS is a platform for building a complete geographic information system (GIS) that lets you easily create, edit, and analyse geographic knowledge on the desktop; publish data, maps, globes and models to a GIS server and/or share them online; and use them on the desktop, on the Web, or in the field.

Features:

  • View and query maps
  • Manipulate shapefiles and geodatabases
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

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: 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

Timemap.js is a Javascript library that helps you to produce online maps (such as Google, OpenLayers, and Bing) along with a SIMILE timeline. You can load one or more datasets (in JSON, KML, or GeoRSS) onto both a map and a timeline simultaneously. By default, only items in the visible range of the timeline are displayed on the map.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

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: 7 Jun 2016

Open source map design studio for creating and styling web tile maps, based on either provided free MapBox Geodata, or data imported as a variety of file formats. It uses the CartoCSS styling language to customize interactive visualizations, with powerful control of symbols, zoom levels, labels, and other cartographic details. The finished maps can be exported either as images or tiled web maps. Though the TileMill software is free, there may be a fee to host the created tiles on MapBox or elsewhere.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

WorldMap is a web-based map collaboration platform hosted at Harvard, which allows anyone to store, organize, visualize, edit, collaborate, and publish geospatial information. Upload your own map layers or use maps others have contributed.

The system attempts to fill the growing gap between powerful desktop-bound mapping applications, and lightweight web map solutions with limited storage capacity.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

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: 7 Jun 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

Geographically Encoded Objects for RSS feeds. GeoRSS was designed as a lightweight, community driven way to extend existing feeds with geographic information.

As RSS and Atom become more prevalent as a way to publish and share information, it becomes increasingly important that location is described in an interoperable manner so that applications can request, aggregate, share and map geographically tagged feeds.
RSS Map of Digital Humanities centers

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

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 May 2016

Figshare is a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner. All file formats can be published, including videos and datasets that are often demoted to the supplemental materials section in current publishing models. Users of the site maintain full control over the management of their research whilst benefiting from global access, version control and secure backups in the cloud.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2015

Unlock Text is a powerful geoparser that can search text hosted on the web in txt or html format for references to locations. These locations are then returned ready for use in your results page, web map or any other application.

The Unlock Text API provides access to two parsers, the Edinburgh Geoparser from the Edinburgh Language Technology Group and the CLAVIN parser.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 19 Nov 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: 6 Oct 2015

CONTENTdm is digital collection management software that allows for the upload, description, management, and access of digital collections. CONTENTdm is mostly used by libraries, archives, museums, government agencies, universities, corporations, historical societies, and other organizations that wish to host a digital collection.

  • Collection storage, management, and delivery to users across the web, in any format (e.g., local history archives, newspapers, books, maps, slide libraries, audio, video)
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Sep 2015

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

MapTiler allows efficient and fast multi-core paralellized rendering of raster geodata (TIFF/GeoTIFF, MrSID, ECW, JPEG2000, Erdas HFA, NOAA BSB/KAP, Ozi Explorer OZF2/OZFx3, JPEG, GIF, PNG and more…) into map tiles suitable for Google Maps API mashups (OpenStreetMap, Microsoft Bing, MapQuest, MapBox, Google Earth; MBTiles format is supported), native mobile applications (iPhone/iPad/Android) with Apple MapKit, RouteMe or OSMDroid.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 12 Aug 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

PolyMeta is a metasearch engine that displays the search results in the form of clusters and images. The results are sorted according to source and category.

Last updated: 6 Aug 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: 5 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

iBoogie is a clustering search engine that puts documents with similar content or with related topics into the same group. Each group is assigned a label based on the content of the documents. The results are presented to the user in a hierarchy of topics (clusters) for browsing.

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

Kartograph is a pair of free and open source libraries for representing data with a spatial component on webpages or in print. The first library, Kartograph.py, is a Python library that builds lightweight vector graphic maps from either shapefiles or PostGIS tables. These graphics files can be styled either using a cascading style sheet during creation or later on the second library, Kartograph.js. The vector files can also be edited and enhanced in a vector graphics program like Adobe Illustrator.

Code license: GNU Affero GPL v.3, GNU LGPL
Last updated: 2 Aug 2015

Inkscape is a ‘find’ an oasis of creativity. It is open-source software which allowed me to take my first step in my journey towards creating 2D graphics.

Last updated: 16 Jul 2015

Map Warper is a tool for digitally aligning ("rectifying") historical maps to match today's precise maps. It is used publicly by the NYPL to crowdsource georectification of their own library of digitised historical maps.
In the wider version developed by Tim Waters user supplied maps can be georectified for subsequent use in your own mapping projects.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 16 Jul 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
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