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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 2018

Mapstraction is a Javascript library. It provides developers with a single interface for a wide variety of Javascript map APIs including Leaflet, Google, Bing, OpenLayers and ESRI's ArcGIS.

A key benefit is that once a developer has loaded Mapstraction, s/he can to switch from one map API to another quickly and easily - often only needing to change a few lines of code.

Mapstraction displays points, lines, polygons and markers on the maps, and also allows developers to add base maps and overlays.

Code license: BSD
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

RivEX is a GIS tool designed to process vector river networks. It enables the user to undertake a range of tasks associated with the spatial analysis of river networks, including checking the network for topological errors, converting a network to a measured network and generating regular or random sampling points across the network.

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

GPS Visualizer is a free, easy-to-use tool for creating maps from GPS data, driving routes, street addresses or co-ordinates.

Data is uploaded into the utility and displayed in a format specified by the user. A wide range of data formats may be uploaded into the tool, including .GPX, .KML and .CSV files. Some of the formats in which GPS Visualiser displays the data include Google Maps, Google Earth, SVG drawings, elevation profiles, image files, plain text files or GPX files.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Crowdmap allows the investigator to set up a Web map around a particular topic and invite multiple users (participants, research subjects, collaborators, multiple assistants) to contribute information to the map on their own time and from their own device.

For $10/month, users can buy fee-based services including private maps and custom branding.

Code license: GNU LGPL
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

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

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: 1 Jun 2017

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

The DataTank is an open source tool that publishes data, stored in text-based files (e.g., CSV, XML, JSON) or in binary structures (e.g., SHP files, relational databases). The DataTank reads data from these structures and publishes them to the web using a URI as an identifier, providing these data in any format a user wants regardless of the original data structure. The DataTank requires a server with Apache2 or Nginx, mod rewrite enabled, PHP 5.4 or higher, Git, any database supported by Laravel 4.

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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

*Especially useful for journalists.

Full review: https://jadwigap.wordpress.com/2016/02/09/twxplorer-digital-humanities-t...

"TwXplorer helps make Twitter search more useful by helping users find and explore chatter about topics that interest them." (from twXplorer website)

Last updated: 9 Feb 2016

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

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

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

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

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 8 Jul 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
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