What kind of data should the tool work with?

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

  • recorded through forms,
  • displayed through data sheets, and
  • searched in the index.

It overcomes the rigidity of relational databases by using semantic technology. In the simplest use case, a group of users can collaboratively edit information and upload files from any device with a web browser and an internet connection. Development time ranges between 2 and 8 hours.

Last updated: 7 Dec 2016

MyIndicators ( is a digital, easy-to-use tool allows researchers, educators, students or anyone, to build their own tailored indicators (e.g. goals, strategies, parameters, survey, questions, calories intakes, alcohol consumptions or quantified self in terms of training, mood tracking or sleeping quality etc.)

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 2 Sep 2016
Last updated: 2 Sep 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

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

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

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. Databases can be designed and built incrementally, as existing data are not affected by changes in structure.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL, GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 23 Feb 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

CiteULike is a free service to help you to store, organise and share the scholarly papers you are reading. When you see a paper on the web that interests you, you can click one button and have it added to your personal library. CiteULike automatically extracts the citation details, so there's no need to type them in yourself. It all works from within your web browser so you can access it from any computer with an Internet connection. CiteULike supports annotation and rating of items, and upload of attachments (e.g. PDF file). (Attachments are only accessible privately by individual users).

Code license: GNU GPL
Last updated: 5 Aug 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

BuddyPress is a variant of WordPress that includes social networking features.

Code license: GNU GPL
Last updated: 24 May 2015

WordPress is an easy-to-use web publishing platform originally designed around blogging that has now evolved with functionality as a robust content or learning management system, with many themes and plugins for extra functionality.

Code license: GNU GPL v2
Last updated: 19 Oct 2016

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

Wiggio is a free service that allows users to create groups, host virtual meetings and conference calls, manage events, create to-do lists, poll members, send messages, and upload and manage folders. You can connect with your FaceBook account or create a new and free account with Wiggio. They are no longer supporting previously available Wiggio apps.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 22 Mar 2015

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

SARIT (Search and Retrieval of Indic Texts" is a collection of electronic editions of Sanskrit and other Indian-language texts that have dated and embedded notes about their change history. You can perform a text search, retrieval and analysis of works in SARIT, as well as download all the texts and convert them to PDF, HTML, etc.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Bibliogo is a journal article web app that allows you to create and share bibliographies, manage journal alerts, follow feeds, tag citations, and order articles. You can connect your LinkedIn account, and others, with this web-based app.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid, global dissemination of social science research. The SSRN electronic library consists of an abstract database containing abstracts on over 574,300 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers, as well as an electronic paper collection with over 475,8000 downloadable, full-text PDF documents.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Trello is a web-based project management and collaboration tool that allows users to organize projects in a dashboard view, containing one or more project-oriented boards. The dashboard provides a real-time overview of what is being worked on, who is working on what, and overall progress toward project milestones. Useful for organized task management, delegation, communication, and collaboration across teams.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Social networking platform, not unlike Facebook, that works with other Google services and allows users to connect with and see what friends are doing. Users can create posts and share links or multimedia items with select groups (called Circles). The Hangouts feature allows group video chat.

Last updated: 27 Jan 2015

Project management software for sharing files, messages, and task management, including options for daily update emails, and real time document editing.

Code license: Closed source
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
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