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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

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

Roambi Flow is an iOS online publishing service. Roambi allows you to transform Excel data and other publications to visualizations compatible with mobile, and also send them to the iPhone or iPad.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 18 May 2016

Smallpdf is a free online tool to compress, merge, split and convert PDF documents. It is simple to use and free to use. It can be useful to compress research papers, merge several documents together or extract graphs and images from PDF files.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 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

A Python-based XML web publishing framework which enables dynamic pipelining of XSLT transformations. Data is processed by an XML pipeline composed of several WSGI applications and middleware components.

Features:

  • Apache Cocoon Sitemap 1.0 compatible
  • WSGI modularity
  • URI pattern matching
Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 26 Jan 2016

Yāna provides a free, open-source template that open access journals can use as the basis of their own multi-platform mobile applications. The Yāna template provides the basic functionality required by any journal operating on a mobile platform.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 1 Dec 2015

A cross-platform XML editor that may be used to create and validate XML documents and associated schema. It fully supports XSL (both XSLT and FO), DTD, Schema (Relax RNG and W3C), Database, XQuery and CSS. OXygen XML Editor works with all XML-based technologies, including XML databases, XProc pipelines, and web services and comes with ready-to-use DITA, DocBook, TEI, and XHTML support.

Frequently updated and supported, and with a very large set of features, this software tool has proved popular with digital humanists.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 10 Sep 2015

Easy-to-use web-based animation software. Offers educational pricing.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 8 Sep 2015

Joomla is an open source content management system (CMS), enabling users to build websites and applications.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL v2
Last updated: 8 Sep 2015

SentimentBuilder is an online tool that performs text analytics on emails, reviews, feedback, chat data or any unstructured texts via Natural Language Processing. It's the only tool where you can upload a file for processing and then visually view the results in a Sankey Flow Report to quickly identify trends, issues and strengths and then customize each view, save and share! Export any result for your own offline analysis! Try the Always Free version today and upload your own data or try one of our sample files.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 4 Sep 2015

Plone is a powerful, flexible, open source Content Management System (CMS) built on top of Zope application server and CMF.
Features:

  • Flexible and adaptable workflow
  • Customisable
  • Free add-ons
  • Versioning, history and reverting content
  • Support for multiple mark up formats
  • Multilingual content management
  • RSS feed support
  • WebDAV and FTP support
  • WYSIWYG
  • Integrates with Active Directory, Salesforce, LDAP, SQL, Web Services, LDAP and Oracle
Code license: Open source, GNU GPL, GNU GPL v2
Last updated: 7 Aug 2015

Perl is a high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming language. Originally developed for text manipulation, it is now used for a wide range of tasks including graphics programming, system administration, network programming, applications that require database access and CGI programming on the Web.

Features:

  • C, shell scripting (sh), AWK, and sed
  • Powerful text processing facilities
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Support for multiple programming paradigms
Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 2 Aug 2015

RStudio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for R. It is available in both open source and consumer versions, and can run either on your desktop, or through a browser connected to RStudio Server. Features include syntax highlighting, code completion, smart indentation, and an interactive debugger.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 14 Jul 2015

Lucidchart is a cloud-based diagramming and visual communication app with an intuitive drag-and-drop interface. Features include professional templates and an extensive shape library. Team users can edit the same file together in real time. With over four million users, Lucidchart is an excellent tool for making flowcharts, mockups, network diagrams, and more.

Last updated: 8 Jul 2015

Lucidpress is a free online editor for making pamphlets, brochures, flyers, magazines, and more. Features include real-time collaboration, digital publishing, and easy sharing, all of which come in an intuitive, drag-and-drop interface. Upgrade to a professional account for increased storage space and access to additional templates.

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

SylvaDB is a graph database management system. It allows users with no knowledge in graph theory to model, collect, query, and analyze data in a network structure. SylvaDB provides tools for easy creation of schemas and modelling, automatic forms creation to input the data, collaborative features, a visual query editor, global and local search, reports charts generation, networks metrics, and visualizations tools.

Code license: GNU Affero GPL v.3
Last updated: 9 Jun 2015

Zotero is a free tool that collects, manages and cites research sources. It stays on your web browser where you do your work and it's easy to use. It's being downloaded as a firefox extension, used with the chrome and safari browsers or used as a standalone tool. It allows you to attach pdfs, notes and images to your citations, organise them into easily searchable collections for different projects, and open office using any of over 2800 citation styles.

Code license: GNU Affero GPL
Last updated: 24 May 2015

ImageJ is a Java open source image processing program designed for scientific multidimensional images. It is highly extensible, with thousands of plugins and macros for performing a wide variety of tasks, and a strong, established user base.

There are three major versions of ImageJ:

  • ImageJ1 - The stable version, developed by Wayne Rasband at NIH since 1997
  • ImageJ2 - Focuses on analysis of scientific multidimensional image data. Includes ImageJ1 with a compatibility layer
Code license: Open source
Last updated: 19 May 2015

JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit enables users to create interactive web-based visualizations; the demos page has some good examples along with the underlying code.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 17 May 2015

Lynks provides an easy to use, in-browser tool that helps you to create your own networks. Lynks is an initiative by Centre for Innovation, part of Leiden University (Campus The Hague). The software has been developed in 2014 in co-creation, with expertise from Dr. Eelke Heemskerk from University of Amsterdam. The software development has been supported by the financial contributions from the European Union Fund for Regional Development (EFRO) and the Municipality of The Hague.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 12 May 2015

Tumblr is a blogging/microblogging platform with a focus on data sharing between individual blogs. Users can create and disseminate data in a visual or HTML editor, using standard Tumblr posting formats: text, photo, quote, link, chat, audio, and video.

Built-in customization tools allow users to manipulate the appearance of their blog with little knowledge of web development. Tumblr also provides a CSS/HTML customization panel for more advanced users, including theme documentation and the ability to upload/alter theme asset files (e.g., CSS, JS).

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 9 May 2015

TypePad is a commercial, fully hosted blogging platform. Provides library of customizable blog designs.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 9 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

Balsamiq Mockups is a simple, flexible, and collaborative software for building wireframes for websites, apps, and other digital media. Users may purchase a desktop license or pay a monthly subscription fee for the web app. Free desktop software is available for classroom use.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 21 Apr 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

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

GIMP is image editing software, much like Photoshop. It is a multi-platform software application primarily used for image composition and editing. The basic tool may be augmented by plug-ins and extensions that allow the use of new file formats, effects filters and batch processing capabilities. GIMP was initially created to manipulate raster images, but has been extended to provide limited vector image and moving image support. A number of free extensions are available in the plugin registry.

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

Google SketchUp is easy-to-use free 3D modeling software.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 16 Feb 2015

Photoshop Express allows simple web-based image editing and cloud storage (2 GB free via Adobe Revel), as well as video storage and streaming, slideshow templates, and a photo gallery. Features include online galleries and slideshows, exporting and searching images, and privacy settings. Android, Windows and iOS (including iPad) apps are available.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

960 Grid System is a CSS template that comes with corresponding Acorn, Fireworks, Flash, InDesign, GIMP, Inkscape, Illustrator, OmniGraffle, Photoshop, QuarkXPress, Visio, Exp Design, and printable templates to facilitate different stages of the web design process.

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

Integrated Content Environment (ICE) was an open source project of the Learning Resources Development (LRD) unit at the University of Southern Queensland. The content management system allowed users to convert content authored in Microsoft Word or OpenOffice.org Writer into self-contained course websites using the IMS format.

The ICE authoring environment enabled:

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
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

xMod is a desktop application which can transform a repository of XML into a completely finished website.
The entire process can be setup and run to produce a basic website assuming some prerequisites:

  • A set of valid XML files. These would normally comply with a TEI DTD.
  • a configuration script that indicates the relationship between files
  • A 'personality pack' (CSS and image files) that determine its visual appearance. However if they are not present, the completed website falls back on a default look and feel.
Code license: Open source, GNU GPL, GNU GPL v2
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Flare is an ActionScript library for creating visualizations that run in the Adobe Flash Player. From basic charts and graphs to complex interactive graphics, the toolkit supports data management, visual encoding, animation, and interaction techniques. Flare features a modular design that lets developers create customized visualization techniques without having to reinvent the wheel.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Blogger is simple blog publishing software owned by Google.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Edublogs is an educational blogging service for teachers and students to create, manage, and publish on their own WordPress sites. Provides cloud hosting and a simplified interface, as well as additional account options at the university level.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Paletton (a.k.a. Color Scheme Designer 4) presents the user with a color wheel and several color scheme styles:

  • Mono
  • Complement
  • Triad
  • Tetrad
  • Free style

By moving arrows around the color wheel, users can look at and compare different color palettes suitable for web design, logos, etc. A preview option is available for checking what the color scheme would look like as part of a light or dark website.

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

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

WriteRoom is an alternative to Microsoft Word, that removes distractions on your computer while you're writing. WriteRoom is a full screen writing environment that has certain functions like word count and autosave. WriteRoom for iOS is synced with Dropbox, and your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Simple and flexible HTML, CSS, and Javascript for popular user interface components and interactions.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Jekyll is a simple, blog aware, static site generator. It takes a template directory containing raw text files in various formats, runs it through Textile or Markdown and Liquid converters, and creates a complete, static ready-to-publish website suitable for serving with your favorite web server. Jekyll also happens to be the engine behind GitHub Pages, which means you can use Jekyll to host your project’s page, blog, or website from GitHub’s servers for free.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).

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

Bluefish is a powerful editor targeted towards programmers and web designers, with many options to write websites, scripts and programming code. Bluefish supports many programming and markup languages, and it focuses on editing dynamic and interactive websites.

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

Blacklight is an open source Ruby on Rails gem that provides a discovery interface for any Solr index. Blacklight provides a default user interface which is customizable via the standard Rails (templating) mechanisms. Blacklight accommodates heterogeneous data, allowing different information displays for different types of objects and features faceted browsing, relevance based searching, bookmarkable items, permanent URLs for every item, and user tagging of items.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Available as a web-based service and as an app for iOS, Mac, PC, and Android, Google Drive allows users to create, store, edit, and share files across all their devices. Online and offline file access available. Requires a Google account for use, but allows files from Drive to be shared with non-Google users.

Last updated: 1 Sep 2016

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

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

Circos is a software package for visualizing data and information. It visualizes data in a circular layout — this makes Circos ideal for exploring relationships between objects or positions. There are other reasons why a circular layout is advantageous, not the least being the fact that it is attractive.
Circos is ideal for creating publication-quality infographics and illustrations with a high data-to-ink ratio, richly layered data and pleasant symmetries. You have fine control each element in the figure to tailor its focus points and detail to your audience.

Code license: GPL
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Ghost is a free, open source publishing platform. Also available as a hosted service for a monthly subscription cost.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Create polls, surveys and quizzes and get ratings/feedback on content from users. "All languages supported." The free version has fewer options.

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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