HEURIST is an extremely flexible data management system designed specifically for Humanities data - see http://HeuristNetwork.org. It is available as a free web service for researchers (hosted at the University of Sydney Data Centre) or for local installation (Open Source). Any confident researcher can design, create, manage, analyse, visualise and publish their own richly-structured database(s) through a simple web interface, without programmers or consultants. Quite complex databases can be built in a few hours through 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. Advanced features include record linking, drilldown facet searches, rule-based queries, custom reports, linked map-timelines, network visualisation, normalised spreadsheet import, crosstabulation, XML feeds, XSLT transforms.
Topincs is a online database software. Given a data model, it allows
Recogito is an online platform for collaborative document annotation.
Recogito provides a personal workspace where you can upload, collect and organize your source materials - texts and images - and collaborate in their annotation and interpretation. Recogito enables you to make your work more visible on the Web more easily, and to expose the results of your research as Open Data.
MyIndicators (http://myindicators.net/) 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.)
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.
CartoDB is a cloud based mapping, analysis and visualization engine that lets users build spatial applications for both mobile and the web. Users input tabular data and then construct an interactive visualisation through the web interface. It provides automatic georeferencing functionality and provides APIs for mobile data collection and dissemination.
Use is free for up to five tables; after that, there are monthly pricing plans.
Development was funded through EU and Spanish research programmes.
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.
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
Skype allows free voice and video computer-to-computer calls, and calls to phone numbers for a fee. Video is only available for person-to-person calls, but multiple users can join a voice call. Skype can be used for free by educators in the classroom: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/06/complete-guide-to-use-of-skyp...
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.
DM is an environment for the study and annotation of images and texts. It is a suite of tools, enabling scholars to gather and organize the evidence necessary to support arguments based in digitized resources. DM enables users to mark fragments of interest in manuscripts, print materials, photographs, etc. and provide commentary on these resources and the relationships among them.
Annotum is an open-source, open-process, open-access scholarly authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress.
The Altmetric Explorer is a powerful web app that allows you to track the conversations around scientific articles online. Altmetric collects and analyzes hundreds of thousands of postings about tens of thousands of articles and datasets each month. It makes this data available to end users through an intuitive user interface and to developers through an API.
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).
Sigil is a free, open source, multi-platform e-book editor, designed for editing books in EPUB format.
- Full UTF-16 support and full EPUB 2 spec support
- Multiple views: code view (complete control over directly editing EPUB syntax), book view (WYSIWYG), and preview view
- Table of contents generator, metadata editor, multi-language user interface, spell checking tool, EPUB compliance validator, support for find and replace
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.
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.
Jing allows you to take screenshots, record screencasts, and instantly share information. Jing is the low end of a suite of screen capture products. SnagIt provides a few extra features (such as saving videos in formats other than SWF) for a small fee. Camtasia is at the high end, with full video editing capabilities.
Simple screencasting and image capture tool. SnagIt is part of TechSmith's family of screen capture and video editing products. Jing offers fewer features, but is a free alternative. Camtasia is the most fully featured of the products, but also the most expensive.
Camtasia is Mac/Windows software for recording screencasts and editing video. Videos can be sent directly to YouTube or integrated with Google Drive. Camtasia is the high end of a suite of screen capture products. SnagIt is a cheaper alternative with fewer features. Jing, the most basic of the TechSmith screen capture products, is free.
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)
Open Journal Systems (OJS) is a journal management and publishing system. Public Knowledge Project (the sponsor of OJS) is a multi-university initiative developing (free) open source software and conducting research to improve the quality and reach of scholarly publishing
DEVONthink is a database that helps users organize, manage and collaborate on digital files, including Office files, links, e-mails, research data and PDFs.
Bitly is a link shortening service that also helps you share, track, and analyze your links. Now includes "bundles" which can be public or private, to gather your links by categories you choose. A social network style feed of other people's bitly links can be added to your dashboard.
An iOS app is available for iPhone. Wordpress plugin and API are available. Site includes a sub-site about the API for developers here: dev.bitly.com
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).
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.
Omeka is a content management system designed for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions.
TimeRime is a web-based tool allowing people to create, view, and compare interactive timelines.
Cirilo is an application developed for content preservation and data curation in FEDORA-based repository systems. Content preservation and data curation include object creation and management, versioning, normalization and standards, and the choice of data formats. The client offers functionalities which are especially prone to be used as tools for mass operations on FEDORA objects, such as ingest or replacement processes.
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.
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.
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.
Snapzen is a browser tool that is used to collaborate with others about the information on any web page - right from your browser.
Discuss information on web pages with your colleagues, friends or family. It is easy to collaborate with others because they see exactly what you see on the web pages.
If you still use copy and paste, screenshot tools, email or chat to discuss web pages, Snapzen will show you a better way.
Coggle is a web-based tool for non-linear structuring and visualization of information. Easy to create visually appealing diagrams with little to no technical expertise. Supports Markdown and LaTeX formatting (use LaTeX via the \\( \\) or \\[ \\] escape sequences). Users can add images by dragging and dropping them in the browser, view change history for each diagram and revert to previous states, and download their work as PDFs or images. Also enables real-time collaboration with others.
Possible use cases for Coggle may include:
Zotpress is a WordPress plugin that enables users to easily add Zotero citations to a WordPress site by using a special syntax that turns a Zotero citation key into a well-formatted inline citation and bibliography, based on the data stored in Zotero.
BuddyPress is a variant of WordPress that includes social networking features.
Twitter allows users to send 140-character messages. There is a thriving digital humanities community of Twitter users. This tool is great for communicating and sharing ideas, micro-blogging, real-time communication. You can follow tweets about digital humanities https://twitter.com/hashtag/digitalhumanities.
iPhoto is a digital photograph manipulation software application developed by Apple Inc. It has been included with every Macintosh personal computer since 2002, originally as part of the iLife suite of digital media management applications. iPhoto can import, organize, edit, print and share digital photos.
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.
Users can upload photos and organize them into albums, and they can search photos that have been posted in public albums and filter the results by license (any Creative Commons license, licenses that allow commercial use, licenses that allow remixing).
HUBzero is a web publication platform and content management system designed to facilitate collaboration on research and learning. In addition to standard blog and discussion features, HUBzero's most distinctive traits are a built-in environment that can run interactive software that scholars have developed within the browser, a tool development area, and the ability to share data and documents privately between members of the hub.
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).
NOTE: this platform is closing down on April 30, 2013 and will no longer be available.
Posterous Spaces is an online sharing platform where users can publish content via a web interface, by email, or by using a mobile app.
TypePad is a commercial, fully hosted blogging platform. Provides library of customizable blog designs.
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.
LiveJournal is a community publishing platform, with features characteristic of both blogging and social networking platforms. The site is longstanding, originally established in 1999 as a blogging platform and online community built around personal journals. Today comprises more than 50 million journals, with topical focuses such as politics, entertainment, fashion, literature, and design.
FromThePage is free software that allows volunteers to transcribe handwritten documents on-line. It's easy to index and annotate subjects within a text using a simple, wiki-like mark-up. Users can discuss difficult writing or obscure words within a page to refine their transcription. The resulting text is hosted on the web, making documents easy to read and search.
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.
SearchTeam is a collaborative search engine that allows individuals and groups to curate search results in a public or shared SearchSpace.
Full-featured app for reading, annotating, organizing, and sending PDFs. Offers ability to annotate PDFs with pen, highlighter, audio recordings, and photos. For iPad or Android tablet.
NB is designed for faculty and students to collaboratively annotate PDFs in an online environment. The faculty member can upload course material (e.g. readings), and make it available to their students. Students can then create public and private annotations on those PDFs. NB includes a feature for faculty and (optionally) students to download the resulting fully-annotated PDFs.
Academia.edu is a social platform that allows academics to share research papers, gray literature, reviews and other scholarly materials. The site provides user statistics on the number and geographic origin of profile and document views. Academic affiliation is displayed in a tree-like format, grouped by universities and departments.
Commentpress is a theme and plugin for WordPress that enables granular public commenting on texts.
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.
Extensive set of tools to allow collaborative transcription of manuscript pages in TEI-compliant XML.
Features of T-PEN through version 1.2 [from project blog]
Zoom Tool in Transcription User Interface: Holding CTRL+SHIFT will result in a magnified image of the current line being transcribed.
SlideShare is a community for sharing presentations. You can use this free online service to share slides from a talk, share lesson plans, or disseminate information.
A collection of free-to-download 3D models that have been designed using Google SketchUp.
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.
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:
MAXQDA is a tool for qualitative data analysis, evaluation, and text analysis. You can export parts or all data into reports in Word, Excel, XML, or Images. The MAXQDA Multimedia Browser enables to code audio and video files directly without having to create a transcript. You can code your information however you like for easy retrieval and organization.
Blogger is simple blog publishing software owned by Google.
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.
Survey Monkey is a web-based survey creation and distribution site, with free and paid plans that allow users to create surveys and collect responses through a link, email, Facebook, or being embedded in a website or blog. Survey Monkey also allows for the collect and analysis of data.
Doodle is an online scheduling tool to help collaborators find a common time to meet. An organizer can set up a number of proposed meeting times and send a survey to participants who indicate availability. The free version offers scheduling and the option for a MeetMe page, which allows users to see your available time slots; paid versions include options such as calendar integration, automatic reminders, SSL encryption, and seeing who is missing. Private plans are $39 a year and business/group plans vary in price, which is dependent on the number of Doodle organizers.
The Versioning Machine displays multiple versions of text encoded according to TEI Guidelines and allows for comparisons of annotation and introductory materials. This is a text editor and allows editors "to immediately see the consequences of their editorial decisions." This tool does not appear to have been updated since 2011.
The Virtual Lightbox enables online image comparison, with features like an image-centric whiteboard. There are two versions, application and applet, which have different functionalities.
LibLime Koha is a web-based, open source integrated library system (ILS) that has also been used for virtual library systems (e.g. recreating historic libraries). LibLime Koha offers libraries circulation policies, patron management modules, parent-child relationship for patron records, club and service management features, in-depth "holds" support, single click batch import "undo" option, EzProxy compatibility, self-checkout interface and more.
Fedora (Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture) was originally developed by researchers at Cornell University as an architecture to store, manage, and access digital content in the form of digital objects. Fedora defines a set of abstractions for expressing digital objects, asserting relationships among digital objects, and linking behaviors to digital objects.
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.
HearPlanet is a real-time audio tour guide. This application plays audio tracks based on points of interest surrounding your current location; it pulls from Wikipedia as well as user-created content and other partners. Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android OS.
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.
Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries.
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.
eLaborate is an online work environment in which scholars can upload scans, transcribe and annotate text, and publish the results as on online text edition which is freely available to all users.
LiveShare allows you to create photo streams, invite friends to add their photos, and share your photo stream online. Available for iPhone and Android.
Archive-It is a subscription web archiving service from the Internet Archive that helps organizations to harvest, build, and preserve collections of digital content. Through our user friendly web application Archive-It partners can collect, catalog, and manage their collections of archived content with 24/7 access and full text search available for their use as well as their patrons. Content is hosted and stored at the Internet Archive data centers.
Google Scholar Citations lets you track citations to your publications, check who is citing your publications, graph your citations over time, compute citation metrics, and view publications by colleagues.
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.
All Our Ideas is a research project that seeks to develop a new form of social data collection by combining the best features of quantitative and qualitative methods. Using the power of the web, we are creating a data collection tool that has the scale, speed, and quantification of a survey while still allowing for new information to "bubble up" from respondents as happens in interviews, participant observation, and focus groups.
DSpace is the software of choice for academic, non-profit, and commercial organizations building open digital repositories. It is free and easy to install "out of the box" and completely customizable to fit the needs of any organization.
DSpace preserves and enables easy and open access to all types of digital content including text, images, moving images, mpegs and data sets. DSpace has an active community of developers and is used by thousands of institutions worldwide.
OpenETD is an open source, web-based software application for managing the submission, approval, and distribution of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs).
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.
Plugin for Omeka and WordPress that allows you to automatically tweet new additions to your Omeka archive or WordPress blog.
Web-based discussion tool (not a full-fledged learning management system, but you can link to Piazza from your LMS, including Blackboard, Moodle, and Coursera) that allows student to ask questions and interact with instructors and other students in a public space. A wiki style format enables collaboration in a single space and features LaTeX editor, highlighted syntax and code blocking. Questions and posts needing immediate action are highlighted and instructors endorse answers to keep the class on track. Anonymous posting encourages every student to participate.
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.
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.
Manage and publish your existing journal, or lead the Open Access movement in your field by starting a new journal. Scholastica makes it easy to collaborate on a journal and publish scholarship at the click of a button.
Project management software for sharing files, messages, and task management, including options for daily update emails, and real time document editing.
Designed for journalists, a web-based service for working with primary sources that features search and analysis, highlighting and annotation, and document sharing. Uses Tesseract for OCR and allows users to upload documents and search other its document collection.
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.
ProProfs Training Software is a powerful online course creator that allows instructors and educators to create and deliver online courses and assessments to learners. It is an integrated software, using which educational institutions and businesses can create online courses, assessments, surveys and polls for developing comprehensive online training and educational programs. ProProfs supports the facility to upload different kinds of learning materials to online courses such as documents, PDFs, PPTs, videos and even web content such as wikis and blogs.
ProProfs Flashcards Maker is very popular with both teachers and students for creating memory aids and review lists. Using ProProfs Flashcards, learners can create engaging and informative flashcards by adding images and web-links to flashcards. Learners can create their own sets or even re-use any flashcards set from ProProfs 100,00,00+ flashcards library. Users can also create branded flashcards by customizing the fonts, colors and text to go with their brand. With no complicated software to download or learn, ProProfs is the ideal place to create public or private flashcards.
A powerfully simple eLearning authoring tool, ProProfs eLearning Software is ideal for the creation of online trainings or educational programs. Easy to use and extremely effective, ProProfs authoring tool can be used by educators and trainers alike to create high-quality courses and assessments that can be accessed anytime and from anywhere in the world. The eLearning software makes it easy for companies to save time and money by scheduling online training sessions for a team that may be spread across the world.
LMS or Learning Management Software allows compelling training programs to be delivered online. LMS is the result of the amalgamation of powerful software combined with digital frameworks that manages curriculum, training materials and evaluation tools. The Learning Management System developed by ProProfs helps trainers and educators to create courses and tests online that can be accessed anywhere and at any point in time. The LMS includes the Quiz software, which is used to create assessments within courses, as well as the Survey and Poll software that is perfect for collecting feedback.
A marketing technology company offering cloud-based digital asset management that facilitates finding/organizing/sharing images, and media files (video, etc.) Although pricing is custom built based on required features and users, they do offer discounts for non-profit and education institutions.
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.
Ghost is a free, open source publishing platform. Also available as a hosted service for a monthly subscription cost.