What kind of data should the tool work with?

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

Last updated: 28 Mar 2017

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.


Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

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

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

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

Developed at Indiana University, Event Structure Analysis is made up of three components: Ethno, prerequisite analysis, and composition analysis. Ethno is an on-line Java program that helps you analyze sequential events; prerequisite analysis produces a diagram showing how events are connected; composition analysis involves coding agent, action, object, and other characteristics of each event.

Last updated: 24 May 2015

GRETL () s a cross-platform software package for econometric analysis, written in C. It features:

Code license: Open source, GNU Affero GPL
Last updated: 23 May 2015

HyperRESEARCH enables users to code and retrieve, build theories, and conduct analyses of your data. You may work with text, graphics, audio and video sources.

Last updated: 23 May 2015

Qualrus is an innovative qualitative data analysis tool that helps you manage unstructured data. Additionally, Qualrus learns your coding trends, provides a visual semantic network display, and gives advice and technical support.

Last updated: 22 May 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

Cross-platform app for analyzing text, video, and spreadsheet data (analyzing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research)

Last updated: 2 May 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

JGAAP is software designed for textual analysis, text categorization, and authorship attribution

Last updated: 25 Mar 2015

Time Flow is an open-source timeline built to help journalists analyze temporal data. The application offers several view modes--timeline, calendar, list, table--to help explore thousands of data points. It is not a web-based tool--it is a desktop application that can run off a thumb-drive and is built to handle large datasets, and timeline events that may include approximate dates or date spans.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 16 Feb 2015

The Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) is concept mapping software that can integrate with multiple repositories to pull in, organize, and analyze data. Multiple features for advanced management of digital resources for teaching, learning, and research.

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

Software for creating data dashboards. Many of the sample galleries portray corporate financial data.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Pliny is a scholarly note-taking and annotation tool. It may be used with both digital (web pages, images, PDF files) and non-digital (books, printed articles) materials, run as a desktop application on the user's computer. Pliny is useful for taking and managing annotations and notes while reading, as well as subsequently developing and presenting an interpretation.

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

Annotating documents with highlights and notes can quickly clutter the page. Annotations simplifies adding and managing notes to texts while keeping the documents clear and readable.


  • Highlight text with colours, assign custom keywords or add notes
  • Auto-completion to match existing keywords as you type
  • Organise and filter annotations by collections, type, keywords or matching search criteria
  • Create relationships between different annotations
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
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