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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

GRASS GIS is free and open source software used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization. GRASS is currently used in academic and commercial settings around the world, as well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting companies.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 11 Dec 2016

Lucidchart is an online diagram tool that enables users to easily visualize complex information through flow charts, mind maps and other diagram types. Multiple users can work together simultaneously to edit a document. Lucidchart integrates with many platforms including Google Apps/Drive, Confluence, JIRA, Slack, ec. Free accounts are provided for educational use.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 1 Mar 2016

The Hopscotch Model and web tool constitutes a tool to help researchers to thoroughly accomplish with the stages included in the design of qualitative research studies, as well as a conceptual model for faculty teaching research methods to design comprehensive syllabi in the field of qualitative research. The model helps potential researchers to incorporate the theoretical background behind qualitative research, and the intrinsic complexity of the multiple technical procedures that could be followed within the many different traditions in the field.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 20 Feb 2016

Corel Painter is a raster-based digital art application designed to simulate the appearance and behaviour of traditional media associated with drawing, painting, and printmaking. It is meant to be used with a graphics tablet or mouse.

The software offers a range of traditional artists' tools and materials (watercolour, oil paint, pastels, air brush, felt pens, chalk, charcoal & coloured pencil) and non-traditional effects (Image Hose, pattern pens, F/X, distortion, etc). Corel offers an online webinar library, tutorials, and other learning tools through their website.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 18 May 2015

Noteflight is a flash-based web product for the creating and sharing of musical text online. As well as the musical text processor, which is much like full software programs such as Sibelius and Finale, Noteflight has a dynamic social element where you can share original compositions with others and invite them to suggest or edit the work. It is ideal for online collaboration in music and for teaching purposes. A brief review of Noteflight, carried out as part of the MA DAH course at UCC, can be found at

Last updated: 26 Apr 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

Picasa is an image organizer and viewer for organizing and editing digital photographs that includes an integrated photo-sharing website.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Sumo Paint is a free online Flash-based image editor that works in a web browser, without needing to install anything on your device.

It has functionality similar to Photoshop and offers many of the same tools but is focused on illustration rather than photo editing.

Sumo Paint offers community features such as uploading, commenting, and rating images for users who create free accounts.
The paid pro version of the software features a downloadable version of the software which runs on Adobe AIR.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
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