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Gephi is graphing software that provides a way to explore data through visualization and network analysis.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 15 Feb 2017

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.

Code license: Open source, Apache License
Last updated: 21 Dec 2016

ERDAS Imagine is a suite of geospatial data authoring software. The suite contains a raster graphics editor and remote sensing application that performs advanced remote sensing analysis and spatial modelling to create new information. ERDAS IMAGINE can also visualize results in 2D, 3D, video, and on cartographic quality map compositions. It is primarily designed for geospatial raster data processing and the creation of digital images for mapping use in GIS or CAD software.


  • Image Analysis, Remote Sensing
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Superseded by ArcGIS Explorer Online.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

RivEX is a GIS tool designed to process vector river networks. It enables the user to undertake a range of tasks associated with the spatial analysis of river networks, including checking the network for topological errors, converting a network to a measured network and generating regular or random sampling points across the network.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

ArcGIS is a suite of software that comprises of Desktop GIS, Server GIS, Mobile GIS, and ArcGIS Online. ArcGIS is a platform for building a complete geographic information system (GIS) that lets you easily create, edit, and analyse geographic knowledge on the desktop; publish data, maps, globes and models to a GIS server and/or share them online; and use them on the desktop, on the Web, or in the field.


  • View and query maps
  • Manipulate shapefiles and geodatabases
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

QGIS is a user-friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). It runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, Windows and Android and supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

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

The Science of Science (Sci2) Tool is a modular toolset supporting temporal, geospatial, topical, and network analysis and visualization of datasets at the micro (individual), meso (local), and macro (global) levels. Users of the tool can:

  • Access science datasets online or load their own
  • Perform different types of analysis with the most effective algorithms available
  • Use different visualizations to interactively explore and understand specific datasets
  • Share datasets and algorithms across scientific boundaries
Code license: Open source
Last updated: 1 Jun 2017

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.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

CartoDB makes data-driven map visualisation tool. It's very easy to upload a couple of spreadsheets of data, with latitudes and longitudes or addresses, and turn them into clickable markers on maps. There are several types of pre-canned visualisation, such as categories, choropleths or even animated "torque" maps. It's also a sophisticated platform allowing complex visualisations to be built up using Javascript and the CartoDB API.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Mapline (previously is a free and paid online service for capturing and geocoding spatial data from spreadsheets and creating point, territory and heat maps. It is free for limited use (quite generous) and paid when you need to map significant (we are talking substantial) datasets. It's intuitive, easy to use and produces high quality interactive maps. Free service has only minimal map customization options and does not include the visual analysis that is included with the fee options.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 6 Oct 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

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

DH Press (originally called diPH) is a toolkit conceived as an easy-to-use WordPress plugin which allows potentially every kind of user to visualise and mashup historic and geographic information, documents and various types of multimedia content to develop digital humanities project.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 10 Aug 2015

ORBIS is an "interactive scholarly work" that allows a user to determine the cost, time, and distance of various land, sea, and river routes among hundreds of sites in the ancient world, at various times of day and in various seasons. The work can be (and has been) used as a tool to study questions in various fields of study about antiquity, including trade and social interaction.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 5 Aug 2015

Kartograph is a pair of free and open source libraries for representing data with a spatial component on webpages or in print. The first library,, is a Python library that builds lightweight vector graphic maps from either shapefiles or PostGIS tables. These graphics files can be styled either using a cascading style sheet during creation or later on the second library, Kartograph.js. The vector files can also be edited and enhanced in a vector graphics program like Adobe Illustrator.

Code license: GNU Affero GPL v.3, GNU LGPL
Last updated: 2 Aug 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

A collection of free-to-download 3D models that have been designed using Google SketchUp.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
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