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Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 12 Apr 2017

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.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL, GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 31 Mar 2017

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

Last updated: 28 Mar 2017

OpenLayers is a Javascript library that can display map tiles and markers loaded from any source in web browser. It provides an API for building rich web-based geographic applications.

Code license: Open source, BSD
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Modest Maps is a small Javascript library for interactive tile-based maps that can display maps from external sources (e.g. OpenStreetMap, but not commercial layers like Google Maps), enable panning and zooming, and track the position of points based on XML data. It is designed to be lightweight and offer a minimal set of features, and therefore has less functionality than Leaflet, a similar tool.

Code license: Open source, BSD
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

ZeeMaps quickly maps point data on Google base maps in two ways:
1) The user uploads a .csv file of data points and their locations.
2) A group of users all add their own data location points to the map, on their own time from their own devices.

Each point can include text, video, image, or audio annotations.

Basic functionality is free; larger uploads and large numbers of maps require a paid subscription.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Crowdmap allows the investigator to set up a Web map around a particular topic and invite multiple users (participants, research subjects, collaborators, multiple assistants) to contribute information to the map on their own time and from their own device.

For $10/month, users can buy fee-based services including private maps and custom branding.

Code license: GNU LGPL
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

This JavaScript library can be used to create mobile-friendly interactive maps. It does not provide data to map, but can be used to map spatial data in GeoJSON format, or display tiles from other sources such as MapBox.

Code license: BSD
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Visualizes a series of events across both time and space. Allows researcher to create of an interactive timeline and map that are linked together. Users of the timeline can press "play" to watch the timeline scroll forward and the map zoom from place to place as they highlight each event (and the researcher's attached images and text) in turn. Users can also pause the progress of history, move forward or back at their own pace, and zoom in or out of either the map or timeline to examine areas of interest.

Compare to: StoryMap JS, MapStory, Odyssey.js

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Sep 2016

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

Last updated: 7 Jun 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

Sigma is a JavaScript library that allows for the deployment of a graph file. It makes it easy to publish networks on Web pages, and allows developers to integrate network exploration in rich Web applications.
It is highly interactive and allows a researcher to extend their work from a dedicated graph analysis package such as Gephi and share it via the web to allow for communication of research outputs, while permitting viewers to explore and discover their own findings from the raw graph network.

Code license: MIT License
Last updated: 14 Nov 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

A visual development tool for creating, publishing, and managing websites and mobile content: Dreamweaver offers a graphics-based WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You GET pronounced wizzywig) and code-based user interface for the development of web pages and sites. The tool may be used to simplify the process of web site development (in comparison to creation of individual web pages), through the provision of a templating system that allows single-source update of shared code and layout across entire sites without server-side includes or scripting.

Features:

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 9 Aug 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

Omeka is a content management system designed for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 2 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

Open Conference Systems (OCS) is a free Web publishing tool that can create a complete Web presence for scholarly conferences. It is a highly flexible management and publishing system that can be downloaded for free and installed on a local Web server. It has been designed to reduce the time and energy devoted to the clerical and managerial tasks associated with managing a conference, while improving the record-keeping and efficiency of editorial processes.

Last updated: 8 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

Active Server Pages (ASP) was a proprietary server-side script engine for dynamically generated web pages, developed by Microsoft. It was discontinued in 2000.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 25 Jun 2015

A simple web-based HTML and CSS editor geared toward beginners. Thimble splits your window into two panes - one is the editor and the other displays a preview of your work. Includes tutorial projects for learning to code. Offers option for webpages to be published by thimble.webmaker.org.

Last updated: 16 Jun 2015

4th Dimension is a graphic environment for developing database-driven single-user, client/server and Web applications.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 24 May 2015

The HTML5 boilerplate is a set of HTML/CSS/JS templates for building websites. It offers cross-browser compatibility, caching and compression rules, mobile browser optimizations, graceful degradation, and IE-specific classes.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 22 May 2015

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.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 9 May 2015

This is a frames-based page turner servlet with search functionality using XPATH.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 9 May 2015

Drupal is an extremely flexible general content management system with numerous plugins that provide scholar-oriented functionality.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 4 May 2015

Importing, transforming, storing and indexing data should be easy.

Catmandu provides a suite of Perl modules to ease the import, storage, retrieval, export and transformation of metadata records. Combine Catmandu modules with web application frameworks such as PSGI/Plack, document stores such as MongoDB and full text indexes such as Solr to create a rapid development environment for digital library services such as institutional repositories and search engines.

Code license: GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 22 Apr 2015

Mukurtu CMS is a free, mobile and open source platform built to manage and share digital cultural heritage. Mukurtu (MOOK-oo-too) is a grassroots project aiming to empower communities to manage, share and exchange their digital heritage in culturally relevant and ethically-minded ways. We are committed to maintaining an open, community-driven approach to Mukurtu's continued development. Our first priority is to help build a platform that fosters relationships of respect and trust.

Code license: GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 17 Mar 2015

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

Image Map Tool allows you to upload an image (or specify the URL of an image found online) and turn it into a clickable image map.

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

Exhibit 3.0 is a publishing framework for large scale data-rich interactive Web pages. The beta version is scalable up to 100k items.

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

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

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

A web application used to build and maintain an archetypal, invisible website format that combines text, image, movie and sound.

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

CBOX offers a unique suite of features designed to give users of all skill levels the ability to create vibrant online communities. Essentially a WordPress plugin, its intuitive, out-of-the-box set-up tool guides site administrators through each step of installation. Its powerful theme, developed for Commons In A Box in collaboration with PressCrew and their Infinity Theming Engine, lets users fully customize their sites. The plugins it manages are totally configurable from the CBOX dashboard, which controls updates and compatibility issues.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

ManageWP is a paid service used to manage multiple WordPress instances across multiple servers. It provides dashboard monitoring of performance as well as batch updating and management of themes, plugins, comments, etc. It provides facility for syndication of material across multiple sites as well as aggregated analytics and cloning of WordPress instances.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 1 Dec 2016

This is a free to use online image editor with a fair amount of features. I use this primarily for quick editing jobs such as resizing and cropping small images. The online editor will load images from your computer or via url which is incredibly handy. There is a firefox plug-in available too which makes the time it takes to view an image, edit, and save it, a fast process. The source code for the application is closed, but the dev team does offer a free API. Pixlr also has tools for mobile devices, one of which is paid app for $1.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
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