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Annotum is an open-source, open-process, open-access scholarly authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 20 Apr 2016

A software application that enables a user to search, manipulate and publish large SGML/XML documents. Anastasia was developed within an academic context to enable the manipulation of a single, large mark-up documents or a set of documents. It utilises two methods to interpret the structure of a mark-up document: First, it uses pattern-matching algorithms to process a hierarchical tree, similar to other XML software applications; Second, it interprets the document structure as a series of sequential 'events' which must be processed.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 23 Feb 2016

Google Docs is an online environment for editing and sharing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, drawings, and tables. Google Docs documents can be public or private, or shared with anyone with a Google account, e-mailed, or downloaded in various formats, including conversions to PDF and other formats not identical to the original or to the proprietary format used at creation. Designated people with whom items are shared can be given permission to comment or edit the files, thus providing a quick way to collaborate on creating and editing documents and presentations.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 26 Jan 2016

Aimed at the TEI editing community and intended to be run inside oXygen, the Data Dictionary Generator (DDG) generates profiles of every element and attribute appearing in a TEI file. Each entry includes a definition from the TEI Guidelines, a local, project-specific definition (if provided), and a brief snapshot of how the element or attribute is actually being used. By making it easy to compare these three things, the DDG aims to help project editors reflect on current practice within their projects and quickly create stronger encoding guidelines for their collaborators.

Last updated: 2 Oct 2015

Aimed at the TEI editing community and intended to be run inside oXygen, the Data Dictionary Generator (DDG) generates profiles of every element and attribute appearing in a TEI file. Each entry includes a definition from the TEI Guidelines, a local, project-specific definition (if provided), and a brief snapshot of how the element or attribute is actually being used. By making it easy to compare these three things, the DDG aims to help project editors reflect on current practice within their projects and quickly create stronger encoding guidelines for their collaborators.

Last updated: 28 Sep 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

About Freedom

Freedom is the amazing little app for Windows and Mac computers that locks you away from the 'net for up to eight hours at a time. At the end of your time offline, Freedom allows you back on the internet.

Freedom enforces freedom; you'll need to reboot if you want to get back online while Freedom's running. The hassle of rebooting means you're less likely to cheat, letting you focus on work.

Last updated: 29 Aug 2015

Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.

Scalar can also be used to assemble and annotate video content, and combine in with text to create a rich media document

Last updated: 3 Aug 2015

Citavi's core features are reference management, knowledge organization, and task planning.

Reference management

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 2 Aug 2015

Editors' Notes is an open-source, web-based tool for recording, organizing, preserving, and opening access to research notes, built with the needs of documentary editing projects, archives, and library special collections in mind.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 8 Jul 2015

Paperpile is a web-based commercial reference management software with special emphasis on integration with Google Docs and Google Scholar. It imports data from academic publisher websites and from databases such as PubMed, Google Scholar, Google Books, and arXiv. Paperpile can retrieve and store publication PDF files to the user's Google Drive account.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 8 Jul 2015

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.

Last updated: 8 Jul 2015

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.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 5 Jul 2015

The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free, open source tool designed to help researchers manage the entire research workflow: planning, execution, reporting, archiving and discovery. It is part collaboration software and part version control system. The OSF can be used to manage individual projects or large collaborative ones. Privacy and sharing settings allow for fine-grained control over access to files and materials stored on the platform - share privately with collaborators or publicly with the community at large.

Code license: Apache License
Last updated: 14 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

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).

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 9 May 2015

TypePad is a commercial, fully hosted blogging platform. Provides library of customizable blog designs.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 9 May 2015

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.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 2 May 2015

Sophie is an electronic tool for authoring, collaborating, reading, and publishing rich media documents in networked environments. Built in Java it runs on a variety of platforms.

It does not support either the epub or mobi formats instead using its own internal format.

Development of the project seems to have stalled

Last updated: 1 May 2015

Scrivener is software for writing that includes virtual index cards, outlining, version control, import/export options, and scriptwriting features, and provides a management system for notes and documents plus support for document metadata.

It allows the creation of documents from sub documents, ebook (epub and Kindle/mobi) and TeX and LaTeX export as well as ODF, PDF and Microsoft Word exports.

A Linux version is in beta, and an iOS version is reportedly under development

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 18 Aug 2015

VARD 2 is an interactive piece of software produced in Java designed to assist users of historical corpora in dealing with spelling variation, particularly in Early Modern English texts. The tool is intended to be a pre-processor to other corpus linguistic methods such as keyword analysis, collocations and annotation (e.g. POS and semantic tagging), the aim being to improve the accuracy of these tools

Last updated: 19 Feb 2015

WriteLaTeX is a free service that lets users create, edit and share their scientific ideas easily online using LaTeX, a comprehensive and powerful tool for scientific writing. Users can start projects with quality LaTeX templates for journals, CVs, resumes, papers, presentations, assignments, letters, project reports, and more.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 30 Jan 2015

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

QuarkXPress desktop publishing software is commonly used to create page layouts for a variety of print publications such as books, newspapers, magazines, posters and brochures. Similar in function to InDesign, the main differences are Quark's unique features for exporting documents as interactive webpages as well as its widespread use by printers, typesetters and page designers.
Features:

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Blogger is simple blog publishing software owned by Google.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Save time and effort with TextExpander! Whether it's a simple email signature or several paragraphs of a standard response, you'll love how easy it is to use TextExpander to avoid typing the same thing over and over.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

WriteRoom is an alternative to Microsoft Word, that removes distractions on your computer while you're writing. WriteRoom is a full screen writing environment that has certain functions like word count and autosave. WriteRoom for iOS is synced with Dropbox, and your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Journler is a daily notebook and entry based information manager. Scholars, teachers, students, writers, and everyday users may use this on a daily basis to integrate their notebook content to other sources of media such as audio and video.

The site has not been updated since 201. It looks like Journaler is now available open source though the option to purchase is still displayed.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

A simple and easy tool for creating EPUB, MOBI, and other ebook formats.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Participad is a WordPress plugin that allows multiple people to edit the same WP content at the same time. Powered by Etherpad Lite, Participad gives you: notepads for collaborative notetaking; synchronous authoring of any content in the WordPress Dashboard; front-end editing. You can download it from the WordPress plugin repository.

Participad has three modules:

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

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.

Code license: GNU GPL v2
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Writefull is a light-weight app that uses data from Google Books (5+ million books) and the Web to improve your writing, It compares small sections of your text to a large data set of writing found online and in Google Books. All you need to do is select a chunk of your text in your browser or text editing software, activate the Writefull popover, and choose one of its five options:

1) check the number of results (how often the chunk appears in Google Books or the Web);

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Ghost is a free, open source publishing platform. Also available as a hosted service for a monthly subscription cost.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
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