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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 2017
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 26 Sep 2017

EPPT allows users to encode image-based scholarly editions without having to know XML syntax. It automates or semi-automates repeating attributes, and provides templates to reduce errors and accelerate the encoding process.

Last updated: 9 Aug 2016

VoodooPad is an annotation and organization tool. You may drag and drop folders, PDF files, applications, and URLs into VoodooPad, while maintaining the links. VoodooPad provides full screen editing, the ability to export your pages as HTML documents, and search capabilities.

Last updated: 14 Jul 2016

NewRadial is an interactive visualization environment that uses an adapter system to display and combine content from remotely-served or locally situated databases. Although initially designed for use with image-based databases, NewRadial’s capabilities have been extended to handle the manipulation and annotation, in a visual field, of text-based databases.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL, GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Rehearsal Assistant is an open source voice/audio recorder. You may organize recordings, record reminders and lists, and annotate events. Though this app is still actively available, it doesn't appear to be regularly updated or offer fixes to current bugs.

Last updated: 23 Feb 2016

Vertov is a free media annotating plug-in for the research tool Zotero. Vertov allows you to cut audio and video files into clips, annotate the clips, and integrate annotations with other research sources and notes stored in Zotero. You must first download and install Firefox and Zotero before using Vertov.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2015

VideoANT is an online environment that synchronizes web based video with timeline based annotations.

Last updated: 8 Sep 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

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

Springpad was a web-based application that allowed registered users to create, organize, and share annotations and notes. Allowed users to bookmark webpages, search online products, organize information with tags, create a digital bulletin board, and share information via public pages.

Last updated: 23 Jun 2015

Yahoo! Notepad is a note-taking tool. You may save your notes, and access them later from any web accessible computer. You must be a registered Yahoo! user to use Notepad.

Last updated: 16 Jun 2015

This is a simple tool for creating custom notetaking sheets (ie blank, ruled, or graph style). You may automate the generation of the sheets to customize them with your name, date etc.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 16 Jun 2015

Snapzen is a browser tool that is used to collaborate with others about the information on any web page - right from your browser.

Discuss information on web pages with your colleagues, friends or family. It is easy to collaborate with others because they see exactly what you see on the web pages.

If you still use copy and paste, screenshot tools, email or chat to discuss web pages, Snapzen will show you a better way.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 15 Jun 2015

Dispute Finder is a Firefox plugin that allows individuals to tag text on websites as controversial, and view which passages other people have marked.

Last updated: 24 May 2015

Domeo is an extensible web application enabling users to visually and efficiently create and share ontology-based stand-off annotation on HTML or XML document targets. The tool supports manual, fully automated, and semi-automated annotation with complete provenance records, as well as personal or community annotation with access authorization and control.

Last updated: 22 May 2015

Projects allows researchers to organise and manage all their research outputs in a safe, simple and structured way. It’s designed to help academics, at any stage of their career, keep track and stay on top of all their results. It’s a light, useful and slick application that integrates into a researcher’s existing workflow to help them work more efficiently and ensure they have more time for making discoveries.

Last updated: 19 May 2015

The Text-Image Linking Environment (TILE) is a web-based tool for creating and editing image-based electronic editions and digital archives of humanities texts. It allows the user to import and export transcript lines and images of text, as well as mark up the image, and includes a semi-automated line recognizer.

Last updated: 18 May 2015

The Text Creation Partnership has double-keyed roughly 55,000 titles from ProQuest’s EEBO image product into fully-searchable, TEI-compliant SGML/XML texts. These texts contain rich metadata fields that indicate when the texts include features like alchemical language, bibliographic citations, and epistolary forms.

Last updated: 17 May 2015

"Collex allows users to collect, annotate, and tag online objects and to repurpose them in illustrated, interlinked essays or exhibits."

Last updated: 9 May 2015

Full-featured app for reading, annotating, organizing, and sending PDFs. Offers ability to annotate PDFs with pen, highlighter, audio recordings, and photos. For iPad or Android tablet.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 1 May 2015

NB

NB is designed for faculty and students to collaboratively annotate PDFs in an online environment. The faculty member can upload course material (e.g. readings), and make it available to their students. Students can then create public and private annotations on those PDFs. NB includes a feature for faculty and (optionally) students to download the resulting fully-annotated PDFs.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 29 Apr 2015

OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) inexpensively and efficiently enhances access to oral history by providing users with word-level search capability and a time-correlated transcript or indexed interview connecting the textual search term to the corresponding moment in the recorded interview online.

OHMS is an open source, web-based application designed to improve the user experience you provide for oral history, no matter what CMS or repository you use. There are 2 main components of the OHMS system

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 6 Apr 2015

CATMA (Computer Aided Textual Markup & Analysis) is a free, open source markup and analysis tool from the University of Hamburg's Department of Languages, Literature and Media. It incorporates three interactive modules: (1) The tagger enables flexible and individual textual markup and markup editing. (2) The analyzer incorporates a query language and predefined functions. It also includes a query builder that allows users to construct queries from combinations of pre-defined questions while allowing for manual modification for more specific questions.

Code license: GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

MMax2 is a text annotation tool for creating and visualizing annotations. It has advanced and customizable methods for information and relation visualization.
Features:

  • Determination of the word class / part of speech (POS) for words in a text
  • Determination of word senses, including the disambiguation of homonymous and polysemous words
  • Detection of anaphoric expressions and identification of their antecedents
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

"The Virtual Lightbox for Museums and Archives (VLMA) is an educational tool for collecting and reusing in a structured fashion the online contents of museums and archives with visual components. With VLMA, you can browse and search collections, construct personal collections, export these collections to xml or Impress presentation format, annotate them, and share your collections with other VLMA users."

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

The Versioning Machine displays multiple versions of text encoded according to TEI Guidelines and allows for comparisons of annotation and introductory materials. This is a text editor and allows editors "to immediately see the consequences of their editorial decisions." This tool does not appear to have been updated since 2011.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Digilib is a web based client/server technology for images. The image content is processed on-the-fly by a Java Servlet on the server side so that only the visible portion of the image is sent to the web browser on the client side. It supports a wide range of image formats and viewing options on the server side while only requiring an internet browser with javascript and a low bandwidth internet connection on the client side.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
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

Sente is a full-featured reference manager for Macs, iPads and iPhones. It helps users build, organize and use very large research libraries so they will always be in control of their research literature.

  • gather
  • organize
  • read, annotate, take notes
  • sync
  • cite
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Trailfire allows you to create "trails" -- or guides -- that link together web sites, add notes, and find content via other people's trails.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Co-ment is a text annotation and collaborative writing tool. Co-ment provides a friendly graphic user interface for text annotation, collaboration and writing texts online.

Code license: GNU Affero GPL v.3
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Digress.it is a WordPress plug-in that allows paragraph-level commenting in the margins of a text. Use digress.it as a collaboration tool for blog-style comment threads off individual paragraphs. Host your project on digress.it or download it for use with your own WordPress installation.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

eLaborate is an online work environment in which scholars can upload scans, transcribe and annotate text, and publish the results as on online text edition which is freely available to all users.

Code license: GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

ELAN is a tool for creating annotations on multiple layers on audio and video resources. The textual content of annotations is in Unicode and the transcription is stored in XML.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

FieldWorks consists of software tools that help you manage linguistic and cultural data. FieldWorks supports tasks ranging from the initial entry of collected data through to the preparation of data for publication

Code license: GNU LGPL
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

A.nnotate.com allows you to annotate documents and images online. You may also collaborate on documents and index files. A.nnotate.com supports PDF and MS Office file formats, and runs on all common web browsers.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

The Annotator's Workbench is a software tool that enables users to create a collection from a set of existing video files, segment that collection, create annotations and assign vocabulary terms to the segments, and control access. This tool is part of the Ethnographic Video for Institution and Analysis (EVIA) Digital Archive Project at Indiana University and the University of Michigan.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Annozilla allows you to view and create annotations associated with a web page. To use Annozilla you need to install the packages and get set up with an account with the W3C test server.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Notational Velocity is open-source software that allows you to search across thousands of notes. You may create a new note or view or edit an existing note.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL v3
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

Project Pad is web-based system for media annotation and collaboration for teaching and learning and scholarly applications. Project Pad provides tools for browsing and working with audio, video, and images from digital repositories. The user may organize and annotate excerpts within their own "online notebook." Available as a standalone web application or set of Sakai tools.

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

Reframe It was a web browser plugin that created a space for comments in the righthand margin of any webpage. No plugin exists for Chrome, and the Firefox plugin is only available for older versions. Wikipedia lists project status as "unclear" as of May 23, 2014.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Scribe is a note-taking program that allows you to manage your research notes, quotes, thoughts, contacts, published and archival sources, digital images, outlines, timelines, and glossary entries. You can create, organize, index, search, link and cross-reference your note and source cards.
Further information about Scribe can also be found at http://echo.gmu.edu/toolcenter-wiki/index.php?title=Scribe, 23.05.2014.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

SharedCopy was a tool developed by Choon Keat, allowing users to individually and collaboratively annotate webpages. SharedCopy worked with platforms including Twitter and Basecamp, and enabled integration with other online services via its API.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Fleck was a browser extension that allowed you to collect bookmarks and annotate webpages.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Google Notebook was a web application that helped you collect notes and information from the web for research or planning. You could use Google's bookmarklet to add text and images to any page of your notebooks, access your notebooks from any computer or your mobile phone, and also share your notebooks with others.

Google Notebook is no longer available, all the existing notebooks have been automatically converted into Google Docs files.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

The Annotator allows you to analyze any block of text created by other authors. You may use virtual markers to highlight important passages, questions, thoughts, or add comments.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Jarnal is an open-source application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal, making a presentation, annotating a document - including pdf - or collaborating using a stylus, mouse or keyboard. It is similar to Microsoft Windows Journal and to the earlier Mimeo whiteboarding and Palm notepad applications.

Code license: GPL
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Tinderbox is a personal content assistant that helps you visualize, analyze, and share your notes. Tinderbox provides maps, timelines, charts, and outlines to help you view and organize your information.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

MyStickies allows you to place virtual sticky notes on websites, viewable each time you visit the page. Requires users to create an account, and install either a browser extension or bookmarklet. When logged in, MyStickies provides an interface to browse, search, sort, and edit existing sticky notes. May be useful for annotating research from multiple online resources, or for collaborative, interactive editing across a team.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Available as a web-based service and as an app for iOS, Mac, PC, and Android, Google Drive allows users to create, store, edit, and share files across all their devices. Online and offline file access available. Requires a Google account for use, but allows files from Drive to be shared with non-Google users.

Last updated: 1 Sep 2016

WebLicht is a service-oriented architecture (SOA) for creating annotated text corpora. Development started in October 2008 as part of CLARIN-D's predecessor project D-SPIN, and further development and enhancement of WebLicht is an important goal of CLARIN-D, aiming to make WebLicht a fully-functional virtual research environment.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

This online tool can be used for a wide variety of annotation tasks, including visualization and collaboration.

brat is designed in particular for structured annotation, where the notes are not freeform text but have a fixed form that can be automatically processed and "interpreted" by a computer. brat also supports the annotation of n-ary associations that can link together any number of other annotations participating in specific roles. brat also implements a number of features relying on natural language processing techniques to support human annotation efforts.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

The cross-platform Advene application allows users to easily create comments and analyses of video documents, through the definition of time-aligned annotations and their mobilisation into
automatically-generated or user-written comment views (HTML documents). Annotations can also be used to modify the rendition of the audiovisual document, thus providing virtual montage, captioning, navigation... capabilities. Users can exchange their comments/analyses in the form of Advene packages, independently from the video itself.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL v2
Last updated: 1 Dec 2016

LitBlitz is free beta Chrome extension that aims to improve how students and researchers manage their notes for literature reviews, assignment research and more by simplifying pdf management, allowing capture and annotation of document snippets


LitBlitz v1.0 is currently available as a Google Chrome extension.

LitBlitz, while still available on the Google Chrome store no longer appears to be under development, and the company url redirects to a Japanese language web page.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Annotation Studio is an open source, web-based annotation application that integrates a powerful set of textual interpretation tools behind an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. Users can upload their own texts, and annotate with styled text, video, images, and weblinks. To date, the project has been used with great success in disciplines such as Writing, Literature, Foreign Languages, Anthropology, Film and Media Studies, and others at institutions including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT, Barnard College, and Washington University.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL, GNU GPL v2
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

VSim facilitates the real-time exploration of highly detailed, three-dimensional computer models in both formal and informal educational settings.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

NowComment makes it easy to have rich, engaging discussions of online documents no matter how large (or small) your class or collaboration group. It's fast, powerful, and feature-rich: you can sort comments, skim summaries, create assignments, hide comments, highlight with multiple colors and meanings, and much more. Integrates to any LMS via LTI. Used in universities and K12 schools for the past 6 years.

Code license: Closed source
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.

Features

  • 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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