Content management

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HEURIST ( 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: 26 May 2018

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

CONTENTdm is digital collection management software that allows for the upload, description, management, and access of digital collections. CONTENTdm is mostly used by libraries, archives, museums, government agencies, universities, corporations, historical societies, and other organizations that wish to host a digital collection.

  • Collection storage, management, and delivery to users across the web, in any format (e.g., local history archives, newspapers, books, maps, slide libraries, audio, video)
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Sep 2015

Plone is a powerful, flexible, open source Content Management System (CMS) built on top of Zope application server and CMF.

  • 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
  • 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

Microsoft Sharepoint is an environment for sharing documents with collaborators, using granular permissions. Sharepoint can tightly integrated with Microsoft Office (e.g. Office documents can be saved directly to Sharepoint, some Sharepoint installations allow web-based editing using the cloud-hosted Office 365. Sharepoint is commonly used to host collaborative workspaces, data management system, wikis and blogs.

  • Extensive integration with Microsoft Office System programs
Last updated: 14 Jul 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

WebSlides allows you to convert your bookmarks and feeds to present them as live web pages in an interactive slideshow. Each WebSlide has a unique URL, or comes as a widget. Users may create a guided tour of any website, group course information for students, provide a simple tutorial on any subject, or share images on the web. Additionally, content publishers may use this presentation format for repacking and remixing content.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

iSpring is an authoring tool that allows you to create online presentations with slides synced with audio and video narration. You can create quizzes and courses, add attachments and web links, and integrate these courses with BlackBoard LMS. Additionally, you can download iSpring Free which allows you to convert PowerPoint to Flash for free to view your presentations online.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
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