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Freebase "is an open, Creative Commons Attribution (aka CC-BY) licensed collection of structured data," and a "platform for accessing and manipulating that data" via API. Almost 40 million entities and assertions about those entities are stored within a graph database. The database was built by pulling in open data and relies on community contribution to stay updated. Freebase is part of the semantic web and emits Linked Open Data (via RDF) for all its entities.

Last updated: 15 Nov 2018

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: 13 Oct 2018

Zoho provides a drag-and-drop interface for creating database-driven applications, such as forms.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 3 Nov 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

Microsoft Excel is spreadsheet software with calculation, graphing tools, and pivot table options for analyzing data. A cloud-hosted version is available as part of Office 365.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 13 Jul 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

Project Quincy allows users to trace the development of social networks and institutions over time and space using information about people, places and organizations. It is a Django application with a MySQL database that can be installed on a web server.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 17 May 2015

Oracle Database is a powerful and extensive relational database management system (RDBMS). There are restrictions on the free version of the software.

  • Supports symmetric multiprocessing (SMP)
  • Stores data logically in the form of tablespaces and physically in the form of datafiles
  • Transportable tablespaces
  • Advanced Queuing (AQ)
  • 64-bit database
  • Data Mining Option
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 22 Mar 2015

Navicat for MySQL is an interface for working with MySQL databases, including importing data from CSV or Excel, exporting, reporting, querying, and for developing scripts etc, and general database exploration

Navicat for MySQL can also be used with MariaDB databases

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

eXist-db is an open source database management system that stores XML data according to the XML data model and features efficient, index-based XQuery processing.

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

PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source object-relational database system running on all major platforms. Support for native programming interfaces for C/C++, Java, .Net, Perl, Python, Ruby, Tcl and ODBC among others.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

askSam is an application to organize information. You may use askSam to turn email, word processing documents, text files, spreadsheets and Web pages into a searchable database.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

This very useful tool for OSX users allows you to open, browse and convert Microsoft Access databases into SQL and CSV formats.

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