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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

Overview is a tool for analyzing large sets of documents. In includes a sophisticated search engine, word clouds, entity detection, and topic-based document clustering. If that’s not good enough, you can write your own plugins using the API. It is open source and you can run it on your own computer.

It was originally designed for investigative journalists, but it’s now also used for qualitative research, social media conversation analysis, legal document review, digital humanities, and more.

Overview is built to do several types of tasks:

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 9 Mar 2016

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
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