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Recollection is a platform developed by Zepheira for the Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), allowing users to create and share embeddable interfaces to digital cultural heritage collections. The Library of Congress released its latest version of Recollection as Viewshare, built to increase the ease of finding, using, and sharing the project's software.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 6 Jul 2016

The OpenZoom SDK is a free and open source toolkit for Flash for developing Zoomable User Interfaces (ZUIs) for high-resolution images.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Mapstraction is a Javascript library. It provides developers with a single interface for a wide variety of Javascript map APIs including Leaflet, Google, Bing, OpenLayers and ESRI's ArcGIS.

A key benefit is that once a developer has loaded Mapstraction, s/he can to switch from one map API to another quickly and easily - often only needing to change a few lines of code.

Mapstraction displays points, lines, polygons and markers on the maps, and also allows developers to add base maps and overlays.

Code license: BSD
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

OpenLayers is a Javascript library that can display map tiles and markers loaded from any source in web browser. It provides an API for building rich web-based geographic applications.

Code license: Open source, BSD
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Modest Maps is a small Javascript library for interactive tile-based maps that can display maps from external sources (e.g. OpenStreetMap, but not commercial layers like Google Maps), enable panning and zooming, and track the position of points based on XML data. It is designed to be lightweight and offer a minimal set of features, and therefore has less functionality than Leaflet, a similar tool.

Code license: Open source, BSD
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL) is a translator library for vector and raster geospatial data formats that is released under an X/MIT style Open Source license by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

ERDAS Imagine is a suite of geospatial data authoring software. The suite contains a raster graphics editor and remote sensing application that performs advanced remote sensing analysis and spatial modelling to create new information. ERDAS IMAGINE can also visualize results in 2D, 3D, video, and on cartographic quality map compositions. It is primarily designed for geospatial raster data processing and the creation of digital images for mapping use in GIS or CAD software.

Features:

  • Image Analysis, Remote Sensing
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Superseded by ArcGIS Explorer Online.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

RivEX is a GIS tool designed to process vector river networks. It enables the user to undertake a range of tasks associated with the spatial analysis of river networks, including checking the network for topological errors, converting a network to a measured network and generating regular or random sampling points across the network.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

A global geographical database that may be used to identify and tag all references to location. The database contains over 8 million entries, each of which possesses a geographic name (in various languages), latitude, longitude, elevation, population, administrative subdivision and postal codes and information on unique features.

Features:

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

GeoParser is a text analysis tool that may be used to identify and tag references to geographic location in a text resource using Natural Language Processing to analyse the composition of a resource and identifying words that match its geographic database. The approach is useful for processing names that may have one of several locations (e.g. Belfast in Ireland, New Zealand and Canada) and distinguishing names that may be confused with other common words (e.g. Reading in Berkshire and reading as an activity).

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

ColorBrewer is a web tool for selecting color schemes for thematic maps, most usually for choropleth maps. It includes 35 basic schemes with different numbers of classes for over 250 possible versions. Each scheme has CMYK, RGB, Hex, Lab, and AV3 (HSV) specs for the colors. The software is designed simply to list color specs for a scheme you find useful so you are able to create these colors in the mapping software you are using.

Code license: Open source, Apache License
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Create and share geo-temporal visualizations. Upload and share data. Offers API.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

ZeeMaps quickly maps point data on Google base maps in two ways:
1) The user uploads a .csv file of data points and their locations.
2) A group of users all add their own data location points to the map, on their own time from their own devices.

Each point can include text, video, image, or audio annotations.

Basic functionality is free; larger uploads and large numbers of maps require a paid subscription.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

UMapper allows users to create embeddable, interactive Flash maps and geo-games from within their browser. There is a free option available with limited customization, and a more flexible paid option; see the feature comparison.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Google Maps is a web mapping service application that includes street maps, satellite images, street view perspectives, as well as web functions such as routing and geocoding. The API can be used outside of the normal Google Maps interface for other projects.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

GPS Visualizer is a free, easy-to-use tool for creating maps from GPS data, driving routes, street addresses or co-ordinates.

Data is uploaded into the utility and displayed in a format specified by the user. A wide range of data formats may be uploaded into the tool, including .GPX, .KML and .CSV files. Some of the formats in which GPS Visualiser displays the data include Google Maps, Google Earth, SVG drawings, elevation profiles, image files, plain text files or GPX files.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

BatchGeo is an online service that maps address data as points. The cut and paste interface makes it easy to convert a spreadsheet of street addressed into a map can be embedded or downloaded as a KML file. A limited number of addresses can be mapped for free; large files require a subscription.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Ushahidi is an open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping, to build tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories. It has been used for election monitoring, crisis and emergency response, civil society, city/community building, arts and even where to find the best burger.

Specific tools:

Crowdmap: A simple map-making tool, built on an open API, that allows for collaborative mapping

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Crowdmap allows the investigator to set up a Web map around a particular topic and invite multiple users (participants, research subjects, collaborators, multiple assistants) to contribute information to the map on their own time and from their own device.

For $10/month, users can buy fee-based services including private maps and custom branding.

Code license: GNU LGPL
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

ArcGIS is a suite of software that comprises of Desktop GIS, Server GIS, Mobile GIS, and ArcGIS Online. ArcGIS is a platform for building a complete geographic information system (GIS) that lets you easily create, edit, and analyse geographic knowledge on the desktop; publish data, maps, globes and models to a GIS server and/or share them online; and use them on the desktop, on the Web, or in the field.

Features:

  • View and query maps
  • Manipulate shapefiles and geodatabases
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

A software application that is used for analysing and visualising multi-volume seismic data.

Features:

  • Visualization and analysis of 2D and 3D seismic data in a single survey
  • 2D and 3D horizon tracking including auto-tracking, plane-by-plane, line and manual tracking
  • On-the-fly calculation and visualization of various attributes and filters
  • Plug-in architecture
Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

A statistical package that may be used to compare quantified assemblages of broken and incomplete objects, such as ceramics, glass and bones. Pie-Slice uses Estimated Vessel Equivalent (EVE) as a base form of measurement, in which each measurable fraction is scored as a fraction of a complete vessel. It also trials the use of a new statistical transformation - the pseudo-count transformation - which converts EVEs into Pottery Information Equivalents (PIEs). The latter enables assemblages to be compared using techniques such as log-linear and correspondence analyses.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Now called TerraSurveyor, it is a software application for the transfer, assembly and enhancement of geophysical data obtained from gradiometers, resistivity meters and other monitoring instruments. With support for Geoplot, GSSI Profiler, Surfer (ASCII & binary) and Scintrex input formats

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Weave (Web-based Analysis and Visualization Environment) is a visualization platform designed to enable visualization of any available data by anyone for any purpose. Weave is an application development platform supporting multiple levels of user proficiency — novice to advanced — as well as the ability to integrate, disseminate and visualize data at “nested” levels of geography.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Nominatim is a tool to search osm data by name and address and to generate synthetic addresses of osm points (reverse geocoding). Nominatim is also used as one of the sources for the Search box on the OpenStreetMap home page and powers the search on the MapQuest Open Initiative websites.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Kartograph is a new framework for building interactive map applications without Google Maps or any other mapping service. It was created with the needs of designers and data journalists in mind.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Polymaps is a free JavaScript library for making dynamic, interactive maps in modern web browsers. Polymaps provides speedy display of multi-zoom datasets over maps, and supports a variety of visual presentations for tiled vector data, in addition to the usual cartography from OpenStreetMap, CloudMade, Bing, and other providers of image-based web maps.
Birmingham Airport Parking

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Viewshare is a free web application for creating interfaces and visualizations of cultural heritage collections. It can create interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds, histograms, and image galleries. The intended users of Viewshare are individuals managing and creating access to digital collections of cultural heritage materials. Viewshare is offered as a software as a service (SaaS), email ndiippaccess@loc.gov to request a free account.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

This is an open source platform for georectifying scanned images of maps, so that they can be displayed in web maps or used in GIS applications. It could be particularly useful for creating map overlays for Google Earth or similar applications, without using specialized desktop software. Map images must first be uploaded and made publicly available, and then by aligning with Open Street Map reference data, the maps are warped into georeferenced images. Georectified images are downloadable as GeoTIFF, PNG, or KML files, along with map tiles or WMS capabilities.

Code license: MIT License
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

SepiaTown is a cultural history project that aims to provide a window to the past by merging photography, geography, and technology, by acting as a forum for institutions and individuals to share and map historical images.

Once they have signed up, users may upload historic images to the site individually or in batches. Each image is given a title, description and keywords, as well as a spatial location represented by a marker on a map.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Timemap.js is a Javascript library that helps you to produce online maps (such as Google, OpenLayers, and Bing) along with a SIMILE timeline. You can load one or more datasets (in JSON, KML, or GeoRSS) onto both a map and a timeline simultaneously. By default, only items in the visible range of the timeline are displayed on the map.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

GapVis is an interface for exploring and reading texts that reference ancient places. It includes maps and data visualizations that show what locations are referred to a different points in the narrative and allows you to dig into the details to learn more.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

QGIS is a user-friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). It runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, Windows and Android and supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

GRASS GIS is free and open source software used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization. GRASS is currently used in academic and commercial settings around the world, as well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting companies.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 11 Dec 2016

The Science of Science (Sci2) Tool is a modular toolset supporting temporal, geospatial, topical, and network analysis and visualization of datasets at the micro (individual), meso (local), and macro (global) levels. Users of the tool can:

  • Access science datasets online or load their own
  • Perform different types of analysis with the most effective algorithms available
  • Use different visualizations to interactively explore and understand specific datasets
  • Share datasets and algorithms across scientific boundaries
Code license: Open source
Last updated: 1 Jun 2017

Easy-to-use web-based software for creating infographics and data visualization, including a platform to share your work and discover works by others.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Open source map design studio for creating and styling web tile maps, based on either provided free MapBox Geodata, or data imported as a variety of file formats. It uses the CartoCSS styling language to customize interactive visualizations, with powerful control of symbols, zoom levels, labels, and other cartographic details. The finished maps can be exported either as images or tiled web maps. Though the TileMill software is free, there may be a fee to host the created tiles on MapBox or elsewhere.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

The goal of the Alpheios project is to help people learn how to learn languages as efficiently and enjoyably as possible, and in a way that best helps them understand their own literary heritage and culture, and the literary heritage and culture of other peoples throughout history. One of the principal tools, a Firefox plugin, allows a reader to browse a web page with Latin, ancient Greek, or Arabic, click on a word, and get a definition and morphological analysis of the word.

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

WorldMap is a web-based map collaboration platform hosted at Harvard, which allows anyone to store, organize, visualize, edit, collaborate, and publish geospatial information. Upload your own map layers or use maps others have contributed.

The system attempts to fill the growing gap between powerful desktop-bound mapping applications, and lightweight web map solutions with limited storage capacity.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

This JavaScript library can be used to create mobile-friendly interactive maps. It does not provide data to map, but can be used to map spatial data in GeoJSON format, or display tiles from other sources such as MapBox.

Code license: BSD
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Visualizes a series of events across both time and space. Allows researcher to create of an interactive timeline and map that are linked together. Users of the timeline can press "play" to watch the timeline scroll forward and the map zoom from place to place as they highlight each event (and the researcher's attached images and text) in turn. Users can also pause the progress of history, move forward or back at their own pace, and zoom in or out of either the map or timeline to examine areas of interest.

Compare to: StoryMap JS, MapStory, Odyssey.js

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 7 Sep 2016

Maphub in a web portal for georeferencing and annotating digitized historic maps. Georeferencing transforms the map image to align with real world geographic coordinates, while the annotations are overlaps plus notes. Maphub suggests possible tags for the annotation based on its text and location; tags link to related Wikipedia articles. Once created, user-contributed annotations are shared via the Maphub Open Annotation API.

Last updated: 7 Jun 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

Serendip-o-matic extracts keywords from your Zotero library or from text that you've pasted into the web interface, and finds related content in locations such as the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Europeana, and Flickr Commons, including photographs, documents, maps and other primary sources.

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

"Sheetsee.js is a JavaScript library, or box of goodies, if you will, that makes it easy to use a Google Spreadsheet as the database feeding the tables, charts and maps on a website. Once set up, any changes to the spreadsheet will be auto-saved by Google and be live on your site when a visitor refreshes the page.
Using Google Spreadsheets as the backend database is awesome because it is easy to use, share and collaborate with." -- website

Code license: Open source, BSD
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

CartoDB is a cloud based mapping, analysis and visualization engine that lets users build spatial applications for both mobile and the web. Users input tabular data and then construct an interactive visualisation through the web interface. It provides automatic georeferencing functionality and provides APIs for mobile data collection and dissemination.

Use is free for up to five tables; after that, there are monthly pricing plans.
Development was funded through EU and Spanish research programmes.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

The DataTank is an open source tool that publishes data, stored in text-based files (e.g., CSV, XML, JSON) or in binary structures (e.g., SHP files, relational databases). The DataTank reads data from these structures and publishes them to the web using a URI as an identifier, providing these data in any format a user wants regardless of the original data structure. The DataTank requires a server with Apache2 or Nginx, mod rewrite enabled, PHP 5.4 or higher, Git, any database supported by Laravel 4.

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Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

Geographically Encoded Objects for RSS feeds. GeoRSS was designed as a lightweight, community driven way to extend existing feeds with geographic information.

As RSS and Atom become more prevalent as a way to publish and share information, it becomes increasingly important that location is described in an interoperable manner so that applications can request, aggregate, share and map geographically tagged feeds.
RSS Map of Digital Humanities centers

Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

CartoDB makes data-driven map visualisation tool. It's very easy to upload a couple of spreadsheets of data, with latitudes and longitudes or addresses, and turn them into clickable markers on maps. There are several types of pre-canned visualisation, such as categories, choropleths or even animated "torque" maps. It's also a sophisticated platform allowing complex visualisations to be built up using Javascript and the CartoDB API.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016

StoryMapJS is a project by KnightLab which aims to help journalists and historians tell stories by using maps using a straight-forward and simple authoring tool. It is constructed around a framework of highlighting the locations of a series of events. As an editing tool, it is relatively intuitive and easy to use.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016
Last updated: 7 Jun 2016
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