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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: 16 May 2018

According to its website, "VOSviewer is a software tool for constructing and visualizing bibliometric networks. These networks may for instance include journals, researchers, or individual publications, and they can be constructed based on citation, bibliographic coupling, co-citation, or co-authorship relations.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 14 Mar 2018

SylvaDB is a graph database management system. It allows users with no knowledge in graph theory to model, collect, query, and analyze data in a network structure. SylvaDB provides tools for easy creation of schemas and modelling, automatic forms creation to input the data, collaborative features, a visual query editor, global and local search, reports charts generation, networks metrics, and visualizations tools.

Code license: GNU Affero GPL v.3
Last updated: 9 Jun 2015

VennMaker provides an interactive platform for compiling, generating, visualising and analysing relationship data.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 22 Apr 2015

Creately is a web based diagramming tool with real-time collaboration to work together on diagrams. If you're not comfortable storing data on the cloud you can use the desktop version. It lets you create workflows, mind maps, concept maps, business process models, wire-frames, org charts and many more diagram types useful in research projects.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 24 Mar 2015
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