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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

A visual development tool for creating, publishing, and managing websites and mobile content: Dreamweaver offers a graphics-based WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You GET pronounced wizzywig) and code-based user interface for the development of web pages and sites. The tool may be used to simplify the process of web site development (in comparison to creation of individual web pages), through the provision of a templating system that allows single-source update of shared code and layout across entire sites without server-side includes or scripting.

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Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 9 Aug 2015

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

  • 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
  • WYSIWYG
  • 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

Perl is a high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming language. Originally developed for text manipulation, it is now used for a wide range of tasks including graphics programming, system administration, network programming, applications that require database access and CGI programming on the Web.

Features:

  • C, shell scripting (sh), AWK, and sed
  • Powerful text processing facilities
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Support for multiple programming paradigms
Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 2 Aug 2015

Scripto is an engine for crowdsourcing the transcription of content that can be integrated with a custom transcription GUI and existing CMS.

Last updated: 21 May 2015

Drupal is an extremely flexible general content management system with numerous plugins that provide scholar-oriented functionality.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 4 May 2015

Solr is an open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Lucene project. It operates as a standalone full-text search server within an appropriate servlet container, such as Tomcat. Solr uses the Lucene Java search library at its core for full-text indexing and search, and has REST-like HTTP/XML and JSON APIs that make it easy to use from virtually any programming language.

Code license: Apache License, Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Apache Lucene is a Java-based high-performance text search engine library.

Code license: Apache License, Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

MantisBT is a free popular web-based bugtracking system written in the PHP scripting language. The most common use of MantisBT is to track software defects. However, MantisBT is often configured by users to serve as a more generic issue tracking system and project management tool.

Features:

  • event-driven-plug-in system
  • works with MySQL, MS SQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Oracle and IBM DB2 databases
  • RSS Feeds
  • Customisable workflow
  • Wiki integration
  • Chat integration
Code license: GNU GPL, Open source
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.
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Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Apache Subversion Version System (SVN) is an open source version control system. Access and revision to objects are carefully controlled, to prevent unauthorized access and alteration. Developers use SVN to maintain current and historical versions of files such as source code, web pages, and documentation.

Their Vision:

Code license: Apache License
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
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