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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
Last updated: 24 Mar 2017

Recogito is an online platform for collaborative document annotation.

Recogito provides a personal workspace where you can upload, collect and organize your source materials - texts and images - and collaborate in their annotation and interpretation. Recogito enables you to make your work more visible on the Web more easily, and to expose the results of your research as Open Data.

Code license: Open source, Apache License
Last updated: 21 Dec 2016

MyIndicators (http://myindicators.net/) is a digital, easy-to-use tool allows researchers, educators, students or anyone, to build their own tailored indicators (e.g. goals, strategies, parameters, survey, questions, calories intakes, alcohol consumptions or quantified self in terms of training, mood tracking or sleeping quality etc.)

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 2 Sep 2016
Last updated: 23 Oct 2017

A server-side software application that enables databases conformant to a relational data model to be created, managed and queried. Information, most commonly text may be stored as one or more records contained within a table. The table may exist in isolation or have some relationship to other tables. Information may be manipulated using a set of T-SQL or ANSI SQL commands. Several editions of SQL Server 2014 are available, including SQL Server Business Intelligence, Developer, Enterprise, Express, Standard and Web.
Features:

  • Service Broker
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 24 Jul 2016

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

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

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.

Features

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

Papers helps users collect and curate the research material that they're passionate about. From citations to search, Papers will improve the way users find, organize, read, and cite.

Find
Federated search across 25+ search engines. From PubMed and Scopus to arXiv and Google Patents.

Read
Focus on reading with the full-screen reader, which supports highlights, annotations, and tabs.

Organize
Throw out those folders of uncategorized PDFs and let Papers organize your documents.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 May 2016

Roambi Flow is an iOS online publishing service. Roambi allows you to transform Excel data and other publications to visualizations compatible with mobile, and also send them to the iPhone or iPad.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 18 May 2016

JabRef is a graphical application for managing bibliographical databases. JabRef is designed specifically for BibTeX bases, but can import and export many other bibliographic formats. JabRef runs on all platforms and requires Java 1.6 or newer.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
Last updated: 20 Apr 2016

Online Digital Asset Management (DAM) and collaboration platform for business use. Offers user management, custom branding and password-protected folders.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 27 Mar 2016

Specify is a database platform for museum and herbarium research data. It manages species and specimen information for computerizing biological collections, tracking museum specimen transactions, linking images to specimen records and publishing catalog data to the Internet. Specify is written in Java for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux computers and uses the relational data manager, MySQL, as its data engine. Specify, Java, and MySQL are free and open-source.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL, GNU GPL v2
Last updated: 10 Jan 2016

Figshare is a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner. All file formats can be published, including videos and datasets that are often demoted to the supplemental materials section in current publishing models. Users of the site maintain full control over the management of their research whilst benefiting from global access, version control and secure backups in the cloud.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2015

nodegoat is a web-based data management, analysis & visualisation environment.

Using nodegoat, you can define, create, update, query, and manage any number of datasets by use of a graphic user interface. Your custom data model autoconfigures the backbone of notegoat's core functionalities.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 17 Aug 2015

DEVONthink is a database that helps users organize, manage and collaborate on digital files, including Office files, links, e-mails, research data and PDFs.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 10 Aug 2015

Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help users collect, organize, cite, and share their research sources Users can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages, and really anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of their libraries, enabling them to find exactly what they're looking for with just a few keystrokes.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 6 Aug 2015

KORA is an digital repository that allows institutions to ingest, manage, and deliver digital objects and metadata.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 5 Aug 2015

CiteULike is a free service to help you to store, organise and share the scholarly papers you are reading. When you see a paper on the web that interests you, you can click one button and have it added to your personal library. CiteULike automatically extracts the citation details, so there's no need to type them in yourself. It all works from within your web browser so you can access it from any computer with an Internet connection. CiteULike supports annotation and rating of items, and upload of attachments (e.g. PDF file). (Attachments are only accessible privately by individual users).

Code license: GNU GPL
Last updated: 5 Aug 2015

Citavi's core features are reference management, knowledge organization, and task planning.

Reference management

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 2 Aug 2015

Editors' Notes is an open-source, web-based tool for recording, organizing, preserving, and opening access to research notes, built with the needs of documentary editing projects, archives, and library special collections in mind.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 8 Jul 2015

Cirilo is an application developed for content preservation and data curation in FEDORA-based repository systems. Content preservation and data curation include object creation and management, versioning, normalization and standards, and the choice of data formats. The client offers functionalities which are especially prone to be used as tools for mass operations on FEDORA objects, such as ingest or replacement processes.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 8 Jul 2015

Paperpile is a web-based commercial reference management software with special emphasis on integration with Google Docs and Google Scholar. It imports data from academic publisher websites and from databases such as PubMed, Google Scholar, Google Books, and arXiv. Paperpile can retrieve and store publication PDF files to the user's Google Drive account.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 8 Jul 2015

Microsoft OneNote is a digital notebook that allows you to gather notes and information in a central environment, and search across your shared notebooks to better manage information and work with others. OneNote used to be available as paid software, but is now free across platforms.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 5 Jul 2015

This product can filter or format text-based content. It also includes a document or link organiser and search capabilities and might more correctly be termed a text management system. With the large number of documents stored on your computer and online links that you might use, this is a helpful application that allows you to navigate the environment more easily. Although the feature set is now well developed, an inexperienced user should still be able to use it relatively easily. It is not intended only for the expert managers.

Code license: GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 15 Jun 2015

Listango is a free online bookmarking app. Users can save links to web pages and articles using a bookmarklet, organize their links into public or private lists, and share links with friends using Facebook, Twitter or email. Because it is web-based, users can access their bookmarks from any device, anywhere. Listango also offers a free IOS bookmarking app.

Listango is designed to work on all modern web browsers, including Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 14 Jun 2015

Pinboard is a social bookmarking website that describes itself as "a fast, no-nonsense bookmarking site for people who value privacy and speed." The service lets users bookmark content from any web browser, offers browser plugins, and a way to save open tabs in a minimal, fast, and secure environment.

Last updated: 14 Jun 2015

The Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free, open source tool designed to help researchers manage the entire research workflow: planning, execution, reporting, archiving and discovery. It is part collaboration software and part version control system. The OSF can be used to manage individual projects or large collaborative ones. Privacy and sharing settings allow for fine-grained control over access to files and materials stored on the platform - share privately with collaborators or publicly with the community at large.

Code license: Apache License
Last updated: 14 Jun 2015

Qualrus is an innovative qualitative data analysis tool that helps you manage unstructured data. Additionally, Qualrus learns your coding trends, provides a visual semantic network display, and gives advice and technical support.

Last updated: 22 May 2015

iPhoto is a digital photograph manipulation software application developed by Apple Inc. It has been included with every Macintosh personal computer since 2002, originally as part of the iLife suite of digital media management applications. iPhoto can import, organize, edit, print and share digital photos.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 19 May 2015

Users can upload photos and organize them into albums, and they can search photos that have been posted in public albums and filter the results by license (any Creative Commons license, licenses that allow commercial use, licenses that allow remixing).

Last updated: 18 May 2015

Omeka.net provides a web-publishing platform to curate collections and create exhibitions of digitized content. Omeka.net has grown out of the Omeka project. Omeka.net provides some of the same functionality as Omeka, but does not require the user to provide hosting or to maintain their installation in any way. However, use of Omeka.net limits customization, and hosting more than 500MB of content requires a paid account.

Code license: GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 7 May 2015

Text analysis software aimed at beginners to qualitative research, and using live visualizations as the interface. Quirkos supports standard code-and-retrieve operations, searches and queries on the data, and can visualize connections between topics and themes.

Find more information at http://www.quirkos.com/qualitative-data-analysis-software.html

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 3 May 2015

Cross-platform app for analyzing text, video, and spreadsheet data (analyzing qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research)

Last updated: 2 May 2015

ANTHROPAC is a menu-driven DOS program for collecting and analyzing data on cultural domains. The program assists with the collection and analysis of structured qualitative and quantitative data, and provides analytical and multivariate tools.

Last updated: 2 May 2015

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. It allows users to generate bibliographies, find and import papers of interest, access your papers from anywhere online, and collaborate with other researchers online. Mendeley has also developed an iOS app that allows users to sync across devices and access their libraries from wherever they are.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 20 Apr 2015

OHMS (Oral History Metadata Synchronizer) inexpensively and efficiently enhances access to oral history by providing users with word-level search capability and a time-correlated transcript or indexed interview connecting the textual search term to the corresponding moment in the recorded interview online.

OHMS is an open source, web-based application designed to improve the user experience you provide for oral history, no matter what CMS or repository you use. There are 2 main components of the OHMS system

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 6 Apr 2015

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

  • 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

Diva.js (Document Image Viewer with AJAX) is a JavaScript book image viewer designed to present multi-page documents at multiple resolutions. Using Diva.js, high resolution images can be delivered to scholars interested in studying fine details of archival collection images.

Code license: MIT License
Last updated: 22 Mar 2015

Web-based tool for managing courses (especially online courses) that allows you to save grading feedback, discussion reply posts, files, lectures, and so forth. Features a user community to discuss the tool, teaching in general, and includes a job board.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 22 Mar 2015

Picasa is an image organizer and viewer for organizing and editing digital photographs that includes an integrated photo-sharing website.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

CATMA (Computer Aided Textual Markup & Analysis) is a free, open source markup and analysis tool from the University of Hamburg's Department of Languages, Literature and Media. It incorporates three interactive modules: (1) The tagger enables flexible and individual textual markup and markup editing. (2) The analyzer incorporates a query language and predefined functions. It also includes a query builder that allows users to construct queries from combinations of pre-defined questions while allowing for manual modification for more specific questions.

Code license: GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

The Visual Understanding Environment (VUE) is concept mapping software that can integrate with multiple repositories to pull in, organize, and analyze data. Multiple features for advanced management of digital resources for teaching, learning, and research.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Calibre is a free and open source ebook library management application, including options for syncing to devices and converting between a large number of formats. Calibre also has a built-in e-book editor for EPUB and AZW3 formats.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL, GNU GPL v3
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

EndNote is a reference management tool developed by Thomson Reuters that allows users to

  • Search databases right within EndNote
  • Collect full-text PDFs in one click
  • Organize references
  • Organize, rename, annotate, search and open PDFs
  • Sync desktop and online libraries
  • Build and format bibliographies
  • Write, polish and publish
  • Share research with colleagues and team members
  • Network and collaborate privately with your own team, or openly with the wider research community
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

MAXQDA is a tool for qualitative data analysis, evaluation, and text analysis. You can export parts or all data into reports in Word, Excel, XML, or Images. The MAXQDA Multimedia Browser enables to code audio and video files directly without having to create a transcript. You can code your information however you like for easy retrieval and organization.

Code license: Closed source
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

ScrapBook is a Firefox extension, which helps you to save Web pages and easily manage collections. Major features are:
* Save Web page
* Save snippet of Web page
* Save Web site
* Organize the collection in the same way as Bookmarks
* Full text search and quick filtering search of the collection
* Editing of the collected Web page
* Text/HTML edit feature resembling Opera's Notes

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

"The Virtual Lightbox for Museums and Archives (VLMA) is an educational tool for collecting and reusing in a structured fashion the online contents of museums and archives with visual components. With VLMA, you can browse and search collections, construct personal collections, export these collections to xml or Impress presentation format, annotate them, and share your collections with other VLMA users."

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

LibLime Koha is a web-based, open source integrated library system (ILS) that has also been used for virtual library systems (e.g. recreating historic libraries). LibLime Koha offers libraries circulation policies, patron management modules, parent-child relationship for patron records, club and service management features, in-depth "holds" support, single click batch import "undo" option, EzProxy compatibility, self-checkout interface and more.

Code license: Open source, GNU GPL
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

A digital asset management system for the storage, management and delivery of raster images, audiovisual content, documents and other digital asset types. The software provides limited eCommerce functionality for use by institutions that wish to use the system to sell digital products. It may be installed in-house on a Windows/Linux/Unix system or hosted on a system operated by the developers.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Fedora (Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture) was originally developed by researchers at Cornell University as an architecture to store, manage, and access digital content in the form of digital objects. Fedora defines a set of abstractions for expressing digital objects, asserting relationships among digital objects, and linking behaviors to digital objects.

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

BibMe is an automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills information, allowing you to build easily a works cited page. You can download your bibliography in either MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turbian formats.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

BibDesk allows you to edit and manage your bibliography. It keeps track of the bibliographic information, associated files, and web links.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Bibus is a bibliographic and reference management software. As with other such tools, Bibus allows one to search, edit, and sort bibliographic records. In addition, Bibus contains features that makes it unique among open source and even commercial bibliographic databases:

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

Reference management entails the collection, annotation, curation, and citation of published information. Bookends simplifies these tasks. Bookends can perform Internet searches to retrieve references and associated pdfs or web pages, or immediately find and import references for which you already have the pdf. Versatile groups (static, smart, and virtual), term lists (keywords, authors, etc.), reference cross-linking (links), multiple notecards per reference, PDF annotation, tag clouds, and instantaneous live searches help organize and find information in your personal collection.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Citeline was a web-based service that assisted with the publishing of bibliographies and citation collections. Users could create interactive exhibits and share your data online. Additionally, users could also import Zotero and BibTex files. Citeline was one of MIT's Simile project that has since been retired.

Code license: Open source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

MLA, APA, Chicago / Turabian and most-common Bluebook forms as an integrated citing and note-taking platform for individual or group projects. Prompts for analysis of source types and is unique in offering teaching support and personal help on any citation. Instructor / librarian view allows teacher to comment on work-in-progress providing just-in-time feedback in-context. Archives copies of web pages and pdfs which can be annotated. Dashboard provides long-term access to a portfolio of work.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Qiqqa is a research management software that allows you to organize large numbers of papers; find new papers to read and new information about papers you already have; review materials and create annotation reports. Qiqqa has several PDF tools that also allow you to convert from PDFs to text, and use a clipboard function to cut and paste text into your document.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

RefWorks allows users to create personal databases and use them for a variety of research activities. References are quickly and easily imported from text files or online databases. The databases can then be used to manage, store, and share the information. Users can automatically insert references from their database into their papers and generate formatted bibliographies and manuscripts in seconds.

RefWorks allows you to…

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Sente is a full-featured reference manager for Macs, iPads and iPhones. It helps users build, organize and use very large research libraries so they will always be in control of their research literature.

  • gather
  • organize
  • read, annotate, take notes
  • sync
  • cite
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

BibServer is an open-source RESTful bibliographic data server. BibServer makes it easy to create and manage collections of bibliographic records such as reading lists, publication lists and even complete library catalogs. Its main features include

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

Trello is a web-based project management and collaboration tool that allows users to organize projects in a dashboard view, containing one or more project-oriented boards. The dashboard provides a real-time overview of what is being worked on, who is working on what, and overall progress toward project milestones. Useful for organized task management, delegation, communication, and collaboration across teams.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

DSpace is the software of choice for academic, non-profit, and commercial organizations building open digital repositories. It is free and easy to install "out of the box" and completely customizable to fit the needs of any organization.

DSpace preserves and enables easy and open access to all types of digital content including text, images, moving images, mpegs and data sets. DSpace has an active community of developers and is used by thousands of institutions worldwide.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

WikiPack is a web based personal information organizer and Markdown editor that uses Dropbox for synced storage. Using plain text Markdown files and WikiWords, WikiPack gives information context and links entries together by turning your Markdown pages into a private, password protected wiki. The easy to use Markdown language lets you create and edit your wiki pages without having to learn complex wiki syntax.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Insync extends Google Drive's web functionality to your desktop by integrating with Windows, Mac and Linux platforms. Insync allows for built-in sharing without a browser, multiple account support, on-demand shared file syncing, desktop notifications and more.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Qnotero provides lightning quick access to users' Zotero references. It lives in the system tray and allows users to search through their references by author and/ or year of publication. If a PDF file is attached to a reference, users can open it directly from within Qnotero.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Zotero add-on for Firefox to manage your attachments: automatically rename, move, and attach files to Zotero items, sync PDFs from your Zotero library to your (mobile) PDF reader (e.g. an iPad, Android tablet, etc.) and extract annotations from PDF files.

  • Attach New Files to Zotero Items
  • (Batch) Rename and Move Attachments based on Zotero Metadata
  • Sync PDFs with your iPad or Android tablet
  • Extract Annotations from PDF Files
Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Zandy provides users with access to their Zotero library through a simple interface. Users can browse and modify the items in their libraries, add new items, view attachments, take and edit item notes, search their libraries, and add webpages from the Android browser.

Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Manage and publish your existing journal, or lead the Open Access movement in your field by starting a new journal. Scholastica makes it easy to collaborate on a journal and publish scholarship at the click of a button.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

The DocScanner app uses a device's built-in camera to scan documents. Features include image optimization, OCR, document type recognition (document, business card, receipt, etc.), autosorting, and ability to upload documents to Evernote, Dropbox, and Google Drive.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Project management software for sharing files, messages, and task management, including options for daily update emails, and real time document editing.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Meaki allows you to clip, organize and share web pages into a visually engaging Clipset. It is similar to other pinboard applications like Pinterest, but allows users to clip entire websites rather than just images and organize them in a sharable, visual collection. Meaki has a built in social component, clipsets are public and can be browsed by anyone.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Artifex Press is a publishing and technology company that digitally publishes catalogues raisonnés, a comprehensive, annotated documentation of all of the known artworks by an artists. They have developed a proprietary, patented software platform and a dedicated publishing program in order to create digital catalogues raisonnés. They offer both their own digital catalogues raisonnés and the ability to licence the software to produce your own projects.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

A marketing technology company offering cloud-based digital asset management that facilitates finding/organizing/sharing images, and media files (video, etc.) Although pricing is custom built based on required features and users, they do offer discounts for non-profit and education institutions.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014
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