Freebase "is an open, Creative Commons Attribution (aka CC-BY) licensed collection of structured data," and a "platform for accessing and manipulating that data" via API. Almost 40 million entities and assertions about those entities are stored within a graph database. The database was built by pulling in open data and relies on community contribution to stay updated. Freebase is part of the semantic web and emits Linked Open Data (via RDF) for all its entities.
VoodooPad is an annotation and organization tool. You may drag and drop folders, PDF files, applications, and URLs into VoodooPad, while maintaining the links. VoodooPad provides full screen editing, the ability to export your pages as HTML documents, and search capabilities.
Skype allows free voice and video computer-to-computer calls, and calls to phone numbers for a fee. Video is only available for person-to-person calls, but multiple users can join a voice call. Skype can be used for free by educators in the classroom: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/06/complete-guide-to-use-of-skyp...
Vertov is a free media annotating plug-in for the research tool Zotero. Vertov allows you to cut audio and video files into clips, annotate the clips, and integrate annotations with other research sources and notes stored in Zotero. You must first download and install Firefox and Zotero before using Vertov.
Exploratree is a web-based library and editing application for "interactive thinking guides," which are templates useful for mind mapping, brainstorming, planning, and visualization. Originally developed for use in the classroom, to help students refine and focus their ideas, as well as manage plans to further their investigation. Thinking guides can be edited, printed, and downloaded directly from the browser.
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.
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).
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.
Lucidchart is a cloud-based diagramming and visual communication app with an intuitive drag-and-drop interface. Features include professional templates and an extensive shape library. Team users can edit the same file together in real time. With over four million users, Lucidchart is an excellent tool for making flowcharts, mockups, network diagrams, and more.
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.
Springpad was a web-based application that allowed registered users to create, organize, and share annotations and notes. Allowed users to bookmark webpages, search online products, organize information with tags, create a digital bulletin board, and share information via public pages.
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.
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.
Coggle is a web-based tool for non-linear structuring and visualization of information. Easy to create visually appealing diagrams with little to no technical expertise. Supports Markdown and LaTeX formatting (use LaTeX via the \\( \\) or \\[ \\] escape sequences). Users can add images by dragging and dropping them in the browser, view change history for each diagram and revert to previous states, and download their work as PDFs or images. Also enables real-time collaboration with others.
Possible use cases for Coggle may include:
Dropbox is a file hosting service that includes cloud storage, personal cloud, file synchronization, and client software across multiple platforms. Dropbox allows users to create a folder on each of their computers where any type of file can be saved, synchronized, and made available across all computers. Contents of the Dropbox folder are also accessible via dropbox.com and mobile applications. Individual files and folders can be shared with other Dropbox users or made publicly accessible.
Domeo is an extensible web application enabling users to visually and efficiently create and share ontology-based stand-off annotation on HTML or XML document targets. The tool supports manual, fully automated, and semi-automated annotation with complete provenance records, as well as personal or community annotation with access authorization and control.
arts-humanities.net aims to support and advance the use and understanding of digital tools and methods for research and teaching in the arts and humanities by providing information on projects creating and using digital content; tools and methods to answer research questions; a listing of expert centers and individual researchers; and a library documenting lessons learned through case students, briefing papers, and a bibliography.
bubbl.us is a web-based mind mapping tool, useful for organizing ideas, brainstorming, analyzing relationships, and visualizing data. Simple interface, with basic and easily understood functionality. Free to try without creating an account. Also available as an iOS application for iPad.
CoCoCo is an application for collecting, cataloging, and assessing the quality of user-submitted text or uploaded-file contributions.
Flashcard Machine is a web interface with a corresponding iOS app for creating and studying flashcards.
Evernote is note-taking software in the cloud, with options for private and shared notebooks. Users can take text notes, and upload files to attach them to notes. Evernote has built-in OCR for images with printed or handwritten text. A premium account allows access to notebooks offline, as well as more storage and embedded PDF search.
SearchTeam is a collaborative search engine that allows individuals and groups to curate search results in a public or shared SearchSpace.
NB is designed for faculty and students to collaboratively annotate PDFs in an online environment. The faculty member can upload course material (e.g. readings), and make it available to their students. Students can then create public and private annotations on those PDFs. NB includes a feature for faculty and (optionally) students to download the resulting fully-annotated PDFs.
Noteflight is a flash-based web product for the creating and sharing of musical text online. As well as the musical text processor, which is much like full software programs such as Sibelius and Finale, Noteflight has a dynamic social element where you can share original compositions with others and invite them to suggest or edit the work. It is ideal for online collaboration in music and for teaching purposes. A brief review of Noteflight, carried out as part of the MA DAH course at UCC, can be found at
Academia.edu is a social platform that allows academics to share research papers, gray literature, reviews and other scholarly materials. The site provides user statistics on the number and geographic origin of profile and document views. Academic affiliation is displayed in a tree-like format, grouped by universities and departments.
Wiggio is a free service that allows users to create groups, host virtual meetings and conference calls, manage events, create to-do lists, poll members, send messages, and upload and manage folders. You can connect with your FaceBook account or create a new and free account with Wiggio. They are no longer supporting previously available Wiggio apps.
Jumpchart is a way to collaboratively design website wireframes and sitemaps, and includes the ability to create navigation menus, draft and organize content, and track changes. It could be used as a way to get a head start on building a website, even before a server and/or software are available. Jumpchart offers HTML exports, and a direct-to-WordPress export ($25+/month accounts only).
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.
Doodle is an online scheduling tool to help collaborators find a common time to meet. An organizer can set up a number of proposed meeting times and send a survey to participants who indicate availability. The free version offers scheduling and the option for a MeetMe page, which allows users to see your available time slots; paid versions include options such as calendar integration, automatic reminders, SSL encryption, and seeing who is missing. Private plans are $39 a year and business/group plans vary in price, which is dependent on the number of Doodle organizers.
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.
Collaborators can write and edit a document simultaneously. TitanPad does not currently work with iOS devices like Apple's iPad or iPhone.
Writeboards are sharable, web-based text documents. You can use Writeboard on your own or collaboratively, to revise and organize documents, compare different versions of documents, and collaborate on materials.
It's no longer possible to create new Writeboars on Writeboard.com. Existing Writeboards are still available on Writeboard.com and Writeboards are available as a tool in Basecamp (https://basecamp.com/).
Blackboard Scholar is a social bookmarking service customized for education. It allows students and instructors to find educational resources on the Web. Available only to users of the Blackboard Learning System.
BibApp allows you to promote your research, find collaborators on your own campus in your research area, in order to make research more accessible in general. BibApp identifies which publications should be placed on the Web for greater access, and can place publications directly into an institutional repository.
Cestagi is a collaborative platform that connects interdisciplinary communities. You can create a CV, share contributions, ask questions, learn about upcoming events, search employment opportunities, and track information.
H-Net is an international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers dedicated to developing the enormous educational potential of the Web by providing curated lists and web sites publishing peer reviewed essays, multimedia materials, and discussion.
Ning is a social website that brings together people in various realms, including education, social service work, tools, and music.
Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid, global dissemination of social science research. The SSRN electronic library consists of an abstract database containing abstracts on over 574,300 scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers, as well as an electronic paper collection with over 475,8000 downloadable, full-text PDF documents.
eLaborate is an online work environment in which scholars can upload scans, transcribe and annotate text, and publish the results as on online text edition which is freely available to all users.
A.nnotate.com allows you to annotate documents and images online. You may also collaborate on documents and index files. A.nnotate.com supports PDF and MS Office file formats, and runs on all common web browsers.
Co-ment is a text annotation and collaborative writing tool. Co-ment provides a friendly graphic user interface for text annotation, collaboration and writing texts online.
Digress.it is a WordPress plug-in that allows paragraph-level commenting in the margins of a text. Use digress.it as a collaboration tool for blog-style comment threads off individual paragraphs. Host your project on digress.it or download it for use with your own WordPress installation.
Google Notebook was a web application that helped you collect notes and information from the web for research or planning. You could use Google's bookmarklet to add text and images to any page of your notebooks, access your notebooks from any computer or your mobile phone, and also share your notebooks with others.
Google Notebook is no longer available, all the existing notebooks have been automatically converted into Google Docs files.
Jarnal is an open-source application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal, making a presentation, annotating a document - including pdf - or collaborating using a stylus, mouse or keyboard. It is similar to Microsoft Windows Journal and to the earlier Mimeo whiteboarding and Palm notepad applications.
Project Pad is web-based system for media annotation and collaboration for teaching and learning and scholarly applications. Project Pad provides tools for browsing and working with audio, video, and images from digital repositories. The user may organize and annotate excerpts within their own "online notebook." Available as a standalone web application or set of Sakai tools.
SharedCopy was a tool developed by Choon Keat, allowing users to individually and collaboratively annotate webpages. SharedCopy worked with platforms including Twitter and Basecamp, and enabled integration with other online services via its API.
The Annotator allows you to analyze any block of text created by other authors. You may use virtual markers to highlight important passages, questions, thoughts, or add comments.
Tinderbox is a personal content assistant that helps you visualize, analyze, and share your notes. Tinderbox provides maps, timelines, charts, and outlines to help you view and organize your information.
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.
Available as a web-based service and as an app for iOS, Mac, PC, and Android, Google Drive allows users to create, store, edit, and share files across all their devices. Online and offline file access available. Requires a Google account for use, but allows files from Drive to be shared with non-Google users.
This online tool can be used for a wide variety of annotation tasks, including visualization and collaboration.
brat is designed in particular for structured annotation, where the notes are not freeform text but have a fixed form that can be automatically processed and "interpreted" by a computer. brat also supports the annotation of n-ary associations that can link together any number of other annotations participating in specific roles. brat also implements a number of features relying on natural language processing techniques to support human annotation efforts.
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.