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  • Anthologize is a WordPress plugin that allows users to outline, order, and edit content into a single volume that can be exported as PDF, TEI or epub.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by Matthew K. Gold, Scott Voth, Boone Gorges and 1 other user — Show all users
  • Balsamiq Mockups is a simple, flexible, and collaborative software for building wireframes for websites, apps, and other digital media. Users may purchase a desktop license or pay a monthly subscription fee for the web app. Free desktop software is available for classroom use.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Project management software for sharing files, messages, and task management, including options for daily update emails, and real time document editing.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • A text editor designed for use by software developers and web designers to edit, search, and manipulate text. BBEdit provides native support for several programming and scripting languages. Third party custom modules are available, created by users, to handle languages that are not supported in the native application.

    Features:

    Multi-file text searching
    Scripting
    Syntax highlighting for ANSI C, C++, CSS, Fortran (through Fortran 95), HTML, Java, JavaScript, JSP, Object Pascal, Objective-C, Objective-C++, Perl, PHP, Python, Rez, Ruby, Setext, SQL, Tcl, Tex, UNIX shell scripts, XML and YAML
    Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

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  • Beautiful Soup is a library, written in the Python programming language, for pulling specific pieces of data out of HTML and XML files. It is especially suitable when working with data files that aren't well-formed, or are otherwise difficult to parse.

    Saves programmers hours or days of work on quick-turnaround screen scraping projects.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Bookworm enables you to graphically explore lexical trends in repositories of digitized texts.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Simple and flexible HTML, CSS, and Javascript for popular user interface components and interactions.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by mandiberg, Kalle Westerling, Luke Waltzer and 1 other user — Show all users
  • BuddyPress is a variant of WordPress that includes social networking features.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by Lisa Tagliaferri, Scott Voth, Boone Gorges and 8 other users — Show all users
  • Camtasia is Mac/Windows software for recording screencasts and editing video. Videos can be sent directly to YouTube or integrated with Google Drive. Camtasia is the high end of a suite of screen capture products. SnagIt is a cheaper alternative with fewer features. Jing, the most basic of the TechSmith screen capture products, is free.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • 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. Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • 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.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Commentpress is a theme and plugin for WordPress that enables granular public commenting on texts.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by Luke Waltzer, Jeff Allred, Katina Rogers and 3 other users — Show all users
  • CBOX offers a unique suite of features designed to give users of all skill levels the ability to create vibrant online communities. Essentially a WordPress plugin, its intuitive, out-of-the-box set-up tool guides site administrators through each step of installation. Its powerful theme, developed for Commons In A Box in collaboration with PressCrew and their Infinity Theming Engine, lets users fully customize their sites. The plugins it manages are totally configurable from the CBOX dashboard, which controls updates and compatibility issues. The sitewide wiki enables members to collaboratively build a knowledge repository.

    There is a dependency on having a full local or externally hosted wordpress installation availableLearn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • 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.

    Users have complained that Crowdmap is glitchy and unreliable. It is hard to find recent examples of successful projects built with the app. There is no other free and open source tool that fills the precise niche. For a freemium closed source service that allows crowdsourced point data only, try ZeeMaps. For a fee-based, open source crowd mapping tool, try the shared tables function of CartoDB.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • D3.js is a data visualization library by Mike Bostock, who is also the primary creator of Protovis, which D3 is designed to replace.

    There is a great introductory tutorial available from Luke Franci. It is one of many other tutorials linked to from Bostock's D3 wiki.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • 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.

    Dropbox for Business is a paid service targeting organizations by providing administrative controls and auditing functionality while allowing users to create a work account that is completely separate from their personal account but the two are viewable side by side.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Drupal is an extremely flexible general content management system with numerous plugins that provide scholar-oriented functionality.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by Anke Geertsma, Scott Voth, Greg Gosselin and 4 other users — Show all users
  • 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.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Microsoft Excel is spreadsheet software with calculation, graphing tools, and pivot table options for analyzing data. A cloud-hosted version is available as part of Office 365.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by mandiberg, Jeff Allred, Anne Chamberlain and 35 other users — Show all users
  • GitHub is a web-based repository service which offers the distributed revision control and source code management (SCM) functionality of GIT with a graphical user interface, desktop, and mobile integration. It also provides collaboration tools such as access control, wikis, task management, code review, bug tracking, and feature requests. It offers free accounts, often used to host opensource software projects, and private (paid) repositories.

    Projects on GitHub can be accessed and manipulated using the git command-line interface and all of the standard git commands work with it. GitHub also allows registered and non-registered users to browse public repositories on the site. Multiple desktop clients have also been created by GitHub and other third parties which integrate with the platform.

    GitHub is mainly used for code but can also be used for non-code files, it supports the following formats and features:

    3D render files
    Photoshop's native PSD format can be previewed and compared to previous versions of the same file.
    Nested task-lists
    Documentation and wikis
    Small websites can be hosted from public repositories on GitHub. The URL format is http://projectname.github.io.
    Issue tracking (including feature requests)
    Visualization of geospatial data
    Gantt charts

    GitHub is a heavily used in the opensource development community but does not require hosted projects to meet the definition of Open Source.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by mandiberg, Scott Voth, Gina Rae Foster and 16 other users — Show all users
  • Google Docs is an online environment for editing and sharing documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms, drawings, and tables. Google Docs documents can be public or private, or shared with anyone with a Google account, e-mailed, or downloaded in various formats, including conversions to PDF and other formats not identical to the original or to the proprietary format used at creation. Designated people with whom items are shared can be given permission to comment or edit the files, thus providing a quick way to collaborate on creating and editing documents and presentations.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • 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.

    Drive allows users to upload, store, and share any type of file (e.g., JPEG, MP4, JS, INDD, AI). The majority can be previewed, and many can be edited within Drive. Some files (e.g., DOCX, XLSX, PPTX) can be converted into compatible file types for editing, commenting, and more. Drive is the platform for Google Sheets, Docs, Slides, and many other approved applications. Files saved in Drive sync to all other devices, with an activity monitor that can be useful for version control (see what edits have been made and when, and revert back to previous instances if needed).

    Offers both free and paid accounts, priced by data capacity: 15 GB (free), 100 GB ($1.99/month), 1 TB ($9.99/month), 10 TB ($99.99/month), 20 TB ($199.99/month), 30 TB ($299.99/month). Teams with more than five people can purchase unlimited storage for $10/user/month.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • 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.

    The website includes a number of other useful tools: a utility for finding the latitude and longitude of addresses, a tool for converting between GPS file formats) and the ability to look up elevation data, to name a few.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Full-featured app for reading, annotating, organizing, and sending PDFs. Offers ability to annotate PDFs with pen, highlighter, audio recordings, and photos. For iPad or Android tablet.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • 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.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by Christopher Stein, Jeff Allred, JT Pickens and 4 other users — Show all users
  • MediaWiki is a free software open source wiki package written in PHP, originally for use on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia Foundation projects. It is designed to be run on a large server farm for a website that gets millions of hits per day.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by Scott Voth, Luke Waltzer, Elizabeth Che and 3 other users — Show all users
  • A software application that enables relational databases to be created, managed and queried. The database management system enables multiple users to access a database through an appropriate interface. As an open source tool, MySQL underpins a number of free software projects, such as WordPress, phpBB and other software built on a LAMP infrastructure. Although widely used, there are a number of performance issues that limit its use in some environments. For example, it is unable to use multiple CPU cores to process a single query, potentially limiting its use as a data warehouse.

    Features:

    X/Open XA distributed transaction processing (DTP) support
    Connector/ODBC enables connection to a MySQL server using the Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) API
    Connector/NET enables developers to create .NET applications that use data stored in a MySQL database
    Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • NVivo is commercial software for qualitative analysis of unstructured data, in a range of formats and from diverse sources. Enables users to collect, organize, and analyze content from interviews, focus group discussions, surveys, audio, social media, videos, and webpages.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Omeka is a content management system designed for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions.

    Omeka falls at a crossroads of Web Content Management, Collections Management, and Archival Digital Collections Systems. Omeka is designed with non-IT specialists in mind, allowing users to focus on content and interpretation rather than programming. It brings Web 2.0 technologies and approaches to academic and cultural websites to foster user interaction and participation. It makes top-shelf design easy with a simple and flexible templating system. Its robust open-source developer and user communities underwrite Omeka’s stability and sustainability.

    Omeka allows users to publish cultural heritage objects, extend its functionality with themes and plugins, and curate online exhibits with digital objects.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by Shawn M., Scott Voth, Jeff Allred and 1 other user — Show all users
  • 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.

    Objects in the collection can be cataloged with Dublin core metadata fields and georeferenced for display on a map. Omeka.net includes several plugins, including COinS (which makes objects in Omeka accessible to citations management software, like Zotero), HTML5 Media (to play audio and video), and Library of Congress Suggest (which will auto-populate fields with LoC authority and subject headings).Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • OmniGraffle is a comprehensive diagramming and drawing application. Drag and drop to create wireframes, flow charts, network diagrams, UI mockups, family trees, office layouts, etc.. Upgrading to OmniGraffle Pro adds Visio support, shared layers, presentation mode, object-geometry controls, AppleScript and Actions support and more.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • 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.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Participad is a WordPress plugin that allows multiple people to edit the same WP content at the same time. Powered by Etherpad Lite, Participad gives you: notepads for collaborative notetaking; synchronous authoring of any content in the WordPress Dashboard; front-end editing. You can download it from the WordPress plugin repository.

    Participad has three modules:
    Dashboard – The Dashboard module puts Etherpad editors into the WordPress Dashboard. Participad removes the “Visual” and “HTML” tabs from the standard WP editor, and replaces them with a “Participad” tab.
    Frontend – The Frontend module allows users to edit WordPress content from the front end of your website – no Dashboard required. Participad modifies the Edit links on your posts and pages so that, instead of leading to the Dashboard, the static content of your post is swapped with an editable Etherpad window.
    Notepad – The Notepad module enables a new WordPress Post Type called Notepads. Notepads are collaborative note-taking documents, which can optionally be linked to existing static posts or pages. Participad provides several shortcodes and widgets that make it easy to create new Notepads from the front end of your website.

    N.B. Participad requires a separate Etherpad Lite Installation.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • 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
    Reference counting memory management
    Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Photoshop Express allows simple web-based image editing and cloud storage (2 GB free via Adobe Revel), as well as video storage and streaming, slideshow templates, and a photo gallery. Features include online galleries and slideshows, exporting and searching images, and privacy settings. Android, Windows and iOS (including iPad) apps are available.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Share a project action board in real time, see milestones and upcoming goals. Easy-to-use features allows for edits in the project timeline, and the tracker predicts timeline for next goal achievement based on previously entered data. You can create individual project lines, or stories, that come together to create an epic, or larger project. There are charts showing your historical trends and anything else you'd like to monitor. This tool works with various other apps, listed here: http://www.pivotaltracker.com/community/app-bazaarLearn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Content curation and topic discovery website based primarily on publishers the user follows through social media.

    Upon signing up, users are asked to select a number of topics that fall within their fields of interest. Relevant content is shown in a vertical feed. Users have the option to recommend, comment, share, remove the content from their feed, or save it. Prismatic "learns" from your behaviour which topics and publishers are of most interest to you. They say the more people who use it the better it gets, as recommendations figure greatly into popularity rankings. There are no human editors, just algorithms.

    Promoted features include connecting with communities who share your interests, learning from users who work in your field, the ability to share your discoveries with friends, and taking a "deep dive on any topic."

    According to Aria Haghighi, one of the founders "...we have an architecture similar to a search engine: polling and crawling the open web and activity on social networks." A 2013 article on Slate.com refers to Prismatic as "the world's smartest news reader". It's a good addition to other search and curation tools such as Google Alerts and saved Twitter hashtag searches. It aims to be better than the rest through use of parameters that are not static; it adjusts to your preferences as well as trending content on other social media sites.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • A general-purpose high-level programming language that places an emphasis upon code readability. Python supports a number of development models, including object oriented, imperative, and functional design. It provides automatic memory management and a fully dynamic type system.
    Features:
    Very clear, readable syntax
    Strong introspection capabilities
    Intuitive object orientation
    Natural expression of procedural code
    Full modularity, supporting hierarchical packages
    Exception-based error handling
    Very high level dynamic data types
    Extensive standard libraries and third party modules for virtually every task
    Extensions and modules easily written in C, C++ (or Java for Jython, or .NET languages for IronPython)
    Embeddable within applications as a scripting interfaceLearn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • 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-skype-in.htmlLearn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Slack is a team-based communication and archiving platform. It allows for both synchronous and asynchronous communications, channels for managing specific streams, full user management and integration with a wide variety of social media and storage providers. It is free for limited (rather generous) use and provides one the best means to allow for individual communication patterns within a managed project to be facilitated. Allowing for the quick and informal communications, hashtagged for quick scanning and searching as well as targeted messaging makes it a very compelling project tool. The addition of specific mobile clients with notifications makes it a very effective project management tool.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by Tuka Al-Sahlani, Kalle Westerling, Linda Yau and 12 other users — Show all users
  • Simple screencasting and image capture tool. SnagIt is part of TechSmith's family of screen capture and video editing products. Jing offers fewer features, but is a free alternative. Camtasia is the most fully featured of the products, but also the most expensive.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Storify is a way to tell stories using social media, including photos and videos. You can search multiple social networks from one place, drag individual elements into your timeline, and create a story. You can re-order the elements and also add text to give context to your readers. There are built in features to notify your followers of a story update.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • PROS
    Tableau Public is a free service that lets anyone publish interactive data to the web. Once on the web, anyone can interact with the data, download it, or create their own visualizations of it. No programming skills are required. No plug-ins are required. You just need a browser with JavaScript enabled.
    Stylish, slick and user-friendly interface that allows the user to easily convert time and spatial datasets from a range of files, xlsx, csv etc in order to create colourful, interactive data visualisations very quickly. Good for people, for example journalists, students, teachers, researchers, who have no coding skills and want to convert large datasets to interactive, graphical data.


    CONS
    Not open source. Also the data you enter into Tableau Public and any visualisations you create are stored on Tableau's public cloud, and are accessible to everyone - so not suitable for converting private or sensitive datasets.
    Originally was designed for Windows, but now works with Mac, however only with OS 10.8 or later versions. Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • 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.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Twitter allows users to send 140-character messages. There is a thriving digital humanities community of Twitter users. This tool is great for communicating and sharing ideas, micro-blogging, real-time communication. You can follow tweets about digital humanities https://twitter.com/hashtag/digitalhumanities.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

    Used by Stephen Francoeur, Stephen Real, Jeff Allred and 28 other users — Show all users
  • Voyant Tools is a web-based reading and analysis environment for digital texts.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • WordPress is an easy-to-use web publishing platform originally designed around blogging that has now evolved with functionality as a robust content or learning management system, with many themes and plugins for extra functionality.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • 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.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org

  • Zotero is a free tool that collects, manages and cites research sources. It stays on your web browser where you do your work and it's easy to use. It's being downloaded as a firefox extension, used with the chrome and safari browsers or used as a standalone tool. It allows you to attach pdfs, notes and images to your citations, organise them into easily searchable collections for different projects, and open office using any of over 2800 citation styles. references can be added to a zotero library in many different ways: directly from databases, journal websites, google scholar or the library catalogue, by referencing file import ( for example from an Endnote library), by dragging in pdfs from your hard drive, and by entering them manually.Learn more on DiRTDirectory.org