Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Top 'Open' Historical Research Software Picks for 2011

Based on number of users, community support, quality of software, and longevity,  the following web sites and systems have risen to the top of our 'Open' Historical Research Software Hits List for 2011. Check them out: 

·      CHNM History Research Tools - The Center for History & New Media (CHNM) offers free tools and resources for historians to help collect, manage, cite, and manage research data and sources.
·      History & Genealogy Open Source Software - A blog listing a series of open source software products for genealogy and family history research.
·      iThinkEd - Microsoft's free software tools for helping researchers publish and share information.
·      National History Education Clearinghouse -  Helping K–12 history teachers access online resources and materials to improve U.S. history education.
·      Sakai  - An open source software product for education, research and related scholarly activities.
·      Scholar's Aid - A popular shareware bibliographical data manager, notes and/or information information manager for students and scholars
·      SourceForge & Genealogy Software - List of open source genealogy software projects/products available from SourceForge.
·      TimeLine Web Widget - A web widget that allows you can make beautiful interactive timelines to better visualize temporal data.
·      Zotero Research Tool - A free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

*For more information on other 'open source' or 'public domain' Religious information systems and software solutions, go to COSI 'Open' Historical Research.

Several other open source or public domain solutions were also possible top contenders, but didn't make the list this year. I'm sure that by the time we publish our top picks early next year, several of the systems on this year's list will find themselves knocked from their top spots on the 'open source' Historical Research Software Hits List for 2012.

Please take the time to let us know who you think should have been on this year's list and why they ought to be on the 'Open' Historical Research Software Hits List for 2012. But remember, they've got to be high quality solutions that have been around for a while, and are being used and supported by a growing 'open' community.

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