DiRT Directory Geospatial Listings

This is a feed of tool listings in the DiRT Directory identified as "geospatial." We would like to enhance these listings going forward. Please contact us if you are interested in helping!

RivEX is a GIS tool designed to process vector river networks. It enables the user to undertake a range of tasks associated with the spatial analysis of river networks, including checking the network for topological errors, converting a network to a measured network and generating regular or random sampling points across the network.
RivEX is an ESRI AddIn and has been developed to run on ArcGIS 10.2.1. It is not compatible with earlier versions of ArcGIS. There is a cost associated with the software, though this has been discounted for academic use. If you purchase this tool, you will receive all future upgrades free of charge for the current major release.

The Science of Science (Sci2) Tool is a modular toolset supporting temporal, geospatial, topical, and network analysis and visualization of datasets at the micro (individual), meso (local), and macro (global) levels. Users of the tool can:
Access science datasets online or load their own
Perform different types of analysis with the most effective algorithms available
Use different visualizations to interactively explore and understand specific datasets
Share datasets and algorithms across scientific boundaries

SepiaTown is a cultural history project that aims to provide a window to the past by merging photography, geography, and technology, by acting as a forum for institutions and individuals to share and map historical images.
Once they have signed up, users may upload historic images to the site individually or in batches. Each image is given a title, description and keywords, as well as a spatial location represented by a marker on a map.
Visitors to the site can search or browse by using keywords and place-names, or by going directly to the map and clicking on a thumbnail to view images directly.

Serendip-o-matic extracts keywords from your Zotero library or from text that you've pasted into the web interface, and finds related content in locations such as the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Europeana, and Flickr Commons, including photographs, documents, maps and other primary sources.

"Sheetsee.js is a JavaScript library, or box of goodies, if you will, that makes it easy to use a Google Spreadsheet as the database feeding the tables, charts and maps on a website. Once set up, any changes to the spreadsheet will be auto-saved by Google and be live on your site when a visitor refreshes the page.
Using Google Spreadsheets as the backend database is awesome because it is easy to use, share and collaborate with." -- website

StoryMapJS is a project by KnightLab which aims to help journalists and historians tell stories by using maps using a straight-forward and simple authoring tool. It is constructed around a framework of highlighting the locations of a series of events. As an editing tool, it is relatively intuitive and easy to use.

Open source map design studio for creating and styling web tile maps, based on either provided free MapBox Geodata, or data imported as a variety of file formats. It uses the CartoCSS styling language to customize interactive visualizations, with powerful control of symbols, zoom levels, labels, and other cartographic details. The finished maps can be exported either as images or tiled web maps. Though the TileMill software is free, there may be a fee to host the created tiles on MapBox or elsewhere.

Timemap.js is a Javascript library that helps you to produce online maps (such as Google, OpenLayers, and Bing) along with a SIMILE timeline. You can load one or more datasets (in JSON, KML, or GeoRSS) onto both a map and a timeline simultaneously. By default, only items in the visible range of the timeline are displayed on the map.

UMapper allows users to create embeddable, interactive Flash maps and geo-games from within their browser. There is a free option available with limited customization, and a more flexible paid option; see the feature comparison.

Ushahidi is an open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping, to build tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories. It has been used for election monitoring, crisis and emergency response, civil society, city/community building, arts and even where to find the best burger.

Specific tools:

Crowdmap: A simple map-making tool, built on an open API, that allows for collaborative mapping

Swiftriver: Curate real-time data and analysis from a variety of sources, including social media streams

CrisisNET: A consolidated source of global crisis data

Ping: Two-way multichannel group alert during an emergency

SMSSync: Create a two way gateway with an Android phone and local SIM anywhere in the world

BRCK: Supports connectivity in remote locations, self-powered, mobile WiFi device

Viewshare is a free web application for creating interfaces and visualizations of cultural heritage collections. It can create interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds, histograms, and image galleries. The intended users of Viewshare are individuals managing and creating access to digital collections of cultural heritage materials. Viewshare is offered as a software as a service (SaaS), email ndiippaccess@loc.gov to request a free account.
Import Collection Data: Ingest collections from spreadsheets, JSON, CONTENTdm, XML MODS or OAI records. Upload from your desktop or import them from a URL.
Generate Views: Generate distinct interactive visual interfaces to your digital collections, including maps and timelines, and sophisticated faceted navigation
Embed & Share:Copy/Paste to embed your visualization interface in any webpage. Provide your users with novel and intuitive ways to explore your content
System Requirements:
Viewshare makes every attempt to support the following Web browsers: Microsoft Internet Explorer v.7 & 8, Firefox v.3.x and Safari v.3.x. Opera v.9.x, Camino v.1.6.x, Firefox v.4.x, and Chrome v.14.x mostly work but are not as thoroughly tested and not officially supported. Internet Explorer v.6 does not work with some of the software used by Viewshare. Viewshare currently supports the US English (en-US) locale.

Easy-to-use web-based software for creating infographics and data visualization, including a platform to share your work and discover works by others.

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