Open Source Software


The following are links to selected low cost or free 'open source' software products and historical research tools:     Videos

History & Research Software Tools
  • 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.
  • ChronoZoom - An open source community project owned by the Outercurve Foundation and dedicated to visualizing the history of everything.
  • Genealogy & History Software - List of open source genealogy & history software projects/products available from SourceForge.
  • History Software @Amazon.Com - List of commercial History software products available from Amazon.
  • 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 Archives Genealogy Tools - Providing links to a range of open access web sites and open source software tools.
  • OpenEducationDisc - A collection of open source software products for students for computers running MS Windows.
  • Scholar's Aid - A popular shareware bibliographical data manager, notes and/or information information manager for students and scholars
  • SmartPhones – History & Social Study Mobile Apps - A series of free or low cost mobile History apps available from MobileTopSoft.
  • TimeLine Web Widget - A web widget that allows you can make beautiful interactive timelines to better visualize temporal data.
  • Wandora - A general purpose information extraction, aggregation, management, and publishing application based on Topic Maps and Java.
  • Zotero Research Tool - A free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.
Other General Purpose Software Tools
  • Apache Software - Originally known for being an open-source web server solution, it has now grown into a large collaborative software community with a wide range of complementary projects and products.
  • Drupal - A widely used open source content management system (CMS) for web sites.
  • GeoServer - An open source Java-based software server that allows users to view, edit, share, and map geospatial data. It uses open standards set forth by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).
  • GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) - A multi-platform photo & image manipulation tool.  It is an open source alternative to Photoshop.
  • Java - A free, portable programming language and/or software development platform originally created by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems.
  • JBOSS - An open source platform and development tools with everything you need to deploy, and host enterprise Java applications and services.
  • Libre Office - A comprehensive open source software suite of office applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, etc.) similar to MS Office.
  • Linux - A widely used open source operating system for small and large scale computer systems originally created by Linus Torvalds
  • Mozilla & Firefox - A wide range of open source software products developed by the growing Mozilla 'open' development community. Products include the FireFox web browser, Thunderbird email system, etc.
  • MySQL - An open source database management system (DBMS) that offers the full functionality of similar commercial products such as MS SQL, DB2, Oracle, etc.
  • OpenMeetings - Free browser-based software that allows you to set up instantly a conference on the web.
  • Open Office - A comprehensive open source software suite of office applications (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, etc.) that provide very similar capabilities as MS Office.
  • OpenProject  - A free and open source project management software solution that can serve as a replacement for MS Project.
  • OpenSite Solutions - Providing a directory of high quality 'open source' alternative solutions to higher cost commercial products currently being marketed.
  • SOFA Statistics - An open source statistics, analysis, and reporting software application.
  • SourceForge - The world's largest open source software development and software repository web site.
  • SugarCRM - A commercialized open source customer relationship management (CRM) software suite.
  • TWiki - An open source enterprise wiki, collaboration, and web application platform.
  • VLC - A popular free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays most CD, DVD,  and many other files & streaming protocols.
  • Wikipedia - A free web-based encyclopedia that anyone can access, edit, or use.
  • Zimbra Collaboration - An open source email and calendar groupware software product.
* Visit the COSI 'Open' Education web site.


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Android Mobile Software

Android is a software stack for mobile devices that includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. Android's mobile operating system is based on the Linux kernel. Google and other members of the Open Handset Alliance collaborated on Android's development and release.  Android has a large community of developers writing mobile apps. There are currently more than 250,000 apps available for Android. Android Market is the online app store run by Google, though apps can also be downloaded from third-party sites.

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