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TimestampYour Name: Tool NameURL Category that best classifies the tool
Cost: one time, subscription, other?
Description: How are you using the tool? Pros/Cons
Additional Details: Anything else we should know?
Can we share your name with OFWIM members interested in exploring the tool?
DatabaseMappingStatisticalGraphing
Programming Language
Project Planning / Tracking
Metadata
Video Editing / Processing
Photo Editing / Stiching
Presentation
SurveysScheduling
Remote Meetings
File Collaboration
File Sharing / Storage
Blog / Forum
Training Resources (where to take training)
Training Development
Custom Natural Resource Software
Apps & Widgets
Hardware / Accessories / Peripherals
Camera / Video Equipment
Mass-Mailing Software
Tool Catalog
Other Category
Rate the toolApplication
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3/8/2017 16:49:14Kristin RogersCoursera https://www.coursera.org/
Free to audit / cost per class
Training, audit only. The audit feature is tricky to get to, you have to sign up as though you are going to pay in order to get the option. The Audit feature use to be more obvious. Classes are on a schedule, typically not take at your leisure. But you can re-start a class at the next session if you don't make it all the way through.
YesYes9
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3/8/2017 16:55:53Kristin Rogers
Ecosystem-Based Management Tools Network
https://ebmtoolsdatabase.org/freeYes
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3/8/2017 16:56:35Kristin RogersDigital Coast Tool
https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/
0Yes
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3/8/2017 16:57:27Kristin RogersArizona Game & Fish Planning Tools
https://www.azgfd.com/wildlife/planning/
0Yes
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3/8/2017 17:01:53Kristin RogersAzure SQL Server
Monthly subscription / usage
Haven't tried it
I did some research, this is basically an alternative to maintaining an in-house SQL Server. So if you are a small shop and don't have the IT staff necessary to maintain the server, you can pay Microsoft to do that for you. Microsoft hosts your data. Depending on you agency policies this may or may not be an option for you. Our agency is only allowed to store data on servers maintained by the state so Azure SQL Server is not an option for us.
YesYes
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3/8/2017 17:06:11Kristin RogersFilemaker Pro
We use to use this about 10 years ago. It's comparable to MS Access, but a bit more user friendly. The trouble is very few people still use this software. You can build stand alone windows based data entry forms with it. There may be more features but we haven't used it in so long I'm not aware of what they are.
YesYes
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3/8/2017 17:12:44Kristin RogersFulcrumhttp://www.fulcrumapp.com/
$22 per month, per end user
Simple mobile data collection for small groups (< 25 users). The software gets very expensive when you have a lot of end users (> 50). You can develop a deploy a mobile data collection application very rapidly. A simple excel spreadsheet can be turned into an app and deployed within a day. The software is data centric with a mapping component. You can survey along geo-referenced transects. They are rapidly building new features, its worth checking out their blog.
The company if very responsive and easy to work with. If you need a feature they are happy to built if for you or come up with a method for using what exists to meet your needs.
8Yes
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3/10/2017 12:46:55Kristin RogersData Carpentry Traininghttp://www.datacarpentry.org/ ~ $4500 per workshopData life cycle training for scientific data
Haven't attended on yet, would like to attend before hosting
YesYes
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3/13/2017 14:15:29
Rebecca Scully
MonitoringResources.org List of Protocols
https://www.monitoringresources.org/Document/Protocol/Index
Free
This tool can be used to view and or document data collection and analysis protocols.
YesYes8
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3/13/2017 14:18:21Tyler KyddGeospatial Modelling Environment (GME)http://www.spatialecology.com/gme/Free
Primarily for habitat suitability modelling and random plot selection.
GME has tools/scripts that run in collaboration with R.
YesYesYes9
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3/13/2017 14:18:59
Rebecca Scully
MonitoringResources.org Sample Designer Tool
https://www.monitoringresources.org/Designer/Design/Index
free
This tool support the user in documenting their sample design related to field sampling
YesYes8
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3/13/2017 14:20:22Rebecca
MonitoringResources.org APIs to share documentation
http://docs.mrv1qa.apiary.io/#free
The Monitoring Resources API allows clients to access information about several core objects in the Monitoring Resources application, including Protocols, Methods, Sample Designs, Sites, Programs, and Projects.
YesYesAPIs
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3/13/2017 14:24:56
Rebecca Scully
MonitoringResources.org Monitoring Explorer
https://www.monitoringresources.org/Sites/Explorer/Index
Free
Online, searchable map viewer which allows user to see multiple programs data collection locations on one map. You can share your data collection location locations using the MMX data exchange standard and API end point. Contact PNAMP.info@gmail.com for more information.
YesYesYesYes
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3/13/2017 14:25:54
Rebecca Scully
Monitoring Metadata Exchange
https://www.monitoringresources.org/Resources/Home/AboutMMX
free
In support of improved data management and in an effort to collect and publish timely, accurate, and relevant scientific data that properly inform key management questions, partners in the Pacific Northwest drafted the Monitoring Metadata Exchange (MMX). The MMX proposes a data exchange standard for site level data collection event metadata associated with research, monitoring, and evaluation efforts.
YesYesYes
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3/13/2017 14:33:09
Matt Burlingame
Random integer selectorhttps://www.random.org/integersN/A
For making creel surveys or anything that requires randomization with certain parameters
YesYes9
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3/13/2017 14:34:34
Matt Burlingame
Random Data Selector
https://www.random.org/calendar-dates/
N/A
For making creel surveys or anything that requires randomization with certain parameters
YesYes9
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3/13/2017 14:35:43
Matt Burlingame
Random Time Selectorhttps://www.random.org/clock-times/N/A
For making creel surveys or anything that requires randomization with certain parameters
YesYes9
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3/13/2017 14:44:41Kristin RogersSiteimprove Acciessibility Checker
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/siteimprove-accessibility/efcfolpjihicnikpmhnmphjhhpiclljc?hl=en&utm_campaign=US%20FY17%20Product/Feature%20Launch&utm_source=hs_automation&utm_medium=email&utm_content=42870016&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9pKPho49Tg4ZjB7h8q63LeBCKW33NfKnzDbwJEKxFYB0qbi4tl2UpIn0pqeCRyEVIHrQrP-8nicravXiViPoBjzRLTepRUU00lORWkwYiQJFyNy_w&_hsmi=42870016
freeADA accessibility testing
Unlimited accessibility compliance checks directly in your browser. You can use this as you develop - it doesn't have to be a public facing site, so you can address accessibility issues as you are developing your application.
Yes
Chrome Browser Extension
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3/13/2017 14:45:01
Matt Burlingame
Slackhttps://slack.com$0 - $12/month
I have not used this but comes highly recommended by a friend. Slack is an app that tracks communication by subject. All conversations are stored in order of receipt so you have an organized timeline. You can also attach files with in each subject thread. Mobile and desktop version.
YesYesYes9Yes
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3/13/2017 14:46:32
Matt Burlingame
Earthpointhttp://earthpoint.us/N/A
Used to plot GPS coordinates and to calculate area from Google Earth
Yes
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3/13/2017 14:46:50Philip MarleyGooglewww.Google.comFREEI search for things i need to knowEverything10
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3/13/2017 14:48:57Philip MarleyPyScripterfreeWorking with and running python codeYes10
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3/13/2017 14:49:32Philip MarleyNotepad++freework with coding various languagesYes10
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3/13/2017 14:50:58Philip MarleyJSFiddlewww.jsfiddle.netfree
using to test javascript, html and css codeing.
Yes10
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3/13/2017 14:52:04Philip MarleySnagitunsureUsing to capture screen images etc.YesYes8
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3/13/2017 14:54:13Philip Marleycamtasiawww.techsmith.comcostcreating training technical video/materialsYesYes8
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3/13/2017 14:55:35Philip MarleyDarwin Corehttp://rs.tdwg.org/dwc/freedata standardsYesYesYes10
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3/13/2017 14:58:07Philip MarleyBad Elf GPSbluetooth connection to apple devicesYes10
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3/13/2017 15:00:56Philip MarleyDNR GPSfree
Process GPS data into GIS usable data formats
Yes10
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3/13/2017 15:04:15
Matt Burlingame
variety of tools from Metzger & Willard, Inc.
http://www.metzgerwillard.us/EarthSurvey.html
Useful when using Google Earth, especially the USGS Quadrangles tool and PLSS in google Earth tool sets
Yes
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3/13/2017 15:05:31
Matt Burlingame
Minnesota's DNRGPS Application
http://www.dnr.mn.us/gis/DNRGPS/DNRGPS.html
Yes
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3/15/2017 7:38:26Karl EliasonNotepad++https://notepad-plus-plus.org/Free
Any time you need a text editor to do coding, or structured data editing.
Its just an enhanced notepad text editor.
9Yes
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3/15/2017 7:40:47Karl EliasonPuTTYhttp://www.putty.org/Free
Its a simple terminal emulation software. I use it for a telnet connection to a unix server.
communications
9Yes
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3/15/2017 7:42:10Karl EliasonWinSCPhttps://winscp.net/FreeIts an FTP client that support secureFTPYesYes9Yes
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3/16/2017 10:31:28
Karen Horodysky
Team Foundation Serverhttps://www.visualstudio.com/tfs/One time?
This is a Microsoft collaborative software tool that provides source code management, reporting, requirements management and project management (including for agile software development). Our IMS team is using this software to help share code and track work on our Coldwater Streams database. As the data owner, I use it to create backlogs and tasks so that the developers know exactly what I am looking for.
YesYesYes6Yes
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3/23/2017 14:51:57Jon PurvisGIMPwww.gimp.orgfree - open source
I use it to resize, crop, and edit image files, as well as export them to new formats. Does many, many things I have never needed or tried to use. Seems to be a pretty complete replacement for Photoshop and CorelDraw.
GIMP = Graphic Image Manipulation Program
Yes10
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3/23/2017 14:57:36Jon PurvisLibreOfficewww.LibreOffice.orgfree - open source
Almost complete replacement for Microsoft Office. I use it at home for all document and spreadsheet needs. Has presentation, drawing, and math equation portions as well. Can save either to its own format or MS-Office.
The database portion can only create front-ends (forms, reports, queries) to existing databases - it cannot create the actual database.
YesYesYesOffice software10
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3/23/2017 15:06:07Jon PurvisDelphiwww.embarcadero.com/delphi
One time or subscription with maintenance
I build database applications with it - data entry screens for surveys, permitting applications, citizen science database applications, etc.
Delphi is basically Visual Pascal. It can do anything Visual Basic, C++, C#, or Java would do. I find the syntax much easier to read and understand than the C-based languages. While databases are its bread and butter, there are many that use it daily and never touch data. It can create applications for Windows, Mac, and mobile apps from a single code base.
Yes8Yes
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3/23/2017 15:18:02Jon PurvisSASwww.sas.com
yearly fee, free versions for students; JMP is one-time
I do all my statistics and data analysis with SAS. It really shines at data manipulation - sorting, creating new variables, subsetting and combing datasets, etc. Can handle any size dataset, and connects to just about everything out there. By defining my datasets in SAS, I can work simultaneously on multiple db engines at the same time. Putting SQL into SAS means I can join Oracle, SQL Server, Access, and Excel tables seamlessly.
SAS desktop is strictly a programming environment. However, the programming is closer to scripting, and far easier to learn than something like C#. SAS JMP is a data exploration and visualization tool and is strictly point and click. It's aimed at casual users, not hard-core statisticians. SAS Enterprise Guide does both point and click and programming.
YesYesYes10
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3/23/2017 15:22:19Jon PurvisNotepad ++https://notepad-plus-plus.org/free - open source
Text editor that does everything Notepad does, plus a lot more. I use it for all my simple text editing jobs.
Knows syntax highlighting for most major programming and scripting languages.
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3/23/2017 15:44:27Jon PurvisSelectSurvey.net
http://www.classapps.com/product_ss.html
one time, can host on your server, or theirs
Online harvest and opinion surveys; internal business surveys. Seems aimed at internal surveys, but it really is just an online data gathering tool. Could easily be used by field staff to forward data to HQ as well, but I haven't done this yet. Can place text and images into survey, but not interactive matter.
Exports data as csv file, but it is likely that you'll need to do data parsing and manipulation in order to get it into the format needed for proper analysis. The reporting functions are not even at the basic level. Can skip pages based on previous answers and pipe an answer in one question into the wording for another question. Allows unlimited number of responses. It can handle the sending of emails to people, but I believe they must be entered into the system as users, and the number of users is limited in some licenses.
Yes6
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3/23/2017 15:52:35Jon PurvisGovDelivery
https://granicus.com/solutions/govdelivery-communications-suite/
subscription I think
Sends mass emails. Upload emails in csv file or copy/paste into window. Can incorporate other fields in what is effectively a mail merge. Graphics and links in the email is normal. I only use for sending emails requesting a survey be done, but others here use it to send newsletters, updates, and bulletins.
Can create templates so that there is a standardized branding of emails. Will give report of the number sent, bounced, opened, clicked, etc. Will tell you just which ones bounced. Has an unsubscribe function and will remember those people if a different email is sent to them. Can keep many different subscriber lists.
Yes7
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3/28/2017 11:48:34Kristin RogersCanvas
https://www.gocanvas.com/content/home
subscription, $40/month unlimited users
I have not used the tool, appear to be another rapid development mobile form creator tool
used to track sea turtle nests, not sure who is using/developing the tool.
YesYes
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3/29/2017 10:13:46Reconyxhttp://www.reconyx.com/
monthly fee for cellular model $5-20/mo
Rating based on shorebird observer views. In Florida this is the brand of camera used by all shorebird biologist, they feel it's the best. I personally have never used the camera. They like the control, photo quality, cellular upload option.
Setting the photos on a timer will save your battery. Battery life reported from 7 - 60 days, likely depends on model and photo timer. Solar battery charging options.
Yes10
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4/7/2017 13:06:25
Julie Defilippi Simpson
Flowchart Maker & Online Diagram Software
https://draw.ioFree
I have used the tools to create documents for SWOT analyses and lean mapping.
Available diagram categories include: business, charts, engineering, flowcharts, mindmaps, mockups, network diagrams, other, software design, venn diagrams and wireframes. There is also a blank diagram option.
YesYes9Yes
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4/7/2017 13:11:10
Julie Defilippi Simpson
Doodlehttps://doodle.com
Free; Private ($39/year); Business ($69/year)
Everyone in our office uses this to poll meeting participants to determine availability.
It is free to use unlimited. Private access adds some technical features. Business access adds the extra features and allows custom designs and subdomain. Ads-free is in both paid options.
YesYesYes10
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4/7/2017 13:20:49
Julie Defilippi Simpson
Hootsuitehttps://hootsuite.com
Free; Professional $9.99/mo; Team $34.99/mo; Business $99.99/mo; Enterprise
I have used the tool to manage Facebook and Twitter feeds for OFWIM, AFS FITS and a personal business.
YesSocial Media9Yes
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4/7/2017 13:24:22
Julie Defilippi Simpson
MailChimphttps://mailchimp.com
Free; Growing Business ($10/mo+); Pro Marketer ($199/mo additional)
I currently use this to distribute newsletters and announcements to AFS FITS members. Previously, I used the service to distribute announcements for a personal business.
Yes8
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4/10/2017 12:39:59Amy EwingVirginia Fish and Wildlife Information Servicehttp://vafwis.org/fwis/not any longer
I use it many times per day to search for wildlife data in VA
YesYesYesYes6Yes
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4/10/2017 12:41:28Amy EwingNatural Heritage Data Explorerhttps://vanhde.org/certain users must pay
I use it daily to search for wildlife data and also to submit agency projects for review
YesYesYesYesYesYes8Yes
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4/10/2017 12:43:39Amy Ewing2015 Virginia WAP interactive toolhttp://vafwis.dgif.virginia.gov/WAP2/none, free
use it to understand data presented to public
YesYesYesYes7Yes
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4/10/2017 13:50:23
Michael Barbour
IrfanViewhttp://www.irfanview.com/Free
View, resize, crop, and minor editing of image files. Can be used to scroll through a folder of image files
Plug-ins available to extend capabilities.
Yes
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4/10/2017 13:53:35
Michael Barbour
Paint.Nethttps://www.getpaint.net/FreeImage and photo editing softwareWindows onlyYes
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4/10/2017 14:47:59
Michael Barbour
GIMPhttps://www.gimp.org/free - open source
Open source alternative to Photoshop. I have used it for photo editing and manipulation.
Yes9
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4/10/2017 14:54:49
Michael Barbour
PSPadhttp://www.pspad.com/en/FreeFreeware text and code editor.
Highlights syntax for most major scripting and programming languages.
Yes8
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4/15/2017 14:04:04
Michael Barbour
RogoGeohttp://www.robogeo.com/home/
one time - $79.95 for single user, $399.95 for 10-user license
I use it to georeference or geocode digital photos. You can save or export the location data in a number of formats, including writing to the EXIF header, stamping on the image, kml or kmz file, google map, or shapefile.
YesGPS9
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4/15/2017 14:06:40
Michael Barbour
GeoSetterhttp://www.geosetter.de/en/free
I use it to edit EXIF/IPTC metadata of photos and to geotag photos.
YesYesGPS8
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6/12/2017 10:40:44Tyler KyddX Tools Pro V.16https://xtools.pro/en/overview/
14 day free trial or $250USD
using XTools Pro for powerful vector spatial analysis, shape conversion
and table management features
user friendlyYesYesYes9
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6/12/2017 11:05:19Tyler KyddET Geowizards V.12
http://www.ian-ko.com/ETGeoWizards.html
$265USD per license; many free functions that can be used without purchasing a license
spatial data conversion, analysis, sampling, extensive data processing features
Other ET products include ET Geotools for editing within ArcMap and ET Surface for creating TIN and Raster surfaces, Extracting Profiles, Derive Line of Sight, Calculate Volume, Cut/Fill, Visibility, Hydrology and more.
YesYesYesYesYes9
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