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A curated list of free or trial versions tools for visualising, organising, managing, scraping or cleaning data.
By @alexrichards, @mtrpires and @nataliamazotte - #NICAR15 #freetools
The programs on this list are free or trial versions
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What is it for?NameWebsiteCategory
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Graph visualization library using web workers and jQuery. Simply helps you focus on the graph data and its style rather than spending time on the physics math that makes the layouts possible.Arbor.JShttp://arborjs.orgGraphs
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BookJS is a JS lib that can turn a webpage into a formatted Book ready to print to PDF.BookJShttps://github.com/sourcefabric/BookJSConversion
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Booktype is a free, open source platform that produces beautiful, engaging books formatted for print, Amazon, iBooks and almost any e-reader.Booktypehttp://booktype-demo.sourcefabric.org/Conversion
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Web service to create map visualizationsCartoDBhttp://cartodb.com/Maps
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Generates circularly composited views of genomic data and annotations.Circushttp://circos.ca/Charts
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Tool for selecting color schemes for mapsColor Brewerhttp://colorbrewer2.org/Color
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Good for liberating data from PDFs; premium version free to IRE membersCometDocshttp://www.cometdocs.com/Data extraction
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Data Mining without codingConvextrahttp://convextra.com/Scraping
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To build stories composed of text, images, video, maps, and moreCreatavisthttps://www.creatavist.com/Multimedia storytelling
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Python-based powertool for working with CSVscsvkithttps://github.com/onyxfish/csvkitData
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provides cloud-based data visualizationDataherohttps://datahero.com/Data viz
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Simplify the creation of embeddable chartsDatawrapperhttp://datawrapper.de/Charts
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web-based software for creating interactive timelines that you can share on the internet.Dipityhttp://www.dipity.com/Timeline
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web-based software platform created for journalists to allow the searching, analyzing, annotation and publication of primary source documents used in reportingDocument Cloudhttp://www.documentcloud.org/homeScraping
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To build interactive data visualizationsEaselyhttp://www.easel.ly/Infographics
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To build interactive data visualizationsFiltergraphhttp://filtergraph.com/Data viz
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interactive visualization and exploration platform for all kinds of networks and complex systems, dynamic and hierarchical graphs.Gephihttps://gephi.github.io/Graphs
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Gather, visualize, combine data tablesGoogle Fusion Tableshttps://support.google.com/fusiontables/answer/2571232?hl=enData viz
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To create interactive charts for web projectsHighchartshttp://www.highcharts.com/Charts
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empowers rapid visualization of complex business information, large scale research, and dynamic data sets.iChartshttp://icharts.net/Charts
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Tool that connects two services, such as Instagram and Google drive, to perform actions based on triggers.If This Than Thathttps://ifttt.comScraping
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To build stories composed of text, images, video, maps, and moreImmersivehttp://immersive.sh/Multimedia storytelling
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Web Data ExtractionImport.iohttps://import.io/Scraping
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To build interactive data visualizationsInfogramhttp://infogr.am/Data viz
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To build stories composed of text, images, video, maps, and moreKlynthttp://www.klynt.net/Multimedia storytelling
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Create color schemes with the color wheel or browse thousands of color combinations from the Kuler community.Kulerkuler.adobe.comColor
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Free Office Suite, alternative to MicrosoftLibreOfficehttp://www.libreoffice.org/Data analysis
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To build interactive data visualizationsMany Eyeshttp://www-969.ibm.com/software/analytics/manyeyes/Charts
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Open source database managerMySQLhttp://www.mysql.com/Data analysis
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Graph libraryNeo4Jhttp://www.neo4j.org/Graphs
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open-source tool that allows you to combine maps, narratives, and other multimedia into a beautiful storyOdysseyOdyssey.jsData viz
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Data cleaning and standardizing toolOpenRefinehttp://openrefine.org/Data cleaning
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Powerful and customizable Firefox extension to scrape data from the Web. It is also a native app for Windows and Mac.OutWit Hubhttps://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/outwit-hub/Scraping
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Visualize contents/organize large number of documentsOverviewhttp://overview.ap.org/Document analysis
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web-based platform for the visualization of complex, multi-dimensional dataPalladiohttp://palladio.designhumanities.org/#/Data viz
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Command line tool to extract text data from PDF filespdftotexthttp://www.foolabs.com/xpdf/download.htmlScraping
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To build interactive data visualizationsPiktocharthttp://piktochart.com/Infographics
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To build interactive data visualizationsPlot.lyPlot.lyData viz
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geographic extenders for Postgres and SQLitePostGIS/SpatiaLitehttp://postgis.net/(Geographic) Data analysis
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Open source database managerPostgreSQLhttp://www.postgresql.org/Data analysis
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SPSS free clonePSPPhttp://www.gnu.org/software/pspp/Statitistics and Analysis
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Full GIS suite akin to Esri's ArcGISQGIShttp://www2.qgis.org/en/site/Mapping
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To build interactive data visualizationsQuadrigramhttp://www.quadrigram.com/Data viz
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Flexible statistical software package and language, quickly becoming the new standard stats program within academiaRhttp://www.r-project.org/Statitistics and Analysis
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To build stories composed of text, images, video, maps, and moreRacontrhttps://racontr.com/Multimedia storytelling
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Open web app to create custom vector-based visualizations on top of the D3.js library through a simple interface.RAWhttp://raw.densitydesign.org/Data viz
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To build interactive data visualizationsSilkhttps://www.silk.co/Data viz
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Lightweight open source database managerSQLitehttps://sqlite.org/Data analysis
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free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of eventsStoryMaphttp://storymap.knightlab.com/Maps
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free software that can allow anyone to connect to a spreadsheet or file and create interactive data visualizations for the web.Tableautableausoftware.comData viz
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tool for liberating data tables trapped inside PDF filesTabulahttp://tabula.technology/Scraping
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web-based software for creating interactive timelines that you can share on the internet.Tiki Tokihttp://www.tiki-toki.com/Timeline
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Modern map design studio powered by Node.js and MapnikTilemillhttps://www.mapbox.com/tilemill/Maps
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web-based software for creating interactive timelines that you can share on the internet.Timeline.JShttp://timeline.knightlab.com/Timeline
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web-based software for creating interactive timelines that you can share on the internet.Timetoasthttp://www.timetoast.com/Timeline
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Point-and-click scraping extension for Chrome, with powerful features, such as automatic page-turn and in-depth browsing. No coding skills required.Webscraperhttp://webscraper.io/Scraping
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Zenobasehttps://zenobase.comData viz
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Online tool to visualize linked data and relationships into a newtorkKumuhttps://kumu.io/Network Data viz
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Online version of the charting tool HighchartsHighcharts Cloudhttps://cloud.highcharts.com/Data viz
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Online to to create simple charts (vector based) and export an image, SVG or JsonChartbuilderhttps://quartz.github.io/Chartbuilder/Data viz
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Flexible transparency mapping desktop toolGranohttp://granoproject.orgNetwork Data viz
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Tool to store and organize datasetsPanda projecthttp://pandaproject.net/Organize data
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