TitleBodyTechnical Expertise RequiredCostAdditional Information

ArcCatalog is a geobase administration application within ESRI's ArcGIS suite whose primary role is to maintain geospatial data and the corresponding metadata. ArcCatalog provides an integrated and unified view of all the data files, databases, and ArcGIS documents, integrating information that exists in many forms, including relational databases, files, ArcGIS documents, and remote GIS web services. In ArcGIS 10, ArcCatalog is folded into ArcMap - the mapping and analysis application. Users have several choices of how metadata is displayed and metadata editing is easily performed as the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) metadata requirements are enforced in the application. Metadata is stored in an XML file that 'stays' with the geospatial dataset. ArcCatalog also allows users to connect to other geospatial data servers, create address locators, and create connections to other databases (ODBC) and spatial databases (SDE).

No programmingCost-basis


Archivists' Toolkit

The Archivists' Toolkit is an open-source data management system that provides support for the management of archives. This tool is aimed at archival repositories that store various kinds of data, especially text and image data. The tool supports accessioning and describing archival materials, establishing names and subjects associated with archives, managing locations of the materials, and exporting EAD finding aids, MARCXML records, and METS, MODS and Dublin Core records.

No programmingFree

Archon is an open source, Web-based archive management system for archivists and manuscript curators that automatically publishes archival descriptive information and digital archival objects.

Archon users do not need to encode a finding aid, input a catalog record, or program a stylesheet. Archon operates through scripts that automatically make data elements in the system searchable and browsable on a repository website. Information can be input or edited using simple web forms. Archon automatically uploads the information, publishes the website, and generates EAD and MARC records.

No programmingFree

BibDesk allows the user to edit and manage bibliographies. It helps keep track of both the bibliographic information and the associated files or web links.

BibDesk helps simplify using a bibliography in other applications and is suited for LaTeX users.

No programmingFree

CatMDEdit is a metadata editor tool that facilitates the documentation of resources, focusing on the description of geographic information resources. The metadata conforms to Dublin Core and ISO 19115 (Geographic Information) standards. Automatic metadata generation for some common geospatial data file formats including Shapefile, DGN, ECW, FICC, GeoTiff, GIF/GFW, JPG/JGW, and PNG/PGW. CatMDEdit allows the automatic creation of metadata for collections of related resources, in particular spatial series that arise as a result of the fragmentation of geometric resources into datasets of manageable size and similar scale.

There are Spanish, English, French, Polish, Portuguese and Czech versions. CatMDEdit is an initiative of the National Geographic Institute of Spain (IGN), which is the result of a scientific and technical collaboration between IGN and the Advanced Information Systems Group (IAAA) of the University of Zaragoza with the technical support of GeoSpatiumLab (GSL).

No programmingFree

CyberTracker is a software tool that allows users to collect field data with handheld computers or PDAs. It can also be used to create digital field guides because it allows rich content to be displayed in conjunction with data capture fields.

The CyberTracker Species Identification Filter consists of a sequence of screens each with a checklist of characteristic features of a species. Once data has been filtered it can be Exported to Microsoft Excel, Comma Seperated Values, XML or HTML formats. Creating data elements for each screen automatically creates a structured database. Cybertracker provides some templates.

CyberTracker software can be used on smart phones and handheld computers with GPS to record observations. The design allows users to display icons, text or both, which makes data collection faster. It also allows field data collection by non-literate users and school children. CyberTracker Conservation is a non-profit organization whose vision is to promote the development of a worldwide environmental monitoring network.

No programmingFree
  • Réveillon, A. 2009. The GBIF Integrated Publishing Toolkit User Manual, version 1.0. Copenhagen: Global Biodiversity Information Facility. 37 pp.
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CyberTracker
  • Related Tools: DiGir, Tapir
DMP Online

A web-based tool for creating, maintaining and exporting data management plans. Developed initially for a UK audience, but can be adapted to other needs.

No programmingFree

Drupal is a open source CMS (Content Management System) for websites. Drupal enables webmasters to create professional websites with a minimal amount of specialized coding or systems support.

Drupal's architecture consists of a core platform that can be customized with user-supplied profiles, modules, themes, and languages. Drupal separates content from presentation, and -- when combined with Drupal's "codeless" module building -- allows high flexibility, while maintaining relative simplicity. This yields high productivity in designing and deploying a wide variety of websites, thus driving Drupal's wide user base.

Code (when required) is written in PHP and the content is stored in a MySQL database. In general, Drupal is fairly approachable for someone with basic programming and web authoring skills. It is a generally low-overhead solution for web page construction that enables multiple contributors. Many university departments support Drupal for their investigators and will help with Drupal administration.

Basic programming skillsFree

EndNote is software for managing bibliographic citations. It integrates with Web of Science to allow for quick entry of citations. EndNote Web is also available to licensed users, which allows them to use EndNote when they are away from their own computer. Citations can be output in a large number of citation styles. Plugins exist for word processors and web browsers to enable quick citation.

No programmingCost-basis
ESRI Geoportal Server

ESRI Geoportal Server is a free open source product that enables discovery and use of geospatial resources including datasets, rasters, and Web services. It can help organizations manage and publish metadata for their geospatial resources and provides access to users. The Geoportal Server supports standards-based clearinghouse and metadata discovery applications. There are four key features: cataloging, geoportal administration, data publishing, and data discovery.

The geoportal host environment requires an operating system, a database, a full Java JDK, a web application server, and access to ArcGIS Server services (ArcGIS Server map, locator, and geometry services for the geoportal search map and place finder). The geoportal connects to an organization's LDAP structure, and thus needs access to a directory server.

ESRI Geoportal Server is a free, open source product that is available for download at http://sourceforge.net/projects/geoportal/. It is a stand-alone product that does not require ArcGIS Server or an ArcGIS Server license. It has been released under the Apache 2.0 open source license.