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Signals offers a suite of web-based collaboration applications. All applications are mobile-optimized.

Basecamp - Project Management

  • Project organization, task management
  • Milestone tracking
  • File storage/sharing

Highrise - Contact Management

Bitbucket is a free hosting site for open-source computer program source code. Bitbucket supports version control, offsite backup, and access by multiple authenticated users.


Box allows you to store and share content online. Files and folders can be shared as web links, files and folders can be synced from the desktop. This means that files can be automatically backed up from multiple computers/devices, and stored on the Box server. It provides searching tools, and the ability to view files without downloading.

CiteBank is an open access repository to aggregate citations for biodiversity publications and deliver access to biodiversity related articles. It provides search and browse capabilities to biodiversity publications stored in multiple international repositories. There is a storage platform for articles and documents that are digitized, but not yet online. It also provides a common system for scholars to share their specialist bibliographies.

Confluence is a commercial wiki product used by many universities, open source software efforts, etc. It is a product of Atlassian, and provides rich and flexible editing capabilities and a plugin environment to extend the features of the wiki. There is an extensive range of plugins. Many organizations use it for documentation, group collaboration, project or course sites, knowledge management, internal web sites, etc.

CrowdLabs is a system that supports community sharing, visualization and analysis of workflows using a philosophy employed by social web sites.

CrowdLabs features the ability to interact with the workflows through a Web browser. Workflow provenance is captured allowing scientists to publish their process as well as their results. For the latter, CrowdLabs generates links to the process that can be embedded in Wiki and HTML pages, as well as LaTeX documents.

DRAMBORA is the Digital Repository Audit Method Based On Risk Assessment. The methodology takes a risk-focused approach to assessing the status of repositories and other digital asset collections and supports repository managers or collection custodians in managing the risks associated with their collections, from direct physical risk (such as fire and flood) to less tangible risks such as reputational damage.

ArcGIS Online is a system created by ESRI aimed at providing a common platform to find, share, and organize geographic content and to build GIS applications. The web front end to ArcGIS Online is ArcGIS.com. Through ArcGIS Online you can access maps, applications, and tools published by ESRI and other geographic information systems (GIS) users.

The DataONE Generic Member Node (GMN) is a complete open-source implementation of a DataONE Member Node (MN). As such, it is a data preservation-oriented repository, and one that manages its content collection through the DataONE MN_Storage API. GMN accepts any metadata format, and provides byte-level persistence of objects.

Hydrant is a web-based scientific workflow application that is designed to interact with the open source scientific workflow tool Kepler, enabling efficient, user-friendly scientific workflow processing. Hydrant allows scientists to: discover, view and load Kepler workflows; view and edit properties of Kepler Actors; execute workflows; and share workflows and results.

Tags: GUI, repository

Mercurial is a free, distributed source control management tool and is used for version control of files. Mercurial is distributed, giving each developer a local copy of the entire development history.

Merritt is a repository service and curation environment for storage and preservation of digital objects, provided by the California Digital Library. Merritt can be used to manage, archive, and share content. It can provide significant features for a digital object:

Metacat is a flexible, open source metadata catalog and data repository that targets scientific data, particularly from ecology and environmental science. Metacat accepts XML as a common syntax for representing the large number of metadata content standards that are relevant to ecology and other sciences. Thus, Metacat is a generic XML database that allows storage, query, and retrieval of arbitrary XML documents without prior knowledge of the XML schema.

myExperiment is a collaborative environment where scientists can safely publish their workflows and experiment plans, share them with groups and find those of others. It allows workflows, other digital objects and bundles (called Packs) to be swapped, sorted and searched like photos and videos on the Web.

The OSF supports the entire research lifecycle: planning, execution, reporting, archiving, and discovery. It provides project management with collaborators, and project sharing with the public. The OSF is maintained by the non-profit Center for Open Science.

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