MapKnitter ( is a free and open source tool for combining and positioning images (often from in geographic space into a composite image map. Known as “orthorectification” or “georectification” to geographers, this step covers the process of figuring out where images can be placed on an existing map, and how they can be combined, or […]


OpenRefine is a standalone open source desktop application for data cleanup and transformation to other formats, the activity known as data wrangling. It is similar to spreadsheet applications (and can work with spreadsheet file formats), however, it behaves more like a database. It operates on rows of data which have cells under columns, which is very […]


Ushahidi is a crowdsourcing software which can be installed and customized. It receives reports via direct submissions on the website, but also connects to mobile apps and SMS plataforms, such as Frontline. Crowdmap (on its Classic version) acts with the same functionalities of Ushahidi but with its dashboard and database hosted in the cloud. Most […]


Fusion Tables is a tool developed by Google, which allows you to store datasets and visualize them in formats like maps and charts. You can upload CSV, XLS and KML files direct from your computer. It also connects to your spreadsheets stored on Google Drive. Finally Fusion Tables is good tool for creating spreadsheets from […]


Adobe Illustrador  “is an editor of vector images” that helps to create advance design for graphics. Most of the newsrooms work with this software and it is mostly used on static data visualizations. The software is proprietary. According to Wikipedia, it was originally created by Apple Macintosh then acquired by Adobe. The latest version, Illustrator CC, […]


Field Papers is a tool to help you create a multi-page atlas of anywhere in the world. Once you print it, you can take it outside, into the field, to record notes and observations about the area you’re looking at, or use it as your own personal tour guide in a new city. Keep your […]


Datawrapper is a non-commercial, open source software, licensed under the MIT License. Use of the public version of Datawrapper is free. Alternative uses are installing and customizing Datawrapper on your own or letting us help you with professional (though billed for) customization and coding services. Datawrapper on Github.

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