Heurist Knowledge Management System
HEURIST is a flexible data management system which allows any confident researcher or data manager to design, create, manage, analyse and publish richly-structured database(s) within hours, through a simple web interface, without need of programmers or consultants. It is aimed at a broad range of Humanities data, characterised by rich text, multimedia, relationships, categorisation, uncertain data, spatial and temporal information, and the need to work collaboratively while maintaining access control. It allows incremental changes in database structure - existing data are not affected - allowing projects to start small and simple and evolve as the research develops.
Heurist is an Open Source project, which can be downloaded and run on a local server or accessed as a free service provided by the University of Sydney (for academic and research use, subject to size and traffic limits). To ensure sustainability, data are stored in a well-documented open SQL format which can be accessed directly via documented SQL queries independent of Heurist (subject to access), or dumped to a self-documenting XML archive format. Data can be easily migrated from the free service to personal or institutional servers. Data can be imported from spreadsheets, KML, image directories, Zotero and other sources. Sophisticated searches (including faceted and rule-based searches) can be saved, organised and rendered as layered interactive maps, timelines, network visualisations, cross-tabulations, lists, CSV, KML, RSS, custom reports, XML and XSLT transforms, all of which can easily be printed or embedded (live) in a website.