External Tools

This page describes links to a range of external tools that may be of use when developing your Heurist databases.


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TEI (The Text Encoding Initiative) is a consortium which collectively develops and maintains a standard for the representation of texts in digital form, chiefly in the humanities, social sciences and linguistics. Wiki Wikipedia


SourceForge is a web-based source code repository. It acts as a centralised location for software developers to control and manage free and open source software development.



Smarty is a template engine for PHP, facilitating the separation of presentation (HTML/CSS) from application logic.

Field Helper

FieldHelper provides a unique drag-and-tag interface for creating metadata for multimedia files within a framework based on geographic location and time of collection.

Apache Open Office

Apache Open Office is a free alternative for Office productivity tools and provides an open-source office productivity software suite containing word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, graphics, formula editor, and database management applications.


<oXygen/> is the best XML editor available, with a large number of users ranging from beginners to XML experts. It is the only XML tool that supports all the XML schema languages. The XSLT and XQuery support is enhanced with powerful debuggers and performance profilers. You can use <oXygen/> XML Editor to work with all XML-based technologies including XML databases, XProc pipelines, and web services.

Picasa Web Albums

Picasa Web Albums is Google’s Web photo-hosting service. Users get 1GB of free hosting, and images can be uploaded and manipulated using Picasa, Google’s free desktop photo management application. Users who want additional storage can pay per year to increase the hosted space to 400 times the size of the free hosting service.

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