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The following is a list of tools and services that can be used for managing projects. I don't necessarily endorse these.


Basic Tools

There are a number of basic tools that can be used in project management. See Basic Digital Humanities Technologies for a more full list.

  • Blogs can be used to provide news about a project or even as the interface to the project.
  • Wikis can be used for documentation and shared documents.
  • Email can be used (sparingly) for communication.
  • Zotero can be used to manage a shared bibliography.

Publication Tools

There are a number of tools you can use for the project itself (rather than for managing the project.)

  • SelectedWorks] is a simple service that allows you to announce and distribute your academic work.

Project Management Tools

  • Basecamp
  • iTeamwork is a basic project management tool on the web. It is a good clean and free tool for teams to manage tasks.
  • Microsoft Project

Feedback and Survey Tools

  • Get Satisfaction is a service for managing customer feedback and conversations.
  • Survey Monkey is a free online tool for running questionnaires or surveys. Widely used.

Diagramming, Wireframing, and Graphics Tools

  • Cacoo is an online diagramming tool. It can be used for creating wireframes or flow diagrams. The first couple of diagrams are free.

Communication Tools

  • Doodle is an online scheduling tool for finding times for meeting.
  • Mail Chimp is an email list tool that you can use to send out newsletters and other communications. It is free and has lots of features, but this means it can take a while to figure out.
  • Skype is good for conferencing
  • Google+ is a social network site with good conferencing
  • Etherpad is a live shared editing tool
  • Elluminate is an instructional conferencing tool.

Other Tools

There are all sorts of tools for specific tasks from graphics to audio tools. See Advanced Tools for a fuller list. Here are some of use to most projects.

  • All Our Ideas is an online service for groups to gather and prioritize ideas.
  • Photoshop
  • Dreamweaver

Other Lists of Tools

  • Development Impact & You is a site with tools for social innovation. Most tools are things like SWOT or Personas. For each tool they have nicely designed paper supports and instructions.

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