Friday, January 14, 2005

Fresh Meat

A long and diverse list of the latest free and open software to keep an eye on.

Of particular interest at the time of writing this post was:
ProjectForum provides a professional and easy-to-use Web-based focus for your team's work and collaboration, helping to move documents and projects forward quickly. Its flexible wiki-style forums fill the gap between the scattered flurry of email and the time and expense of meetings or teleconferences. It allows you to build a project site or intranet where everyone can actively and directly contribute. Downloadable and hosted versions are available.

CourseForum is Web-based e-learning software that makes it easy for you and your students to interact, whether to create, post, share, or discuss course content. With just their Web browser, students use Courseforum to get answers to questions, dig deeper into issues, and work on projects at any time and from anywhere, not just when classes meet. It is powerful but easy to setup and use. Downloadable and hosted versions are available.

ALE is an image-processing program used for tasks such as super-resolution, deblurring, noise reduction, and anti-aliasing. Its principle of operation is synthetic capture, combining multiple inputs representing the same scene.

J-Bird is a record keeping system for observations of birds. In the parlance of birders, it is bird listing software. It is oriented toward birding trips. Information recorded includes region, trip date, locality, keywords, notes, species observed, and notes on individual species. It can record sightings, produce trip reports, produce composite lists such as life lists, tally observations by category, and query sightings. Regional checklists can be built, used to record sightings, and be included in trip reports. Sightings can be exported to CSV tables and HTML tables.

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