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A curated list of digital tools we use, ranging from accounting and data science to scientific research and liquid democracy. Commented, connected, by everyone and for everyone !


We are Connie & Benjamin Chow-Petit, members of a special hacklab called La Myne.

In contact with La Myne's community, anybody of whatever age, knowledge, coming with an organisation or not, can learn between peers, initiate, join projects, mutualize resources and so on. Each reciprocity agreement is unique. This lead to a wide array of activities, ranging from collaborative meals with kids to international research programs and socio-economical ventures. With these came a lot of challenges, general chaos, and a lot of experimentations with tools.

This curated list represents our personal state-of-art and exploration in terms of integrated tools, with examples on how we use them. They are meant to be collaborative and connected together. Key criterias in this selection are ease-of-use and low maintenance. That excluded a lot of powerful, but time-consuming and skill-dependant tools. We will put those in another list.

Your contributions are always welcome !

Peer training sessions can be organized, so please drop a line if you know or want to know !

*Some tool descriptions are from Wikipedia and linked website sources.

  • C&B +1 - Tools that are important to us and go beyond their categories.
  • Open Source - Tools that are Open Source and/or linked to Open Knowledge.

Table of contents

Scientist Tools

Access to articles

Tools that will give you access to scientific articles in general, thanks to an international network of pirates.

  • Google Scholar - Google, for scholarly literature.
  • C&B +1 Library Genesis - A multiple domain, search and access engine for publications and more than 2.1 M books.
  • C&B +1 ScienceHub - A website with >64.5 M of scientific articles and papers for direct download. Also has a Chrome extension that will replace DOI and PubMed links into "liberated" article links.


  • C&B +1 Authorea - A sort of Google Docs for scientists, orientated towards Open Science. Incredible capacities - we love it. Here's an example of what you can do with it: The "Paper" of the Future.

Bibliography management

Nothing quite satisfying for us yet. Please let us know if you find anything like Zotero, but with modern UX and integrations (Github and so on) !

  • Open Source - A free, widely used open source tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. The interfaces and the integrations are not modern, but the community is impressive.
  • F1000 (Workspace & Prime) – We use F1000 Workspace to curate libraries of science on Lifecaring, and it can be used on any topics beyond biomedicine. Better interface than Zotero. Has Google Docs, Chrome and Word extensions. F1000 Prime has leading biomedical experts helping scientists to discover, discuss and publish research.

Citizen science

  • Open Source Zooniverse – Citizen science platform using the efforts and ability of volunteers to help scientists and researchers. The blend of human cognition and automated tools is extremly powerful on complex, messy tasks.

Pre-print and journals

Here are some databases that helps us find the correct journals and publications sources:

  • Cofactor Science Journal Selector – A journal selector from the editing service Cofactor.
  • Journal Guide – Find the best journal for your research.
  • DOAJ - A community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
  • SSRN - A scientific library that provides 776,065 research papers from 361,613 researchers across 30 disciplines.
  • Hypotheses - A multi-language platform of research journals in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Isidore SHS Libraries - A French library of social and human sciences.

And our own selection of interesting journals:

  • ArXiv – E-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.
  • biorXiv – The preprint server for Biology.
  • PeerJ – Open access pre-print and publishing of life science research with annotation.
  • - Limn outlines contemporary problems. It draws material from networks of experts in the social and human sciences.
  • C&B +1 The Winnower – The Winnower is founded on the principle that all ideas should be openly discussed, debated, and archived. It is an Open Access science publishing platform that employs open post-publication peer review. It includes any modern formats: reddit posts, how-tos, blogs, infographics, conferences...


Beyond peer reviews, collaborative and open annotations are a great tool for peer-to-peer & in context learning !

  • Academic Karma – A tool to make peer reviews open and constructive. Anonymity, verification, invitations to promote open science and creative commons preprint publications.
  • C&B +1 Open Source – In theory, it is a "sentence-level peer-review tool to provide commentary, references, and insight on top of online content". In practice, it is awesome ! You can annotate the whole web publicly !
  • PaperHive – Collaboration, annotation and discussions inside curated documents. Useful for collaborative reading and learning, or proofreading.
  • Publons - A community and a tool for peer reviewers.
  • ScienceOpen – Freely accessible research network to share and evaluate scientific information.

Scientific data sharing

We favor .csv for small datasets, as everything can read this format. See also R&D - Data.

  • DataHub – It is basically GitHub for data. Publish or register datasets, create and manage groups and communities. Cousin of (which is Open Source , but requires installation on a server).
  • C&B +1 Figshare – Upload data, manage your research, share it, publish it. One of the most used platforms.
  • Open Source Open Science Framework – Gathers a network of research documents, a version control system, and a collaboration software.
  • Open Source OSDC (Open Science Data Cloud) - Enables labs to easily manage, share, and analyze large datasets. Big international cooperation between organisations, on invitation.
  • re3data – Global database of research data repositories.
  • C&B +1 Open Source Zenodo – A tool and a community by CERN, in link with EU funding agencies. It allows you to share, archive and cite, report... Integration are a cool bonus (OpenAIRE, DOI, etc.).

Scientist social networking

  • – Huge platform for academics to share research papers, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow.
  • LabsExplorer – Built by scientists, for scientists to share publications, connect and collaborate, ask questions and get answers, including user metrics and job board.
  • Loop – Open acces, community-rooted, open-access academic publisher and cross-platform network for researchers and academics from the Frontiers journals.
  • C&B +1 Open Source ORCID – Provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. You can use it in most of the tools shown here.
  • ResearchGate – Social network for researchers. Just like, it is a huge social platform, they are the academic LinkedIn / Facebook.

Data Tools


These tools are unified data integration, analytics, and visualisation platforms. Very powerful once mastered.

  • Open Source Pentaho - A secure unified data integration and analytics platform with real-time data processing, monitoring and aggregation. Heavy horse, it will require some expertise to use it, but is go-to for complex dashboarding.
  • C&B +1 Tableau - An interactive data visualisation platform and analytics. Much more approchable, and can be used just to generate beautiful data visulaisations. Has a Community Edition.

Databases and forms

  • C&B +1 Airtable - Database meets collaborative spreadsheet. Quick and easy way to have a collaborative, personnalized database that can both integrate with other tools and be usable by normal, non-tech, humans.
  • C&B +1 Typeform - Personalised and beautifully designed forms with enhanced features. Its logic capacities and integrations allows you to build custom-made human-computer interfaces without having to code.

Data cleaning and wrangling

Data wrangling is the process of transforming and mapping data from one "raw" data format into another format, with the intent of making it more appropriate for a downstream purpose, like analytics. (From Wikipedia)

Data cleaning is, well, removing errors from data. Data quality is key, as illustrated by the GIGO principle ("Garbage in, garbage out").

  • Open Source - A powerful tool that learns the best way to match similar rows in your data.
  • Open Source C&B +1 OpenRefine - A free, open source power tool for working with messy data and improving it.
  • TriFacta Wrangler - Helps data analysts clean and prepare messy, diverse data more quickly and accurately.

Data integration and conversion

  • Blockspring - An ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) tool for non-coders, with lots of integrations: it allows to connect web apps and start collecting data from them, to be transformed and reinjected anywhere (ie. in a Google spreadsheet).
  • Cloudconvert - Online tool to convert anything to anything, either manually or through its API. Has a connection with Zapier, like most of the tools in this list.
  • - A customer data platform. Collect user data with one API and send it to hundreds of tools or a data warehouse. One API, 200+ tools, and no more integrations.
  • Open Source C&B +1 StitchData - Data consolidation through a simple, powerful ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) tool built for developers to integrate data through a vast list of possible integrations database.

Data mining platforms

  • C&B +1 Data World - Collaborative, community-based data science platform. Helps you host and share your data, find new datasets, and analyze using your own tools. Useful integrations.
  • C&B +1 Dataiku - A powerful collaborative data science platform with integrations in mind. Includes data wrangling, data mining, workflow, machine learning, collaboration, production, governance and security.
  • C&B +1 Open Source RapidMiner - A software platform for data science that unites data prep, machine learning, and predictive model deployment.

Data visualisation

See also Dashboards for complete data viz platforms, Graphic design and video for infographics generation and R&D - Complex networks for complex representations.

  • Awesome Table - Build little web apps from Google Spreadsheets.
  • DataVizCatalogue - A catalogue for DataViz. Find the type of visualization you need.
  • Open Source - Leading open source tools for creating, composing, editing, and sharing interactive data visualization via the Web. Think of it like a lightweight Tableau.
  • C&B +1 Word Tree - Visualise the use of words by frequency in selected texts in the Wordtree generator. We like the way it looks.

Geo and data journalism

We recommend CartoDB for geo apps, and Mapbox for quick, beautiful mapping.

  • C&B +1 Open Source CartoDB - A complete Web GIS (Graphic Information Systems). Create drag and drop analysis, visualize complex data, and deploy location applications in the cloud with fully customisable location intelligence applications.
  • GeoJournalism - Online resources, tools and training to produce multimedia stories or simple maps and data visualization to help creating context for complex environmental issues.
  • C&B +1 Open Source Mapbox - A Web GIS more oriented towards basemaps, quick and beautiful.
  • Open Source Open Street Map - Collaborative, open source mapping.
  • Open Source QGIS - The reference Free and Open Source Software GIS. Older feel.
  • RDDJ - Hand-curated, high quality resources for doing data journalism with R.

Machine learning and NLP

Machine learning is the study of algorithms that use data to learn, generalize, and predict. NLP (Natural Language Processing) deals with human (natural) languages.

  • C&B +1 Datarobot - Automated data science ! By top level data scientists. Hard to get a pricing.
  • C&B +1 Monkeylearn - Turn emails, tweets, surveys or any text into actionable data, connecting to hundreds of possible applications to analyze data and automate workflows.
  • C&B +1 - Automate all of your data tasks by using Integrations, Transforms (conversion, filters, ...), Destinations (exports), and Recipes (combined action outputs) to boost productivity to supercharge your projects.
  • Rapid Insight - Connect, prepare, analyze and share, with no coding required. Easy self-service analytics.
  • Open Source Wordseer - A text analysis environment for humanities scholars that combines visualization, information retrieval, sensemaking and natural language processing to make the contents of text navigable, accessible, and useful.

Open datasets

  • C&B +1 Open Source Caesar0301’s Github - A topic-centric list of high-quality open datasets in public domains. By everyone, for everyone!
  • - A comprehensive list of open data portals around the world, curated by a group of leading open data experts from around the world - including representatives from local, regional and national governments, international organisations such as the World Bank, and numerous NGOs.
  • Enigma Public - The world’s broadest collection of public data with personal bookmarking capabilities, that includes data from international companies, universities, governments, and also a curated data collection.
  • Knomea - The Knoema Data repository provides worldwide coverage across hundreds of topics from more than 2.7B time series and thousands of sources. Retrieve data for your report, research or assignment in seconds.

Open data platforms

  • C&B +1 Open Source CKAN - A powerful data management system that makes data accessible – by providing tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding and using data.
  • Open Source Dataverse Network – A framework from Harvard to share, cite, reuse and archive research data.

Qualitative data analysis

Qualitative data usually involve people and their activities, signs, behaviors, symbols, what they've said or done - recorded through interviews, videos, pictures, field notes, recordings and so on.

  • Open Source Advene - An ongoing project aiming at providing a model and a format to share annotations about digital video documents.
  • C&B +1 Dedoose - A collaborative web app for analyzing qualitative and mixed methods research.
  • C&B +1 Draftin - Sleek version control and collaborative draft writing that includes audio/video transcription capacities.
  • oTranscribe - A free web app to take the pain out of transcribing recorded interviews.
  • Trint - Advanced auto-transcribing of audio and video. Collaborative, powerful, but pricy.
  • Youtube - One can use Youtube's auto-transcribing of audio and video to kickstart the transcription of audio and video files. Free tools.

Search engines

Apart from the obvious Google, we use these search engines. See also R&D - AML, recommendations and search.

  • C&B +1 Algolia - A powerful hosted search engine API platform for building search into organisations.
  • SearchIQ - A site search solution that optimizes and enhances your website’s search experience and user engagement on your site.
  • - An all-in-one search & collaboration hub, based on trace theory.
  • - Monitoring of website changes.
  • - Reverse image search.

Web scrapers

Web scrapers automatically scrape data from websites. You can always ask these companies to build a scraper for you, for a fee.

  • Web Scraper - A company specializing in data extraction from web pages, with a free Google Chrome Web Scraper Extension, and cloud based Web Scraper.
  • C&B +1 - Using sophisticated machine learning algorithms to extract data you want automatically from both list and detail pages. Use the point and click web interface to correct data with ease.
  • C&B +1 Parsehub - A free web scraping tool and a cloud service to go with it.
  • C&B +1 Open Source Octoparse - Quickly scrape web data without coding.
  • Open Source ContextMiner - A framework to collect, analyze, and present the contextual information along with the data.
  • - Download all the source code and assets of any website.

Knowledge Management Tools

Content clipping

In conjunction with automation tools like Zapier, these are powerful knowledge tools.

  • C&B +1 Feedly - A news aggregator application for various web browsers and mobile devices running iOS and Android, also available as a cloud-based service. It compiles news feeds from a variety of online sources for the user to customize and share with others. We use it to manage our RSS feeds.
  • C&B +1 Evernote - A cross-platform app designed for note taking, organizing, tasks lists, including a web content clipper and archiving capabilities. Evernote Web Clipper, used with tags and Zapier, is a very powerful automation tool.
  • Pocket - Ideal for future reading and consultation, Pocket puts articles, videos (or pretty much anything) into a dedicated space for easy reference. Save directly from your browser or from apps.
  • C&B +1 Airtable - Database meets collaborative spreadsheet. Quick and easy way to have a collaborative, personnalized database that can both integrate with other tools and be usable by normal, non-tech, humans.
  • Diigo - Diigo is a social bookmarking website that allows signed-up users to bookmark and tag Web pages. Additionally, it allows users to highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page. We tend to prefer for annotations, but Diigo has a massive community and saves content, so here are they.

Curation and editorialisation

  • C&B +1 - An online newspaper creator using natural language processing, machine learning and social signals to analyse and extract relevant stories from social media and the web. Its engine learns from your curation and reaches a subjective 70-80 % of quality, compared to you being there.
  • - Integrated content marketing and curation. Can also do knowledge management. More powerful than, it is a pricy heavy horse. is for individuals, is for whole teams.

Document authoring

We like our documents living, reusable and both human and computer-readable. One document, many forms.

  • C&B +1 Authorea - Write, manage, and publish your documents alongside 100,000+ writers and researchers. Works with GitHub, Jupyter, markdown... Incredible capacities - we love it. Here's an example of what you can do with it: The "Paper" of the Future.
  • C&B +1 Draftin - Very web writer orientated, and very good at that, as shown by the features. Sleek version control and collaborative draft writing.
  • Open Source Framasoft - An open source network dedicated to globally promoting "free" collaborative documentation tools and free software.
  • Open Source GitBook - Both an online platform for writing and hosting documentation, and an open source book format and toolchain. Helps teams write, collaborate and publish content online. We use it in direct connection with our GitHub repositories.
  • C&B +1 Google Drive - Google Drive and all Google apps like Google Docs have very good UX in general. They also have offline capacities.
  • C&B +1 Open Source HackMD - Realtime collaborative markdown notes that works on all platforms. Ideal for technical documentation and collaborative note taking. Saving in .md and synchronizing with GitHub allows for complete reusability - write once, publish in many shapes.
  • C&B +1 Open Source Jupyter - An open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. Uses include: data cleaning and transformation, numerical simulation, statistical modeling, data visualization, machine learning, and more. We plan to use it for interactive knowledge dashboards.
  • C&B +1 Pandadoc - A software as a service document automation service that features e-signature technology, digital transaction management and electronic payment services. We are experimenting with reciprocity contracts using this tool.
  • Smallpdf - Pdf conversions and related applications. To deal with anything pdf.
  • Ultradox - A combination of workflow and template engine to merge, send and print documents, generate websites or send out responsive emails as part of your process. It allows for personnalized documents generation, which is pretty cool.

Document management systems

  • Open Source Document Cloud - An open-source software as a service platform that allows users to upload, analyze, annotate, collaborate on and publish primary source documents. Since its launch in 2009, it has been used primarily by journalists to find information in the documents they gather in the course of their reporting and, in the interests of transparency, publish the documents.
  • Open Source Overviewdocs - Search, analyze and cull huge volumes of text or documents. It was built for investigative journalists who go through thousands of pages of material, but it's also used by reasearchers facing huge archives and social media analysts with millions of posts. This might become a primary Knowledge Management tool for us.
  • C&B +1 Open Source Nextcloud - a suite of client-server software for creating and using file hosting services. It is functionally similar to Dropbox, although Nextcloud is free and open-source, allowing anyone to install and operate it on a private server. The open architecture allows for adding additional functionality to the server in form of applications and enables the user to have full control of their data.

Design Tools

Graphic design and video

  • C&B +1 - A freeware, mind-mapping web application using hierarchically structured documents, like a branching tree.
  • C&B +1 - An open platform online diagramming tool to create and share diagrams. For making flowcharts, process diagrams, org charts, UML, ER diagrams, network diagrams and more. Create diagrams using any browser and save your work on your favourite cloud storage.
  • Creative Cloud - A set of applications and services from Adobe Systems that gives subscribers access to a collection of software used for graphic design, video editing, web development, photography, along with a set of mobile applications and also some optional cloud services via a monthly or annual subscription service.
  • C&B +1 Piktochart - A web-based infographic application which allows users without intensive experience as graphic designers to easily create professional-grade infographics using themed templates.
  • Infogram (for live data only) - A web-based data visualization and infographics platformthat allows people to make and share digital charts, infographics and maps. Infogram offers an intuitive WYSIWYG editor that converts users’ data into infographics that can be published, embedded or shared. Users do not need coding skills to use this tool.
  • VideoScribe - A whiteboard animation software to enhance and personalise your presentations with an engaging new form of story telling which replicates a 'stop-motion capture style', that allows you to create this style of animated videos quickly and easily.
  • WeVideo - Make and share videos using WeVideo's cloud-based online video editing software, to capture, create, view and share your movies.
  • C&B +1 Pixlr Editor Online - A cloud-based set of image tools and utilities, including a number of photo editors, a screen grabber browser extension, and a photo sharing service. The suite was intended for non-professionals, however the apps range from simple to advanced photo editing.

Plug-ins, extensions and web services

  • C&B +1 - Add rich content to any site via a simple API. With Embedly you can embed media from over 250 providers, and surface popular content with analytics, and gain deeper insights on articles shared on your site, and improve load times with image optimization improving the overall web experience for everyone.
  • Open Source GPLDL (General Public License Downloads) - Download the most popular GPL-licensed premium WordPress themes, plugins and WooCommerce extensions and themes.
  • Open Source SEO Yoast - The original WordPress SEO plugin since 2008. It is the favorite tool of millions of users. A solid toolset that helps you aim for that number one spot in the search results.
  • Open Source InboundNow - An inbound marketing suite that builds marketing plugins for WordPress and custom WordPress development, with a heavy emphasis on marketing & conversion rate optimization.
  • Open Source ORBTR - A cost-effective lead tracking and marketing automation suite for WordPress, built for small and mid-size businesses and nonprofit organizations.
  • C&B +1 Crowdin - A localization management platform that helps organisations translate their software, content, websites... We used it for this very document.

Web and app design

  • GoHugo - The world’s fastest framework for building websites. It is a static site generator, transforming in sites like
  • C&B +1 Jekyll - Transform your plain text into static websites and blogs. That's the engine behind, and what is currently generating this page.
  • Aesop Story Engine - A collection of thirteen unique components wrapped in a plugin that can be used to present rich, interactive stories or articles in any WordPress theme.
  • C&B +1 Open Source - An open source software and publishing platform for Multimedia Storytelling. Its a responsive tool for digital journalism, that empowers anyone to transform video content, images, audio and text into immersive visual stories and digital report, including a growing number of interactive digital storytelling elements, such as 360° videos, hotspots, before/after slider, charts and multiple storylines.
  • C&B +1 Open Source Wordpress - The most popular free and open source content management system (CMS) in the world, that can be enhanced with numerous plugins, extensions and designer themes. Allows us to create websites quick and dirty.
  • - Introduces a new way to build a web application with its point-and-click programming tool, entirely without code. Bubble hosts all applications on its cloud platform.
  • C&B +1 Open Source App Inventor MIT - An intuitive, visual programming environment that allows everyone to build fully functional apps for smartphones and tablets. Anyone can have a simple first app up and running in less than 30 minutes. The blocks-based tool facilitates the creation of complex, high-impact apps in significantly less time . This project seeks to democratize software development by empowering all people, especially young people, to move from technology consumption to technology creation.
  • WebFlow - A cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) that allows designers to build production-ready, responsive websites without any coding knowledge required, allowing designers to accomplish most aspects of web development and website distribution through a visual editor that provides the pixel-for-pixel design precision.
  • C&B +1 Open Source Github - A web-based hosting service for version control using git. It is mostly used for computer code but also hosts non-code projects like a collaborative travel blog or recipe exchange. It offers all of the distributed version control and source code management functionality of Git as well as adding its own features. This is an absolutely crucial component of this tool list. ⚡️

Other design resources

  • HCL Color Space - The Hue-Chroma-Luminance (HCL) color space is an alternative to other color spaces like RGB, HSV and so on. In contrast to most of the available color spaces the HCL color gamut is based on how the human eye perceives colors.
  • Icon Finder - Find icon image sets, plus editing and designs for icons.
  • Jet Strap - A premier interface-building tool for Bootstrap 3.
  • Google Fonts - An intuitive and robust directory of open source designer web fonts.
  • Subtle Patterns - A directory of minimalist and elegant patterns for upload and download.
  • Font Awesome - A handy directory for downloading and customising icons to complement your web projects.

Infrastructure & Development Tools


We love automation tools !

  • C&B +1 Integromat - Seamlessly connect your apps/services, so you can concentrate on new tasks rather than repeating the same tasks again and again. Integromat works by linking together your favorite apps/services by their corresponding modules to create a scenario that will transfer and transform your data automatically for you. Create a scenario that will watch for new data in one app/service, set-up the proceeding modules for the desired end result and Integromat will execute the task for you.
  • C&B +1 IFTTT (If This Then That) - A free web-based service to get your apps and devices working together. Create chains of simple conditional statements, called applets. An applet is triggered by changes that occur within other web services such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, etc. In addition to the web-based application, the service runs on iOS and Android.
  • LIFTTT - The combination of location + IFTTT (If This Then That); adding the power of contextual location to the IFTTT.
  • C&B +1 Zapier - An online automation tool that connects your favorite apps (over 1,000). You can connect two or more apps to automate repetitive tasks without coding or relying on developers to build the integration. Move info between your web apps automatically, so you can focus on your most important work. It's easy so that anyone can build their own app workflows with just a few clicks.

Cloud platforms

Cloud, server, hosting and storage services. From IaaS (Infractructure-as-a-service) to PaaS (Platform-as-a-service). The big platforms have many, many apps, services and APIs that are top notch in their respective domains - from AI to video streaming. They all have free tiers of use and free credit programs for NGOs and start-ups.

Software repositories and IDE

  • C&B +1 Open Source Github - A web-based hosting service for version control using git. It is mostly used for computer code but also hosts non-code projects like a collaborative travel blog or recipe exchange. It offers all of the distributed version control and source code management functionality of Git as well as adding its own features. This is an absolutely crucial component of this tool list. ⚡️
  • Open Source Github Codenvy - Cloud workspaces for dev teams. Develop code with portable Docker runtimes, create workspaces in “dev mode” production adding intellisense, debuggers and desktop sync. Create teams for sharing at or in a private install.
  • C&B +1 Cloud9 - An online integrated development environment, published as open source from version 3.0. supporting hundreds of programming languages, including C, C++, PHP, Ruby, Perl, Python, JavaScript with Node.js, and Go. It enables developers to get started with coding immediately with pre-configured workspaces, collaborate with their peers with collaborative coding features, and web development features like live preview and browser compatibility testing.
  • C&B +1 SublimeText - A source code editor with a Python application programming interface (API). It natively supports many programming languages and markup languages, and functions can be added by users with plugins, typically community-built and maintained under free-software licenses. One of the best lightweight IDE to install on a computer.
  • C&B +1 Open Source Atom - Atom is a text editor that's modern, approachable, yet hackable to the core—a tool you can customize to do anything but also use productively without ever touching a config file.

Organisation & Communication Tools

For distributed organisations (liquid democracy, doocracy, holacracy,etc), as most tools are still in early stage, we put it under R&D - Distributed organisation.

Administrative, legal and financial

See also R&D - Financing. We're still looking for a good France-compatible SaaS accounting service, for associations and companies.

  • Coinbase - A digital currency wallet and platform where merchants and consumers can transact with new digital currencies like bitcoin, ethereum, and litecoin.
  • Open Source Dolibarr - Open source ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) & CRM (Customer Relationship Management) for business. Also includes different features for different activities outside of ERP and CRM. Old school Open Source, you have to install and configure it on a server, and the UX is ah-ok.
  • Freshbooks - Cloud-based accounting solutions for small business owners. It is designed for owners of the types of small client-service businesses that send invoices to clients and get paid for their time and expertise.
  • C&B +1 HelloAsso - A French crowdfunding platform dedicated to associations. Manages memberships, ticketing too.
  • LegalStart - A French legal management company helping startups draft legal documents and formalities online.
  • C&B +1 Oxamyne - Cooperative entrepreneurship initiative. We initiated this experimentation. Oxamyne is born from Oxalis and La Myne.
  • C&B +1 Stripe - An Irish technology company that allows both private individuals and businesses to accept payments over the Internet, that also provides the technical, fraud prevention, and banking infrastructure required to operate on-line payment systems.
  • Square - A financial services, merchant services aggregator and mobile payment company with several software and hardware payments products, including Square Register and Square Reader, and has expanded into small business services such as Square Capital, a financing program, Square Cash, a person-to-person payments service, and Square Payroll.
  • Trezor - A secure USB cyptocurrency wallet.

Discussion platforms

  • Slack - A cloud-based set of proprietary team collaboration tools and services. The name is an acronym for "Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge".
  • Discourse - A modern forum software for your community. Use it as a mailing list, discussion forum, long-form chat room, and more !
  • Open Source RocketChat - A leading open source team chat software solution. Free, unlimited and completely customizable with on-premises and SaaS cloud hosting.
  • - Connects chatrooms (even when they're running on completely different services).
  • Chatlio - Chat with your website visitors directly from Slack.
  • Open Source Telegram - Telegram is a non-profit cloud-based instant messaging service.

Events and goodies

  • C&B +1 Moo Cards - An online print and design company with the aim to disrupt the global print industry by making high quality, designer products available to all online. Features include the capability to print multiple images for single orders, and being able to order smaller quantities.
  • Spreadshirts - A German online retail company that enables customers to design and order custom apparel such as T-shirts and sweatshirts. Customers can make, buy, and sell their designs on the Spreadshirt retail marketplace.
  • Vistaprint - A Dutch global, e-commerce brand that produces physical and digital marketing products for small and micro businesses, offering high-quality printed marketing materials, promotional products and marketing services such as copywriting, design, websites and postcard mailing.

Meetings & conferencing

  • - An online video collaboration tool that lets you have video conversations effortlessly. Create a room with no required registration.
  • Google Hangouts - Google Hangouts is a communication platform developed by Google which includes instant messaging, video chat, SMS and VOIP features.
  • Open Source Jitsi - A free and open source multiplatform voice, videoconferencing and instant messaging application for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Android.
  • - A video live streaming platform that allows customers to broadcast live video content using a camera and a computer through the Internet, and viewers to play the content via the web, iOS, Android, Roku, and the Apple TV.
  • Periscope - A live video streaming app for Android and iOS.
  • Skype - A popular telecommunications application software product that specializes in providing video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches via the Internet and to regular telephones.
  • C&B +1 - Modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and webinars across mobile, desktop, and room systems.
  • C&B +1 Renater videoconferencing - RENATER (National telecommunications network for Technology, Education and Research) in France provides a national and international connectivity via the pan-European GÉANT network, to more than 1,000 education and research sites in Metropolitan France and Overseas Departments and Territories. The RENATER network is an important and added value tool for research and education.

Project management

  • C&B +1 Asana - A web and mobile application designed to help teams track their work. Founded in 2008 by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-engineer Justin Rosenstein, who both worked on improving the productivity of employees at Facebook.
  • C&B +1 Trello - A dashboard, visual based project management. A Trello board is a list of lists, filled with cards, used by you and your team. It's a lot more than that, though. Trello has everything you need to organize projects of any size. Open a card and you can add comments, upload file attachments, create checklists, add labels and due dates, and more.

Relationships and social media management

  • C&B +1 Buffer - A software application for the web and mobile, designed to manage accounts in social networks, by providing the means for a user to schedule posts to Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.
  • Freshdesk - An online cloud-based customer service software providing helpdesk and client support with smart automations included.
  • FrontApp - Front redefines work communication with the first shared inbox for teams. By unifying your email, customer communication channels, and apps in one platform.
  • C&B +1 FullContact - A privately held technology company that provides a suite of cloud-based contact management solutions for businesses, developers, and individuals, and real-time customer intelligence. Take a picture of a business card with your smartphone and voilà.
  • C&B +1 Hootsuite - A social media management platform. The system’s user interface takes the form of a dashboard, and supports social network integrations for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, and many more. Additional integrations are available via Hootsuite’s App Directory.
  • - Load more content simply by scrolling to the bottom of the page. Auto-approve all your user generated content, or set up auto-moderation filters. Custom CSS: Style it to fit your brand or site. Advanced Analytics: Find out who uses your social feed, and how they interact with it.
  • C&B +1 Mailchimp - A popular marketing automation platform and email marketing service company. Goes well with which provides procedural e-mail services.
  • C&B +1 NimbleCRM - Offers browser widget and mobile-based sales force automation and social CRM solution for small and midsize businesses. The solution automatically populates customer profiles and interaction histories from contact lists, email conversations and social media activity across a range of popular platforms.
  • Sharypic - An event photo sharing service for gathering people and pictures in one place. Collaborate together in a unique gallery in real time.

Social networks

  • Facebook - A social networking website and service where users can post comments, share photographs and links to news or other interesting content on the Web, play games, chat live, and even stream live video. Designed to be highly addictive. A lot of people just use the Facebook Messenger, without ever going on the platformm itself.
  • Imgur - An online image sharing community and image host.
  • Instagram - A mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service.
  • LinkedIn - A business- and employment-oriented social networking service that operates via websites and mobile apps. Mainly used for professional networking, including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs. As of April 2017, LinkedIn had 500 million members in 200 countries, out of which more than 106 million members are active.
  • C&B +1 Medium - An online publishing platform, an example of social journalism, having a hybrid collection of amateur and professional people and publications, or exclusive blogs or publishers on Medium, and is regularly regarded as a blog host.
  • Meetup - An online social networking service, intended for people to organize and/or join group meetings in real life. Meetups are formed around a common interest, goal, or cause, and they are made up of regular, face-to-face gatherings.
  • C&B +1 Quora - A question-and-answer site where questions are asked, answered, edited and organized by its community of users.
  • C&B +1 Reddit - A social news aggregation, web content rating, and discussion website.
  • Slideshare - A Web 2.0–based slide hosting service. Users can upload files privately or publicly in the following file formats: PowerPoint, PDF, or OpenDocument presentations. Slide decks can then be viewed on the site itself, on hand held devices or embedded on other sites.
  • Twitter - An online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, known as "tweets." These messages were originally restricted to 140 characters, but on November 7, 2017, the limit was doubled to 280 characters for all languages except Japanese, Korean and Chinese.
  • C&B +1 Y Combinator - Y Combinator provides seed funding for startups, and is a big network of hackers. Their news stream Hacker News is an ear in their Silicon Valley community.
  • Youtube - Allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to favorites, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users, offering a wide variety of user-generated and corporate media videos. Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos, short and documentary films, audio recordings, movie trailers, live streams, and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos.

Tools being explored

R&D - AML, recommendations and search

R&D - Complex networks

  • Graph technologies landscape - The study of sets of objects linked by relationships.
  • Maltego - Real time data gathering.
  • Aleph - Investigative reporting tool for indexing large amounts of both unstructured and structured data.
  • Network Repository - An interactive scientific data repository.
  • Gephi - The open graph visualisation platform.

R&D - Data

  • Datproject - Dat is the nonprofit-backed technology & community for building apps of the future.
  • Frictionless Data - A directory of apps, integrations, libraries, and platforms. From data to insight with a collection of specifications and software for the publication, transport, and consumption of data, with an emphasis on platform-agnostic interoperability.
  • W3C - Best Practices for publishing linked data from W3C. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community where Member organizationsled by Web inventor and Director Tim Berners-Lee and CEO Jeffrey Jaffe, W3C's mission is to lead the Web to its full potential.
  • Goodtables - A free online service that helps you find out if your tabular data is actually good to use - it can check for structural problems (blank rows and columns) as well as ensure that data fits a specific schema.
  • Sensible Code software - Software to improve business operations using data science techniques and machine learning. Turning messy data into valuable information.
  • Wikidata - A collaboratively edited knowledge base hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. It is intended to provide a common source of data which can be used by Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, and by anyone else, under a public domain license.
  • IPFS - A protocol and eponymous network designed to create a content-addressable, peer-to-peer method of storing and sharing hypermedia in a distributed file system.

R&D - Distributed organisation

Tools for practical liquid democracy, emergent organisations, and holacracy. Most of these tools are in Beta and/or pretty recent. Any project linked to : Loomio, CoBudget, OpenCollective. These are prime examples of Open Source and potentially C&B +1 tools.

R&D - Entrepreneurship and financing

  • Research Professional – Source of intelligence on funding opportunities and research policy.
  • SciVal Funding – A comprehensive source of funding information.
  • Angel List - Startups directory and service site for recruitment, investment and referencea.
  • F6S - A founder and startup network.
  • YouNoodle - A platform behind hundreds of startup competitions and innovation engagement programs around the world, giving us a unique picture of the global startup ecosystem.
  • Kickstarter - An online crowdfunding platform.
  • La French Tech - A French business initiative to support entrepreneurs working in or for French start-ups in France or abroad.
  • Only Lyon - A city campaign to make Lyon shine on the international scene.
  • WiSeed - A prominent French crowdfunding platform.
  • 100Open Toolkit - A 30-piece toolkit covering the whole open innovation journey, from setting a strategy for collaboration to implementing mutually beneficial business models.

R&D - P2P and adaptive learning

Including walkthroughs / tutorials and contextual P2P help. This is going to be a hot area of R&D for us this year (2018).

  • Degreed - A skill certification platform.

Unsorted or untested tools

  • Alfresco - A digital business platform.
  • OpenKM - A document management system.
  • SurveyMonkey - A survey platform creator and analysis.
  • Wiki.js - An open source, modern and powerful wiki app.
  • TiddlyWiki - A unique non-linear notebook for capturing, organising and sharing complex information.
  • Rambox - A free, open source and cross platform messaging and emailing app.
  • OpenBadge Factory - Tools for your organisation to implement a meaningful and sustainable Open Badges system.
  • Badgr - A free and open source achievement recognition and tracking system.
  • ROME (Répertoire Opérationnel des Métiers et des Emplois) referentials - An operational directory of trades and jobs in France.
  • ESCO referentials - The multilingual classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations.
  • La Casemate - A scientific cultural centre based in Grenoble, France.
  • Lastpass - a freemium password management service that stores encrypted passwords in private accounts. LastPass is standard with a web interface, but also includes plugins for many web browsers and apps for many smartphones.
  • Framatools - Open source web tools.
  • Calendly - Optimised task scheduling.
  • Figma - Allows you to design mock UI and test them, collaboratively
  • Revolut - Modern banking

To do: Voice, A/V recognition tools (castingwords, rev, voicebox and so on) Image recognition tools Check Data & Automation tools ETL & ELT tools Leximancer All GitHub and software engineering related tools, PM tools, Atlassian tools DevOps, NetEng tools (Chef, Jenkins, containers, CI)


Stuff to deal with

  • SSO / Identity management
  • Backup
  • DevOps / CI
  • Design
  • Other wiki / Editorial
  • Curation / KM
  • Devices


  • SemApps - SemApps is an open-source software allowing to develop geographic information system in semantic, intra- and inter- community.
  • Communecter (+agenda) - An innovative societal network at the service of citizens who are agents of change.
  • Discourse - Discourse is the 100% open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. Use it as a mailing list, discussion forum, long-form chat room, and more!
  • Tim's proposition - Content as Code is an approach to develop workflows and technology to improve content re-use and maintainability. It aims to make content authoring and management benefit from software engineering collaboration best practices.
  • - dokieli is a clientside editor for decentralised article publishing, annotations and social interactions.
  • Miro - Experience the power of the Miro visual collaboration platform to create, collaborate, and centralize communication across your company on a single online whiteboard.
  • Aha! - Aha! is for roadmapping collaboratively, for product and marketing teams — work independently or collaborate better together.
  • Kirby - Kirby is the content management system, you build your own ideal interface. Combine forms, galleries, articles, spreadsheets and more into an amazing editing experience.
  • Notion - The all-in-one workspace. Write, plan, collaborate, and get organized.
  • Samepage - The all-in-one collaborative platform. We blend communication, project management, and file sharing tools together in a single app, giving you more clarity and less noise so you can get more done.
  • Monday - A project management platform that you can plan, organize and track, in one visual, collaborative space.
  • - Is a technical stack based on static websites.
  • POWR - Website plugins to grow your business. Forms, popups, countdown timers, sliders, media galleries, ecommerce, social media feeds/icons and much more. No coding necessary.
  • (+ Fizen) - Anytime is a Neobank for companies, professionals, associations, and private individuals. Fizen allows you to save time on your management and manage your activity in real time. Designed and used by chartered accountants for VSE executives.

Also: Beekast, Canva, DoDoc, Framasoft, Gogocarto, Mashup Tables, Netvibes, Open Agenda, Padlet, Pearltrees, SenInBlue, Wekan, YesWiki.

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