# Tools + venues we use Last updated: 2023-02-02 URL for this page: https://hackmd.io/@investinopen/tools-we-use URL for this site: https://hackmd.io/@investinopen/how-we-work We've chosen a variety of tools for working individually and for collaborating with team members on shared projects. We rely on these tools and venues to do our work efficiently and productively. We are especially committed to choosing tools and venues that reflect our values as an organization. Our choices are always subject to review. Here's what we currently use. The list will continue to evolve, particularly as we grow as an organization and as we focus on new research challenges. (For most of the tools listed here, we've included a link to the multilingual public knowledge base [Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Main_Page) in order to provide basic facts, identifiers, and other contextualizing info). --- ## A-Z list of tools ### 1Password For password management. We use 1Password's team function to share logins with different teams and workgroups and personal vaults for other sharing. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q2150861)[color=#F4F4C0] + [instructional documentation](https://support.1password.com/) ### Amazon Web Services For database hosting of our Catalog of Open Infrastructure Services (COIs). > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q456157)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Buffer For scheduling posts from our social media accounts, namely Twitter @investinopen and our LinkedIn page. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q15633715)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Calendly For more eaasily scheduling meetings with external stakeholders and for hiring interviews. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q111946817)[color=#F4F4C0] ### CiviCRM For contact and relationship management, event management (e.g. registrations), and mass mailing. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q142028)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Django Used to build our Catalog of Open Infrastructure Services (COIs). > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q842014)[color=#F4F4C0] ### DOI Some IOI research outputs are assigned digital object identifiers. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q25670)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Ghost Our website is hosted on Ghost. We use this for new pages, job ads, posts, and the like. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q16251204)[color=#F4F4C0] ### GitHub For versioning and hosting our open source projects. URL: https://github.com/investinopen > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q364)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Google Chrome Internet browser used by some of us. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q777)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Google Cloud Data hosting and processing engine. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q17054505)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Google Translate Machine translator used by some of us. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q135622)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Google Workspace We use Google apps for a variety of work processes. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q509284)[color=#F4F4C0] + [instructional documentation](https://support.google.com/a/users/#topic=11499463) #### Gmail For email correspondence we use investinopen.org email addresses managed through Google Apps. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q9334)[color=#F4F4C0] #### Google Calendar For coordinating our schedules and creating recurring events with Zoom invites associated with them. We work in multiple time zones; the [World Clock feature](https://support.google.com/a/users/answer/9308969?hl=en) can be used to display the current time in each staff location. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q223563)[color=#F4F4C0] #### Google Docs Word processor. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q9344)[color=#F4F4C0] #### Google Drive Most of our current document storage (both internal and external) is hosted via Google. See our guide to Getting Started in Team Drive (internal access only). > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q9340)[color=#F4F4C0] #### Google Forms For questionnaires and polls. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q47014869)[color=#F4F4C0] #### Google Sheets For spreadsheets. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q46261310)[color=#F4F4C0] #### Google Slides For presenations. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q46272775)[color=#F4F4C0] ### HackMD For publicly visible documentation. URL: https://hackmd.io/@investinopen > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q69861075)[color=#F4F4C0] + [tutorial](https://hackmd.io/c/tutorials) ### Jumpshare For video messaging. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q22095636) [color=#F4F4C0] + [instructional documentation](https://support.jumpshare.com/) ### Jupyter Notebook For reproducing code work. ### LinkedIn For disseminating news. URL for IOI's company page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/69534884/ > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q213660)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Mastodon For disseminating IOI-related news, we have an account on the Mastodon instance indieweb.social: https://indieweb.social/@investinopen We also have a Mastodon account for our Open Infrastructure Tracking Project: https://indieweb.social/@oitp_ioi > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q27986619)[color=#F4F4C0] ### MastoFeed Tool for sharing RSS feeds to Mastodon. > [Tool site](https://mastofeed.org/)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Mastodon Twitter Crossposter For connecting and crossposting IOI's Mastodon and Twitter (@investinopen) accouts. > [Tool site](https://crossposter.masto.donte.com.br/)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Mosaico For creating email templates. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q114457596)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Mural For whiteboarding. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q113449543)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Namecheap For registering and managing the investinopen.org domain name. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q6544704)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Otter For bulk transcription (for interviews, other information dense calls). > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q65172862)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Plausible For web analytics. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q105731934)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Ramp For processing expenses. See Ramp's [instructions on submitting expenses](https://support.ramp.com/hc/en-us/articles/4417618448403-Submitting-Reimbursements) and CS&S's [Ramp User Guide](https://www.codeforsociety.org/resources/ramp-credit-card-user-guide). > [Website](https://ramp.com/)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Rebrandly Tool for shortening and rebranding URL addresses. ### Signal For calls / texts / video chats 1:1. (Slack + email preferred). > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q19718090)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Slack We use this as our group chat tool and always-on back channel. Public IOI Slack channels: - #**events-and-conferences**: To announce events related to open science, scholarship, libraries, and other related topics. - #**general**: Open conversation about related topics. - #**introductions**: For new individuals to introduce themselves to those in the IOI Slack. - #**jobs-and-opportunities**: To announce employment opportunities in the space. Internal IOI Slack channels: - #**ioi-breakroom**: An open channel for posting work-irrelevant content, including articles, blogs, tweets, cat-pics, fawning child/pet photos, skiing action shots, etc. to help round out our human existence. - #**ioi-discussion**: An open channel for posting work-relevant content, including articles, blogs, tweets, etc, and discussing key topics, issues, and other items of concern. - #**ioi-leadership**: To coordinate internal leadership conversations around personnel, planning, and strategy. - #**ioi-research-coord**: To coordinate activities of the research team, including full time staff, contractors, and other internal partners. - #**ioi-rss**: Automatic feed of news about open infrastructure, via our Open Infrastructure Tracking Project. - #**ioi-team**: To share general work-related updates and all-hands announcements to everyone on the team. - #**ioi-tech-planning**: To discuss the development and improvement of our technology tools and internal infrastructure. See also: [IOI Slack onboarding process for external members](https://hackmd.io/@investinopen/slack-external-onboarding). URL: http://investinopen.slack.com > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q17130715)[color=#F4F4C0] + [instructional documentation](https://slack.com/help) ### Stacker For hiring, recruitment. ### Sync For encrypted data storage of sensitive research data and/or big files (interviews, videos). See also: [IOI privacy guideline for research data](https://hackmd.io/@investinopen/standards#Research-data). > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q93748315)[color=#F4F4C0] ### TagTeam A social tagging platform for news, commentary, events, announcements, etc. that help us and IOI's public stay abreast of developments in the open infrastructure ecosystem. The TagTeam-based Open Infrastructure Tracking Project (OITP) aims to increase the visibility of open infrastructure efforts across the scholarly research landscape, and track their progress over time. See our OITP [documentation](https://hackmd.io/@investinopen/oitp), which also includes details on signing up and getting started. (Compare with [Zotero](#Zotero), which we use for managing bibliographic citations intended for inclusion in our reports, working papers, and other publications). URL: http://tagteam.harvard.edu/hubs/investinopen/ > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q50242902)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Tenzing We use [Tenzing](https://rollercoaster.shinyapps.io/tenzing/) for coordinating CRediT (classification scheme for contributior roles in scholarly authorship) information in some projects. ### Trello For task tracking and project management. See our [Trello guide](https://hackmd.io/@investinopen/trello) which includes a list of IOI's Trello boards. URL: https://trello.com/investinopeninfrastructure > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q7838011)[color=#F4F4C0] + [Getting started guide](https://trello.com/guide) ### Twitter For disseminating news. Some of the hashtags we use on Twitter include [#openinfrastructure](https://twitter.com/hashtag/openinfrastructure), [#openscience](https://twitter.com/hashtag/openscience). We also use Twitter's built-in analytics tool, and an IFTTT-hosted [RSS-to-Twitter app](https://ifttt.com/applets/EsftGLhR-rss-to-twitter). URL for news from IOI: https://twitter.com/InvestInOpen URL for Open Infrastructure Tracking Project: https://twitter.com/oitp_ioi > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q918)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Unsplash We sometimes reproduce openly licensed images from the Unsplash website. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q28233552)[color=#F4F4C0] > ### Wayback Machine For preserving web content. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q648266)[color=#F4F4C0] + [instructional documentation](https://help.archive.org/help/category/the-wayback-machine/) ### Wikidata For publicly recording basic facts on subjects we study. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q2013)[color=#F4F4C0] + [instructional documentation](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Help:Contents) - We also sometimes use Thomas Steiner's handy Wikidata-related [tool for Google Sheets](https://workspace.google.com/marketplace/app/wikipedia_and_wikidata_tools/595109124715). ### Wikimedia Commons A repository of publicly useful images and other media. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q565)[color=#F4F4C0] ### YouTube For posting video content (webinars, calls, conference sessions). Includes options for public or semi-public visibility. See also IOI's [video sharing procedures](https://hackmd.io/@investinopen/video). URLs: https://www.youtube.com/@InvestInOpen https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCegwdeQCanqiMoZTsp4__2g > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q866)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Zenodo For publicly sharing research outputs. See also: IOI's [guide to Zenodo](https://hackmd.io/@investinopen/zenodo). URL: https://zenodo.org/communities/investinopen > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q22661177)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Zoom This is our main video chat client for individual and group meetings (Google Hangouts is also available). See also: IOI's [Public session organising process](https://hackmd.io/@investinopen/public-session-organizing). > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q94979732)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Zotero For managing bibliographic citations, especially anything we might potentially cite in our research (as in a working paper or case study). Some of us also use assorted [Zotero plugins](https://www.zotero.org/support/plugins) such as [Cita](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Zotero/Cita), [Zotero Connector](https://www.zotero.org/download/connectors), and [Zutilo](https://github.com/wshanks/Zutilo). IOI's group library is visible to all; participation is restricted to [invited](https://www.zotero.org/support/groups#public_closed_membership) group members. See also: IOI's [Zotero guide](https://hackmd.io/@investinopen/zotero) + IOI's [citation style](https://hackmd.io/@investinopen/standards#Citation-style). URL: https://www.zotero.org/groups/4377072/invest_in_open > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q226915)[color=#F4F4C0] + [instructional documentation](https://www.zotero.org/support/start) --- ## Tools by function ### Communication tools - Buffer - CiviCRM - DOI - Ghost - Google Docs - Google Translate - HackMD - LinkedIn - ORCID - Plausible - Signal - Slack - Rebrandly - TagTeam - Twitter - Wikidata - Wikimedia Commons - YouTube - Zenodo - Zoom - Zotero ### Development/analysis tools - Amazon Web Services - Django - GitHub - Google Cloud - Jupyter Notebook ### Project management tools - 1Password - Google Chrome - Google Workspace - Gmail - Google Calendar - Google Drive - Google Forms - Google Sheets - Google Slides - Mural - Otter - Sync - Trello --- ## Infrequently used tools + venues ### Cobudget For participatory budgeting. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q115010482) ### DOI citation formatter Maintained by CrossRef: citation.crosscite.org. ### Expensify Formerly used for managing some business expenses. Closed account in summer 2022. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q21178592)[color=#F4F4C0] + [instructional documentation](https://community.expensify.com/categories/expensify-classroom) ### Figma For creating graphics. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q96186334) ### GoFullPage Browser extension for capturing snapshots of a computer screen. ### Google Jamboard > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q27630596) ### Humanities Commons For sharing information and research outputs. URL: https://investinopen.hcommons.org/ > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q28123024) ### Inkscape For creating vector graphics. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q8041) ### Loom For asynchronous video messaging. ### Lucidchart > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q3265224) ### Mailchimp For managing group email lists. Retiring in December 2022 - we will be using CiviCRM to manage group email lists. > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q6735673)[color=#F4F4C0] ### Mentimeter > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q110921129) ### Notion > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q60747998) ### Tito Event ticketing (when appropriate, used for JROST 2020). ### Zoom Whiteboard > [(?) basics via Wikidata](https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q114895041) --- ## Other lists of tools ### Assorted other lists * Foundation for Public Code's [Tool management and guidance](https://about.publiccode.net/activities/tool-management/) * IIIF’s [list of tools](https://github.com/IIIF/awesome-iiif/) ### Wikidata queries * List of [bibliographic management software](https://w.wiki/4zi$), via Wikidata * List of [collaborative real-time editors](https://w.wiki/4$ks), via Wikidata * List of [customer relationship management (CRM) software](https://w.wiki/4zp5), via Wikidata. See also Wikipedia's [Comparison of CRM systems](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_CRM_systems) * List of [distributed social networks](https://w.wiki/572t), via Wikidata * List of [domain name registrars](https://w.wiki/59Xq), via Wikidata * List of [email systems](https://w.wiki/4zj3) and [mailbox providers](https://w.wiki/4zj4), via Wikidata * List of [file hosting services](https://w.wiki/59YA), via Wikidata * List of [image hosting services](https://w.wiki/5jA8), via Wikidata * List of [instant messaging clients](https://w.wiki/4zj6), via Wikidata * List of [knowledge management software](https://w.wiki/57iC), via Wikidata * List of [machine translation software](https://w.wiki/4zjD), via Wikidata * List of [office suites](https://w.wiki/4zjB), via Wikidata * List of [password managers](https://w.wiki/4zjA), via Wikidata * List of [presentation software](https://w.wiki/4zjU), via Wikidata * List of [productivity software](https://w.wiki/4zjS), via Wikidata * List of [project management software](https://w.wiki/4zjW), via Wikidata * List of [server software](https://w.wiki/4zjG), via Wikidata * List of [social cataloging applications](https://w.wiki/4zjH), via Wikidata * List of [social networking services](https://w.wiki/4zjF), via Wikidata * List of [spreadsheets](https://w.wiki/4zjK), via Wikidata * List of [video-conferencing software](https://w.wiki/4zjL), via Wikidata * List of [video hosting sites](https://w.wiki/4zjM), via Wikidata * List of [web browsers](https://w.wiki/4zjJ), via Wikidata --- ## See also * IOI's [Standards + best practices we use](https://hackmd.io/@investinopen/standards) * Archived copy of this page (via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine): https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://hackmd.io/@investinopen/tools-we-use --- This page first published: 2022-02-02 ###### tags: `about-us` `tools` --- <a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/"><img alt="Creative Commons License" style="border-width:0" src="https://i.creativecommons.org/l/by/4.0/88x31.png" /></a><br />This work is made available under a <a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/">Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License</a>. 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