Harvard Provost Innovation Grant, Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences
Edtags is an information sharing site oriented to the education field. In Edtags, "educators (e.g., teachers, education graduate students, professors, librarians, etc.) to connect with people sharing similar interests, discover relevant materials that may have "eluded" the traditional card catalogue search, and store and categorize your favorite bookmarks."
Project description at Harvard: http://isites.harvard.edu/edtags
This is a add-on for Fireworks that makes every word interactive. "Select any text and choose a command: Search • References • Conversion • Translation • Shop • Blog • Tag • Email & more. Over 200 commands available in an editable menu." You may visit the project website and watch the demo provided there: Hyperwords. In late 2007, the project plans to make it "available on every application on your computer, starting with other web browsers and with email programs".
Free office software for Mac computers. Like the OpenOffice, NeoOffice offers a free alternative for word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and drawing.
"NeoOffice is a fully-featured set of office applications (including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing programs) for Mac OS X. (...) NeoOffice has integrated dozens of native Mac features and can import, edit, and exchange files with other popular office programs such as Microsoft Office."
MP3 My MP3 Recorder
This is an audio recording software that allows recording streaming audio from the Internet, microphone, or any other source and saving as a .mp3 or .wav file.
Screencast-O-Matic is a free online service to create a video recording of your screen and upload it for free hosting or save it as a QuickTime movie, only using the browser (no software to install). It works on Windows and Mac computers and it provides a way for quickly creating and sending simple instructions on computer/software operations.
A free searchable and automatic bibliography generator. "BibMe allows you to search from a database of millions of entries to find your source and autofill in the information." You may search for books, articles, websites, and films and save or download the bibliography file in RTF format. Registered users may save up to 10 bibliographies for future use.
KoolWire is a free file conversion service via e-mail. Users may convert their files (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, JPG, GIF, Rich Text Format and TXT) into a PDF file "by simply sending them as attachments to a specific e-mail address. Koolwire will take the file, convert it in seconds, and send it back to the sender".
Surface is not really a tool, yet. However, it will have a solid effect in the future development of IT tools. "Surface, Microsoft’s first surface computer, provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural hand gestures, touch and physical objects. Surface computing breaks down traditional barriers between people and technology, changing the way people interact with all kinds of everyday information — from photos to maps to menus."
Watch a video showing how surface computing is like:
First Look: Microsoft Surfacing Computing