DSTS Series: Free and Open Source Tools (Toggl, /Commons in a Box/, Schema.org)

Check back every week, we will share staff picks of some of our favorite free and opens source tools!


April 10, 2020


Mollie Webb
GIS Programmer

Toggl (time tracker) While not specific to our area, I have been using this time tracker app/website for several years. It has saved me hours when we are asked to summarize our time on a specific task and generally just a good way to keep track of what I am working on. I also find that it helps with keeping me on track when I am working on a task. I track my time on paper first so I can jot it down quickly, then every couple of days I transfer my time to toggl. It allows you to set up different “clients” and “projects” so you can group your tasks.


Harriett Green
Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship and Technology Services

/Commons in a Box/ Humanities Commons A platform that enables scholars to build a scholarly online communities, share papers and data, and develop project websites — a nonprofit alternative to Academia.edu. Commons in a Box is the open source software, and Humanities Commons is a particularly robust instance.


Jason Begston
Head of Library Technology Services

Schema.org semantic markup generator A relatively simple way to create pieces of structured markup for a website in JSON-LD



About the author

As the Head of Data Services at Washington University in St. Louis, Moore directs services in digital data management, curation, analysis, visualization, literacies, and GIS. She was a co-PI on the IMLS grant, Community Standards for 3D Data Preservation (CS3DP), which continues to bring stakeholders together to establish agreement on how to make 3D data long-lasting (book forthcoming); a partner and curator in the Data Curation Network (DCN), which has created a shared curation model for institutions; a co-PI on the IMLS Specialized Data Curation Workshop grant, which is focused on training curators in DCN methods; and the WashU Representative for the Research Data Alliance, an international organization addressing research data. Moore is program faculty in International and Area Studies and a GIS instructor in the UCollege.