DSTS Series: Free and Open Source Tools (QCoder / Minfycode / Covid19 Preprints)

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


Jennifer Moore
Head of Data Services

QCoder is an open source tool that allows you to code text so that you can analyze it. QCoder is free and easy to use. It’s a great solution for those that don’t have access to expensive qualitative tools.



Jason Bengtson
Head of Library Technology Services

Minfycode JS/CSS beautifier/minifier free and it works




Micah Zeller
Head of Scholarly Communications

COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 preprints from medRxiv and bioRxiv Incredible amount of research, collaboration, and information sharing underway — and a lot of use of preprint servers like these two.

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.