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Some items in the FFF collections were created using the following free tools:

Viewshare
Viewshare is a free web application for generating and customizing unique, dynamic views (interactive maps, timelines, facets, tag clouds) through which users can experience cultural heritage digital collections. The intended users of Viewshare are individuals managing and creating access to digital collections of cultural heritage materials. Read the Viewshare Knowledge Base documents to learn about this platform and how to use it.

Voyant
Voyant Tools is a web-based reading and analysis environment for digital texts. Load texts, and the tools anlayze and visualize the corpus. Tools include number of words, number of unique words, longest documents, highest vocabulary density, most frequent words, notable peaks in frequency, and distinctive words. Word Clouds, frequency graphs, and other visualization tools are available. Read the Voyant Help Documentation to learn the capabilites of the tool and how to use it.

TAMS Analyzer
TAMS stands for Text Analysis Markup System. It is a convention for identifying themes in texts (web pages, interviews, field notes). It was designed for use in ethnographic and discourse research. TAMS Analyzer lets you assign ethnographic codes to passages of a text just by selecting the relevant text and double clicking the name of the code on a list. It then allows you to extract, analyze, and save coded information. TAMS Analyzer is open source; it is released under GPL v2. The Macintosh version of the program also includes full support for transcription (back space, insert time code, jump to time code, etc.) when working with data on sound files.

Wordle
Wordle generates “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery for sharing.

Identifying tools for your research:
If you want to build upon genre film festival knowledge using FFF items or your own items, search the DiRT Directory to identify tools which can assist with your research/explorations. The DiRT (Digital Research Tools) Directory is "a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. DiRT makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mindmapping software."