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Meandre is a set of developer and end-user software tools developed by the the Software Environment for the Advancement of Scholarly Research (SEASR), a software engineering project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

SEASR is leveraging the latest informatics research to innovate essential technology for the humanities to develop software that enhances humanities researchers’ ability to use digital humanities applications for knowledge discovery and provides digital humanities developers with an improved environment for advancing and innovating applications.

Tool Type

Visualization Tools

General Associations
collaborative research (1), data analysis (37), data mining (33), open source software (2), tag cloud (3), text mining (18), textual analysis (11), timeline (5), visual (18), visualization (29), zotero (3)




Specifically, then, SEASR addresses four key needs:

  • the ready transformation of (semi-)unstructured data (including natural language texts) to the structured data world through building extensible software bridges
  • improved basic knowledge discovery through supporting enhanced analytics
  • time- and distance-independent scholarly and technology exchange through constructing virtual research environments
  • fully open-sourced development for maximizing community involvement, such as by sharing user applications through community repositories

Meandre provides the machinery for assembling and executing data flows -software applications consisting of software components that process data (such as by accessing a data store, transforming the data from that store and analyzing or visualizing the transformed results).

Within Meandre, each flow is represented as a graph that shows executable components (i.e., basic computational units, or building blocks) as icons linked through their input and output connections. Based on the inputs and properties of a executable component, a unique output is generated upon execution.

Meandre also provides publishing capabilities for flows and components, enabling users to assemble a repository of components for reuse and sharing. This allows users to leverage other research and development efforts by querying and integrating component descriptions that have been published previously at other shareable repository locations.

The Meandre documentation is provided here.

Interface Languages
English (416)