Kumu

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Name
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Kumu
Tool Class
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Data Visualization, Network Mapping
Developer
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Kumu, Inc.
Date Created
What was the date when the tool was first launched?
2011
Still Maintained?
Do the developers of the tool continue to work on it, adding features and fixing problems?
Yes
Open Source?
Is the tool's source code original source code freely available and may it be redistributed and modified? (This makes it possible for users to employ the tool for free, with some technical effort.)
No
Platforms
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Web
Website
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https://kumu.io/
Payment Structure
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free, subscription
Languages Supported
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English
Skill Level Needed
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  • Beginner - The tool has a simple interface that assists the user, either through automatic processes or simple guides, in working with the tool. The user is able to do most things that they need to do without knowledge of advanced concepts, like code.
  • Intermediate - The tool allows the user to perform many tasks without knowledge of advanced concepts, but about an equal amount of functionality requires advanced knowledge. Some training may be required to use the tool.
  • Advanced - The tool requires advanced knowledge or training in order to use most of its functionality.
Beginner

Tool Description

Kumu is a web-based Data Visualization tool for Network Mapping. Visualizations are interactive and explorable, with both the user and the viewer given the option to filter, custer, and redecorate public visualizations. Kumu allows the user to create a visualization through manual entry or uploading network files in .json format.

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Kumu follows a "freemium" pricing model. Public visualizations can be made for free, but visualizations of sensitive data can only be made private with a subscription.

What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?

As a web-based Network Mapping tool, Kumu has some similarities to Lynks. That platform enables the user to collaborate in real time with other users, in other respects Kumu has similar or more advanced features. Uploading to Kumu does require that a user can manipulate .json files. Other Network Mapping tools like NodeXL or Gephi are powerful alternatives - and for some, simpler to use - but are desktop-based tools that do not produce an interactive graphic for the user to explore online.

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Projects that use this tool