You can use a range of software packages to analyse data - from Access or Excel to dedicated packages, such as SPSS, Stata and R for statistical analysis of quantitative data, Nvivo for qualitative (textual and audio-visual) data analysis (QDA), or ArcGIS for analysing geospatial data.
For more information see Bodleian Data Library.
To support social scientists and others who are required to gather and handle data, the SSL has created a Data Area providing access to PCs which have specialised and restricted-licence data software installed: Bloomberg PC, Eikon PC, NVivo, SPSS, ArcGIS, and IMF Government Finance Statistics. With the exception of the Bloomberg PC, which has to be booked in advance, any reader may use these PCs.
A powerful and flexible general-purpose statistical software package used in research, among others in the fields of economics, sociology, political science. It's capabilities include data management, statistical analysis, graphics, simulations, regression, and custom programming.
STATA is available to eligible students and staff in departments and centres in the Manor Road Building (MRB); to be eligible you must be nominated by your department/centre.
Students can also purchase STATA at a reduced cost for their own devices from the supplier Timberlake.
A browser-based tool recently developed by the UK Data Service for exploration of a number of its key macro data collections. It is an attempt to integrate analysis and visualisation with the point of data access.
On UK Data Service, using your SSO to access the full portfolio.
See also examples and video tutorials
Part of the service infrastructure of the German Microdata Lab, MISSY is an online service platform that provides structured metadata for official statistics. It includes metadata at the study and variable level as well as reports and tools for data handling and analysis. All documentation in MISSY refers to EU and national (German microcensus) microdata available for scientific purposes.
An ESRC Data Investment, part of the Big Data Network for the social sciences brings together crime, social, computer, and statistical scientists to study the empirical, methodological, theoretical and technical dimensions of New and Emerging Forms of Data in social, policy and business contexts. This empirical social data science programme is complemented by a focus on ethics and the development of new methodological tools and technical solutions for the UK academic, public and private sectors.
The Lab develops and supports the COSMOS Open Data Analytics software, that provides ethical access to social media data for social science researchers.
Software packages comprised of tools designed to facilitate a qualitative approach to qualitative data, which include texts, graphics, audio or video. These packages (sometimes referred as CAQDAS - Computer Assisted/Aided Qualitative Data Analysis) may also enable the incorporation of quantitative (numeric) data and/or include tools for taking quantitative approaches to qualitative data.
Here are some more popular packages -
A geographic information system that can be used by anyone working with geospatial data or in fact any statistical information that includes geographical variables such as location, elevation, population density and so on. If the information being used features a geographical representation of the world as part of the mix then ArcGIS should be of interest.
Use ArcGIS to:
It can be used with any geo-spatial data such as the Landscan population database.
ArcGIS Desktop is available on library computers in the Social Science Library (can be found in the all programs menu).
A library of books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos on methods across the social sciences, including the largest collection of qualitative methods books available online from any scholarly publisher. The site is designed to guide users to the content they need to learn a little or a lot about their method.
IT Learning Centre (ITLC) offers both classroom-based and online video courses to University members. Lunchtime sessions, online resources and some courses are free; there is a charge for other courses.
You can search classroom-based courses via online course booking system which allows you to book or cancel a taught course and to manage your notifications using your Single Sign-On.
Having problems? See Help Centre Frequently Asked Questions.
|Workshops in Information Discovery & Scholarly Communications, the programme designed to help you to make effective use of scholarly materials. It covers, among other things, managing your research data, information discovery, keeping up to date with new research, responsible research metrics, understanding copyright and looking after your intellectual property, open Access publishing and complying with funder mandates for open access.|
A programme designed to promote a step-change in quantitative social science training.
Data training in the University
Training opportunities are available within the University: workshops are run by different departments, from the Bodleian Library's iSkills sessions to IT Learning Centre courses.
External data training & events
Online training opportunities as well as various workshops, seminars and conferences are also available from UKDS and other organisations.