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Research Data

A guide for locating, managing, and sharing research data.



Data Tools

Tool Description Access
ArcGIS ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based mapping and analysis tool. Use it to make maps, analyze data, and to share and collaborate. Download free from UT here
D3.js D3.js is a JavaScript library for producing dynamic, interactive data visualizations in web browsers. It makes use of Scalable Vector Graphics, HTML5, and Cascading Style Sheets standards.
Excel Excel is a useful platform to enter and maintain research study data that is fairly easy to learn and use. Researchers can use Excel's simple statistical and plotting functions to help gain insight into their data. Learn more about Excel Basics. Download free from UT here.
ggplot2 ggplot2 is a data visualization package for the statistical programming language R.
Mathematica Mathematica is a symbolic mathematical computation program. Features include instant dynamic interactivity, high-impact adaptive visualization, symbolic interface construction, load-on-demand curated data, image and audio processing, neural networkings, 3D printing, and tools for connecting to DLL, SQL, Java, .NET, C++, Fortran, CUDA, OpenCL, and http based systems. Learn more by visiting Wolfram YouTube. Download free from UT here.
MATLAB MATLAB is a programming platform designed for specifically for scientists. It allows researchers to analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models and applications. Download free from UT here.
NodeBox NodeBox is a GUI software used for data visualization and generative design. More information here.
NVivo NVivo is a software program used for qualitative and mixed-methods research. Specifically, it is used for the analysis of unstructured text, audio, video, and image data, including (but not limited to) interviews, focus groups, surveys, social media, and journal articles.  Download free from UT here.
OpenRefine OpenRefine is a powerful open-source tool for working with messy data: cleaning it; transforming it from one format into another; and extending it with web services and external data.

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Origin Origin is a data analysis and graphing software that is fairly easy to use but also contains the ability to perform advanced customization. Users may create templates for repetitive analyses or batch operations without the need for programming. Visit Origin Lab YouTube.
Plotly Plotly is a collaborative, web-based graphing and analytics platform. It is designed especially for data scientists, engineers, and programmers to easily visualize trends in their data using Python, R, MATLAB, or Javascript, and will thus require some familiarity with programming languages. Learn more through free Plotly Webinars.
QDA Miner QDA Miner is a mixed methods and qualitative data analysis software developed by Provalis Research. The program was designed to assist researchers in managing, coding and analyzing qualitative data. Download free from UT here.
RAWGraphs RAW Graphs is an open source data visualization framework built with the goal of making the visual representation of complex data easy for everyone. More information here.
REDCap REDCap is a secure web platform for building and managing online databases and surveys. Access training resources here.


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SAP/SAS/SPSS SAP/SAS/SPSS are statistical programming languages. Download free from UT here.
Spotfire Similarly to Tableau, Spotfire is a data visualization tool with dashboards. It is particularly effective at running analytics developed in R. Learn more from Spotfire Training.
Strata Stata is a general-purpose statistical software package. Download free from UT here.
Tableau Tableau is a data visualization program with both desktop and browser based access options. It is fairly easy to use with many different visualization options. You would utilize Tableau after collecting and cleaning your research data. Learn more from Tableau Training. Request a free annual license (renewable) for students or instructors.
TrinetX TrinetX Live provides a visual and tabular data summary of the research Enterprise Data Warehouse (rEDW) containing standardized aggregated pediatric and adult healthcare data from Methodist Le Bonheur Health System Contact Lokesh Chinthala ( for support.