Software & Platforms

Access to software, research tools, and online platforms for data analysis and data visualization.

Below is information about the provider(s) of this service.  Some providers work with members of a specific school, while others are open to the Harvard community more broadly.

Broadly applicable

Center for Geographic Analysis

Geospatial software and data offerings include site licenses for ArcGIS suite, ERDAS Imagine, TerrSet, ENVI, Trimble, FME, BlueMarble and other products. We also recommend some open source Geographic Information System (GIS) products, and make available a variety of tools and code samples that were developed by CGA.

Most licenses are served out as concurrent licenses from CGA managed license servers available to computers on the Harvard LAN or VPN. Some also have single use licenses or online organizational licenses available via HarvardKey login.

Audience

All Harvard Affiliates

Service Provider

Center for Geographic Analysis

Service Fee

None

Service Website

Center for Geographic Analysis: Software

Center for Geographic Analysis: Data

Contact Information

Center for Geographic Analysis Contact Form

Harvard Library, Research Data Management Program

DMPTool

DMPTool is an online tool available to help researchers create and share their data management plans to meet funder requirements and as a best practice for managing their data. DMPTool provides step-by-step guidance for creating one's own DMP and includes templates and sample plans to help researchers address requirements specific to Harvard and funding sources.

Audience

All Affiliates; All Faculty; All Graduate Students; All Undergraduate Students

Service Provider

Harvard Library Research Data Management Program

Service Fee

None

Service Website

https://dmptool.org

Contact Information

dmptool_support@harvard.edu

Harvard Map Collection

The Harvard Library subscribes to many different online cartographic data exploration platforms. Librarians from the Map Collection can help you determine which application contains the right data and tools for your research needs. These subscriptions include:

  • ArcGIS
  • China GeoExplorer
  • Policy Map
  • QGIS
  • SimplyAnalytics
  • Social Explorer

Google Earth

Google Earth is the most easy to use and familiar geospatial tool for many faculty and students. We can teach you the more advanced aspects of this tool for visualization.

ArcGIS

Access to ArcGIS software tools; consultation is available in preparing data for analysis and orientation to the software.

PolicyMap

Access to, and support for PolicyMap: a data warehouse of over 50,000 indicators accessible through a state-of-the-art mapping and analytics platform.

nVivo

Access to and support for nVivo: a qualitative data analysis platform designed for working with rich text-based and multimedia information on levels of deep analysis and in large volumes.

Social Explorer

Access and support to Social Explorer, a tool that allows anyone using the WEB to create thematic maps (data maps) using several hundred variables provided by the 2000 Census, plus a limited selection provided by earlier censuses.

Audience

All Harvard Affiliates

Service Provider

Harvard Map Collection

Service Fee

None

Service Website

Contact Information

maps@harvard.edu

Applicable to members of a specific school or part of the campus

Countway Library (Longwood Medical Area)

protocols.io Platform

protocols.io is a collaborative platform and preprint server for methods and protocols. protocols.io allows researchers to create step-by-step detailed, interactive and dynamic protocols that can be run on mobile or web. This platform is useful for researchers in any discipline that uses a step-by-step methodology. Using the Premium version of protocols.io, researchers can share your protocols privately with labmates and collaborators, or publish them publicly with a DOI.

Audience

  • School Faculty
  • School Graduate Students

Service Provider

Countway Library

Service Fee

None

Service Website

https://countway.harvard.edu/services/publishing-data-services/data-services

Contact Information

Julie Goldman: julie_goldman@hms.harvard.edu

Harvard Kennedy School

ArcGIS

Access to ArcGIS software tools; consultation is available in preparing data for analysis and orientation to the software.

PolicyMap

Access to, and support for PolicyMap: a data warehouse of over 50,000 indicators accessible through a state-of-the-art mapping and analytics platform.

nVivo: Access to and support for nVivo: a qualitative data analysis platform designed for working with rich text-based and multimedia information on levels of deep analysis and in large volumes.

Open Refine

Access to open refine

R

Access to and support for R: a programming language and software environment for statistical computing, data analysis, and graphics.

Social Explorer

Access and support to Social Explorer, a tool that allows anyone using the WEB to create thematic maps (data maps) using several hundred variables provided by the 2000 Census, plus a limited selection provided by earlier censuses.

Stata

Access to and support for Stata: a statistical software program used for data management, statistical analysis, graphics, simulations, regression, and custom programming.

Tableau

Access to Tableau

Audience

School Faculty; Graduate School Fellows; School Graduate Students

Service Provider

Harvard Kennedy School Library

Service Fee

None

Service Website

https://guides.library.harvard.edu/hks/data_resources

Contact Information

library_research@hks.harvard.edu