This area will lead you to information on various programs and suites that can be used in your research.
Research activities often involve software that is not specific to the discipline involved. Everyone uses text processing tools to create papers, reports, and so on.
The University has license agreements in place for faculty and staff use of Microsoft Office. These vary by college and department, so check your department's status. More on MS Office »
OpenOffice is a freely available open source alternative to MicroSoft Office. This is not supported by ICT. More on OpenOffice »
LaTeX is a type setting program that some disciplines require. More on LaTeX »
There are a number of resources available for citation and reference management. These should be used to help keep track of the sorces that you use in your scholarly activities. More on Citation Managers »
Data Processing Applications
Special pricing or licensing is avaialble for a few major statistical analysis packages for the University: SAS, SPSS, and Stata. We are also encouraging use of the open source package called "R".
GIS is a methodology for visualising data which are related to geographic locations, and for analysing that data in the context of their spatial locations. The main software used on campus is ESRI's ArcGIS software.
There are campus wide research licenses available for Maple, Mathematica and MATLAB. Each package has its own strengths, but they provide the ability to do general high level mathematical analysis, without using traditional programming languages.
Many software packages facilitate a visual representation of data to help with discovery and insight. For exammple, MATLAB, Mathematica, ArcGIS all include modules for graphing or rendering.
The WestGrid Collaboration and Visualisation Facility has a stereoscopic projection facility that provides three dimensional viewing of objects. The commercial software available includes Avizo, and ArcGIS but there is also freely available software including Paraview to use.