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. Computer Science maintains a web space about using LaTeX. 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
There are two major statistical analysis packages supported on campus: SAS and SPSS. Both of these are available through the Campus Computing Store.
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.
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. More on the WGCVF »