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Tools for working with and collecting data

In this section we'll consider some of the free software and tools available for you to work with your data.  This Guide is not comprehensive but rather is intended to be suggestive so that once you can see what's available you'll be able to find more for yourself.

Tools for working with data

Tool Category Description


Data visualisation

R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS

Gephi Data Visualisation

Gephi is the leading visualization and exploration software for all kinds of graphs and networks. Gephi is open-source and free

NodeXL Data visualisation

A free and open-source network analysis and visualization software package for Microsoft Excel 2007/2010/2013/2016

OpenRefine Data cleaning

A tool for working with messy data: cleaning it; transforming it from one format into another; and extending it with web services and external data (formerly Google Refine)

Text Wrangler

Text analysis

TextWrangler is an all-purpose text and code editor for Mac OS X

Gpower Statistics

free downloadable software for power analyses fort tests, F tests, χ2 tests, z tests and some exact tests.

Tools for collecting data

Tool Category Description


Webpages A free open source web-based tool that allows you to capture and archive any sort of web content, including websites, interactive web tools, web forums, and social media content. Enter the URL of the website or web resource you want to capture and Webrecorder will create a zipped web archive file with extension .warc.gz that you can download and store.
Web Archive Player Webpages Free and open source tool to read the files created by Webrecorder. The Web Archive Player not only displays the web content captured in the file, but also displays a message documenting the date and time it was archived.
Twitter Scraper Webpages
A free open source tool developed by Intersect for collecting content from social media site Twitter. The scraper saves text and metadata harvested from Twitter into a comma separated values (.csv) file.


An open source tool for designing and conducting online surveys.

*This guide is a work in progress so please contact your Liaison Librarian if there are other Tools out there that you think would be useful for us to include.