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Research Data Management: Tools

Bringing together University resources and services to facilitate researchers in the production of high quality data.


Use an online template tool to draw up your data management plan

The Digital Curation Centre has put together an online template tool that will let you write a data management plan either specific to the requirements of the funding organisation to which you are applying, or a more generic plan to help you organise your data:

Find out what requirements your funder has regarding data archiving

Sherpa JULIET is a useful tool offering information on research funders’ policies on open access data archiving and open access publishing. Use Sherpa Juliet to find out whether your funder requires you to deposit your final data in a particular repository.

Tools for Managing Active Research Data

Data Analysis

Many of the tools described on this page have similar capabilities so choice is often based upon how commonly they are used within certain disciplines, how well they are documented and how readily available they are in practice.


Microsoft Excel is one of the most commonly used spreadsheet packages using a grid of cells in rows and columns to organise data. It can be used to carry out arithmetic calculations and display data as graphs, histograms and charts.


SAS is statistical analysis software.

Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) is used widely in business, marketing as well as academia. It is a starting point for most interested in analysis of statistical data and also produced tabulations and graphics. SPSS may also function as a data organisation and limited research documentation tool. It is easy to learn and is often recommended for general use.

A software package that is an alternative to SPSS and performs similar functions of analysis, modelling and tabulation. It takes longer to learn than SPSS but is more powerful and flexible. In addition it benefits from regular updates of its techniques. 



An open source freely available language and environment for statistical computing and graphics which provides a wide variety of statistical and graphical techniques: linear and nonlinear modelling, statistical tests, time series analysis, classification and clustering. It is a major rival of SPSS and Stata: 

Textual or mixed method analytical programs are often grouped together under the title of ‘computer assisted qualitative data analysis software’ (CAQDAS). Further information about CAQDAS software can be found on the University of Surrey's CAQDAS page and the University of Huddersfield's Online QDA website.



NVivo is a software package created to deal with qualitative or mixed methods data such as interviews and focus groups. This may either be in the form of text transcriptions or certain types of audio and video recordings. It allows extensive annotation and segmentation of data as part of organisation, categorisation and analysis.

The cost of NVivo from Micromail is as follows:

NVivo 11 Pro net €485/Gross €596.55
NVivo 11 Pro student - 12 month licence net €85/gross €104.55
Nvivo 10  net €470 /gross €578.10
(Correct as of December 2017).

The following books in the library are useful:

Qualitative data analysis with Nvivo - Patricia Bazeley
Qualitative data analysis: explorations with Nvivo - Graham Gibbs
The NVivo qualitative project book - Patricia Bazeley

Please check out the library catalogue at:



This is an alternative to Nvivo and handles a similar range of data types allowing organisation, colour coding and retrieval of data. Text, audio or video may equally be dealt with by this software package. A range of data visualisation tools are also included.

Atlas TI
Atlas TI offers similar tools to analyse and code a wide range of text and audio visual data and it is also useful for geo-spatial data.

See the range of tools available on the UCD GIS Guide: