Software Resources


There are quite a large number of software packages well-suited to the needs of researchers and students, many available at no cost and unencumbered by proprietary licensing restrictions. A small list of some of the more well-known packages follows:

Software Central GallaudetĀ 

  • Software Central is a place for Gallaudet and Clerc Center community to download and install software on their personally-owned computers, and/or institutionally-owned computers.

Free to Use But Restricted Packages

  • REDCap is a web application produced, distributed, and supported by Vanderbilt University that facilitates the collection of data for a variety of research projects via either direct data entry or surveys.

Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) Packages

  • AnSWR is a software system developed by the Centers for Disease Control for coordinating and conducting large-scale, team-based analysis projects that integrate qualitative and quantitative techniques.

  • Coding Analysis Toolkit (CAT) is a web-based qualitative data analysis service for textual data developed and hosted by the University Center for Social and Urban Research, at the University of Pittsburgh, and QDAP-UMass, in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

  • ELAN (EUDICO Linguistic Annotator) is an annotation tool for digital video and audio data developed by the Language Archiving Technology (LAT) Technical Group of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. ELAN is specifically designed for the analysis of language, sign language, and gesture.

  • Google Forms is an application that allows users to develop simple surveys, and is available as part of Gallaudet's Google services. To get started, users should login to their email on the web, then choose Documents from the menu above the Gallaudet logo, and in the new window select Create/Form.

  • LimeSurvey (formerly PHPSurveyor) is an open source web application to develop, publish, and collect responses to online and offline surveys. LimeSurvey offers to host your surveys on its system, or you can download and install the software on your own web server.

  • Maxima is a powerful Computer Algebra System (CAS) competing with Maple and Mathematica. It was maintained at the University of Texas, Austin and is currently maintained by volunteers. It lacks a good graphical user interface (GUI) front end.

  • Octave (a.k.a. GNU Octave) is a "MATLAB like" package developed by John W. Eaton (University of Wisconsin) and many others. See also: GUI Octave which is an attempt to provide a more user-friendly interface to Octave.

  • Praat (also the Dutch word for "talk") is a free scientific software program for the analysis of speech in phonetics. It was designed and continuously developed by Paul Boersma and David Weenink of the University of Amsterdam. The program also supports speech synthesis, including articulatory synthesis.

  • PSPP (a.k.a. GNU PSPP) is a program for statistical analysis of sampled data. It is a free replacement for the proprietary program SPSS, and appears very similar to it with a few exceptions.

  • PsyScope X is a program to design and run psychological experiments, and used by many experimental labs. It was initially developed at Carnegie Mellon and is now being developed by the SISSA Language, Cognition, and Development Lab, the RICO group at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and many volunteers.

  • The R Project for Statistical Computing. See also:R Commander, a user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) add-on/plugin to R.

  • Transana is a system developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Education Research for the qualitative analysis of digital video and audio.

Commercial / Proprietary Software Packages

  • HyperRESEARCH is a software package used for conducting qualitative research or qualitative data analysis.

  • Maple is a general purpose commercial computer algebra system. It was first developed in 1980 by the Symbolic Computation Group at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada), and has since gone commercial.

  • Mathematica is computational software program used in scientific, engineering, and mathematical fields and other areas of technical computing.

  • MATLAB is a numerical computing environment with a particular ability to work with matrices. Initially developed at University of New Mexico, it has gone commercial.

  • PsychData is also a hosted survey service. A bit more pricey, but it is specifically aimed at accommodating psychologists and social scientists.

  • SPSS is the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, currently sold through IBM. (Note: SPSS is available to students in select Gallaudet University computer labs.)

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