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Q: What are the training services you offer?

Most of the common research software is actually available at Mac.  The challenge is that it may not be available where and how you want it.  There are a few solid research tools that can be directly downloaded onto your computer.  Visit University Technology Services (UTS) and Research and High Performance Computing (RHPCS) websites for what’s available and who can get a license.  

Research software they have available free:


  • data analysis software with lots of functionality.
  • it’s not widely used in social sciences
  • volume of options can make the learning curve steep


  • survey software with lots of flexibility
  • self-hosted at Mac for data security
  • with basic knowledge of html/css/js/php, you can alter survey design and features more than most commercial options
  • the Mac instance has ethics pre-approved survey templates
  • there’s a bit of a learning curve relative to other survey software

Jupyter Notebook

  • used with R, Python, Julia and a couple other programming languages
  • allows you to include scripts, text, analysis and visuals in the same document
  • running the notebooks of others can be an easy entry point into gaining familiarity with a new language